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Fuente de la Diana Cazadora de Genova, Zona Rosa, Mexico City
Fuente de la Diana Cazadora de Genova, Zona Rosa, Mexico City
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Mexico City Neighborhood Guide: Zona Rosa

Where to eat and drink in DF's "red zone," the city's historic center of queer life

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Fuente de la Diana Cazadora de Genova, Zona Rosa, Mexico City
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Technically part of colonia Juárez, the Zona Rosa is historically the center of Mexico City’s gay community, still evident in the sex shops, 90s-era oontz-oontz clubs, and scattered condom and men’s underwear shops. Its artistic heyday of the 60s may be long past, but the neighborhood's central location makes it an ideal place to see the city’s diversity on display.

See guides to all of Mexico City's greatest neighborhoods — plus everything you need to know about eating in DF, one of the best food cities in the world — in the Eater Guide to Mexico City.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. El Pialadero de Guadalajara

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Hamburgo 332, Mexico City
Mexico City, Mexico
+52 55 5211 7708
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In the far west part of the Zona Rosa lies this simple ode to antojitos tapatios, or snacks from Jalisco state, including crisp-fried taquitos de barbacoa and tortas ahogadas (the Mexican French dip, here with pork carnitas or shrimp). It opens at 9 a.m. for handy hangover-helping.

2. Casa Bell

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Praga 14, Cuauhtemoc
Mexico City, Mexico
+52 55 5208 4290

See and be seen at this hopping outdoor lunch-only café (same owners as the famed Bellinghausen restaurant, also in the Zona Rosa), while being serenaded by caged birds that line the courtyard walls. Don’t miss the "pato Bell," a platter of minced duck para taquear (for taco-izing).

3. Barro Negro

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Hamburgo 222, Mexico City
Mexico City 06600, Mexico
+52 55 5511 1924
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It’s got a somewhat stiff, corporate vibe, but is worth a visit, as good Oaxacan cuisine, beloved though it may be, isn’t as easy to find in the city as it should be. Breakfasts are particularly good (and hearty).

4. Beatricita

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Londres 190 Local D, Mexico City
Mexico City, Mexico

Beatricita is the latest iteration of legendary Tacos Beatriz, a now-shuttered taquería in el Centro which opened in 1907. Claiming to use the same century-old recipes, it’s a convivial, affordable place to enjoy traditional dishes like mole almendrado, pozole, and tacos de carnitas, all with fresh tortillas.

5. Plaza del Angel - Centro de Antiguedades

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Londres #161, Cuauhtemoc
Mexico City, Mexico

This year-round, block-wide center for high-end antiques dealers comes alive on Saturdays, when the courtyard hosts dozens of temporary vendors. Across the street is a traditional arts and crafts market. Look for the street stalls that sell tacos and more nearby.

6. Phone Bar

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The service and food sucks, but this dark cocktail lounge in the 1902 Hotel Genève, ringed by antique phones, is one of the more romantic spots in town. Roam the hotel for placards detailing its history, like when dictator Porfirio Diaz dined there the day the Mexican Revolution began in 1910.

1. El Pialadero de Guadalajara

Hamburgo 332, Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico

In the far west part of the Zona Rosa lies this simple ode to antojitos tapatios, or snacks from Jalisco state, including crisp-fried taquitos de barbacoa and tortas ahogadas (the Mexican French dip, here with pork carnitas or shrimp). It opens at 9 a.m. for handy hangover-helping.

Hamburgo 332, Mexico City
Mexico City, Mexico

2. Casa Bell

Praga 14, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico

See and be seen at this hopping outdoor lunch-only café (same owners as the famed Bellinghausen restaurant, also in the Zona Rosa), while being serenaded by caged birds that line the courtyard walls. Don’t miss the "pato Bell," a platter of minced duck para taquear (for taco-izing).

Praga 14, Cuauhtemoc
Mexico City, Mexico

3. Barro Negro

Hamburgo 222, Mexico City, Mexico City 06600, Mexico

It’s got a somewhat stiff, corporate vibe, but is worth a visit, as good Oaxacan cuisine, beloved though it may be, isn’t as easy to find in the city as it should be. Breakfasts are particularly good (and hearty).

Hamburgo 222, Mexico City
Mexico City 06600, Mexico

4. Beatricita

Londres 190 Local D, Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico

Beatricita is the latest iteration of legendary Tacos Beatriz, a now-shuttered taquería in el Centro which opened in 1907. Claiming to use the same century-old recipes, it’s a convivial, affordable place to enjoy traditional dishes like mole almendrado, pozole, and tacos de carnitas, all with fresh tortillas.

Londres 190 Local D, Mexico City
Mexico City, Mexico

5. Plaza del Angel - Centro de Antiguedades

Londres #161, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico

This year-round, block-wide center for high-end antiques dealers comes alive on Saturdays, when the courtyard hosts dozens of temporary vendors. Across the street is a traditional arts and crafts market. Look for the street stalls that sell tacos and more nearby.

Londres #161, Cuauhtemoc
Mexico City, Mexico

6. Phone Bar

Londres 130 (Hotel Geneve), Mexico

The service and food sucks, but this dark cocktail lounge in the 1902 Hotel Genève, ringed by antique phones, is one of the more romantic spots in town. Roam the hotel for placards detailing its history, like when dictator Porfirio Diaz dined there the day the Mexican Revolution began in 1910.

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