I cannot express enough how taken I was with La Roma in Mexico City. This little corner of Mexico is everything you could want in a residential neighborhood. While wandering around this colonia, or neighborhood, I immediately fell in love with the endless architectural beauty, tree-lined streets, peaceful parks, and the countless cafés, restaurants and boutiques.
This area exudes an artsy, yet bohemian vibe, which immediately made me feel right at home. Roma is actually not one neighborhood, but is now two: Roma Norte and Roma Sur. If I ever chose to move outside of the United States, I think La Roma would be high on my list. Here are some reasons why I love La Roma, and why you might, too.
P.S. I realize many of my choices revolve around cafés. What can I say? They’re dear to my heart. ?
14 Reasons Why I Fell in Love with La Roma in Mexico City
1. Roma Quince
Oh this place! What a gem. On the corner of Medellín and Colima you’ll find that this large, French-style house has been turned into a restaurant, wine, and coffee bar. There are also multiple shops inside.
It has a gorgeous staircase that opens up into a large outdoor patio that is beautifully decorated. The shops inside are extremely elegant and chic. It offers everything from designer clothes and home décor, to everyday accessories.
2. Art Galleries
If you love art, this is where you need to be. La Roma has so many art galleries! Take a walk down Colima Street and you will stumble upon a bunch that might spark your fancy.
3. Café Toscano
Café Toscano is a spot I returned to again and again. Sometimes I would just come for coffee or wine, and other times for a full dinner (the pasta is amazing!).
Although there are multiple locations, I personally loved the one located on Orizaba near Plaza Río de Janeiro.
4. Plaza Río de Janeiro
I love this plaza! It is a true urban oasis, full of beauty and tranquility. Showcasing a family atmosphere, join many locals as they gather here for afternoon strolls, walk their dogs, or take their kids to the playground.
There is a canopy of trees which creates nice shading around the park. The main feature is a beautiful fountain with a replica of Michelangelo’s statue of David in the middle.
5. La Puerta Abierta
Located on Colima Street, this pleasant little bakery serves great coffee and pastries. I went back twice in the same day just for the savory croissants. So good! ??
6. Calle Colima (Colima Street)
Like seriously, this entire street is fabulous! I could barely get down the street without constantly stopping to take photos of the architecture and buildings. Particularly from Calle Tonalá to Orizaba I adored.
7. Mercado Roma
You simply can’t come to Roma and not go to Mercado Roma. It’s a public market that leans more towards the atmosphere of a hipster food stall. The stands are mostly restaurants and shops. They offer everything from organic foods, specialty chocolates, gourmet coffee, tapas, and fine wines. They even have artistic spins on traditional dishes such as sushi burritos.
8. La Bohême
Located next door to Mercado Roma, you’ll find this adorable little bakery and café. If you’re looking for a place that has yummy baked goods, coffee, and a pleasant atmosphere, La Bohême is for you.
9. The Vibrant Street Art
There is a ton of street art in La Roma. You really don’t even need to hunt for them, they’re just around, waiting to be stumbled upon. ?
10. Plaza Luis Cabrera
This plaza is larger than Plaza Río de Janeiro (#4), and is a great spot to relax and take a stroll. Walk around the fountains or enjoy a latte at the many cafés close by.
11. Blanco Colima
OMG what a dreamy masterpiece of architecture. This beautifully restored building has become a landmark for the Roma neighborhood.
Created as a meeting point of gastronomy, culture and art, inside you’ll find three restaurants/lounge bars, a French pastry shop and a furniture shop. The top floor is also reserved for events such as exhibitions and film premieres.
12. Cafebrería El Péndulo
For the bookworm lovers out there, this is your spot. It features a café, restaurant and bookstore, all in one! If you can’t make it to the Roma location, there are others around Mexico City including La Condesa, Polanco, and Zona Rosa, just to name a few. Come here to grab a coffee and a book and immerse yourself in the pleasant atmosphere.
Padam is a French restaurant in Roma Norte. The atmosphere and décor alone sold me. In the evenings, I loved coming to this cozy spot and having a glass of wine.
14. Boutique Shopping
La Roma is home to the trendy and fashionable. Because of this, it should be no surprise that you’ll find many cute boutique shops in this neighborhood. Some of my favorites were Carla Fernández, 180˚ Shop, and Goodbye Folk.
I could go on and on, but I think you get the general idea as to why this place is just lovely. Come and check it out for yourself. You’ll fall in love, too!
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