I cannot express enough how taken I was with Colonia Roma in Mexico City. This little corner of Mexico is everything I 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 may of my choices revolve around cafés…what can I say, it’s dear to my heart, hehe!
1. Roma Quince
Oh this place, what a gem! On the corner of Medellín and Colima you’ll find this large French-style house has been turned into a restaurant, wine, and coffee bar with 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 offering everything from designer clothes and home décor, to everyday accessories.
2. Art Galleries
I adore art, but I must admit…I don’t really understand it. I would love to take some classes on understanding the different styles of art and how to have a greater appreciation for it, but alas, I have not done this…yet! Nonetheless I do enjoy art and marvel at its beauty. La Roma has many art galleries, and taking a walk down Colima Street will most likely spark your fancy if you’re seeking them out.
3. Café Toscano
Café Toscano was a spot I found myself returning 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. With a family atmosphere, join many locals as they gather here for afternoon strolls, dog walking, or watching their kids play at the playground.
There has a canopy of trees creating nice shading around the park and the main feature being 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 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 cannot 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 range from restaurants to shops and offer everything from organic foods, specialty chocolates, gourmet coffee, tapas, fine wines, and artistic spins on traditional dishes such as a sushi burrito.
8. La Bohême
Located next door to Mercado Roma is this adorable little bakery and café. If you’re looking for a place that has yummy baked goods and coffee with a pleasant atmosphere…you’ll like this one.
9. The Vibrant Street Art
You’ll also find that many of these beautiful pieces are on display around the city walls of La Roma. You really don’t 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 around the fountains or enjoy a latte at the many cafés close by.
11. Blanco Colima
Oh what can I say about this 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 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’s a café, restaurant and bookstore combined into one. If you can’t make it to the one in Roma, there are other locations 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 after walking for hours I loved coming to this cozy spot and having a glass of wine and relaxing.
14. Boutique Shopping
La Roma is home to the trendy and fashionable, so it is no surprise that you’ll find many cute little 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!
If you’re curious about other beautiful neighborhoods around Mexico City, check out my post on Mexico City’s Trendiest Neighborhoods.
Over to you! What’s your favorite thing about Colonia Roma?