Wel­come to the Neigh­bour­hood: a lo­cal view of Mex­ico City’s Roma Norte district

Mex­ico City lo­cal Laura Bron­ner in­tro­duces us to Roma Norte, a cre­ative neigh­bour­hood and artists’ haven known for its cafés and bars

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Lorea is a mod­ern restau­rant in an old man­sion. It of­fers a set menu ever y evening, cooked in an open kitchen, us­ing var­ied Mex­i­can in­gre­di­ents. It’s a real show when your food ar­rives: knowl­edge­able staffers ex­plain ex­actly what you’re eat­ing. Tr y the duck with pas­sion fruit. There is a drinks pair­ing with ever y dish; the gin­ger­bread crumb cock­tail is per­fec­tion and there are lots of good Mex­i­can wines. lorea.mx


Avenida Ál­varo Obregón is the main street in Roma Norte. It’s where you’ll find all the cool old man­sions, and there are bars and cafés scat­tered on the side streets. A pedes­trian strip runs down the mid­dle of the street, punc­tu­ated by green spa­ces and in­ter­est­ing sculp­tures by lo­cal artists. One man has car ved a wooden totem pole out of a dy­ing tree. It’s a cre­ative, bo­hemian street with great en­ergy.


A place called Delirio Mónica Patiño does some of the best sand­wiches in the city, made with their own bread. Spe­cial­ist baris­tas make ex­cel­lent Ital­ian-style cof­fee us­ing Mex­i­can beans. It’s re­ally bright in­side, and the café dou­bles as a shop, so you can also buy their cheeses, breads and jams to take home. delirio.mx


Filled with benches shaded by red um­brel­las, Jardín Cha­pul­te­pec is one of the most ap­peal­ing beer gar­dens in the city. It’s set up in the space be­tween two build­ings, so it’s long, nar­row and leaf y. It sells craft beers from around Mex­ico, and ar­ti­san cock­tails as well. face­book.com/jardincha­pul­te­pecmx


The Museo del Ob­jeto del Ob­jeto (Mu­seum of the Pur­pose of the Ob­ject) is worth a visit. It’s filled with mun­dane items – kitchen uten­sils, vac­uum clean­ers, bath­room sponges – and gives you a re­ally cool in­sight into the past of pop cul­ture, ad­ver­tis­ing and house­hold goods in Mex­ico. It has an in­ter­est­ing, nos­tal­gic feel to it. elmodo.mx


There’s an amaz­ing Satur­day and Sun­day mar­ket ever y week in Jardín Dr Ig­na­cio Chávez, a park on the fringes of Roma Norte. They start early and fin­ish at 2pm. I go to find unique home dec­o­ra­tions: stools, ta­bles, mir­rors, paint­ings, sec­ond - hand books and old or­na­ments, all laid out on tarps, or at stalls around the park perime­ter. There’s so much to find. Cor­ner of Avenida Cuauhté­moc and Calle Dr Liceaga


El Palen­quito is a small, buzzing bar fur­nished with equip­ment that was once used to make mez­cal, the pop­u­lar agave -based spirit. Big con­crete wheels, which grind agave plants dur­ing mez­cal pro­duc­tion, ser ve as ta­bles. Ever y cor­ner is lit with can­dles, and there’s great clas­sic rock mu­sic playing. I’d order a beer to sip and then shots of mez­cal with orange slices and chilli. It tastes like smoky tequila. en.mi­lagrito.com

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