Exploring La Condesa: Things to Do in Mexico City’s Trendiest Neighborhood

From savoring brunch at a cozy cafe, exploring the local art scene, to cycling down the tree-lined streets, we’ve uncovered the best things to do in La Condesa.

Chloe walking the streets and showing us things to do in La Condesa in Mexico City

Nestled in the heart of Mexico City, La Condesa is a vibrant neighborhood known for its distinct European architecture, leafy park-lined avenues, and rich cultural scene.

Its tranquil, bohemian vibe coupled with an array of trendy restaurants, cafes, and art galleries make it a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

In this article, we’ll take you through the things to do in La Condesa, immersing you in its unique blend of history, creativity, and modern urban life. Come with us as we delve into La Condesa’s best-kept secrets and popular spots!

Things to Do in La Condesa

Ready to dive into a world of culinary delights, artistic wonders, and unique shopping experiences?

Whether you’re exploring its Art Deco buildings, enjoying brunch at a charming cafe, or simply strolling through its picturesque parks, La Condesa offers a uniquely vibrant and enchanting experience.

Here’s our list of things that you can do in La Condesa:

Ride a Bike With the Locals During Muevete

Chloe riding a bike share bicycle through La Condesa during Mexico City's "Muevete" on Sunday!

Every Sunday, from 8 am to 2 pm, a substantial number of streets in Mexico City are closed to cars, and bikes reign. This is part of the Muevete program, which encourages residents and visitors to ride bicycles.

The best part is that you don’t even need to own a bike to participate! We rented bicycles at one of the city’s many bike share racks and took to the streets to participate in a ride around La Condesa, Chapultepec, and Roma Norte, among many other neighborhoods.

Riding bicycles during Muevete allowed us to experience La Condesa in a unique way. Pedaling down the tree-lined avenues and exploring the Art Deco buildings and vibrant murals offered an unforgettable experience.

Immerse Yourself in CDMX’s Culture at a Local Art Gallery

Chloe points out her favorite works at Mooni art gallery!

La Condesa, with its bohemian spirit and artistic flair, offers an array of local art galleries that make it a cultural destination within Mexico City.

  • Mooni (map location) showcases an inclusive selection of contemporary art. It champions early-stage artists, motivates emerging collectors, and broadens the thrill of owning original art. With over 150 national and international artists chosen through a fresh, unbiased curatorial lens, Mooni offers original art, limited editions, and prints.
  • The Galería de Arte Mexicano (map location), one of Mexico’s oldest and most respected art galleries, hosts a remarkable collection of modern and contemporary art.
  • Galería Enrique Guerrero (map location) showcases emerging talent across contemporary art disciplines while also honoring Latin American masters like José Clemente Orozco and Francisco Toledo. Its national and international exposure programs, inclusive of both local and foreign artists, have positioned it as a globally recognized avant-garde art space.
  • MASA Galeria (map location) is known for its cutting-edge programming and showcasing emerging and established talent from Mexico and around the world. The gallery’s exhibitions feature a wide range of work, from furniture and lighting to sculpture and installation art. MASA Galeria is a must-visit for design lovers.

Savor Brunch Delights at a Local Cafe

Salmon toast, empanadas, and chilaquiles at Casa Cafe in La Condesa
Salmon toast, empanadas, chilaquiles, and artisian coffee at Casa Cafe in La Condesa

La Condesa is known for its charming cafes, each offering a unique atmosphere and menu.

From artisan coffee and freshly baked pastries to chilaquiles and huevos rancheros, brunch in La Condesa is a foodie’s delight.

The best part is that La Condesa is filled with parklets and patios, so you can dine outside in Mexico City’s impeccable weather.

Our tip: Casa Cafe, El Péndulo, and Café Toscano are must-visits!

Uncover a Green Oasis in the Heart of the City: Chapultepec Park

Chloe pondering the day away at Chapultepec Park

Often referred to as the “lungs of Mexico City,” Chapultepec Park is one of the largest city parks in the Western Hemisphere.

Chapultepec Park houses several important cultural landmarks, including:

A leisurely stroll, a picnic, or a bike ride are excellent ways to appreciate this green gem in the heart of CDMX.

The best part is that Chapultepec Park borders La Condesa – so you can just walk there.

Indulge in Gourmet Delicacies at Lardo

In the heart of La Condesa, Lardo restaurant offers an innovative take on Mexican cuisine.

Its casual setup features a spacious bar, an open kitchen, and a large wood-burning oven, promoting a sense of shared enjoyment.

Designed for communal eating, Lardo’s menu focuses on simple, quality ingredients and changes daily based on seasonal offerings.

Lardo’s culinary experience is complemented by an extensive selection of wines — all available by the glass — beers, and spirits, making Lardo a gastronomic gem in the heart of La Condesa.

Being one of the most popular restaurants in La Condesa, Lardo can get extremely busy – especially during the city’s dry season of winter and spring. We recommend getting a reservation to dine at Lardo in advance.

Embark on a Unique Shopping Adventure at La Condesa’s Boutiques

Clothes rack at Columpio in La Condesa

La Condesa is a paradise for those who appreciate unique fashion and design. The area is filled with one-of-a-kind boutiques where you can find everything from handmade jewelry to high-end fashion.

  • Columpio is located right next to the Mooni art gallery (also one of our favorites to visit). Their clothes evoke a playful sense of fashion – with bright colors and cool cuts.
  • Someone Somewhere spotlights the craftsmanship of local artisans, marrying traditional techniques with contemporary fashion. Their fashion tells a story of Mexican heritage and culture while contributing to the livelihoods of the artisans.
  • La Roma Records is a record shop where you can find a vast array of music, from vintage classics to the latest indie artists.
  • Old Skull Clothing offers an alternative fashion experience with edgy, durable, skull-inspired designs.

Tips for Visiting La Condesa

Embarking on an adventure in La Condesa can be an unforgettable experience. To make your journey seamless and enjoyable, we’ve compiled a list of essential tips, curated from our own explorations.

From navigating the picturesque streets and shopping like a local to staying safe and communicating, this guide arms you with practical advice to fully immerse yourself in the local culture.

Ditch the Car

La Condesa is a walkable neighborhood with tight roads and generous sidewalks. So there’s not too much room for cars and parking is a headache.

We recommend using a rideshare app such as Uber or DiDi when visiting La Condesa. Rideshare is prevalent and extremely affordable all around Mexico City.

To give you an idea, an Uber from Mexico City’s Centro District to La Condesa cost us around $6-$9 USD.

Navigate with Ease

Even though La Condesa isn’t very huge, it’s easy to get lost in its streets – especially since they are all laid out like a grid.

Using a map or navigation app can be helpful for navigating the area’s roads and finding the hidden gems tucked away in its corners.

Shop Like a Local

If you’re staying in La Condesa, as we did, bear in mind that the costs of dining out frequently, even though the cafes and restaurants are fantastic, can quickly add up.

But, don’t worry – La Condesa offers a variety of local markets and grocery stores where you can shop for fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create your own delicious meals.

It’s not only budget-friendly, but also a great way to engage with the local culture and try your hand at some authentic Mexican recipes.

Learn Some Spanish Phrases

While many people in La Condesa speak at least some English, knowing a few basic Spanish phrases (especially for ordering food) can enhance your experience and help you connect more with locals.

Be Mindful of Your Safety

La Condesa is generally safe – we never felt like we were in danger at any point during our time there.

But as in any city, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Keep your belongings secure and avoid dark and deserted areas late at night.

Trey Lewis is an outdoor enthusiast. Whether its hiking knife-edge ridges or just fishing by the river, Trey isn't afraid to get dirty in search of the next adventure.

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