Roma is one sort of like the Williamsburg or Shoreditch of Mexico City, it’s beautiful and it has tons of places to go. The main street is Alvaro Obregon and it’s a nice place to walk around. Colima street is super nice and there are a few cool stores and boutiques in it. There are two nice plazas with cafes and restaurants that are nice too, Rio de Janeiro and Luis Cabrera. On Orizaba street and Queretaro, there’s a strip of cool bars.
Condesa is like the East Village, but with beautiful art deco buildings. Walk around Amsterdam street, full of restaurants and bars, tons of trees
Craziest, most beautiful part of town. It’s intense, but amazing. El Cardenal is a beautiful restaurant, maybe the best breakfast in town. Behind the Hilton, on Independencia street, there’s a museum of popular arts call MAP that is great and has maybe the best handcrafts store in the city (good for high quality souvenirs). Visit the Bellas Artes palace on Juarez Avenue, and then go to the top of the Latinoamericana Tower, best view of the city.
It’s like the 5th avenue with high rises and monuments. Great to walk around. Stop by the Angel of Independence (the symbol of the city). Further away is the Museum of Antropology. It’s a huge and amazing, really worth visiting it. Tamayo Museum is great for contemporary art, and the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) has a good collection of Frida Kahlo and other painters from that time.
This is in the south of the city, a bit further away, but definitely worth going. It looks more like a small town, feels like you are in different city. it has great cafes, handcraft stores and restaurants, but mostly is just beautiful to walk around. On the main square, Los Danzantes is a good Oaxacan food restaurant, also Corazon de Maguey, and a few blocks from the market is La Bipo, a kitschy, cool looking restaurant bar (owned by Gael Garcia and Diego Luna) that is a good place for a beer and some food. Casa Azul was Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo’s house, now a museum. Further away, there’s Diego Rivera’s Anahualcalli museum, and an amazing and weird neo-aztec building he made with O’Gorman to house with private ethnographic collection.
If you feel like seeing how the rich people live, go to Polanco, a super ritzy neighborhood. Mazarik avenue is like Madison, full of luxury brand stores. There are great restaurants in this area. The Jumex museum, recently opened in Polanco is great for contemporary art, next to the not so great, but very flashy Soumaya museum own by Carlos Slim.