Friday, December 16, 2016

Hipodromo Condesa y Roma Norte

Now that we've made our way through some of my Mexico City favorites (if you missed them: Street Food Essentials / Xochimilco / Dia de los Muertos) and come to a mutual understanding of how amazing this city is, I would be remiss if I didn't dedicate a post to the neighborhoods of La Condesa, where our hotel was located, and Roma, where we spent an equal amount of time eating and drinking. Condesa is actually made up of three colonias - Hipódromo Condesa being the funky art deco area, while the colonias of RomaRoma Norte are considered the "SoHo of Mexico City" with lofty tree lined avenues and luxurious residences. As both neighborhoods lend pretty parks, bohemian cafes and bistros, hip cocktail dens, and fascinating architecture, you will undoubtedly want to make either Hipódromo or Roma Norte your home base for exploring the continents largest city.

AR 218Hipódromo Condesa
I found our accommodations through my favorite boutique hotel booking site: Tablet. They have poetic write ups and dreamy photos for each hotel and AR 218's really spoke to me.  ".....stylish all-suite hotel, offers a glimpse of what it might be like to live here in a smart studio, right in the middle of the action....swanning through your miniature apartment, sipping a café con leche you’ve prepared for yourself, you can pretend you live here. Step outside into the cool and colorful streets of Condesa — where there’s more to see, hear, and taste than you can squeeze into a single visit."

That is exactly what we loved about this hotel, and how we treated our time here.
AR 218's modern suites are sleek and industrial-inspired. Our standard studio with a terrace was remarkably spacious, with a fully equipped kitchenette, a gleaming glass encased wall leading to the sweet little terrace, soothing pale concrete walls, comfy Ralph Lauren bedding and a big marble shower. Additionally, I loved the floor to ceiling, wall to wall mirror in our kitchen, and the circular mirrors hung over the bed - as depicted in my selfies ;)
Alfoso Reyes 218
Cuauhtemoc, Hipódromo Condesa,
06100 Ciudad de Mexico, D.F., Mexico


Felina Bar | Hipódromo Condesa
Felina's proximity to our hotel made it an easy choice for our first venture upon arrival to DF - although, this is not a bar you are going to stumble upon just wandering the neighborhood. We had it on a recommendation list and definitely felt like in-the-know travelers when we strolled by the corner space with no signage, peered in, turned around and entered what felt like someones mid-century modern apartment. The space is dark and intimate with comfortable banquet seating backed by funky scalloped wallpaper and a tiny wet bar in the corner. They shake up fantastic cocktails specializing in mezcals and rums and offer a small but impressive menu of snacks and tostadas. The bruschettas we had were delicious! 

T.W. Julep ($115) mezcal tantito tequiliana weber, limon amarillo, rude macerada y agua de azucar
Manhattan ($115) whiskey jack daniel's, vermut rojo y bitters de naranja
Bruschetta de Tomate ($45) albahaca, aceite de oilva
Bruschetta de Kale ($45) pimiento confitado y bilbania

Prices are in PESOS. Essentially those are $5 cocktails and $2 Tostadas. How do you not instantly fall in love with city where your first cocktail is $5!?
Calle Ometusco 87 
Cuauhtemoc, Hipódromo 
06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico


Fonda Fina | Roma Norte
We had an impressive dinner featuring regional Mexican cuisine at Fonda Fina. The staff was very warm, welcoming and took great care of us. This place is consistently receiving rave reviews from the community, I highly recommend it.

A favorite dish here was the peneques rellenos de requesón which are crispy fried tortillas stuffed with requesón cheese (similar to ricotta cheese) sitting in a warm bath of green pipián (a type of mole made with pumpkin seeds)garnished with Chiapas cheese, avocado cubes, pumpkin seeds, a drizzle of Mexican table cream and nasturtium leaves. 

Fonda Fina
Medellín 79
Cuauhtemoc, Roma Nte 
06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico


La Capital | Hipódromo
Another delicious meal with polished service and superb cocktails was had at La Capital. Located about a five minute walk from AR 218 it was an ideal spot to relax after a long Dia de los Muertos spent gallivanting the city. I can't remember the exact mezcal concoction I had in that adorable clay cauldron, but it had coconut, lime, lemon, and grapefruit and was one of the best cocktails I drank on this trip! I also enjoyed a tangy ceviche, a comforting bowl of tortilla soup poured table-side, and a classic Conchinita Pibil (Pulled Pork) entree. 
Nuevo León 137
Cuauhtémoc, Hipódromo Condesa
06140 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico


Alekzander | Roma Norte

On Sunday evening we tried to get into Limantour, a cocktail bar recommended time and again as being one of the best, a must visit in Rome Norte. To our disappointment the bar was three people deep and they had no available tables. We wandered a few doors down into a global inspired restaurant with an amazing ambiance and were so happy we did! Alekzander features a "cocina de mundo" (world cuisine) menu offering everything from lust worthy Italian bruschettas, Spanish tortillas, Argentinian empanadas, and terrific salads, so it was a like-able change of pace. As the space was softly lit and fairly busy, I borrowed the good looking interior photos from AFAR. I seem to have also neglected to take any food shots this time around! Regardless, this is another solid spot to check out in Roma Norte if you're feeling like it's okay venture away from Mexican food!
Av. Álvaro Obregón 130 
Cuauhtémoc, Roma Nte.
06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Bósforo | Centro
(photo above is the view from the tiny mezzanine space, borrowed from Eater)

For this last spot, I'm taking us out of Hipódromo and Roma into Centro for a shoutout to Bosforo, perhaps the hippest Mezcal Bar...ever, hidden away on a dark side street. The bartender did not speak a word of English, but I somehow asked in Spanish for a mezcal tasting, she happily complied, and I ordered the one I liked best. I pretty much drank mezcal or a mezcal cocktail every where we went, but this intimate bar playing funky music was by far the best place to do it! You'll come for one drink and want to linger for five. 

Luis Moya 31
Cuauhtémoc, Centro
Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico


  1. I am drooling over all these meals! Looks like such a fun trip full of new, delicious discoveries.

  2. AMAZING!!! Everything about this post (lodging & food & drinks) sounds right up our alley- we may need to add this to our list of travel destinations!

  3. Wow, I must say you just changed my impression of what Mexico City would be like ...