Swanky and stylish, Polanco is the home to moneyed chilangos who prefer their neighborhood with cafes and galleries instead of security fences and chauffeured Subarus. This is where the bulk of the city’s embassies are located and as well as many of its most luxurious hotels. Lining its streets are some of the best upscale shopping for furniture, clothing, and art. A long-term stay here will cost more than other places, but the neighborhood is renowned for its safety and being close to downtown while still a world apart.
Polanco has some of the city’s best haute cuisine, Pujol and Quintonil are both located here, but don’t skip the down-home Klein’s deli or Turix for tacos de cochinita pibil. Excellent museums like the Jumex, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Tamayo, are within walking distance from most anywhere in Polanco and if you want to rub shoulders with the city’s fashionistas just spend a few lunches in the neighborhood’s upscale cafes.
While technically the sprawling Chapultepec Park (three times the size of New York’s Central Park) is in a neighborhood of its own, its location just steps from Polanco, makes this the best neighborhood to stay in if you want to take full advantage of the large sprawling green space. Museums abound in the park, as well the city’s zoo and the new contemporary art space LAGO, run by the world-renowned OMR gallery.
There is a lovely collection of blocks in the heart of Polanco that butt up against Lincoln Park, a wonderful area that houses a tiny but colorful aviary and a small manmade pond where kids race battery-operated boats on the weekend. Lincoln Park hosts Polanco’s farmer’s market on Sundays and is a nice respite from the bustling traffic of Reforma Avenue. If you get a chance be sure to catch a jazz performance at the park’s Angela Peralta amphitheater or a concert at the gorgeous Conservatorio Nacional de Musica further west on President Masaryk.
The Pool is the neighborhood’s best coworking space, boasting a cool, open-floor layout, pinball machines, and bike parking in the reception, but there are many more options in the neighborhood depending on your needs. If you’re not ready to commit to a coworking space, try working at the Porrua coffeeshop in Chapultepec Park or underneath the canopy of the indoor tree at Pendulo, a bookstore cafe. The Polanco Metro stop is right in the heart of the oldest part of the neighborhood for easy access in and out which can’t always be said about taking an Uber or taxi since the weeknight traffic can get bad in this area.
The author of Mexico City Streets: La Roma, this Mexico City based writer has been published on National Geographic and Mexico News Daily...
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