Over the last few years the neighborhoods to talk about in Mexico City were Condesa and Roma -- neighborhoods that rode the coattails of gentrification to become havens of hip, from coffee shops and cafes to cocktail bars and galleries. And while the neighborhoods are still essential on any itinerary to Mexico City, there is a new neighborhood edging its way into the spotlight.



Colonia Juarez is home to chefs, artists and designers, all of whom have been breathing new life into the area and bringing energy back into a once-rundown district. Investors have pumped money into restaurants, cafes and watering holes, all at slightly cheaper prices than Condesa and Roma, bringing in waves of young chilangos (Mexico City residents) and experiential travelers.

The neighborhood was once chock full of French-influenced mansion houses that suffered the worst in the 1985 earthquake. Up until recently, only Zona Rosa, a corner of Juarez, received the majority of the attention. But today Colonia Juarez is fast on the move, growing into one of the most influential and inspiring neighborhoods in the entire capital.

Bordered by three of the main city arteries -- Insurgentes, Paseo de la Reforma and Avenida Chapultepec -- it is incredibly accessible from all over the city, and just happens to be north of Roma.

Where to stay
Hotel Geneve, located in the Zona Rosa just off Paseo de la Reforma, has been around for more than 100 years. In addition to a bistro, spa and fitness center it has an exclusive Phone Bar, showing off a collection of antique telephones from London in the 19th century.

Stara Hamburgo sits behind the Reforma 222 shopping mall, just a few blocks from the Angel de la Independencia and Paseo de la Reforma Avenue. Stara has three restaurants, a spa, events room, gym, library, terraces and a boutique. Plus it has an airy, industrial-chic atmosphere with quirky touches like elegant candelabras, carved wooden furniture and exposed brick.

Where to eat
Cafe Inn opened in 2017 under the guidance of Chef Elena Reygadas, who created a relaxed, French restaurant.

There is also Havre 77, which also serves traditional French cuisine and oysters. The Parisian-style restaurant is housed in a refurbished historic building.

For a chic wine bar, consider Amaya, which serves all natural, organic and biodynamic wines from Mexican and Latin American producers.

There is also Sushi Kyo, a 13-seat sushi bar that is touted as a sanctuary for sushi, sashimi and small plates.

Where to drink
At night, hit the streets at Xaman, a cocktail bar that pays homage to Mexico's pre-Hispanic roots.

Parker & Lenox is a speakeasy-style cocktail bar hidden behind an American-style diner. Customers come for the 1920s-style cocktails but stay for the vintage glam atmosphere with red velvet sofas and live jazz.

Similar to its hip predecessors, Condesa and Roma, Juarez has its own set of boutiques and galleries. Sioux Boutique is a concept store showing off fashion that is straight off the streets of New York, Japan, Europe, Australia and Mexico.

Lemur highlights imported brands, like Vans, Dr. Martens and Caminando, as well as clothes for dogs and kids, bicycles and an assortment of kitschy odds and ends.

For up-and-coming designers, visit Proyecto Fusion, which showcases the works of several designers and hosts pop-up restaurants on weekends.

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