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Without a doubt, cities without open and public spaces, such as their parks and squares, would be much more sterile places. These places give vitality, oxygen and identity to cities, they also reduce crime levels among many other benefits. And in CDMX, one of the areas that has the greatest number of this type of oasis sites is in the Roma and Condesa neighborhoods.
Squares, parks, medians, pedestrian circuits, we made a list of outdoor spaces so you can enjoy the city from these incredible places for rest, walking and contemplation, in one of the most trendy areas of the city.
Furthermore, in these times of Covid-19, visiting open spaces is one of the safest ways to experience the city, of course, from the necessary care that you already know and that we also remind you of, here
The Pushkin Garden remembers the legendary Russian poet with spaces of tranquility to contemplate. It has benches and children's games and a charming bookstore. It is also known for being a skateboarding place and generally on weekends there are cultural activities and activities for the whole family.
On Sundays, a flea market is set up where you can find everything from clothing and jewelry to gourmet and organic products. Its location is incredible and it is surrounded by cafes, bookstores, restaurants and one of the best-rated hotels in the area, Stanza Hotel.
This peculiar and beautiful space is, in fact, responsible for the Roma neighborhood being called that. It turns out that in pre-Hispanic times an islet that was a small town called Aztacalco was treated. Over time it began to be known as Romita because it was located near one of the roads closest to the town of Chapultepec, and the trees on this road were similar to another located in the city of Rome, Italy, and by association, it they called that; This appears in City Hall documents since 1752.
With its beautiful church, this little corner of the square is a delicious refuge that makes you feel like you are in the colonial era, and its charm is such that it has been the setting for the film 'Los Olvidados' by Luis Buñuel, or in literature by José Emilio Pacheco, in his iconic 'Battles in the Desert'.
LUIS CABRERA SQUARE
With temporary exhibitions by local artists and photographers, this place is ideal to spend a pleasant time, and it is also located in a very central point of the Roma neighborhood. It is said that the writer José Emilio Pacheco learned to walk here. On Sundays, a flea market selling organic and fair trade products is set up; It is an ideal space to walk your dog for a while, read or have a coffee in the surroundings. Its fountains are almost always on and the sound of water, as you know, is super relaxing as part of the combo that this site offers you. The surrounding businesses, including cafes, bookstores, bars, etc., also give you many leisure alternatives.
RIO DE JANEIRO SQUARE
This beautiful square was born as one of the desires of Porfirio Díaz, the Mexican dictator at the beginning of the last century, to lead CDMX to be a place of modernity, which is why it was considered a symbol of this historic moment, and its design, of course , included all the aesthetic avant-garde of French architecture of the time. This square is very pleasant and its surrounding Porfirian buildings are very beautiful and the nearby places, from galleries to cafes and bars, make it a delicious place to walk. His replica of Michelangelo's David is also very peculiar in this environment and gives it a small surreal touch. Without a doubt, one of the best spaces in the Roma neighborhood.
RAMÓN LÓPEZ VELARDE GARDEN
It is a place with a lot of history. This land, which is characterized by a statue of a javelin thrower, once housed a pantheon, and was an Olympic stadium in the first Central American games. Over time, it became the Benito Juárez Multifamiliar designed by the prestigious architect Mario Pani, and later into the park that we know today under the name of one of the city's first punk poets. It is best to visit it during the day, since in the evenings it gets a little lonely; It also houses the Huerto Roma, which is highly recommended and which we will talk about later.
GREEN ROME GARDEN
In addition to being a charming space and a rural and organic refuge from the maelstrom of the city, it is an incredible project that was adopted by a group of people who decided to install a large urban garden based on permaculture, to promote a culture of respect for the Earth. Today it has also become a place that is home to innovative ideas for caring for the environment. Cultural activities and events within this site promote this new culture in which nature gains the relevance it has, it has become a kind of lung and an ecological reserve. You have to go and you can check out their activities here.
Located between the limits of the Roma and Condesa neighborhoods, this park was designed by architect José Luis Cuevas and is about to celebrate 100 years of existence. Its architecture has avant-garde styles from the beginning of the last century, such as art deco and art nouveau. It has extensive and pleasant paths to walk, you can take your pet; It also offers special places for exercise, play areas for children and also houses the Carlos Fuentes Public Children's and Youth Library. It offers wi-fi, good lighting and in its surroundings you will find a very interesting gastronomic and cultural offer. It's a 'must go' area. Also, the city government announced that it will soon have its special canine area.
ÁLVARO OBREGÓN AVENUE
Located in the heart of Rome, this median is perhaps the most emblematic place in the colony. With its benches, the classic street vendors selling drinks, the bookstores in its surrounding streets, cafes, tea shops, bars, walking through Rome is walking, yes or yes, along Álvaro Obregón, an avenue that also houses one of the best hotels rated by Roma-Condesa, such as Stanza Hotel, without a doubt, one of the best lodging options in CDMX.
A must-see in the area is the Cafebrería El Péndulo, and the Caravanserai tea shop.
RIDGES OF THE
Walking the Condesa is walking through this very tree-lined circuit of cobblestone ridge. The feeling of freshness, its tiled benches with a very special design, the houses that surround it, in art nouveau and art deco style, are part of its charm. In addition, the attendance of people and pets makes it a delicious space to experience this area like few other options. Along the way you will find three gazebos and a curious mushroom-shaped fountain covered with tiles, as well as cultural and gastronomic businesses around it that are a must.
THE COMPOSERS SQUARE
It is also located on the borders of the Colonia Hipódromo and has a super nice median surrounded by trees. It is a cultural walk through Mexican composers, a tribute to these people who, through their music, have given life to the cultural identity and feelings of society. Steel busts give life to famous people such as Felipe Bermejo, Chava Flores, José Alfredo Jimenez, Consuelo Velazquez and Gabilondo Soler. A very pleasant walk and a taste of the musical culture of the country that you have to know.
When this park was created, designed by architect José Luis Cuevas in 1925, it was done thinking that all the streets in the area would converge here. Its nine hectares have an elliptical shape and are full of fountains, a pond, and an emblematic clock with an octagonal fountain in the art deco style. It has corridors of green areas and its iconic Lindberg Forum which is characterized by its fountain with a mermaid with jugs. It is one of the most recreational places in the city and here visitors do yoga, skate, walk their dogs and exercise, in addition to walking. It has its special pet-friendly area and you will love it as a place of cultural and nature contemplation.
And after this tour we remind you that our Hotel Stanza has an incredible location to access all these relaxing spaces. We are among the best rated hotels in the area and without a doubt we are one of the best located accommodations in CDMX and with a quality of service that, not for nothing, but you will love.