Roma Mexico City is a colorful, hip neighborhood filled with culture, local pet-friendly restaurants, plants, and art galleries. Colonia Roma has a lot of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, traditional Mexican cuisine, as well as fusion restaurants. This neighborhood is covered in greenery, plants, and vines that make you feel like you're in a park, not a bustling, modern city like CDMX. CDMX is a big city with an endless amount of things to do.

Scroll down to learn more about popular questions: Is Roma in Mexico City Safe?, Restaurants and Cafes, Places to Stay, Art, Bars, and more.

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Roma Mexico City is the ideal place for artists, creatives, hipsters to find inspiration. People describe Colonia Roma as a hipster-type of neighborhood. Merriam Webster defines hipster as a person who is unusually aware of and interested in new and unconventional patterns. There are residential buildings, art galleries, street food, cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, art deco architecture, street art, and more. Explore the parks and squares of Roma Mexico, do a bit of shopping, then visit one of the cafes for a bite to eat. 

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Colonia Roma, Roma Norte, Roma Sur: What is the Difference?

There are many colonias or neighborhoods in CDMX. Some of the better known colonias are Bosques de las Lomas, Centro, Condesa, Roma, Colonia Juarez, Coyoacán, Del Valle, Jardines del Pedregal, Polanco, Zona Rosa, and more.

Colonia Roma is also called La Roma, La Romita, or at its simplest, Roma. You'll find this district located in Mexico City's Cuauhtémoc borough which is west of the city's historic center. Roma is broken down into Roma Norte and Roma Sur, which is the northern and southern portion of the neighborhood. 

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Is Roma in Mexico City Safe? 

Maybe you’re wondering, is Roma Norte safe? Is it safe to walk in Roma Norte at night? Is La Condesa Mexico City Safe? The answer is yes! We felt safe walking around. 

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Panaderia Rosetta

Restaurants and Cafes

Top rated restaurant-options include Fonda Recomienda, Tortería Los Güeros, Cine Tonalá, El Parnita, La Pitahaya, Lalo!, La Chicha, Panaderia Rosetta, Por Siempre Vegana Taqueria, Maximo Bistrot Local, Nudo Negro, Contramar, Mog, and so much more. Roma Norte and Roma Sur are buzzing with foodie options to make your stay in Mexico one your taste buds will never forget.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, snacks, wine, there are many Mexico City food options. Some places might have a website and social media presence where they provide their menu and hours online, while other establishments more so focus on in-person inquiries or phone calls. Check ahead to see if you need a reservation. We loved Panadería Rosetta for fresh pan dulce, pastries, and tastiness. Por Siempre Vegana Taqueria was popular amongst Mexico City locals and tourists alike, with a 45-minute wait!

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Por Siempre Vegana Taqueria


Depending where you are, there are food options within walking distance. Walking around the street can be an amazing experience in itself as you search for coffee or perhaps a mezcal. Colonia Roma is definitely a lively corner of Mexico City filled with places to eat, shop, and stay. Make a trip to the food hall market, Mercado Roma, or find some tacos at a local restaurant. Taquería Los Parados, La Chicha, El Parnita, Tacos Nena, or any other place in Roma Norte or Roma Sur. There are shrimp tacos, tacos al pastor, chicken, pork, veggie, you name it.

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Mercado Roma

Mercado Roma is a thriving food hall located at Querétaro 225 Col. Roma 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX Mexico. There are many food stands to pick and choose from depending on what you're in the mood for. You can get takeout or dine in and people watch as groups nosh and sip on their delights. Check out the Mercado Roma website for current hours and food stands.

Roma Movie

You might recall hearing of Roma Mexico City from the film of the same on Netflix, Roma. Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuarón writes and directs Roma, an emotional portrait of a domestic worker's journey set against domestic and political turmoil in 1970s Mexico. It's on Netflix if you'd like to watch it.

Places to Stay

There are a number of bed and breakfasts, rooms, and places to stay in Roma area if you want to stay the night.  You can find private rooms, apartments, vacation rentals to suit your style. There are different options based on your budget, number of guests, and length of stay. Here are a few top hotels.

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Casa Goliana - luxury bed and breakfast in a restored 20th-century house with high ceilings

Address: Calle Guanajuato 199, Mexico City 06700 

Phone Number: 011 52 55 6826 9648 

Website: Casa Goliana

La Valise CDMX - adorned with Mexican antiques, unique art, cultured charm.

Address: Tonalá 53, Roma Norte, 06700, Roma Norte

Phone Number: +1 (305) 999 1540

Website: La Valise CDMX

Nima Local House Hotel - a boutique hotel in Mexico City

Address: Calle Colima 236 Col Roma Norte 06700

Phone Number: +52 55 7591 7175

Website: Nima Local House Hotel

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There are plenty of things to do in Mexico City. Start with a walk to an art gallery. such as Fifty24mx, Trouvé, Rojo Bermelo (in Condesa), Cultura Colectiva Galería, Vértigo Galería, Tinta Naranja (Condesa), and more.


From shoes to books, shopping is easy in Roma. There are local boutiques and cool places all around the neighborhood. So bring your pesos or a credit card and let's get shopping. Vinyl Rules is a thrift store in Roma Norte. There's Saanta Vintage, Macundales (cards, stationery, books), Head to Bazar Cuauhtémoc for antiques. Pabellón Cuauhtémoc is a shopping center in Roma Sur. Shop vintage clothes, cute boutiques, and other things.


Sip and savor the view at one of Colonia Roma's bars. This neighborhood has quite a few options. The bar scene is ready for you. Order mezcal, tequila, pulque, whatever your heart desires. The world is your oyster. Stop by Limantour at Álvaro Obregón 106 Col. roma 06700 México, D.F. Mexico. Okupa has mezcal. You can also fine Cine Tonalá, Club San Luis, La Botica, Dance Floor (if you want to dance/go to a gay bar) XOIO Bar (has gluten-free options!), Perros y Burros, and more.

Market, Corner Stores, Groceries

If you rent a room or entire apartment in Roma, you might be on the lookout for a market to buy some basics like bottled water, veggies, fruit, and other local goods. There are Oxxo's and other markets throughout the neighborhood.

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Have a Fun Trip!

This is your sign to visit Mexico City's colorful Colonia Roma neighborhood for coffee, places to stay and shop, music, culture, and amazing local Mexican food. Explore the colonias (neighborhoods) in Mexico City. I hope this entire article can help you navigate your stay in Mexico City's Colonia Roma. You could also visit nearby colonias (neighborhoods) such as Condesa and Polanco neighborhood. 

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Learn more about traveling to Mexico on the Visit Mexico website. You'll enjoy visiting Mexico City if you like coffee shops, food stalls, museums, beautiful buildings, hidden gems, and nature! Popular things to do in CDMX are Bellas Artes, Soumaya Museum, Frida Kahlo Museum.

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