Colonia Roma is one of Mexico City’s earliest urban neighborhoods, developed at the turn of the 20th century, when downtown no longer provided adequate living space for an expanding population and a growing middle class. It flourished under the Porfirian regime, as reflected in the French-influenced architecture of its mansions, but fell to neglect after the deviating earthquake of 1985. Recently “rediscovered” by hipsters and young immigrants looking for alternative sites for affordable art galleries, restaurants and boutiques, Colonia Roma is undergoing a gentrification and is becoming trendy.
It hosts an interesting mix of important architectural structures, dotted with parks, boulevards, and new small-scale museums. We will walk the streets, visiting several cultural centers, museums and shops, narrating the fascinating history of this zone on this 3 hour walking tour.