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 devastating earthquake of 1985. Recently “rediscovered” by hipsters and young immigrants looking for alternative sites to set up shop, be it affordable art galleries, restaurants or boutiques, Colonia Roma is in the process of gentrification, making it a trendy spot for locals and tourists alike.
The neighborhood plays backdrop to an interesting mix of important architectural structures, dotted with parks, boulevards, and several new, smallish museums. We will walk along the streets, taking in cultural centers, museums and shops, narrating the fascinating history of this zone during your 3 hour tour.