Photo by Eunice Adorno
Coyoacán and Plaza Santa Catarina
Once a separate town, the leafy colonial neighborhood known as Coyoacán has long since been absorbed by the city at large, but retains a separate, old-fashioned air that’s impossible to resist. Restaurants and ice cream parlors (plus some venerable dive cantinas) cluster around the quarter’s two central plazas that fill daily with Mexico classics like strolling families, bootblacks, balloon sellers, and organ grinders. Feeling noshy? Locals swear by the esquites (i.e., stewed and seasoned corn kernels) on offer at a street stall next to the Sanborns department store, right on the plaza. A walk down Calle Francisco Sosa takes you past some of the city’s most valuable (often colonial-era) residences and ends at adorable Plaza Santa Catarina, with its petite parish church and a handful of friendly watering holes when it’s time for a drink or a snack.
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Ignacio Allende Esquina Av. Miguel Hidalgo, Coyoacán TNT, Coyoacán, 04000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico