Photo Diego Berruecos
The Alameda in Santa María La Ribera
Forever on the verge of being the next big gentrification, the neighborhood known as Santa María la Ribera—northwest of downtown—retains its neighborhood-y, down-at-heel charms. Its streets are home to a mix of old-school cantinas (all perfectly visitor-friendly) plus mom-and-pop restaurants, alongside some neglected architectural gems, the hipster coffee houses, and standard-issue, sometimes grimy local businesses—in short, it’s still real. The district’s centerpiece is its central plaza, known as the Alameda, and its exuberant, Moorish-style gazebo (that started life as the Mexico Pavilion at a long-forgotten world’s fair). Recently restored and awash in color, the kiosk is a gem—and the proud emblem of the barrio. Note some amazing old mansions and the spooky Natural History museum that line the plaza. The nearby Museo del Chopo—housed in a former cast-iron railway shed—is a renowned center for avant-garde art that leaves no viewer less than provoked.
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Calle Salvador Díaz Mirón S/N, Cuauhtémoc, Santa María La Ribera, Sta María la Ribera, 06400 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
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