Hello La Condesa / Hipódromo
Nestled side by side to the southwest of Centro Histórico, the neighborhoods of La Condesa and Hipodromo present the perfect contrast of chic sophistication and easy, unforced cool. La Condesa is affluent and relaxed, with young, fashionable types ambling along Avenida Amsterdam, Michoacan, and Tamaulipas in search of a new pair of shoes or sunglasses from an upscale boutique store. Locals hang out on cafe patios sipping coffees or cocktails (depending on the time of day, of course), and in the evening the neighborhood bursts into life as one of Mexico City's best spots for bars and nightclubs. Hipodromo shares many of the same physical traits as La Condesa – Art Deco buildings, great restaurants, a vibrant neighborhood atmosphere – but is just a little bit less polished. That said, Parque Mexico, once a horse racing track, in Hipodromo is one of the most popular green spaces in the city. People walk dogs, relax on benches, hang out around the grand Teatro al Aire Libre Lindbergh (Lindbergh Open Air Theater); they also enjoy wandering around nearby Parque España and taking a timeout in the pretty Plaza Popocatepetl. Combine nightclubs and parks with sophistication and urban cool, and you've got something close to La Condesa and Hipodromo.