Lay of the Land
At 571 square miles, D.F.—as Mexico City residents, or chilangos, call it—is vast, but visitors gravitate to a few key neighborhoods.
Centro Histórico: Anchored by the Zócalo plaza, the historic center is a mix of monuments and hivelike commerce.
Roma: Hipsters, artists, and boutique owners have revived this once-bourgeois neighborhood of Art Nouveau mansions.
Condesa: In Mexico City’s answer to New York’s West Village, shops, restaurants, and apartments radiate out from the Parque México.
Polanco: One of the city’s poshest districts keeps expanding north: “Nuevo Polanco” is being colonized by galleries and shopping malls.