Nowhere captures the creative and artistic pulse of Mexico City quite like La Condesa and La Roma, Mexico City's two funky, hipster neighborhoods. Located on either side of Avenue Insurgentes, these neighborhoods have transformed themselves into energetic enclaves in recent years. But there’s much more to them than initially meets the eye. On this three-hour Roma and Condesa Tour of Mexico City, we'll survey La Condesa and La Roma districts with a local insider as we encounter Art Deco architecture, charming green parks, and galleries, all while tasting some of Mexico’s best food. We’ll discuss the economics, politics, and trends of these two areas and discuss the future of this world class city, and the role La Condesa and La Roma may play. We’ll meet our docent in La Condesa, one of the first parts of Mexico City’s expansion in the early twentieth century and known today for its boutiques and classy nightlife. As we stroll through the lush greenery of Parque Mexico, we will note a wealth of impressive Art Deco and Art Noveau buildings. In the company of a local expert, we may well discuss some of Francisco J. Serrano’s and Ernesto Buenrostro’s structures built during the 1930’s and 1940’s along with the Outdoor Theatre masterminded by Charles Lindbergh. Our docent will introduce the group to the story behind this fashionable destination’s growth during the height of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 40s and 50s and the shock effect of the 1985 earthquake, which destroyed a number of important landmarks. We’ll leave swanky La Condesa behind as we continue to its nearby grittier cousin, La Roma. Only in more recent years has this district been put on the Mexico City map as a destination worth exploring thanks to a host of galleries, charming alleyways, and creative minds, creating a distinct character unique to the city. Our route may vary depending on the interests of our group, but our docent will steer us to some of the must-see spots along with lesser known local favorites. We may take in some of the art in the area, from street art to more structured contemporary art houses and galleries. We’ll be sure visit the Mercado de Medellín for a fresh juice, Cuban coffee, or some Mexican food before we continue on our neighborhood exploration. As we sit down for a tasty taco or tlacoyo, our docent might discuss the politics, economics, and lifestyle trends that are making Mexico City the metropolis that we see today. La Condesa and La Roma find themselves at a distance from the Centro Historico but dealing with the ever-persistent problem of gentrification. As Mexico City continues to evolve and grow, its neighborhood scene and architectural charm tend to be more attractive to tourists—which poses a challenge for the creative sphere trying to stay true to its early values. Have designer hotels and upscale boutiques diminished the character of either La Condesa or La Roma? Will the neighborhoods’ massive daily influx of visitors, both local and foreign, be compatible with sustainable growth? What new strategies and solutions will these important historical areas need to implement with growing demand on their public space and housing? Our docent will try their best to answer these concerns. Our visit to La Condesa and La Roma focuses on introducing these vibrant neighborhood to visitors, whilst unpacking what makes these lively areas tick. We’ll come away with a fuller belly and a deeper appreciation of what’s on offer in these alternative districts.