Zona Rosa © Thelmadatter
The Zona Rosa (Pink Zone) is the city's major dining, nightlife and shopping district. It is a compact area, a dense knot of streets crammed with bars, shops, boutiques, restaurants and hotels. The streets are all named for famous cities such as Londres and Hamburgo and the best activity here is to people watch from a chic sidewalk café, as the endless stream of tourists and a mixture of the city's purposeful middle classes pass by. The district has subtly shifted in its appeal recently and whereas it was once a fashionable hub for youth and the upper classes, the Zona Rosa is now also frequented by the city's gay community and tourists. The symbol of Mexico City, a gilded statue of Winged Victory which is the Independence Monument, looms above the district and is one of the city's most photographic features. Although there is plenty of accommodation available in the area, travellers are advised that it can be noisy at night and is best suited to those who will be enjoying the revelry and making the noise. Tourists should also watch out for pickpockets and opportunistic street crimes, as thieves do tend to target the area. Do not walk alone at night or publicly display wealth.
Transport: Line 1 on the metro to Insurgentes Station.