Mexico City’s trendy Roma neighborhood is teeming with cool restaurants, each one more stylish than the last. HAP Founder and Mexico travel aficionado Brandon Berkson shares 4 of his favorites for smashing design, unrivaled vibes, artfully-prepared cocktails, and mouthwatering food.
Located on the modish Calle Colima, Rosetta is a must-visit restaurant. Set in an old townhouse, diners first walk through a grand door with planters spooling lush fauna on both sides. Walking in, the scene only gets more stunning: Oat-white walls and high ceilings with fashionable pendant lamps. The back features a tall atrium where light spills in, vines dangle, and walls parade botanical patterns. Food-wise, Chef Elena Reygadas’ seasonal dishes blend Italian and Mexican flavors with brilliancy—all the pasta is deliciously homemade.
Ensconced in an old Beaux-arts-style mansion, Nueve Nueve is a fine-dining establishment that serves contemporary Mexican cuisine. The charming roofed patio looks out to a garden, where statues and verdant foliage gracefully mingle. The food is just as top-line as the design. Trust us when we say this: You need to try the Lasagna de Chicharrón—a Mexican version of lasagna with traditional pork skins.
Both chic and atmospheric, this restaurant is a vibe, whether for brunch, an afternoon coffee break, or evening noshes and libations. The buzzy aristocratic mansion turned café is at the helm of Chef Victor Zarate, who has curated an appetizing menu (say yes to any of the ceviche). Rakish cocktails are their thing—order the Ponche Oaxaquño, which consists of Mezcal 400 Conejos, ponche de jimaica & guava, as well as lemon and agave syrup.
Brick Hotel is one of CDMX’s hottest new boutique hotels. Their restaurant Cerrajería sports floor-to-ceiling windows and a calming interior with a bevy of plants. Chef Armando Acosta is a culinary genius. Among many other dishes, his Tiradito de Kampachi is a tasty seafood plate you need to try.
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