A Visit to Polanco

Last Updated: November 7, 2012 by
Categories: Mexico

Chapultepec park with Polanco towersWith a population of more than 20 million, most people think of Mexico City as an urban behemoth. But having lived here for almost fifteen years I’ve come to see it differently—as a conglomeration of neighborhoods each with its distinctive, small town feel.

Polanco, which extends along the north side of Chapultepec Park, is home to some of the wealthiest people in Mexico. It has many of the best hotels, restaurants and shops in the city and is the location of choice for many foreign embassies, international corporations, and a large portion of the city’s Jewish community (you can find kosher tacos here). Near to many of the top museums, the air of sophisticated culture extends even to its streets, which are named after philosophers, writers and scientists. Along Avenida Presidente Masaryk , which is often compared to New York’s Fifth Avenue or Los Angeles’ Rodeo Drive, you’ll find a line up of status conscious stores like Tiffany’s, Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

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