Mexico City Streets: La Roma
Plaza Luis Cabrera
Welcome to the heart of Colonia Roma, one of Mexico City's most popular and eclectic neighborhoods.
You should be standing on the pavement of Zacatecas Street, in front of the small plaza called Plaza Luis Cabrera, named after a well known turn-of-the-century writer, lawyer and activist.
My name is Lydia. I am a writer and translator and I live here in La Roma. You might even pass me on the street as you walk along listening to the tour. I love my neighborhood so much that I wrote a book about it called Mexico City Streets: La Roma. On this tour I am going to give you some general history about the neighbourhood, as well as point out some of my favorite sights and places. I hope by the end of it, you love Roma as much as I do.
Before we get going, let's spend a few moments here at Plaza Luis Cabrera.
Turn to face the fountain in the middle of the plaza.
You might not be able to see it, but the street that extends out from the park, Orizaba street, continues to the other side of the neighborhood. This street and its two plazas at either end, Plaza Luis Cabrera and the Rio de Janiero park, form a kind of umbicial cord in Colonia Roma. They were two of the first wide, tree-lined boulevards promised to the suburbs' new residents when Roma was built around 1900. This plaza is a dog walker and playing kids magnet as you have already surely seen by observing it for a few minutes.
So let's get going!
Turn with your back to the fountain.
Now turn left and start walking along Zacatecas Street.
While you walk, I'll briefly explain how VoiceMap works.
It uses your location to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. This means that you can put your phone away now. Don't worry if I'm silent for a while, when I'm not giving directions or telling stories. There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost, and if you do get way off track without noticing, VoiceMap will let you know.
On this tour, I want to show you why I think Colonial Roma is such an interesting neighborhood that is worth exploring.
Colonia Roma was the height of modernity at its inception, with electric lights, indoor plumbing, European inspired broad sidewalks and streets with leafy medians for strolling arm and arm.
Continue along Zacatecas Street. I'll meet you a little further ahead.