Aside from all the green, a lot of the charm in Condesa comes from its Art Deco architecture. The height of chic in the 1920's when Condesa was flourishing, Art Deco is based partly on Aztec motifs, so its ornamental geometry feels right at home in Mexico City. Condesa is one of the best preserved Art Deco neighborhoods in the world.
You can tour the area on foot, but bring a map. The street plan here is unusual, incorporating ovals and radiating, non-parallel streets, making the area delightfully or frustratingly confusing. The following walking tour begins in Parque Mexico and takes you along some of the best streets to see the Art Deco architecture of Condesa.
Follow Avenida Michoacán (in the direction of traffic) past Tamaulipas to reach the commercial hub of Condesa, mostly bars and restaurants which are hopping on weekend nights. It's great for watching the beautiful people of Mexico City.
Continue along Michoacán to Avenida Mazatlán with its central camellón (green walkway). Turn right and stroll 5 blocks to Avenida Veracruz, then turn right again, which will lead you to Parque España. Stop for a drink at the super-hip rooftop bar at the Condesa DF Hotel.
Walk across the Parque España (head toward the Pemex Station) and walk down Sonora back to Parque Mexico--they're only a few blocks apart.
Almost anywhere you wander off this suggested itinerary will turn up something interesting. Colonia Condesa is a great place to explore.
Sunday afternoon is a particularly lively time to visit Parque Mexico.
If you’re in Condesa on a Tuesday, don’t miss the tianguis on Calle Pachuca..