Wandering Sundays: Exploring Markets & Parks in La Condesa & Roma Norte (in Photos)

Sundays are meant to be rest days. I probably should have rested, because after three weeks in Tampa (a drive-only city), walking so many blocks in Mexico City every day is kicking my ass.

But I didn’t. Sunday is my favorite day to wander around cities because everyone is laid back, there are less people out and about, and there are usually cool things going on.

My first stop was Plaza Rio de Janeiro in Roma Norte where Durango meets Orizaba. Tents were set up housing funky clothes and handmade bags and hats reminiscent of my favorite flea market in Bogota. Along one branch of the shady park, an assortment of stalls sold organic fruits, veggies, and some homemade food products.

Plaza Rio de Janeiro Roma Mexico City

Then I popped into Mercado Medellin, a crowded indoor market where I gravitated towards two side-by-side stands selling Colombian products (!). Knowing that I can get my Colombian coffee fix whenever I want makes Mexico City that much better.

Mercado Medellin Mexico City

Then it was on to Parque Mexico, a big park in the middle of Condesa. It was packed with dog owners, young families, and cool-looking 20-somethings from the neighborhood.

Parque Mexico Condesa

In the middle of the park is a cement amphitheater which was hosting an international food festival with vendors from India, Greece, Cuba, and Lebanon.

Parque Mexico Condesa

Parque Mexico Condesa

I got there just in time to check out a belly dancing performance by a group of four women in wispy, ethereal costumes that mesmerized the crowd.

belly dancer Parque Mexico Condesa

belly dancer 2 Parque Mexico Condesa

I can’t lie – Condesa is seriously growing on me. These two neighborhoods make me want to rent a huge apartment with a view, fill it with trendy furniture and strange things I get at flea markets, adopt a dog from the pound, and stay here until my mid-30s. For real.

  • Wade
    October 18, 2011

    I really like how you are just wandering around the world just looking around thinking about things. It is my impression that not a lot of people can master this art. All travelers who keep going for a long time love nothing more than this haha.  

    I believe Mexico City has an infinite amount of good places just for walking and checking out life at street level.   

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    October 18, 2011

    Good point, that’s why I can see myself being entertained here for a very long time. There’s not much more I like to do than wander around and observe people and places. You’re right, must be a necessary trait for the long-term traveler.

  • Bess
    October 18, 2011

    Wow! There’s no reason not to settle down if you get the urge. Plus, from Mexico you can hop around North, Central, and South American fairly easily.

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    October 18, 2011

    That’s what I was thinking. Mexico City would actually make a great international hub so if I do stay longer term, I could still hop around if I wanted to.

  • Jeremy Branham
    October 18, 2011

    I have so much to learn about Mexico so it’s nice to read about places a little off the beaten path.  The markets seem interesting and so do the outfits some of the women wear! :)

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    October 20, 2011

    Hey Jeremy, Mexico is a big place to learn about. I hardly know anything. I wish I could say these spots are off the beaten path, but they’re pretty well visited.

  • Jhonson Smith6
    November 15, 2011

    Mexico city is great and very beautiful place to visit.

  • Bruce
    November 22, 2011

    great post and makes me wish mexico was on my itinerary.  i wonder how the flea market scene and organic food options will be like in Bogota when we arrive tomorrow?

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    November 22, 2011

    The flea market scene is great, my favorite is http://dev.jasminewanders.com/2011/03/where-to-spend-a-sunday-afternoon-in-bogota/ and also check out Usaquen on the weekends.

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