When traveling to new cities, I never go the organized tour route, and prefer to look up all the interesting places to check out - to me, that's half the fun of traveling! It also seems like most tour guides are a one-size-fits-all, without much of a personality or unique point of view.I recently traveled to Mexico City for business and had an extra day to explore the city. CDMX is huge (even for someone from LA!) and there is so much to see. I wanted to maximize my day and quickly researched tours, deciding on a 6-hour personal tour with StylewalkMX. What I found most appealing was the customization and vibe I got from the website, which seemed like a good fit for someone like me who wanted to see the major sights, get a feel for the rich culture, and just as important, eating & shopping! While it was more expensive than a canned group tour, it was definitely worth it in my opinion - I was able to customize what I wanted to see, there was a private driver, escorted walking tours, and get access to restaurants/galleries that are hard to get.The second leg of the tour was the "Hipster La Roma" tour with Laura. The La Romaarea is dope, with a lot of boutiques, galleries, coffee shops. Yes, it's very hipster, but I love how it's all still got a very local vibe. La Roma reminds me of Silverlake in LA, Abboy Kinney (5 years ago), Brooklyn (5 years ago), Marais, Shoreditch, etc. Check out the Goop's mini- guide of Mexico City, turns out the restaurant Laura was able to snag reservations for, El Parnita, is also featured.The tour with Laura was awesome! We explored all these cool shops, galleries, and restaurants, many of which are tucked away down driveways behind gates where you have to be buzzed in. It was like having your best friend show you all their secret haunts - I loved it and totally recommend this tour!
HIPSTER LA ROMA WALKING TOUR
Catherine & Laura's walking tour reveals a version of La Roma that you could never find on your own.
Want to get straight to the cosmopolitan heartbeat of Mexico City? The The New York Times is raving about?
Google maps & shopping blogs won't even scrape the surface! We are here to take you to Mexico's coolest & off-the-radar hotspots - 100% tailored to your interests.
This private 3 hour tour is your insider's glimpse into Mexico City’s less-than-obvious & endearingly unpretentious style scene.
We love La Roma! It's Mexico City's slighty wacky equivalent of Brooklyn, East London, or the Parisian Left Bank.
Drop yourself into some knockout Instagram shots!
Distinguish yourself from those visitors who think Mexico is a place where you go to drink frozen margaritas from plastic cups.
We are not beige, and neither are you!
MEET YOUR LA ROMA GUIDES
Laura and Catherine are La Roma locals who stay on top of what's fresh and exciting.
Stylewalk MX Director, Laura, personally started the La Roma walking tours. The concept was a first for Mexico City.
Stylewalk MX Director, Laura, has a great radar for the quirky, the unique, and the outstanding. That's how she started the company!
She loves the places and people she introduces you to and is well loved in the community. That means you are not a tourist when you are with her, you are a part of her neighbourhood. Having previously worked as an architectural journalist in Mexico City, Laura has the edge on linking history & traditional culture to what we see in modern day Mexico.
Laura‘s awesome outlook on life and extensive network of art and design connections, makes this tour one of a kind. Each of her guests receives an experience unique to their set of interests and outlook.
Catherine keeps us up-to-date on Mexico City's best food offerings and the latest shopping highlights !
Catherine is a New Zealander with a background in public relations and writing, who happily found herself living in the best part of Mexico City and then stayed put!
Catherine has travelled and worked all over, so she brings a unique world-view to the magic that is La Roma. She loves meeting people and opening doors to the hidden charms of the neighbourhood.
She has a great radar for tuning into people's interests and personality, and making their day come alive.When she is not on tour or working on business projects, you’ll find her taste-testing the menu at any of the countless new eateries nearby!
She is a dynamic member of the team, and extremely well loved by locals and visitors alike.
We don't do hipster-metrics, or age limits.
Just come as you are!
WELCOME TO LA ROMA - THE TRUE PULSE OF MEXICO CITY!
Often referred to as the Soho of Mexico, La Roma is an eclectic mix of colonial history, upbeat bohemia, new money, and the fresh edge of street cool.
When the New York Times named Mexico City as THE #1 world travel destination in 2016, they said 'it hit a sweet spot'. Standing in the mass crowds of Centro Histórico, or sweating in the queue at the Frida Kahlo museum, however, you would be forgiven for wondering where on earth that sweet spot is. Enter La Roma : the contemporary face of fresh, loveable, Mexico.
We navigate you through a quirky boutiques, chic galleries, street art and old school taco shops.
A vibrant collision of colonial decay, contemporary fashion, underground chic, food obsession, and high-end development, La Roma is Mexico City's hidden treasure.
Mexican design has made it the global design capital for 2018
There is a catch though...
It's just not that easy getting to the good stuff. The unique rooftop ateliers, backstreet shops, and boutiques with no signage, are the real pulse of this neighbourhood. Without them, La Roma would be just another suburb.
The most common comment our guests tell us is: "I never would have found this on my own!”
We love La Roma. We don't want you to believe you've seen it, when you drive by on the bus.
We also don't want you to wander around for hours and hours, wondering what all the fuss is about. That's why we developed this tour.
People may wonder whether or not this kind of tour is superfluous and couldn't be done independently....A good analogy might be trying to read Shakespeare entirely on your own or alongside a talented professor. It's better with a guide!
WHAT TO EXPECT ON TOUR
Think of us your personal curators.
Our job is to filter out the mundane, drab and ubiquitous,
so that you get straight to the REALLY GOOD STUFF!
A one-to-one walking tour with Laura and Catherine isn't really a tour. It's more like a carefully curated series of experiences allowing you to know La Roma as the locals do. We give you the chance to really get inside La Roma's incredible urban style scene - the rough and the polished - and be on top of the buzz!
When you make a booking, we send you a checklist of interests and possibilities to find out what tickles your fancy. We then design your tour to meet this wishlist - always with the option of adapting the program along the way and staying open to the spontaneity of moment!
You can be extremely uncool,
aging, and unstylish,
AND take the La Roma hipster tour!
You'll have a choice of seeing the latest from contemporary Mexican designers, be it: fashion, ceramics, zines, jewellery, kitchenware, shoes, or accessories.Then there's private art galleries and artists' studios, interiors in restaurants cafes & bars that catch our eye, one-off furniture pieces and newly restored decorative creations made by local interior designers.
If you are a foodie, we can point you to fresh contemporary Mexican dining options or pop in for a quesadilla at trusted local street food kiosk. Stop for a mezcal, espresso, or Baja California wine.
If you have a
be it leopard print espadrilles,
kitsch fridge magnets
let us know!
Mexico City's savvy, cosmopolitan alter ego does exist! But you won't find it on every corner & street...
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HIPSTER LA ROMA TOUR
We offer you these starting point options for customising your tour.
What's on your wishlist?
- colonial architecture
- art galleries
- street art
- local handcrafts - rugs , textiles, objects
- MX fashion boutiques
- MX jewellery & accessories
- vintage & antiques
- interior design
*We don't include food or drink in your tour price so you are not locked into anything prior. Some people like to pause, others like to keep going!
La Roma is a beautifully compact area of modern urban talent, old fashioned Mexican culture & random street oddities.
Oddly enough, not many places have signs or advertising however.
The most common comment our visitors tell us is: How on earth did you find this place ?!
My family and I learned interesting information from an insider's perspective that we never would have known. The district is changing so quickly and there are no signs, so if you want to know where the cool spots are, Laura will take you there.
COLONIA LA ROMA'S ECLECTIC HISTORY
Once home to Mexico City's aristocratic elite, La Roma's regal past now peeks outs from aging architraves and refurbished powder rooms.
History happily holds hands with contemporary in La Roma.
La Roma has functioned as a creative hub for writers, intellectuals, artists and musicians since the 1950s. Whilst once the muse of American beat poets, Luis Buñuel, Fidel Castro, and contemporary pianist Michael Nyman, La Roma was originally an elite sanctuary for Mexico’s 19th century political & business players.
This neighbourhood has survived several significant milestones in Mexican history, including the massive 1985 earthquake and a phase in which its name was synonymous with crime, drugs and prostitution. However, like most areas that have experienced a born-again-revival through urban development, La Roma's former periods of social demise are now barely visible.
Named a ‘magic district’ by the Mexican government, La Roma is now home to a new wave of young entrepreneurs, designers & freelancers and nouveau riche, who harmoniously live side by side the mixed demographic local families who have been property owners since year dot.
La Roma is the perfect film set, where modern life plays out against a Fellini-esque neo-classical backdrop
Catherine has a thorough knowledge of this cool area and everyone we met at little boutiques, galleries, cafes and shops on our walk showed their affection for her. She has a real knowledge and love of this neighbourhood.
READ OUR TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS
We are established professional guides.
We take our job seriously.
There are over 100 glowing TripAdvisor shout-outs to prove it!
Global coolhunters have named Mexico City the Design Capital for 2018.
Do a little research and you'll soon find that La Roma is the heart of Mexican design.
Laura was wonderful. She was able to give us a more intimate experience of understanding Mexico City, La Roma and La Condesa . I would start your trip with her walking tours (we did two!), so as to get your bearings and have recommendations for the rest of your trip.
WHERE IS LA ROMA IN MEXICO CITY?
La Roma is conveniently situated near Mexico City's central city accommodation.
When you book you'll receive cut n paste directions for Uber, Cabify or Easytaxi app.
As I didn't have a huge amount of time in Mexico City I wanted to cut straight to the chase with finding cool interiors/ antiques/ vintage boutiques... Laura is flexible with what she can include in her tours and will cater to you and your interests. I highly recommend her tours.
HOW DO I BOOK? (AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS?)
Your booking is reserved via our secure online booking platform.
Here's what to expect...
- Click on the orange booking button.
- Identify which tour slots are available in our live bookings calendar. Remember these are private tours. Once you book a timeslot, the tours is yours and yours alone.
- Reserve your preferred time/day with our secure online payment gateway.
- Answer the short questionnaire about your wishlist of interests (and/or pet-hates!)
- Receive an instant booking confirmation! Your tour is 100% yours!
- You'll receive detailed info about tour meeting point, and your guide's mobile number via email.
- The day of your tour, your guide is waiting for you at the meeting point, ready to get started!
If you need to change the day or time of your tour after booking, just let us know!
Off-the-beaten-path street art in La Roma! This is one of the items you can say yes or no to when you answer our tour wishlist questionnaire.
Laura has a great personality and a wealth of knowledge that she is happy to share with her touring clients. She knew ahead of time that I was interested in photographing the neighborhoods, street art and just trying to capture the local vibe. With her help and friendly manner I accomplished everything I set out to do.
Your Hipster La Roma Walking Tour is private. This means you don't share your tour with anyone else.
- Total for 1 person group - US$138
- Total for 2 person group - US$154.56
- Total for 3 person group - US$165.60
- Total for 4 person group - US$171.12
- Total for 5 person group - US$213.90
- Total for 6 person group - US$256.70
- Total for 7 person group - US$299.50
For larger groups, please contact us for a quote.
*Prices are in US dollars & don't include tax. Should you wish to tip your guide, this is standard hospitality etiquette in Mexico.
USEFUL INFO FOR VISITORS TO MEXICO CITY
About us, our clients, common questions, and some travel tips for you.
1. We are a LGBTI friendly company.
We are a LGBTI friendly company. Every sexual, religious, or political orientation is welcome on tour with us. We only work with tour guides who naturally relate well to new people and different lifestyles.. Our guides are openminded, cosmopolitan people, who know that colour and diversity make the world a better place!
Clients Mario & Patrick - what can we say.....we LOVE your style!
2. Check out our partner hotel list. It is drawn from three years of feedback from Stylewalk clients.
Where you stay in Mexico City can make a HUGE difference to your stay. Many people think the Frida Kahlo neighbourhood of Coyoacan is the epi-center of CDMX. Logistically speaking, nothing could be further from the truth! We have partnered with the bnbs and hotels that our tour guests consider to be fantastic Mexico City accomodation options - be it for mid or upscale budgets.
.3. We don't accept any third party commissions from any restaurants or shops.
We are travellers too and have been on tours in foreign parts of the world where it is obvious that the guide in cohoots with a shop or restaurant for tourist patronage. The experience is horrid. We don't want to be on tours like that so accordingly we only work with guides who are 100% free of shams and paybacks . Read more here...
4. Giving back. Being socially responsible is built into Stylewalk's business model.
Aside from directly supporting the best local Mexican businesses, a percentage of your tour payment goes directly to sustainable development projects. Read more here...
5. FAQs: essential travel tips & common questions for new visitors to Mexico City!
Have questions about currency, airport pick up/drop off, tour refunds or safety in Mexico City. Check our common visitor FAQs.
Locally designed objects & handmade one-offs
Laura was a fantastic guide. She was extremely informative and knowledgable. You can get that from multiple guides. What set her apart was here fun attitude and engaging personality. She seamlessly jumped between aiming the information to myself, my wife, and our 14yo son. Truly a great day.
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Highly recommend this company mainly because it's an opportunity to do something a little different when it comes to a 'tour'. Laura our guide (and owner) was so knowledgeable about the neighborhood and geared our tour to our specific interests. Even during the tour she adjusted what we saw based on shops/cafes/architecture/galleries we got excited about. Beyond Laura's knowledge of the neighborhood, she knew the proprietors of the businesses gaining us access to sites not possible on our own.
It was a pleasure to take you out and give you a fresh way of experiencing the cool that is Mexico City. Being local makes a big difference to us, both in terms of what we can show you and knowing how to get in!!! I loved sharing these hidden treasures so I am super glad you appreciated them!