Two of the best "Real Mexico City" neighborhoods, Santa Maria la Ribera and San Rafael go together to give visitors the look and feel - rough at all the right edges - of exactly what a city ought to be.
Loads of independent and off-the-wall cafes and art galleries are smack up against neighborhoods full of people who've been here for generations. Always walkable, gnawing, and interesting, they're two of the good early 20th centuries that keep visitors coming back, and that make some visitors even want to stay.
Hit the Kiosko Morisco in the middle of the alameda and then head for the surrounding streets. There's not just a lot to look at, but places to pop in, and say hi.
San Rafael's hipster-chic has rubbed off on Santa Maria's big sister status, and she's actually bearing some of the city's newest and hippest galleries.
But for the die-hard Mexico City explorer, both Santa Maria la Ribera and San Rafael still offer a lot that's to be wondered at.
A leading contemporary art space, josé garcía is also a bright spot for Mexican and International visual arts.
One of the latest in always-happening SMLR, Casa Equis is a powerhouse of stuff to look at.
A mainstay in San Rafael's art scene, gallery goers hardly remember the neighborhood without one of its biggest.
Goeritz's masterpiece takes visitors deep into the emotional heart of a profoundly modernist, 20th-century space.
One of San Rafael's longest running art & culture spaces, La 77 is more than a hotel gallery.
One of San Rafael's leading art spaces, Anonymous puts younger artists through their paces, and the public too.
Geology has all the best fossils and minerals, great cabinetry, and a magnificent building to show everything off.
There is no San Cosme neighborhood, but the causeway has a past as storied and alive as any…
Metro San Cosme is named for that most verdant section of the old Mexico Tacuba causeway, on the…