Metro San Cosme leaves you smack in the middle of the avenue, once a causeway, of the same name. For more on the origins of the name and the history of the neighborhood(s), see the church on the San Rafael side.
The very center of the two very chic neighborhoods of San Rafael and Santa Maria La Ribera, San Cosme is a frontier. It was once a small town all on its own. As such, it’s a prominent avenue, or at least, a very prominent part of the old Mexico-Tacuba road. It’s somewhere you should know.
The Metro station icon (above) refers to the House of Mascarones, a colonial palace just upstairs from the Metro on the Santa Maria side.
Having opened for service in September of 1970, it’s been a busy station on the 2 line basically ever since.
The south side (the San Rafael side) of the avenue above has a busy tianguis on most days of the week. Not necessarily the most affordable, it does offer a wide range of (especially) sports wear and leisure clothing for younger people. On your way to the San Cosme market, there is even a substantial section devoted just to nails, polishes, and nail extensions. If the smell of acetate doesn’t get to you, it’s something to see.