One of our favorite things to do when traveling is to take a food tour as a way to see the sights, learn about the local culture and eat superb food while getting our bearings in our new destination. Once we have completed a food tour, our next objective is to look up to find a scenic rooftop to enjoy a cocktail. It always seems more exhilarating when your cocktail is consumed on a rooftop, so you can take in the sights below while relaxing. We have compiled our favorite rooftops in Mexico City, where you can go to “drink in” the best views of Mexico’s capital.
Hotel Condesa DF (Av Veracruz 102): This trendy rooftop bar is located on top of the Condesa DF Boutique Hotel & Spa. It is where the beautiful people come for a cocktail to chill and soak in the cool vibe and lush treetop views of Parque España. The wooden patio decking adds to the sensation of being in an oasis, while their cocktail list is uninspiring it is worth visiting to forget the world below and slip into vacation mode as you watch the sunset. If the nibblies strike, check out their Asian tapas.
Sunday – Wednesday 2 – 11 PM
Thursday – Saturday 2 – 1 AM
Enjoying cocktails on the Hotel Condesa DF rooftop with Parque España in the background.
Hotel Parque México (Av México 133): A beautiful and stylish rooftop terrace decorated with verdant surroundings. The service is impeccable, with a friendly, helpful staff and tranquil ambiance – if you are a looking for a party atmosphere give this place a pass. You can choose to sit either with a view of Parque México across the street or in the comfortable seating around the perimeter of the courtyard with a view of a striking street art mural by local artist Maria Canfield. They have an impressive list of tequila and mezcal, making this a great place to try mezcal if you have not done so yet. Here, it is presented on a wood tray with candied strawberry, mango and orange slices with sal de gusano (worm salt) so you can have a taste of fruit between sips.
Mezcal happy hour on the Hotel Parque México terrace.
El Mayor (Calle República de Argentina 15 Planta Alta): Take the elevator from the Porrúa bookstore on the ground floor up to the magnificent rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the Templo Mayor and Metropolitan Cathedral. We always encourage guests of our taco food tour in Centro Histórico to take advantage of this prime location by taking some photographs of the historic sights from above. The food and drinks here are very good but the service can be slow. Sit back and relax as you visualize what Centro Histórico may have been like back when it was the center of the Aztec Empire.
Sunday 10 – 6:30 PM
Miralto (Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 2): The name says it all, mira (look) and alto (high). From this unparalleled vantage point on the 41st floor of the Torre Latinoamericana you have marvellous surround views of the city from way up high. This restaurant\bar is located in the historic center of the city making it possible to see many landmarks from above, including the zócalo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. So go enjoy a refreshing cocktail while taking in the breathtaking views – just don’t attempt taking the stairs up! If you are lucky you will be able to go during the rainy season (June – September) when visibility is better. Miralto restaurant offers fusion cuisine with a blend of Italian French and Spanish.
Monday – Sunday 9 – 10PM
La Casa de las Sirenas (Calle Republica de Guatemala No. 32): Located directly behind the Metropolitan Cathedral, the centuries old building housing La Casa de las Sirenas was likewise built from stones of the Aztec temples. From the rooftop you can enjoy delicious Mexican cuisine for lunch or dinner while taking in the splendid view of Centro Histórico’s most emblematic sights. Another draw not to be overlooked is the salon featuring over 200 varieties of mezcal!
Sunday 11 – 7 PM
Sears Cafe (Avenida Juárez 14): This may seem like a strange addition and while not exactly a rooftop it does offer the best vantage point for photographing the Bellas Artes, which makes it a worthwhile visit. You will find this hidden gem by entering Sears off Avenida Juarez and taking the elevator up to the 8th floor. The coffee is very good and there is ample seating.
Monday – Sunday 11 – 9 PM
This picture of the Bellas Artes was taken from the Sears Cafe on the 8th floor.