Restaurants, cafés, and hip boutiques radiate along and out from La Condesa's main drag, Avenida Michoacán. It's a great place for a break from a sightseeing slog—just relax at a sidewalk table and watch the hip young world go by. A snack will also fortify you for Avenida Michoacán's other main activity, shopping. Find higher-end vintage and indie designers at Viejo Amor, at Atlixco 81, and on-trend styles for women at Rapsodia at Tamaulipas 88. Along the nearby streets you'll find a good mix of temptations—everything from modern furniture to risqué lingerie.
Cafe Toscano. Stop to sip coffee and watch the world go by at this popular café. With patio seating and a prime location in the heart of the neighborhood, it's a perfect perch for people-watching while sipping a cappuccino and nibbling on salads, sandwiches, and other light café fare. Av. Michoacan 153, at Vicente Suarez, 06140.
Pizza Amore. You can pick up a quick slice of pizza in inventive combinations (such as ham and fig) at Pizza Amore. Michoacán 78. 55/5286–5126. Patriotismo.
El Farolito. The tacos at El Farolito are yummy. Try the costras, in which the meat is wrapped in fried cheese before being wrapped in a tortilla. Wash it down with a delicious juice, like the mango or coconut, made fresh in the taquería. Altata 19, at Alfonso Reyes. 55/5515–7844. www.taqueriaselfarolito.com. Patriotismo.
El Péndulo. El Péndulo acts as a sort of cultural center. The first of what is now a chain of café-bookstores is stuffed with Spanish-language books and international CDs; classical guitarists and other musicians play on weekends. Av. Nuevo León 115, at Av. Vicente Suárez. 55/5286–9493. www.pendulo.com. Chilpancingo or Patriotismo.
Av. Michoacan and Av. Tamaulipas, Mexico City, Mexico