Zona Rosa

Stores, hotels, travel agencies, and restaurants line the avenues of the touristy Zona Rosa, just east of the park. With the mushrooming of fast-food spots and some tacky bars and stores, the area has lost some of its former appeal. There aren't many sights in Zona Rosa, so consider combining some time in the park with a meal and some shopping here. The 29-square-block area is bounded by Paseo de la Reforma on the north, Niza on the east, Avenida Chapultepec on the south, and Avenida Floréncia on the west. Immediately adjacent is Paseo de la Reforma and the Monumento a la Independencia.

Most of the buildings were built in the 1920s as two- and three-story private homes for the well-to-do. All the streets are named after European cities; some, such as Génova, are garden-lined pedestrian malls accented with contemporary bronze statuary.

You can head right to the park or start your exploration of the Zona Rosa at the junction of Reforma, Avenida Juárez, and Bucareli. The best-known landmark by the intersection of Reforma and Insurgentes is the Monumento a la Independencia, also known as El Angel, which marks the western edge of the Zona Rosa. To enjoy the Zona Rosa, walk the lengths of Hamburgo and Londres and some of the side streets, especially Copenhague—a veritable restaurant row. There's a crafts market, Mercado Insurgentes, also known as Mercado Zona Rosa, on Londres. Four blocks southwest of the market, at Avenida Chapultepec, you'll come to the main entrance of the Bosque de Chapultepec.

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