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Dance
Zona Rosa (which means "pink zone", not to be confused with ''zona roja,'' a red light district) was ''the'' place to go for nightlife in the city, but recently other areas, most notably Condesa, have since surpassed it in trendiness. Nevertheless, there is still heavy tourist traffic, and you will easily find yourself accosted by people in the streets selling goods and services, be it dance and strip club promoters, tourist information from police officers, tours from taxi drivers, plus the usual crowd of street vendors, lottery vendors and beggars. If you're not interested, just ignore them.
 
==Get in==
Glorieta de Insurgentes, the plaza-and-traffic circle at the intersection of Avenida Insurgentes and Avenida Chapultepec, is a transportation hub for the Metro and Metrobus and is an excellent stopping-off point.
 
===By metro===
You can hop off at Insurgentes Station (Line 1, pink). The station exits in the plaza at the center of Glorieta de Insurgentes, where good people-watching opportunities abound.
 
===By bus===
* '''Plaza la Rosa''', between Amberes and Genova street. Shopping precinct that has over 72 prestigious shops and boutiques, including Mango, Furor, Iker and others.
* '''Jardin del Arte''', Rio Nevada, between Sullivan and Manuel Villalongin. Colorful market on Sundats Sundays with more than 100 artists exhibiting and selling their paintings and sculptures.
==Eat==
If you're looking for fast food chain restaurants or internet cafes, they're practically on every corner in Zona Rosa.
*<eat name="Pancho's Bar" alt="" address="Av. ChapultapecChapultepec" directions="On north side of street, between Insurgentes station and Amberes; around the corner from Best Western Royal Hotel" phone="" url="" hours="" price="$45-65" lat="" long="">This restaurant is a lot bigger than it looks, but on this crowded sidewalk of Avenida Chapultepec just west of the station you might almost miss it. They tape a photocopy of their menu above every table, but don't let that fool you-- the staff are professional and the food is great, especially at these prices. It's Mexican cuisine with a creative streak. The house tortilla chips and salsa are excellent, and can fill you right up before your meal even arrives! On the cheap end, quesadillas are $14, flautas (chicken or beef) are $10, and you can get a very large and very satisfying ''torta'' (there are a few varieties) with fries for $30; most other meals start with soup and rice before getting to the main dish and go for an average $50, though there are a few dishes that are as high as $180.</eat>
*<eat name="Dragón" alt="" address="Calle Hamburgo" directions="between Niza and Copenhague" phone="" url="" hours="M-Su 11AM-10PM" price="$150-250" lat="" long="">Mid-priced Peking style Chinese food, semi-formal atmosphere. The Peking duck is the specialty, also try the beef in orange peel sauce.</eat>
*<eat name="Zampano's" alt="" address="Calle Nápoles, Col. Juárez" directions="between Liverpool and Londres" phone="" url="" hours="M-Sa" price="$60-140" lat="" long="">Owned by expats from the US and Australia, this is an excellent and cheap pizza place. The clientele is a mix of expatriates and Mexicans. Try the mariposa salad or the mexigarita pizza (a ot black sauce and tomatoes), then the Ruca Suprema (with everything) or the Ary's Pollito (chicken, corn, and avocado). Beer is 2 for one during happy hour. The music is vibey and if you get inside when it is cold or raining, the oven gives a nice warmth.</eat>
*<eat name="Beatricita" alt="" address="Calle Londres 190-D" directions="between Florencia and Varsovia" phone="+52 55 5511 4213" url="" hours="M-Sa10AM-6PM" price="$60-140" lat="" long="">The best tacos in the city. Established by Beatriz Muciño Reyes, who decided to immigrate into the city in 1887 alongside her brother Claudio, hoping for a better life. In the morning, you may enjoy a complete breakfast for $42, which includes: juice, coffee and the pastry of your choice; 2 tacos or eggs in any way you may think of, ''chilaquiles'' with eggs or chicken or pork rinds in green salsa. For lunch, there's a menu which includes: soup, rice, and the plate of your choice among 9 typical Mexican dishes, a soda and dessert for just $47. Don't forget to drop by on Viernes Pozolero(Fridays). On weekends, you cannot miss the ''Pancita en Cascabel'' (cow guts cooked in cascabel chili sauce) or a mushroom soup.</eat>
*<eat name="Fonda del Refugio" alt="" address="Calle Liverpool" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Typical Mexican cuisine specializing in sauces and fussy dishes. Great desserts and excellent service. One of the highest rated Mexican restaurants in Mexico City. Founded by a Mexican food critic in the early 1950's, this is the restaurant for Mexican celebrities (Maria Felix) during lunch, and foreign ones during dinner. </eat>
*<eat name="Tokyo" alt="" address="Calle Londres" directions="near the mini-mall Plaza de la Rosa" phone="" url="" hours="" price="$100-200" lat="" long="">Excellent food at reasonable prices. Don't miss the $60 set menu (Monday to Friday M-F only).</eat>*<eat name="Cafe Ventura" alt="" address="corner of calles Hamburgo and Genova" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A nice place to have breakfast or lunch. You can sit inside or on the patio. They have great meal specials for about 50 pesos. For breakfast try the chicken chilaquillaschilaquiles, or you can just get pancakes. </eat>*<eat name="La cicciolina" alt="Cicciolina" address="Rio Nilo 90" directions="Reforma with Rio Nilo, one block from Angel-Statue" phone="55149553" hours="7:00-23:30" price="$" lat="" long="">La cicciolina, is a Bistro, Café and Gourmet Shop just one block from "El Angel" at the heart of México opened by a German/Argentinien couple, they make personalized Pizza, they way you tell them and have everyday a special menu. Also nice place to have a coffee and little talk, don't miss their Illy coffee and offers gourmet. </eat>
==Drink==
 
*<drink name="Bar Milan" alt="" address="Calle Milan, Col. Juárez" directions="corner with General Prim, a few blocks from the corner of Insurgentes and Reforma" phone="" url="" hours="W-Sa 6PM-3AM" price="$60-300" lat="" long="">Popular with a bohemian crowd, Bar Milan has a very relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. It has a tendency to get overcrowded however. Plays electronic music and rock We-Th, more Spanish language rock and Latin music Fr-Sa. The mojito is the specialty cocktail. '''Note:''' Cash needs to be changed into ''milagros'', the in-bar currency, before use, bartenders and waiters don't accept cash. Larger-denomination milagro bills can be changed back when leaving.</drink>
In Amberes street, there are a few places to go and let loose on the dance floor, including:
*<drink name="BoyBar" alt="" address="Amberes 14" directions="" phone="5511-3915" url="http://www.boybarclub.com" hours="F 3PM-8PM, 11PM-5AM" price="" lat="" long="">A nightclub which opens in the afternoon (Fridays only). It has a lobby, 1st floor and terrace. It's very well-known for its 'Dark Room' where people get in and flirtscrew each others arses.</drink>
*<drink name="Lipstick" alt="" address="Amberes 1 (cnr Paseo de la Reforma)" directions="" phone="5514-4920" url="http://www.lipstickbar.com" hours="closed SunSu-TueTu" price="" lat="" long="">This nightclub is one of the hottest in the gay community. It has a 1st floor and a terrace, it has lots of screens on which you can see the videos of the song that's played. </drink>
===Gay-friendly===
===Mid-range===
*<sleep name="Hotel NHBest Western Royal Zona Rosa" alt="" address="Liverpool no 155 Zona RosaAmberes 78, Col. Juárez" directions="" phone="+52 55 9149 3000" emailurl="http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?iata=&promoCode=&corpID=&propertyCode=70175" faxcheckin="" urlcheckout="" checkinprice="$80-120" checkoutlat="" pricelong="$81">Modern hotel A bit pricey if booked direct. Two in-house restaurants, as well as penthouse poolside bar. Standard room sizes, very clean, with a great locationTV, desk, half and minibar (fee for minibar use). Free wi-fi throughout the hotel. Since the hotel is a block away from the main city square17-storey tower, Plaza Zocoalo. First rate service and the staff rooms are very professionalon floors 5 and up (ground-4th fl. Hotel has a indoor swimming pool: parking garage), fitness center and wireless internet accessstreet noise is not an issue.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Embassy Suites by Hilton Mexico City - ReformaHotel El Ejecutivo" alt="" address="Paseo de la Reforma 69, Viene # 8 Col. TabacaleraJuárez, 06600 Mexico City" directions="" phone="+52 (55 5061 3050) 5566 6422" url="http://www.embassysuitesmexicocityhotelelejecutivo.com.mx/location/?locale=en_US" checkin="3PM" checkout="11AM" price="$400+ mex" lat="" long="">Recently opened, Excellent value for $36 (usd) - must book on the Embassy Suite offers website for this deal. It will cost over $100 (usd) if you walk up a desirable stay. The suites Just print your receipt & present it at the front desk. Rooms & restaurant are larger than average, with 2 large flat panel TVs clean & in each room, and a spectacular view from the 17th floornew condition. The building contains an indoor pool and the free breakfast Bell hop (Mauricio) is mouthwatering and delicious, very helpful with the cook preparing fresh and local treatsanything you need. Just ask him. Price also includes 2 hours blocks from Paseo Reforma. Near lots of free cocktails with light snacks every nightshopping & food.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Sheraton Maria IsabelHotel Geneve" alt="" address="Paseo de la Reforma 325Londres 130, Col. CuauhtémocJuárez" directions="two blocks from Insurgentes metro station" phone="+52 55 5242 55555080 0800, +52 55 5080 0831" url="http://www.sheratonmariaisabelhotelgeneve.com/.mx" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Decent, but not impressive 3 star This top end hotel located is in the heart of Zona Rosa, making it a prestigious address to stay in. The bedrooms are of a good size and it While the hotel has a good gym been around since 1907, constant renovations maintain its luxurious interior with dark wood paneling and poolcorkscrew Solomonic columns.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Holiday Inn Express" alt="" address="Paseo de la Reforma 208" directions="" phone="+ 52 55 9150 5900" url="http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/ex/1/en/hotel/mexre" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Inexpensive but surprisingly good value with clean rooms, friendly staff and a great location, just across the street from the WTC. Price includes a free continental breakfast.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Hotel Marco Polo" alt="" address="Amberes 27" directions="" phone="+52 55 5080 0800, +52 55 5080 0831" url="http://www.marcopolo.com.mx/default.aspx" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Located on the gayest street of Mexico City, this gay-friendly hotel is an excellent choice for gay and lesbian travelers looking for a well-equipped, moderately-priced hotel in the heart of the Zona Rosa.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Hotel NH" alt="" address="Liverpool 155, Col. Juárez" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="$81" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Modern hotel with a great location. First rate service and the staff are very professional. Hotel has a outdoor heated swimming pool, fitness center and wireless internet access.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Hotel Plaza Madrid" alt="" address="Calle Madrid #15 Col. Tabacalera, Distrito Federal, Mexico City, C. P. 06030." directions="" phone="01 (555) 705 09 61" url="http://www.plazamadridhotel.com/index.html" checkin="3PM" checkout="1PM" price="$700+ mex" lat="" long="">70's Sheik Hotel. Nice location a couple of blocks from the Paseo. Wifi in the lobby. Excellent breaksfast buffet & full bar until 11PM</sleep>
===Splurge===
*<sleep name="Hotel GeneveEmbassy Suites Mexico City - Reforma" alt="" address="Londres 130Paseo de la Reforma 69, Col. JuárezTabacalera" directions="two blocks from Insurgentes metro station" phone="+52 55 5080 08005061 3050" url="http://www.embassysuitesmexicocity.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Recently opened, the Embassy Suite offers up a desirable stay. The suites are larger than average, with 2 large flat panel TVs in each room, and a spectacular view from the 17th floor. The building contains an indoor pool and the free breakfast is mouthwatering and delicious, with the cook preparing fresh and local treats. Price also includes 2 hours of free cocktails with light snacks every night.</sleep> *<sleep name="Sheraton María Isabel" alt="" address="Paseo de la Reforma 325, Col. Cuauhtémoc" directions="In the Plaza de la Independencia" phone="+52 55 5080 08315242 5555" url="http://www.hotelgenevesheratonmariaisabel.com.mx/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">This top end Decent, but not impressive 4 star hotel is located in the heart of Zona Rosa, making it next to the HSBC tower and facing "El Ángel" (Monumento a prestigious address to stay la Independencia) inthe heart of the banking district. While the hotel The bedrooms are of a good size and it has been around since 1907, constant renovations maintain its luxurious interior with dark wood paneling a good gym and corkscrew Solomonic columnspool.</sleep>
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