Polanco refers to an area of Mexico City north of Chapultepec Park. This district is delimited by Paseo de la Reforma to the south, Boulevard Manuel Avila Camacho (aka Periférico) to the west, Avenida Ejercito Nacional to the north and Avenida Mariano Escobedo to the east. Many streets in the area are named after famous writers, philosophers or scientists; its most notable street, Avenida Presidente Masaryk, is named after a Czech president. Today, Polanco is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods of Mexico City and commands some of the highest real estate prices, and offers a wide range of upscale boutiques, restaurants and numerous art galleries.
Polanco is known for its cultural diversity: it is home to one of the largest Jewish and Lebanese communities in Mexico and there are several synagogues in the area. North of Polanco is a wealthy residential neighborhood, Lomas de Chapultepec (and further out more wealthy copycat neighborhoods collectively known as Las Lomas) which is difficult to get to without a car, but has some additional places to visit.
The Metro is the easiest way to get in, as Polanco station (Line 7, or the orange line) is located conveniently in the middle of the area and one block away from Avenida Presidente Masaryk.
Polanco is an urban business hub that is best explored on foot. Eclectic and Nationalist styles, flourish in Polanco.
- Plaza Uruguay, (on Avenida Horacio, between Hegel and Lope de Vega). A small, nicely wooded park with a fascinating concrete sculpture in the middle; good place to stop and rest if you are tired of shopping.
- David Alfaro Siquerios Museum, Tres Picos No.29. Musuem showcases the works of famed Mexican artist, David Alfaro Siquerios, who specializes in murals.
- Museum Of Natural History, Segunda sección del Bosque de Chapultepec Mexico City,11800, ☎ +52 5 515 6304. Exhibits a history of evolution.
- Sample the internationally renowned cuisine of one of the city's most famous restaurants, such as Aguila y Sol or Izote.
- Window shop, or actually purchase if you dare, amongst the designer boutiques on Presidente Masaryk.
- Stop by the Architecture and Design Center at Avenida Juan Vázquez de Mella number 481.
- See a film in one of the cineplexes in the neighborhood, including the arthouse theater Cinemex Casa de Arte.
- Look at all of the foreign embassies and impressive buildings scattered throughout the area.
- Avenida Presidente Masaryk (alternatively, though incorrectly, spelled Mazaryk, or Masarik). Masaryk is one of the trendiest and most expensive shopping areas in Mexico City, where the local jet-set supply themselves. Many designer boutiques-- from Armani to Zara-- and jewelers such as Cartier, Bvlgari and Tiffany's, can be found on Masaryk. Beware, prices are probably twice as much for the same goods than in other countries.
- Musuem store, Aristoteles 8, Polanco, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, ☎ 5281-5595. Sells eclectic trinkets that are not only appealing but let you see the humorous side of the Mexican psyche.
- Piel Canela, Oscar Wilde 20 in Polanco (near the Lincoln Park, ☎ 5280-8464. Sells butter soft leather handbags and accessories.
- Tane, Masaryk 430, Polanco, Mexico City, ☎ 5281-4299. Monday-Friday 10AM-7PM, Saturday 11AM-3PM. Eye catching jewels abound in this store, which produces and sells high-quality silver, silver tableware, hollowware and other objets d'art.
- Sergio Bustamante, Hotel Nikko, Campos Eliseos and Emilio Castellar, Polanco, Mexico City, ☎ 5282-2638. For those without a budget, head to this store which sells the work of artist, Sergio Bustamante, whose playful sculptures made from copper, bronze and papier mache go for a eye opening price.
- Antara Polanco Newest and trendiest shopping center in the city.
- Moliere 222
- Pabellón Polanco Chic fashion centre.
- Plaza Polanco
- Palacio de Hierro
- Izote, Masaryk 515-11. Haute Mexican cuisine. Run by renowned chef Patricia Quintana.
- La Valentina, Masaryk 393, 2nd floor. Great place for Mexican food with a local ambiance. This restaurant has a branch in Miami at Aventura Mall.
- Casa Vieja, Eugenio Sue. This exclusive hotel also contains a rooftop restaurant serving high-class Mexican cuisine.
- Suntory, Montes Urales 535, Colonia Lomas de Chapultepec, ☎ +52 55 5536-9232. One of the oldest (and more traditional) Japanese restaurants in the city. There is another branch at Torres Adalid 14, Colonia del Valle.
- Nanda Yo, Alejandro Dumas 105, ☎ +52 55 1085-3742. A kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi restaurant in a stylish go-go lounge with Japanese-style minimalist decor. Prices look affordable but don't get caught off-guard; even if a plate of sushi ranges from $15-45, you may add them up to around $300-400 per person. Ask for rolls like the Mazinger Z, or Atroboy.
- Centro Asturiano. Relatively close to Chapultepec, the Centro Asturiano is where some of the Mexican-Spaniards gather. It has an excellent restaurant offering delicious Iberian treats.
- El Pendulo, Nuevo León, 115, Colonia Condesa. Hip, bright, clean coffeehouse/bookstore with a wide selection of drinks, desserts, and light foods, plus shelves and shelves of (mostly Spanish-language) books and DVDs to peruse. Not far from the Nikko hotel.
- El Bajío, Alejandro Dumas 7 (near the Hard Rock), ☎ 18.104.22.168, . Daily, 8a-11p. Some people call this the best place in the entire ciudad for traditional Mexican food. All of the tacos have a great flavor, and don't miss their mole sauce (even if on arroz). Bebidas buenoes - the horchata margarita and the cafe de olla are must haves. The restaurant is out of the way of the main Polanco area, but don't be fooled, it's usually busy so expect a wait. $10-$20.
- Blue Lounge, within Camino Real Hotel, Mariano Escobedo 700 Col. Anzures México D.F. 11590, ☎ 5 263-8888. A cool, relaxed place to have a drink and a nice chat. Average prices and good service.
- Bambaata, Moliere 237, ☎ 55315828. Dance the night away at this hip-hop, reggaeton & rap place. No entry charge, but is usually overcrowded, so clear a space for yourself on the dance floor.
- Cosmo, Avenida Presidente Masaryk 410 Colonia Polanco, ☎ 00 52 55 5281 4412. Drinks of choice are martinis for the young trendy professionals that frequent this place. It's somewhat of a scene, and there is an air of pretension, but the staff are attentive and the decor is hip and funky.
- Hard Rock Cafe, Campos Eliseos 290, Polanco, ☎ 5327-7101. Mon-Sun, 1PM to 2AM. Standard Hard Rock Cafe franchise but they serve tasty drinks and the bar often serves as a live muisc venue for touring acts.
- Canarios de Masarik, ☎ 5280-0505, . 13-24. Great place for Mexican food with a local ambiance. $300-400 per person.
- Jaso Restaurant, Newton 88 Polanco, ☎ 55457476, . 2 PM to 2 AM. Jaso is an ideal place for enjoying the finest Signature Cocktails in Mexico City surrounded by a cool ambiance. $400-600 per person.
- Habita Hotel, Av. Presidente Masaryk 201 Polanco, ☎ 55/5282-3100. Boutique hotel with a minimalist interior, the Habita Hotel has changed the style of the Mexican hotel industry. White and grey/steel is a common colour theme, elegant gray Mexican marble lining the bathrooms from floor to ceiling. Located on the rooftop terrace, the hotel's AREA bar remains among the city's most popular nightspots. $195-$265 (£107-£146) double; $315 (£173) junior suite.
- Hotel Polanco, Edgar Allan Poe 8, Mexico City, 11560. local favorite that often gets overlooked amidst the grand hotels in Polanco, but still offers many of the amenities of larger hotels, but at a much better price. Pleasant furninshing and attentive staff round out a good deal.
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