As 1 of Nomad List’s Top 20 destinations, Mexico City is praised amongst the community for its unlimited activities to do all at a cheap cost. From some of the world’s most detailed museums to an outstanding nightlife, this capital is just as enriching as it is intoxicating. If there is a city more spirited than the birthplace of Frida Kahlo, we have yet to find it.
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Where you could stay 🏘️
Whilst the historic centre is eye-catching, it is the neighbourhoods that make Mexico City so memorable.
A favourite amongst digital nomads has to be the delectable streets of Roma, where there is no shortage of foodie hotspots or trendy bars. Thanks to its community of creatives and expats, there are also plenty of cafes and co-working spaces available. Whilst this is one of the more expensive neighbourhoods, it is also one of the safest. And with inspiration always around the corner, Roma is an ideal introduction into life inside Mexico City.
Another popular choice is Condesa: Roma’s more sophisticated older sister. Nature is never far-away here, with the tree-lined paths inviting you to explore the arrays of colourful buildings. The bookshops and cafes are a hipster’s dream come true, but Condesa knows how to let its hair down, too.
It can be hard to find a spot that is equally enjoyable both at day and night. Fortunately, Condesa is more than capable. An evening at a bar can easily turn into a wild time dancing just in this neighbourhood alone.
But if you would prefer peace and quiet, Coyoacán is the neighbourhood for you. Artistic inspiration can be felt all around, not only in the Blue House belonging to Frida Kahlo, but in the painters today who sell their work at the market. Even if you spend the day wandering without a plan, you will feel quickly inspired by the local buzz that makes this neighbourhood so unique.
Whilst Roma, Condesa, and Coyoacán are idyllic choices, they can be quite expensive. If you are have a lower budget, it is worth looking into neighbourhoods like Polanco and San Ángel. Meanwhile, foreigners are strongly advised against visiting neighbourhoods like Tepito and Ciudad Neza.
How do I meet people? 🤝
One of the potential downsides to becoming a digital nomad is loneliness. Fortunately, there are ways around this — the most popular choice being through social media groups. For instance, you could join this group on meetup, or check out the following Facebook groups: Mexico City Digital Nomads, or Digital Nomads México.
It is hard to get bored in a city that never sleeps. Neighbourhoods like Roma and Condesa are especially good for meeting like-minded people — not only because of its growing international community, but due to the sheer variety of things to do. Finding your feet abroad can be challenging, but if you know where to look, it becomes much easier to adjust to the digital nomad lifestyle.
Where to work
On Nomad List, Mexico City ranks high when it comes to availability of public areas that are suitable for working. Aside from your standard cafes, the city plays host to several coworking spaces.
U-co Roma is a top pick for both co-working and co-living. Between the high-speed Wi-fi, gorgeous interior, and friendly community, you will fall in love fast with this home away from home. It is open everyday from 7am to 11pm, and offers multiple different workspaces like conference rooms and private offices. The best part is that it only costs 150 pesos a day (equivalent to $8.8).
Another option would be the centrally-located Homework. Its panoramic terrace is a popular spot for work events and launch parties, but it is still easy to get plenty of work done despite that incredible view of the Monument to the Revolution.
Though nothing compares to the chic and innovative interiors of Colabora’s co-working spaces. The community here is kind but more reserved — making it ideal if you find yourself getting distracted by others easily. Stretch your legs in between typing sessions with a stroll around the stunning grounds, and make the most out of all the amenities like free coffee and library access.
Whilst Wi-Fi quality is good within dedicated spaces and digital nomad friendly neighbourhoods like Roma and Condesa, it can be poor quality elsewhere. It should not affect you too much depending on where you work, but is worth keeping in mind if you plan on travelling further afield.
Need to know’s 💬
There are several benefits to being a digital nomad in Mexico City. But like any destination, it is not perfect. The biggest concern travellers have when moving to Mexico City is crime rates and staying safe.
It is important to have your wits about you at all times —particularly in areas like the Historic Centre where pickpocketing could happen. Some neighbourhoods are considerably more dangerous than others: those being Ciudad Neza, Doctores, Iztapalapa, La Merced Market and Tepito.
On the other end, some of Mexico City’s safest neighbourhoods include Roma, Condesa, Coyoacán, Polanco and Colonia Juárez. Juarez in particular is a favourite spot amongst LGBT+ travellers, with multiple gay bars and drag shows open until the early morning.
Mexico City ranks high on affordability on Nomad List (around $2000 a month), but those looking to move here should be aware of the debate around gentrification. If you are interested in investigating this subject further, check out this feature piece published by Rest of World.
Whilst much of Mexico City is walkable, public transportation is affordable here — coming only 5 pesos ($0.25) for a service. However, pickpocketing on this service is common due to how crowded it gets. Unfortunately, public transportation in Mexico City can be very unsafe for women. In an effort to counter this, there are women and children only carriages as part of several services. These are marked in pink.
The downside to the capital’s hustle and bustle is the noise pollution. Although it is no worse than any other big city, it is worth keeping in mind if you are sensitive to loud sounds.
Finally, travellers are recommended to be cautious when trying street food. Go for popular stalls (especially if they are frequented by locals) instead, and steering clear of the tap water is encouraged.