Insider Guide

W Hotels x them. Mexico City

Queer culture shapes this city’s past & present, and you’ll find hints of it everywhere in CDMX.

W Hotels x them. Mexico City

Insider Guide W Hotels x them. Mexico City

The essential guide to queer Mexico City

W Hotels has teamed up with them. to create a guide to Mexico City that celebrates the diverse historical, social, and insider experiences that are at times overlooked by traditional guidebooks. Each one serves to celebrate individuality everywhere and inspire a new generation of travelers to get up and go.

Queer culture in Mexico City is as joyful today as it has been in the past, however it hardly operates in the shadows anymore. LGBTQ+ people have founded some of Mexico City’s most exciting and enduring cultural institutions, and visitors to the Mexican capital will find a bustling and vibrant array of nightlife and daylife destinations to enjoy as they take in this incredible city. If you’re currently considering a trip to Tenochtitlan, we’re here to help. Here are some spots where queer Mexico City shines.

When in Mexico City, You Must

Know Before You Go

Mark your calendar! Pride celebrations typically occur on the third weekend in June. This year's parade takes place on June 23rd.


Those unfamiliar with Mexico City’s local geography will save themselves the hassle of navigating a language barrier by utilizing cab apps for travel (Uber and Easy Taxi both work well).


The metro system, used by over 4.4 million people each day, is a wonder of civil engineering. The stations also feature wondrous art and historic displays. But avoid rush hour, typically
6-9AM & 6-9PM.


Neighborhoods to Explore

1. Zona Rosa

Mexico City’s traditionally queer neighborhood, known for its nightlife, energy, and shopping.

2. Coyoacán

Famed for its bohemia, Coyoacán is a place for the development of Mexican artistic voices.

3. Tabacalera

The downtown Tabacalera neighborhood is known for its iconic position highlighting how far Mexico City has come in terms of LGBTQ+ rights.

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Campos Eliseos 252, Chapultepec

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Calle Gral. Prim 30

There are many queer parties in CDMX, but only Traición is guided by its own mythic, genderqueer Aztec deity. Each edition features queer performances you likely won’t see in the city’s clubs, plus a well-curated lineup of musical acts that represent the finest of Latin America’s sexo diverso diaspora.


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This is a very well-known but underground party. The music, the diversity of patrons, and locations are all mind-blowing.


Casa Azul

Londres 247

Frida Kahlo, who is today arguably Mexico's most famous queer creative, is much beloved here. Explore Frida’s famously florid life by visiting the gorgeous home in Coyoacán where she was born and eventually died, now preserved as a museum.


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Inside Casa Azul, you’ll find the painter’s maximalist collections of dolls and figurines, her orthopedic shoes, the vestiges of her years coupled with Diego Rivera, and a garden courtyard whose charms will linger in your dreams.


El Baile de los 41 plaque

Calle Dr Mora 1, Colonia Centro

Hidden on an average street in the downtown Tabacalera neighborhood, this plaque located at Calle Doctor Mora 1 commemorates a 1901 party whose queer attendees were arrested by police and sentenced to hard labor, many of them dying as a result. This plaque serves as a somber note highlighting how far Mexico City has come in terms of LGBTQ+ visibility.


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It’s whispered that el Baile de los 41 actually had 42 names on its original guest list, with then-President Porfirio Diaz’s own son in attendance, but allowed to sneak away before his unlucky friends were subject to his father’s homophobic censure.



Newton 55, Polanco

Diners that appreciate a subtle, plant-based approach to haute Mexican cuisine should head to Jorge Vallejo’s much-lauded Quintonil. Here, the restaurant’s garden helps fuel a rotating locavore menu that at times includes charred avocado tartare, smoky catches of the day, and the bushy, broccoli-adjacent huazontles, which may come paired with a fresh Chiapan cheese.


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This is an in-demand restaurant — if you want to dine at Quintonil while you’re here, be sure to try to grab reservations online at least two or three weeks in advance.

Licorería Limantour

Licorería Limantour

Av. Álvaro Obregón 106

Sample Mexico City’s rich cocktail culture at Licorería Limantour, where mixology culture in the city really started shaking. Owner José Luis León Martinez is now one of the city’s legit bar stars, and one glance through his spot’s bold, rotating menu will explain why.


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Instant classics have included León’s intriguing green margarita and an entire menu update based on works of literature, such as Like Water to Chocolate and Pedro Páramo, a 1955 novel featuring a protagonist who finds himself in a ghost town.

Teatro El Vicio

Teatro El Vicio

Calle Madrid 13, Del Carmen

El Vicio was founded in 1954 by one of CDMX's most prominent queer writers, Salvador Novo. The poet envisioned the Coyoacán venue, with stages situated around a leafy green courtyard in a neighborhood famed for its bohemia, as a place for the development of Mexican artistic voices.


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The space’s mission remains the same over 70 years later, and it’s a perennial favorite for those looking for edgy theatrical programming, with a special focus on cabaret.



Col. San Miguel Chapultepec

Kurimanzutto was founded in 1999 and spent its first nine years as an itinerant art space, occupying produce markets, semi truck shipping containers, and the Mexico City airport in its quest to support a new generation of Mexican creatives.


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The gallery recently opened a New York outpost, and in an inversion of previous mercado takeovers, the artist Gabriel Orozco last year installed an entire OXXO convenience store under Kurimanzutto’s graceful high ceilings.


Rosa Pistola

Calle, Lic. Verdad 11

DJ Rosa Pistola began her rise to fame as one of the reggaeton genre’s most powerful female figures by playing in Mexico City’s queer clubs, and has become a key force in making the metropolitan area's perreo scene more inclusive. At her eponymous streetwear boutique, tucked into a historic building found behind the Zócalo, Rosa sells her own unisex line of crop tops and hoodies, plus bodysuits, risqué cut-out sweatshirts, and handmade leather accessories from local queer designers like Deerton, Ivan Fiend, and Sébastien.


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Her private showroom accepts reservations — let them know in advance when you’re coming through.


AWAY Spa at W Hotel Mexico City

Campos Eliseos 252

Whether you’re looking to sweat out a long night on the town or just in search of some much-need rest and relaxation, the AWAY Spa and Fitness Center at W Mexico City is exactly where you’ll want to go.


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This is the only hotel spa in the city to feature a temazcal, or a traditional adobe sweat lodge used in ancient Mesoamerican rituals — meaning your self-care day won’t come at the expense of a rich cultural experience.

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