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Queer culture shapes this city’s past & present, and you’ll find hints of it everywhere in CDMX.
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
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Neighborhoods to Explore
1. Zona Rosa
Mexico City’s traditionally queer neighborhood, known for its nightlife, energy, and shopping.
Famed for its bohemia, Coyoacán is a place for the development of Mexican artistic voices.
The downtown Tabacalera neighborhood is known for its iconic position highlighting how far Mexico City has come in terms of LGBTQ+ rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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