Photo Essay: The Streets of Mexico City’s Colonia Condesa

by Ekua on January 31, 2012 in captured on memory card,Mexico,street art

One overcast afternoon in Mexico City, I took to the streets of Colonia Condesa armed with a small camera and backed up by posse of creative people who are as passionate about the D.F. as I am. We did what I love doing independently; we walked all over the neighborhood aimlessly, taking pictures of everything.

I was with the group I’d spent the day with at the art school while they worked on their mural. It was an awesome experience to walk around with people who enjoyed making regular stops to take pictures and we had six sets of eyes to pick up all the details of the neighborhood.

Condesa is one of Mexico City’s more famous colonias. It’s another one of the Barrios Mágicos and it’s known for being a trendy part of town. But like the rest of the D.F., you can always find a bit of grittiness and a few quirks in the mix:

A flower stall at busy intersection.

More flowers for sale.

ECOBICI, Mexico City’s bike sharing program.

Pretty tiles in cracked wall.

A restaurant waiting for its dinnertime crowd.

The “Love Ambulance”.

Creative wheat paste advertisements for a website that provides guides to the city. I identify with the woman in the upper left hand corner who has springs where her feet should be.

Separate bins for compost and regular waste in Parque Mexico. A friend from Mexico tells me that people don’t pay attention to this and throw their trash into any bin, but I like the effort and the potential it has.

The art deco street signs in Condesa are charming.

The Lindberg Theater in Parque Mexico being used for skating and recreation.

A building uniquely decorated with globe shaped light fixtures.

The Condesa branch of a Mexico City bookstore called El Pendulo. The Polanco branch is the most famous, but this one is also wonderful.

Of course once inside El Pendulo, I gravitated towards this.

Really great street art painted onto a piece of paper and attached to a post. Sorry if this scared you as you were scrolling down!

More street art. I like the way whoever did it took advantage of an already deep red wall to make something simple and vivid.

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jim johnston January 31, 2012 at 7:27 am

Thanks for all your Mexico City posts–glad you like our city.

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Ekua January 31, 2012 at 9:44 pm

LOVE Mexico City. Just discovered your blog in the process of making this post, looking forward to reading :)

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Ana O'Reilly January 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I love the tiles!

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Ekua January 31, 2012 at 9:45 pm

The tiles seemed to be randomly placed in the wall, and I like the juxtaposition of it!

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Melodie K. January 31, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Ekua -

Hi! So enjoyed walking along with you through Colonia Condesa – thank you for that.
The globular light fixtures do look amazing on that building. And the Cafebrería El Péndulo looks like a place that I could get happily lost in for a number of hours. (Maybe you returned later in the day, and did just that!)

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Ekua January 31, 2012 at 9:46 pm

We ended up spending a lot of time in El Pendulo. It started pouring on us, so it was good timing to come across it. So charming!

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hannahinhanoi February 2, 2012 at 3:24 am

These pictures are lovely. They are exactly the same kinds of details I love to photograph when I travel. Reading you Mexico City posts makes me want to go there more and more.

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carrie olshan February 3, 2012 at 9:07 am

the tiles…i’m obsessed! mexican tiles AND street art! it’s too good, Enjoy!

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