Living here has its beautiful perks. I wake up to the sound of birds chirping. It’s a Thursday, my day off. After indulging in over one hour of reading my favorite book, WILD by Cheryl Strayed, I hop out of bed and do yoga. Outside, the world must be noisy but I cannot hear it. I live in a mostly quiet street in Coyoacán, the most wonderful place to live in Mexico City. Separated from some of the more popular neighborhoods, Coyoacán is like an entity of its own.
Though it can get unpleasantly crowded on the weekends, Coyoacán has a small town feel. Colonial houses line the quieter streets, away from the crowd in the main square. I rarely visit the main square area, but when I do, it is on a day like today. After 6 months living in this neighborhood, I am starting to really enjoy it as intimately as a local. Or perhaps better than – it is easy to take for granted magical places when you have lived there all your life.
Bradley and I decide to go on a date around 2pm. We crossed the big Miguel Angel de Quevedo avenue and reached my favorite street to stroll: Avenida Francisco Sosa. It is a cobblestone street you cannot miss should you ever visit. Here you can find the cutest cafés and breakfast spots, the Italian Culture Center, two Mexican Culture Centers with countless classes from yoga to photography, and one of my favorite things about this city: fruit vendors. I do not buy fruit from them often because they sell them in plastic cups (have you seen the plastic in our oceans?!). Still, I love just looking at how fresh everything looks. I get mango from time to time. Fruit vendors are common in Mexico City, but the vendors in Coyoacán simply know how to display it beautifully…
Avenida Francisco Sosa ends in the main square. This is generally packed with tourists eating ice cream, balloon vendors, and the tour bus and trolleys showcasing the area to really light skinned foreigners. The square was a little more pleasant on this Thursday afternoon. We walked to Mercado de Coyoacán on Ignacio Allende street for a Mexican cuisine lunch. It is only my third time here, and I am soon reminded why I should come often.
Mercado de Coyoacán is a traditional Mexican market. You can find anything from costumes, artisan jewelry, candles for saints, spices, raw honey, traditional clothes, plants, flowers, and delicious street food like the ones I mentioned in Mexico City: 10 Street Foods . The neat thing about eating here is that Coyoacán is foreigner friendly, so if you are worried about food poisoning when traveling Mexico, eating in Mercado de Coyoacán is a safe bet on street food. [I should note that I have lived in Mexico for 1 year and 2 months and have never had food poisoning. Unfortunately, that is not the case for Bradley].
We tried the famous Tostadas Coyoacán place, a set of yellow counters with men in yellow shirts inviting you to sit and eat right in the middle of Mercado de Coyoacán. The seafood tostadas were amazing! A true taste of Mexico. Later, I bought cute purple flowers for our home, and we headed to my favorite restaurant in the city: Séptimo on Calle Pdte. Carranza 106. They make the best margaritas I have ever had. Margaritas are more of a tourist drink, but oh-my-tequila do I not care if I am judged. Their margaritas are always worth my time and money. It was a good way to digest that big lunch we had.
Walking back home we passed the Centro Budista on Felipe Carrillo Puerto 72, a Buddhist Center I will soon go to for yoga classes! In the meantime, I am getting memorable workouts at Viveros de Coyoacán. Viveros park is in the TOP 3 reasons why I LOVE living in this area. Their track is so clean (no food or pets allowed) and the forest-like paths always send me on a daydream. Every time I go to Viveros I return home with a new idea or inspiration in mind. It is where my creativity unlocks. I jog there twice a week.
Living in this neighborhood came unexpected as we had always discussed settling in areas a bit closer to the center like La Roma or La Condesa. But there is something in the air of Coyoacán…Actually, the air in this part of the city is less polluted, so there. Quality oxygen is another reason Coyoacán is the best place to live in.
As we arrived home the rain began to fall. In Mexico City, when it rain it pours. Flooding streets is a normal sight. I placed the purple flowers by the white pumpkin I recently bought. Fall is in full swing at our home now. I will soon make apple desserts and buy more orange vegetables. I am really glad we moved to this neighborhood. It might be a bit of a trek to get to the city center (although it’s a straight shot on the same metro line or the same metrobus line), but then again, things are always far in big cities like this. Traffic makes the miles longer.
Coyoacán always feels small, intimate, clean, and bright. Hearing little birds chirping every morning tells me even nature likes it here! There’s peace and quiet in the streets I now call home. Oh, but how often I take it for granted. For all I know, a year from now this could all feel like some dream I had. After all, I am bound nowhere and I am always looking for the next adventure. So far, I’ve got a few countries in mind.
What kind of place do you always dream of living in?
Check out the link below for Coyoacán’s official tourist map: