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Netflix isn’t the only one celebrating the 10 Oscar nominations that Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma has received — the actual Roma neighborhood, located west of the historic city center in Mexico City, is also enjoying its moment in the spotlight.
While Cuaron’s meticulous depiction of Roma in the 1970s shows a prosperous middle class neighborhood, the area lost some of its luster as a result of the 1985 earthquake. In the past few years, Roma has been reborn as an expat hotspot and is now home to some of the city’s best restaurants, chic boutiques and boutique hotels.
"The Roma neighborhood has been known for its bohemian and artsy ambiance for many years," says Nicholas Gilman, the Mexico City-based food writer behind GoodFoodMexico.com. "Incredible restaurants and galleries in the neighborhood have been attracting the cultural elite for some time. The release and acclaim for this movie is only going to continue to make the area a popular spot for visiting creatives."
But making the most of a visit to Roma means knowing which stairs to climb and which unmarked doors to knock on. Here, some of the best places to discover and uncover in the tree-lined colonia, including those visited by the Hollywood crowd.
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