| by Kenneth Chase | 43 comments


good day first world travelers and welcome
back today I’m out and about in Mexico City once again very close to hospital
general station and in this video we’re going to be exploring two areas that I
mentioned in many other videos before really taking a walk through Roma Norte
and Condesa two very popular areas let’s see if we can find out why so welcome to Roma Norte I’m going for a
little bit of a walk today to show you two areas rather than just one and the
reason I’m doing this is that they’re often both grouped together Roma Norte
and condesa for some reason at least for people like me
tourists and on that point at the beginning of this video I said there’s a
popular however Mexicans might disagree with me on that because what I mean by
that is it’s very popular for people like me people that are traveling
working online digital nomads it’s a really popular area to live because it’s
very nice basically it’s a it’s a more safe area I suppose of Mexico City and
it’s more desirable I would say as you can see behind me there’s lots of
different architecture and it’s it’s similar in Condesa as well and as I’ve
said in other videos this is just another example cow variety that’s not
even a word but how much variety there is in Mexico City so when we’re going to
head up that way and go to a few little stops and I’ll show you a few little
bits and also from what I understand Contessa
and Roma were very popular with Mexicans back in the day particularly more
affluent people and also the Jewish community the problem was the in 1985
there was a big earthquake in Mexico City and it caused a lot of damage
basically and that meant that the people who lived here moved basically so the
Jewish community firstly moved to Polanco and then place it like Lomas
de Chapultepec the rich areas okay so that’s barely history about
these areas I’m going to my now which is a bit of a surprise oh my god I’ve just
seen a sign for the place I’m going this is a special treat for old time
subscribers yeah we’re going to a Japanese place yes check this out we’re back in Japan Pocky chocolate
banana yes we’ve Miso soup legendary Momofuku Ando for those of you that watched my Japan videos these are 60 pesos which I can’t remember how much that is in
dollars but I’ll put it on the screen I think it’s
more expensive than it would remember family mart 7-eleven you get
things you know the currypan they’re up there but it says like cheese croquette I
don’t know if it’s the same thing I don’t think it’s a curry one this is
amazing wasabi peas as well there’s so many things that I remember I could
literally have a meltdown right now okay I avoided having a meltdown this place
is called MIKASA and I got Pocky this is very difficult because I have no
hands where’s my sexy blonde girl girlfriend just on the floor so yeah
croquette thing and also a salmon and cheese thing too
I had a bit of a strange experience saying arigatou gozaimasu
to someone who was Mexican but it was slightly strange I’ve just noticed as I
came outside there’s no like a food area you can have okonomiyaki if you
want to check out proper to Hiroshima Okonomiyaki i’ll put the link up there
above sorry I can’t speak I’m too confused because of the actual Japanness
this wonderful I feel violated obviously it’s not gonna be like Japanese food
authentic Japanese food but that was diabolical remind me not to do that again
the croquette thing you know when I think about I think of breaking open one
in Family Mart and it’s full of curry stuff you know but that was all full of
potato and cheese and you know Mexican cheese and it has its like Japanese food
with a Mexican twist basically but I’m sure the actual cooked food is better
but I’m not gonna try the okonomiyaki here purely because I don’t want to
destroy the memory of it from Japan but you know this is a nice basic especially
if you didn’t like Japan and it makes me feel like i’m at home again oh god take me
back anyway I’ve got the pocky to eat so it’s alright right one thing I’m noticing about Roma is the amount of greenery which on you
anyway but this building up here which I’ll show you now is just like a car
park but it’s got greenery like pouring off it and I’ve read somewhere that this
is done in Mexico City to aid pollution or you know reduce the effects of
pollution has photosynthesis yes I have a GCSE in science
it breathes more oxygen into the air so you know if you can clarify this so I’m
not sure clear up in the comments as always thank you very much now I don’t
know when this video turned into a reminiscing about old videos video but
it’s happening so another thing that I’ve done before is visit Pripyat in
Chernobyl Ukraine you know the power station and I spend the day clambering
up abandoned buildings and little bit as you can see behind me there’s also
graffiti lots of what looks like abandoned buildings and as I said
earlier as a result of the earthquake in 1985 a lot of these buildings were
abandoned and this one in particular is probably the most famous one it’s called
condominium insurgentes insurgentes don’t know basically I believe it was
like a residential building apartment building that was abandoned as a result
and I’ve seen videos where people actually go in there and explore and but
since then I believe that the bottom few floors have been refurbished so it’s an
abandoned building so exciting let’s go and look around
okay so I’m at the base you can clearly see down the bottom that there are what
look like shops that are operating it does look a bit dilapidated still and if
we go up there I don’t know if you can see yes you can the top floors look very
much still abandoned so smashed windows it looks like a hellhole there was on
the side of this building a huge neon sign it was called I think it was called
the Canada Building because on the sign here had Canada on it and just there in
the middle of the screen where it says tes that’s cool it’s old old writing
text signage there’s buried behind those trees that’s the sort of thing I love
it’s all overgrown you’ve got the columns up there how cool is this
and that there are I’ve read online than there are talks while calls to rip this
building down there’s dangerous fires walk around the back so this hellhole
area there’s a side of the wall I’ve Google translated it says something
about going to an office between 10:00 and 6:00 it was two years ago that
office is probably vanished by now uh turn these doors no obstruction locked
I’ve got a continue so I found the way in back then but even in the staircase I
could have easily slipped up the staircase but there’s security
everywhere I don’t really want to get arrested for trespassing and thrown in a
Mexican jail so you don’t have to have to imagine what it’s like up there never mind
so enough abandoned buildings and Japanese food for one day we’re leaving
Roma Norte and heading into Condesa and you can really the difference
between the two because Condesa is full of tree-lined streets down the middle
and these or benches are over there that remind me of Condesa I haven’t been
here since but literally my first day in Mexico City I don’t know why because it
is very nice there’s lots of cafes and it’s very sophisticated and a lot
quieter than a lot of places in Mexico City but the problem is there’s no
subway station here and on a subway person so I have to have a subway in the
area what you looking at really annoys me people walking past glaring at
the camera so this is another example of the wonderful parks in Mexico see it’s
good for dog walking if you have a dog there is a couple of teenagers over
there snogging lucky them and there’s lots of sitting areas I see a fountain
over there and once again it’s just another good example of parks basically so here we are in Condesa who’s a
typical example architecture over there tree-lined streets and just like how
different is from elsewhere in Mexico City you’ve also got very colorful
buildings and I believe that the architecture in this area is a
combination of Art Nouveau and Art Deco similar to Palacio de Bellas Artes
where it’s Art Nouveau on the outside and Art Deco on the inside so this is an
architecture persons dream so I think you’ll agree you could literally walk
around Condesa all day looking at all the different architecture the different
colored buildings the different vehicles around they also really cool if you
wanna see more photos from Kadesh so check out my Instagram which is on the
screen there and just one thing about this area I mentioned earlier about
digital nomads and when I watch videos for of other travel youtubers or digital
nomads in Mexico City they only seem to ever be in Condesa and as you’ve
probably seen in other videos there’s so many different other areas of Mexico
City which to be honest I think a better than condesa I think this is overrated a
bit of an anti-climax in a lot of ways even though it is very nice so yeah
that’s my opinion honest as always and that’s this video
done I am exhausted so I’m going to go home to sleep I hope you enjoyed having
a look around Roma and Condesa Japanese food abandoned buildings and lovely
architecture don’t forget to leave a like leave a comment what do you think
Condesa tell me in the comments below and don’t
forget to subscribe I’ll catch you later



May 5, 2018, 5:25 am Reply


Miguel M L

May 5, 2018, 5:30 am Reply

Beatiful Condesa and Roma Norte. I like your videos

Tao of David

May 5, 2018, 5:38 am Reply

Condesa and Roma! Two areas once again very different from other areas of Mexico City. LOVE the architecture! Condominio Insurgentes was really interesting to visit as I'd heard alot about it!

Great to find Japanese stores in CDMX. Old time viewers will know how much time I've spent in Japan so it was great to mix the two countries! ??????????

Condesa y Roma! Dos áreas una vez más muy diferentes de otras áreas de la Ciudad de México. Me encanta la arquitectura! ¡Condominio Insurgentes fue realmente interesante de visitar ya que había escuchado mucho sobre eso!

Genial para encontrar tiendas japonesas en CDMX. Los televidentes veteranos sabrán cuánto tiempo he pasado en Japón, ¡así que fue genial mezclar los dos países! ??????????


May 5, 2018, 5:45 am Reply

Condesa is a wonderful area with a very cool vibe. It is a great place for meet ups and to people watching. One must get to know some of the people who move and live in Condesa. Good stories.


May 5, 2018, 5:47 am Reply

CANADA was a very popular shoe brand in 70's and into the 80's so that is an advertising sign


May 5, 2018, 5:56 am Reply

Really enjoy watching your videos. Good visuals and great commentary! I finally decided to subscribe.


May 5, 2018, 6:53 am Reply

The grilled salmon at Mikasa is really good.

harwin monzon

May 5, 2018, 7:24 am Reply

I hope to visit roma and condesa if i ever go to cdmx, it looks like my kind of place, very green and nice :3


May 5, 2018, 7:42 am Reply

You're so right, in Japan it do feels like home) Looks like Mexico City is a nice place, not really filled with gangs and drug dealers as all my friends say )

Ztez Maxim

May 5, 2018, 7:52 am Reply


Christian Arechiga

May 5, 2018, 8:30 am Reply

Canada was the bigger shoe maker company in Mexico. Before Nafta we didn't have any international brand. With the Nafta signed the company went to bankrupt. That bulding was an HQ of it. In Guad we have the abandoned factory.

Nisha Nambiar

May 5, 2018, 8:39 am Reply

Nice…? You have covered the area well..which camera do you use??

Animals Animals

May 5, 2018, 9:06 am Reply

Gorge video! You are the best thing that has happened to Mexican tourism! Could be a side hustle for you? ?

Dario Diaz

May 5, 2018, 2:45 pm Reply

LOL you sounded miserable while standing at the Japanese Store…good memories in Japan, eh? You aren't in such a terrible place right now either.
Great videos…keep it up and cheer up! LOL 🙂 thanks for the awesome content in your videos.

Dario Diaz

May 5, 2018, 3:18 pm Reply

BTW-these are the old Jewish quarters in Mexico City… The first one in old downtown Mexico City, you still can see the old synagogue and if you care for some Mexican Jewish History there are some available tours. You may find this interesting for your videos. Later on we moved to Condesa ( the young professionals without children), after to Polanco and yes you are right the wealthiest to Tecamachalco and Lomas. However, these neighborhoods were not always the wealthiest. Additionally, there were multiple waves of Jewish immigration, the fist one came with the colonizers in the 1800's, converts to Catholicism, second in the 1900's to 1930s with middle eastern Jewish immigrants (Syrian, Lebanese, Turkish, Iranian, and some Irakis) from 1920-1960's more eastern european Jewish immigrants came from Hungary, Germany, Romania, Russia, Poliand and other areas in eastern Europe. Obviously this was because of the 1st and 2nd world war. Those groups created the oldest nighborhoods in CDMX ….
So, I have a suggestion for an in teresting video…what if you research some of the waves of immigrants that settled in Mexico City, and their old neighborhoods, as well as their culinary legacy integrating it in what is now Mexican cuisine, and also some of the traditions immigrants brought with them and what it is now considered Mexican culture. For example, do you know where tacos Al pastor come from? Or the semita bread in Puebla? 🙂
FYI – Immigrants settled in old and modern Mexico City:
Middle eastern, eastern Europeans, Spaniards, Germans, Irish, French, and Korean.
Northern Mexico:
Germans, French, English German and Canadian Mennonites, Chinese, Haitians and Africans, Russians.
Central part and outside CDMX
Italians (visit the town of Chipilo, it is still very lively), Germans, French, and Spaniards.
South east – visit the Port of Veracruz… This is the equivalent to Elis Island in New York, or Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Main Port of entry for many immigrants including from Cuba, Belize, African Slaved countries, the people in the south are mixed with Black African blood….so in nut shell, Mexico is already a melting pot of cultures, ethnicities, and languages with four strong distictive roots European, Ameri-Idian, African and sprinkles of middle East. 🙂
I hope this helps you with sparking some curiosity about what you see, hear and eat in Mexico… Once again, i love your videos very much. " I'll catch you later" 🙂


May 5, 2018, 7:49 pm Reply

Where do you get your music from?


May 5, 2018, 8:33 pm Reply

You're absolutely right about Condesa being over-rated. (I'd also add "pretentious/hipster" as well). But just to clear up one thing: If you get off at Chilpancingo station of the Metro (Line 9), you're really just a stone's throw away from Condesa. Also, the Patriotismo and Nuevo León stations of the Metrobús (Line 2) are very close.

Valkiria Wolf

May 5, 2018, 10:43 pm Reply

Muy bonita area, lo disfrute mucho☺?


May 5, 2018, 10:58 pm Reply

My two favorite neighborhoods! ??? thanks for sharing!

Alberto Rodriguez

May 5, 2018, 1:48 am Reply

Love your mexico vids

Angelo Avila

May 5, 2018, 2:34 am Reply

I think u are so sexy..turns me on…

Ztez Maxim

May 5, 2018, 6:07 am Reply

I figured out who the person glaring at the camera was. He was probably an expat who hates tourist. For giving foreigners a bad name. Just an elitist


May 5, 2018, 6:17 am Reply

By far the most informative video on LA CONDESA and ROMA NORTE in youtube at the moment!!

Enrique Gonzalez

May 5, 2018, 4:53 pm Reply

I love your videos, when are you leaving Mexico City?

Fernando Ibarra

May 5, 2018, 6:22 pm Reply

When i was younger I used to go to la Condesa every Friday, there were always good parties but now I do prefer Roma Norte, there is my favorite spot for craft beer also great restaurants and coffee shops

John Edward Jones

May 5, 2018, 8:47 pm Reply

Very interesting and informative. A different view of Norte and Condessa.
About to visit and have had such great insights from Kinetics and New Chanel. Gracias..

Hidhir Amir

May 5, 2018, 11:36 pm Reply

Wow.. MIKASA was soo Japan

Gordon Himura

May 5, 2018, 10:15 pm Reply

Loved La Condesa we went to eat in Roma Norte and it looks super too but did not explore.

Watford Fc

May 5, 2018, 4:37 pm Reply

Decent video again . Hope your well fella and I shall look forward to videos again soon

Γιάννης Δανιήλ

Jun 6, 2018, 10:09 am Reply

My travel channel

Fer Seve

Sep 9, 2018, 1:35 am Reply

Suggestion: if you see a beautiful building, go knock on the door and ask permission to look inside

Who knows, you may be up for a hidden architecture treat!!

Global Adventurer

Sep 9, 2018, 1:10 am Reply

I've been here for a total of 4 months this year and still haven't gone to condesa, Roma norte etc. I've been to Polanco several times only because the immigration office is there. I'm trying to stay clear of the areas saturated with tourists. That's why I avoid the coastline too.


Sep 9, 2018, 8:16 pm Reply

Dude. You got like a stick in your ass. Let people watch you video blog and stop being so angry.

cabra debolon

Oct 10, 2018, 1:52 am Reply


Theodora Priska

Nov 11, 2018, 7:06 am Reply

You are funny and interesting and I think will be watching yOU ALOT


Dec 12, 2018, 7:23 pm Reply

dude…why spend 2 min of video of Japan and Japanese food when you are in FABULOUS Mexico city… ;(

Gobi Vertefeuille

Feb 2, 2019, 1:22 am Reply

You have a very miserable way of presenting information, it’s a huge turnoff

Robert Gardea

Mar 3, 2019, 12:10 pm Reply

Kinda tense huh ? ?

Robert Gardea

Mar 3, 2019, 12:12 pm Reply

Wheres the hacienda homes ?

pilot coffeeguy

Apr 4, 2019, 1:22 am Reply

Great content .. keep it up


Apr 4, 2019, 11:43 am Reply

You went to Pripyat? Wow , that's extra-very cool.

Michael Mac Lean

Jul 7, 2019, 9:15 pm Reply

You said you like other parts better than Condesa, but fail to mention what parts those are.

Sophie Deveraux

Jul 7, 2019, 3:27 am Reply

variety is a word. I think know why this guy cant get a stable job

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