Santa Maria La Ribera

Yesterday I set off with my camera on a mission. There are still big patches of the city I haven’t properly explored, and the Santa Maria la Ribera neighbourhood (map no. 23) has been top of my list for a while. Aside from the fabulous Arabic styled Kiosko Morisco, there’s a huge abundance of colonial architecture, coffee shops and much more. It also appears to be a great place to go for a feast of carnitas and barbacoa, and there’s a few ethnic restaurants to be found as well. I sampled a Russian empanada for my breakfast.

It also gave me the opportunity to stop by and see fellow Mexico City blogger Jesus Chairez who moved to DF a couple of years back. He has managed to find himself an incredibly glorious colonial apartment, complete with servants quarters on the roof. Nowadays put to different uses. But the real killer feature is the balcony. I won’t divulge how much he pays each month, but suffice it to say he has a steal! I took a fair few photos, including the inside and outside of a couple of churches, which are always good for a shot or three – click here to see them. I shall be returning to the area to see more.


15 thoughts on “Santa Maria La Ribera

    • Thanks! And there’s no shortage of material to shoot, though I have to look harder and trespass into risky neighbourhoods to find the more unique and new (to me) stuff to shoot…


  1. As a former resident of Santa Maria de la Ribera, I liked the photos, but one small correction. The architecture is early 20th century, not “colonial”. Although there was a community there dating back to the rebuilding of Tenotitchlan-Mexico, it wasn’t built up until after 1900.

    Santa Maria de la Ribera was an early example of what today would be called an exclusive gated community, though the gates came down about 1925… home to many of the poets and artists of the Revolution and early post revolution (hence the literary street names), and later a favored residence for Spanish Republican refugees, Europeans fleeing the fascists and, in recent years, South Americans and East Europeans.

    There is one colonial building (dating from the 1770s) on Av. San Cosme (now used by UNAM for computer and language classes).


  2. This was a gorgeous photo set, I loved it! I really like the photos you’ve been taking with your new camera. I am a massive fan of Moorish architecture so the Kiosko Morisco was an obvious favourite of mine.


  3. Amanda says:

    This looks like another place to visit when I come down next week. It’s great reading both yours and Jesus’ blogs for insight.


    • It really was worth the effort to go stroll around there. It does have a slightly ropey reputation, but I didn’t feel in any danger. Although it was an early Friday morning/afternoon.


  4. Kim G says:

    Nice set of shots! After reading Jesus’ blog, I am eager to take a tour of that neighborhood myself. Looks hip and pretty well located.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where that which isn’t precisely colonial is often colonial-style


    • Thanks! His blog is always a good read. The guy is a true explorer of the city, although he does have plenty of time what with his current employment status!

      When you’re back, if you fancy another photowalk, just shout. There’s plenty more of SM la R that I didn’t cover, I’m sure.

      Till then, I think I’m going to dedicate my Fridays to exploring new parts of the city. I have a plan already for this Friday….


  5. Well we had a nice relaxing morning and did a shoot. I love to show people my new neighborhood, having left Col. Roma, touching Col. Condesa. My current employment status, LOL. I don’t work a real job anymore, because after years of planning I retired but I do some freelance writing work though.

    If anyone should want a tour, just let me know. If you have time on Sundays, that is a g0od day too for the park is full of life.

    Jesús Chaírez
    Col. Santa Maria la Ribera


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