Santa Maria La Ribera (map no. 23) is a neighbourhood I discovered not so long ago. It was once the very height of fashion to reside here, but has since fallen from favour, and into neglect. Once glorious buildings suffer from more than just a little peeling of paint, and it has a reputation now of being a place that attracts less savoury types.
It’s improving, I think. I like hanging around. Faded glory is my thing, although I see quite a few buildings that have faded too much. With a little time, money and TLC, the building in the bottom photo could soon, once again, be a grand architectural statement for the honour of SM la Ribera.
Work is underway to layer a fresh coat of paint of the glorious Kiosko though, and to give it a new floor. Sat in the middle of a park, this little Moorish inspired masterpiece, more than any other building, shows what sort of upmarket hood this used to be. And perhaps could be once again.
The napkin? We ate Russian. Quite a rarity in Mexico City. It’s a small eatery on one of the corners of the park. There’s plenty of other restaurants and cantinas to choose from if Russian isn’t your thing however. Especially if Barbacoa, Carnitas or Pozole are you thing. In fact, this is the place to head to for those culinary treats. I took few photos this time, and added those I did to an older set – click here.