Faces of Hip, Sophisticated, Artistic, Down-to-Earth Coyoacán, México

Coyoacán-Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo impersonator Andres Morales Granillo

PART 2 of 2, Part 1

What if you took the hipster vibe of Atlanta’s MLK District, combined it with the intellectual sophistication of Cambridge, added the artistic sense of SoHo, stirred in the laissez les bon temps roulez attitude of the French Quarter, and topped it with the walkability of San Francisco? You’d have Coyoacán, one of the Western Hemisphere’s coolest and most livable neighborhoods.

Coyoacán, population 620,000, is often described as a provincial town nestled inside one of the world’s largest metropolises, Mexico City. But the people of Coyoacán are far from provincial. Numerous museums, libraries, cultural centers and institutions of higher education attest to the urbane character of the population. The sprawling National Center of the Arts (CENART) anchors the northeast corner of the greater Coyoacán map, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (324,000 students, 37,000 academic positions) fills the southwestern corner.

Last week I introduced you to some of the world-famous personalities who have or still do call Coyoacán home. Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Diego Luna, Laura Esquivel. And I showed you some of the lesser known luminaries who make the place a treasure trove of sights, sounds and sensations.

Today, a few more of the latter …

Coyoacan photographer

Emerging photographer Alejeanda Barcena “Lilo”



Black Pig bar Coyoacán

The Black Pig bar.

La Coyoacana cantina

Eduardo, the lottery ticket seller, takes a moment of rest in the cantina La Coyoacana.


Carnitas impresario

Impresario de carnitas Miguel Angel Herrero, 74. A year before he was born his family founded El Venadito, purveyors of unexcelled morsels of pork simmered in lard.

Artesanal ball point pens vendor

Gabriel sells “artesanal” ballpoint pens on Coyoacan’s public transport.

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