The Alvaro Obregon Avenue, one of the nicest in the
Roma area, has been since its creation the main
artery in this neighborhood.
Originally, this beautiful street was called Jalisco
Avenue, and it remained so until 1929 when it was
renamed as Alvaro Obregon Avenue in honor of the
president and revolutionary from Sonora.
This avenue runs from Oaxaca street, very near Park
Spain in the area of La Condesa, to Cuauhtémoc
Avenue. It is characterized by its ample middle
ridge which has two rows of trees, just like the
Parisian boulevards. This middle ridge is also
adorned by several fountains sporting bronze
sculptures inspired in mythological themes.
The heart of the Roma district is found where the
Alvaro Obregon and Orizaba avenues meet; located in
this corner is the Lamm House, an outstanding
eclectic mansion in which the family García
Collantes once resided and is considered one of the
most beautiful houses in the area. Today, this space
is occupied by an important cultural centre that has
interesting temporary exhibitions, a library and a
restaurant. The Balmori building is located in front
of this mansion; it’s an elegant stone building that
possesses a beautiful patio with a slender fountain.
The ground floor contains several shops specializing
in luxury items.
Also on Alvaro Obregon Avenue, very near the Lamm
House, we can find ‘El Parian’, a pleasant, recently
restored commercial road which offers a varied
selection of items ranging from furniture to the
most recent Mexican fashion.
Another characteristic thing about this avenue are
its antique book shops in which one can acquire
practically any book, even on the most specialized
or outdated subjects. Also, on Sundays, an art and
antique bazaar settles on this avenue in which you
can find anything and, even if you’re not shopping,
it’s worth having a look around, as it’s one of
Mexico City’s most beautiful avenues.