Monocle: After the Revolution


— Mexico City


Once a hotbed of political foment, Mexico City’s Juárez district has been in decline for a number of decades. But now young professionals are changing the neighbourhood, drawn to its central location and solid housing stock.

It is midday in Mexico City’s Juárez neighbourhood and writers from the offices of newspapers Excélsior and El Universal are gathering for lecheros(coffee mixed with steamed milk) at Café La Habana. The aptly named restaurant once served Che Guevara and Fidel Castro when they visited the city before sparking the Cuban Revolution in the early 1950s. It’s not obvious from the contented hum of its streets today but the neighbourhood has a revolutionary history of its own. Juárez is one of the settings for Mexican author Jorge Ibargüengoitia’s Rev…