touch of Arab taste in Mexico D.F.
Mexico City, like many North American and Western European
cities, is a city of immigrants. This is reflected in the many ethnic
restaurants and neighborhoods.
One of the
largest immigrant groups in Mexico, and one that lived in and around
the area where AIU is located, is that of Arab-Mexicans. Mostly Christian
and Jewish refugees from Lebanon and Syria, they initially settled in
La Merced, but then concentrated in Colonia Roma. While
most have moved out to other neighborhoods, there is still a considerable
Arab presence in Colonia Roma.
Miguel, on calle Cordoba, is a favorite hangout of the Arab
community. Its traditional cuisine and atmosphere provide for a unique
experience. Further down on Cordoba you can appreciate the facade
of the moorish-style building that houses the Rodfe-Sedek synagogue.
The place was erected by Syrian immigrants in the early 20th century.
On calle Merida there is the horno Sacal, which sells fresh baked
pita bread, home-style yoghurt, zatar and other Arab delicacies.
Roma there is a mosque that follows the Sufi mystical rite (you
can reach them online at www.sufimexico.org)
the former Arab residents of colonia Roma have moved to other areas
of the city. There is a Lebanese Maronite church on calle
Manzano, Colonia Florida, which follows the traditional Lebanese
rite. There is also the Centro Libanes in Colonia Florida. Although
this is a community center that caters mostly to the Arab community,
its restaurant is open to the public.
on the corner of Hegel and Homero, we can find Restaurante Adonis
which perhaps offers the best Arab cuisine in town. It features a deli
corner which sells imported items from the Middle East and it also offers
night entertainment with traditional music. Adonis caters to
many recent immigrants and it is quite common to hear lively conversations
in Arabic on the next table.