Nicholas Gilman on Riviera del Sur, Mexico City

May 3, 2015

This old-school Mexican cantina in the Colonia Roma district is back in business after a 21st-century makeover that ensures its appeal spans the generations

The cantina has been an essential element of urban Mexican life since the 19th century. But with the arrival of fast-food chains, cocktail bars and other contemporary hangouts, old-style cantinas have begun to lose their clientele.

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The Riviera was that quintessential cantina, a bit down-at-heel, fading into obscurity. It’s one of the few traditional cantinas left in Colonia Roma, Mexico City’s dining and nightlife hotspot. While a few of the city’s old-time cantinas have become trendy meeting spots, the Riviera was the first to remodel itself as “postmodern”, when it reopened last July.

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