Many of the more bucolic neighborhoods and residential areas of Mexico City are in gated communities, but below are some attractive, accessible neighborhoods for running:
Condesa/Roma/Juarez Neighborhoods: The poshest neighborhoods in Mexico City are those clustered at the east end of Parque Chapultec. Most streets here have nice, tree-lined sidewalks that make great add-ons to Chapultec or Mexico parks. Toluca, Av. Oaxaca, and Paseo de Reforma are some favorite streets.
Lomas de Chapultec: A fancy residential neighborhood located north of the park. The Paseo Reforma and surrounding residential streets are spaced out enough for a decent 5 km.
San Angel: San Angel is a cool area north of University City, where cobblestone streets meet vibrant modern architecture. Even the main streets here, like Hidalgo and Frontera make great running, but the true highlight is the green median of Av. Paseo del Rio. See more here.
Santa María la Ribera: This neighborhood is worth a visit just to sightsee the beautiful Alameda de Santa Maria la Ribera. While you’re there, take a loop around the surrounding sidewalks to get a feel for a genuine Mexico City neighborhood.
San Pedro Atocpan: San Pedro Atocpan is more like a suburb of Mexico City, located in the far southeast of the sprawl. The fresh air, quiet streets, and old-school vibe are a welcome respite from other neighborhoods. You’ll find gems like the brick sidewalk of Av. Miguel Hidalgo and cobblestone streets full of character like Moctezuma.