/ The Mexico City Guide
Mexico — By Laura Nazimiec on June 16, 2010 at 11:20 pm
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Folk Art and Kitsch at Hosteria La Bota

Hosteria La Bota is a small bar and restaurant that opens onto a quiet pedestrianized street in the historic center of Mexico City.  The exterior of the bar is simple, nothing more than a wooden sign and two large open storefront type entrance ways, but what makes Hosteria La Bota really unusual is the detail and decoration throughout the interior of the bar.  Almost every inch of Hosteria La Bota, from the walls to the ceilings to the bar itself, is covered with folk art and kitsch.

Hosteria La Bota, Mexico City

Bullfighting Memorabilia at Hosteria La Bota, Historic Center, Mexico City

Old photographs, trinkets, painted ceramic animalitos, ornaments, statues, images of the Virgin of Guadalupe, bullfighting memorabilia, artwork, tapestries, empty bottles and bottle caps, lucha libre masks, pinatas and the list goes on and on.  Two bull heads are mounted on opposite walls and a bicycle hangs from the ceiling over the bar.  Over time more and more of these trinkets and random objects, many contributed by customers, have been added to the interior of the bar resulting in a truly colorful, quirky and unique appearance.

Hosteria La Bota offers a traditional Spanish menu.  Favorites include a selection of Spanish tapas, pastas and pizzas.  The atmosphere is casual and friendly.  It’s a great place to kick back and relax with friends over food or drinks at one of the worn wooden tables.  Or stop in for a glass of wine and enjoy the scenery.  After  a few minutes in Hosteria La Bota it’s easy to forget you’re right in the heart of the downtown area.

Hosteria La Bota (map) is located on Calle San Jeronimo, a quiet pedestrianized street in Mexico City’s historic center, between Bolivar and 5 de Febrero.  Calle San Jeronimo is located a block south of Calle Regina and can easily be reached on foot from the zocálo (map) and other central locations.  While you’re in the area be sure to wander the lovely pedestrianized stretch of Calle Regina, also home to some clever shops, bars and street art.  The closest metro station is Isabel la Católica (map).

Photo Credit: Laura Nazimiec

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