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10 Foodie Spots In Mexico City You Need To Try Before You Die

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You can find truly amazing stuff in Ciudad de México: beautiful architecture, world-class museums, un montón de lluvia…

But we’re here, as ever, to specifically discuss FOOD. This is some of the best restaurants (and bars, because, come on) México City has to offer:

Ave María

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Nestled in the heart of CdMX’s Coyoacan borough, Ave María is the perfect place to have a leisurely, boozy brunch. Their selections are both innovative and delicious. For example, check out the squash blossom omelet, which is “perfumado con epazote y servido con salsa de chile poblano.”

El Mercado de San Juan

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Every delicacy you can think of can be found at El Mercado de San Juan. Think of it as “El Mercado de Las Carnes Exóticas,” where you can dine on bison, lion, rabbit and more. They also offer fresh fruits and vegetables, a variety of cheeses, fancy baguette sandwich stands and coffee kiosks for a caffeine boost while you shop. But if you’re looking for just some ol’ fashioned enchiladas verdes, look no further than Adela’s comida corrida.

Ojo de Agua

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¿Se te antojas comida orgánica? This little spot in the Condesa neighborhood offers just that. Their “guanábana-deli” sandwich has four — FOUR — kinds of cheeses and a special salsa made with guanábana fruit, almonds, spinach, cilantro and chile de árbol. They also sell cute bottles of salsa that make for good recuerditos for your jealous friends back home.

El Sazón Oaxaqueño

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Don’t be fooled by the mysterious storefront, El Sazón Oaxaqueño is a special place with enormous dishes en el estilo Oaxaqueño, including lots of dishes made with nopal and delicious Oaxacan cheese. We recommend that you go during breakfast and get the chilaquiles; they’re real cheap and made with lots of love.

Bósforo

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In the depths of the Alameda neighborhood, behind a heavy black curtain lies Bósforo, a mezcaleria known for its on-point DJ, superb mezcal menu and some tasty antojitos.

Mercado Roma

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Spend an afternoon wandering around the Mercado Roma, an indoor market with dozens of artisanal options from Japanese tacos to grasshopper bonbons. It’s a terrific place to spend a rainy day…and extremely Instagram-able, if that happens to be important to you.

La Joya

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Located a few blocks away from El Zócalo, Pastelería La Joya isn’t only a great bakery, it also happens to be one of Mexico City’s best greasy spoons. Order the chilaquiles con pollo y huevo, it will be the best $2 you’ll ever spend. Bonus: Here’s a lovely video that shows treats being prepared at La Joya.

Café La Pagoda

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A lively 24-hour, diner-style restaurant in the heart of el Centro Histórico, Café La Pagoda has been around for ages. Although the name might throw you off, it does indeed serve Mexican fare. All meals are made with super fresh ingredients. Pro tip: The way the waitresses make café con leche is a performance you don’t want to miss.

Cine Tonalá Roma Sur

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Part movie theater, part performance space, part restaurant Cine Tonalá is a staple in the Roma neighborhood. All meals are super decadent and hearty, like their “mac & pulpo.”

Pulquería Las Duelistas 

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Pulque, as some say, is the Aztec version of beer. It’ll take a lot for this fermented beverage to get you drunk. Downtown, Las Duelistas, serves it up right. Plus, they feature live music as an extra treat.

READ: A Pizza Shop in Mexico is Feeding and Motivating the Homeless in the Simplest Way

Where do you go to eat and drink (and eat and eat and drink and drink) in CdMX? Let us know; we’re hungry. 

Get On It: 13 Books By Latino Authors You Should Have Read By Now

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Get On It: 13 Books By Latino Authors You Should Have Read By Now

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Summer is around the corner, and it’s time to come up with a reading list.  Don’t forget to include these incredible books from your favorite — and soon-to-be favorite — Latino authors.

Brida

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You expected The Alchemist to be first on the list, didn’t you? We’ll get to that later, worry not. In true Coelho style, this story tells of a mystical pilgrimage. The titular, Brida, struggles to find the balance between her destiny of becoming a witch (relatable) and her modern relationships, offering a powerful exploration of choice versus destiny in the form of a fable.

Labyrinths

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This collection offers 23 of Jorge Luis Borges’ stories, literary essays and short parables. Of particular note is “The Library of Babel,” one of his most famous works, which imagines the universe as a massive library that contains every book imaginable — written and yet to be written — and the madness it all inspires. Who doesn’t want a little madness mixed in with their summer reading?

The Sound of Things Falling

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In this novel, Juan Gabriel Vásquez tells a tale set in both ’90s Bogotá (the novel’s present day) and at the height of the nation’s drug boom. True events are woven through the narrative, in an amazing mix of magical realism and heart-pounding action.

The Dreamer

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Pam Muñoz Ryan presents a fictionalized, poetic biography of poet Pablo Neruda as a child, dreaming of becoming a poet despite his strict, unyielding father. The beautifully written tale is heartfelt and inspires young readers (and slightly older ones, too) to embrace one’s gifts fully.

Inés of My Soul

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Isabel Allende tells the story of Inés de Suárez, the real-life mistress of Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia, weaving real historical events into a compelling love story you will not be able to put down. The events are framed as the memories an aging Inés, from her early years as an impoverished seamstress in Spain to her lover’s horrific, ruthless struggle to establish Santiago.

The Darling

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Lorraine M. Lopez writes the story of Caridad, a bibliophile obsessed with Russian literature.  The protagonist educates herself on matters of romance through reading and refuses to believe in the all-too realistic loves and losses she witnesses her mother and sisters experience.

The Alchemist (of course)

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Paulo Coelho’s book The Alchemist should be re-read once a year because of all the rich life lessons it imparts. It’s the ultimate guide to navigating the universe, folded into the story of a shepherd quite literally following a dream in order to pursue his Personal Legend.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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Benjamin Alire Sáenz writes the beautiful story of two very different Mexican-American teens, Aristotle and Dante, who form a deep bond despite their different personalities. It’s a must-read for anyone who has 1) been a teenager and who has 2) been overjoyed/saddened/deeply perplexed by matters of love and identity. (So, all of us.)

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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Here, Gabriel Garcia Márquez presents a captivating metaphysical murder mystery truly unlike any other. In a small South American village, a young bride is found to have lost her virginity before her wedding night. Her brothers decide they must kill the man responsible. And, as if the story itself wasn’t fascinating enough, there’s the matter of the lawsuit surrounding its origin.

The People of Paper

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Salvador Plascencia’s work of experimental fiction centers around the idea of an author’s relationship to his creations. Plascencia places himself into his characters’ world, even going to war with them, and utilizes the literal page in innovative ways, playing with text, spacing and literally cutting a specific name completely out of the book. You won’t just read this book; you’ll experience it.

Ways of Going Home

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In Ways of Going HomeChilean author Alejandro Zambra blurs the lines between the author and narrator to tell the story of a breakup, Chile’s history and two highly metaphorical earthquakes.

This Is How You Lose Her

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Junot Diaz writes a fantastically twisted tale of love, love lost and the weakness of the human heart when it comes to loving.  In this collection of short stories, the Pulitzer Prize winner uses Spanglish and colloquial language to help create a fully believable world and characters. We’re insist you read all of his books, but definitely start with this one.

READ: These Latino Authors Will Help Get You Through a Breakup

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