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