What to Eat in Mexico City
Collected by Michael Parker Stainback , AFAR Local Expert
From street food to white-tablecloth restaurants, Mexico City has a meal for every palate and every budget. And local, fresh, and heritage aren't just buzzwords here—they're a way of life. Come taste for yourself!
Londres, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Speakeasy-style bars have been popping up all over Mexico City of late, and in the age of social media, it's hardly a surprise that none of them stays a secret for very long. Still, nearly a year after it opened, Hanky Panky has managed to remain...
Calle Gral. Prim 95, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Baja California-born chef Jair Telléz is the force behind Amaya, a restaurant and wine bar that has helped stimulate capital residents' interest in wine, especially domestic labels. All of the bottles at Amaya are organic or biodynamic, and...
Calle Isabel la Catolica 30, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Unlike some fellow chefs who strive to elevate traditional Mexican cuisine through contemporary techniques or clever presentation, Ricardo Muñoz Zurita relies on a tried and true formula: take the classics, prepare them exceptionally well,...
Londres 95, Juárez, 06600 Juárez, CDMX, Mexico
A stalwart for business lunches since the days of the Mexican Revolution, is there any reason Bellinghausen needs to change? The old-school refinements include rib-sticking steaks, seafood, and Mexican standards, served in generous portions;...
Tabasco 109, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
A chic deli to be sure, Belmondo serves American-style sandwiches like Reubens, tuna melts, grilled cheeses, etc.—about which its young, fashionable adherents rave—but the menu holds some surprises as well, like a barbecued brisket or...
Jalapa 208, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexican-food experts Jorge Fitz and Alberto Estúa Zardaín open their warm, whimsically decorated 1913 Colonia Roma town house to visitors and guests (by appointment only) for extraordinary market and cooking experiences—and...
Calle de Tacuba 28, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
A modest entryway opens onto a bright, colonial Mexico fantasia, complete with blue tiles, crisp white linen, colorful pottery, and would-be-viceregal artworks. Since 1912, Café de Tacuba has opened early and stayed up late to serve classic...
Calle de Durango 200, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Contramar, in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, is treated with some serious respect among food people. When I was reading Chowhound before the trip, it was on most people's must-eat lists. And I'll confirm it: the seafood was fantastic. I...
Puebla 121, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
No one quite remembers when the hipsters started flooding into what is still a rather Kiwanis-club-style banquet hall for Mexico’s Spanish community, but they’re here to stay. Arts and media types, often in large, vociferous groups,...
Anatole France 100, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The author of a half dozen Mexican cookbooks and former owner of such lauded Mexico City restaurants as Águila y Sol, chef Martha Ortiz Chapa opened Dulce Patria in 2011. The daughter of an artist, Chapa prepares modern Mexican fare—from squash...
Plaza Garibaldi 12, Centro, 06010 Centro, CDMX, Mexico
Full disclosure: It’s authentically tourist-tacky in Plaza Garibaldi, the traditional Mexico City center for mariachi music and culture. But when you’re ready for a serenade, you’re ready. The plaza fills up late at night, every...
Havre 77, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Chef Eduardo García (of Lalo and Máximo Bistrot fame) applies his exquisite taste to a more traditionally French bill of fare at Havre 77, a beautiful dining room on what may be the city’s hippest half-block. Just a smattering...
Río Ebro 87, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Fans of real-deal sushi-bar Nipponese are united in huzzahs for Rokai, a sliver of a restaurant in a low-key, high-end section of the Cuauhtémoc quarter, north of the Reforma. Japanese-born chefs Hiroshi Kawahito and Daisuke Maeda change up...
Zacatecas 173, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
A wildly colorful, cartoonish emoji mural sets the scene for fun, fabulous Lalo, the casual-chic outpost from chef Eduardo García (whose Máximo Bistrot is adjudged one of the finest spots in the city). Tables for two are the first to...
Agustín Melgar 6, Condesa, 06140 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Elena Reygadas has been celebrated as one of Mexico City's best chefs. Her first restaurant, Rosetta, earned a spot on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Lardo is her newest project, and it's garnering rave reviews just like Rosetta. Quality...
Donato Guerra 1, Juárez, 06600 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico
Is this polished industrial space, in an odd corner of the Centro, the thinking man’s disco? Organizers prefer to speak in terms of a cultural center, and the installation’s multiple spaces are venues for everything from literary...
06700, Avenida Cuauhtémoc 129, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
What for years was a run-down and, many said, ill-humored and not-so-good cantina has been tendered a complete cute-ification and transformed into Delirio Pushkin, the latest addition to chef Mónica Patiño’s line of beautiful...
Monterrey 116, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Upstairs from her flagship Delirio boutique (also worth a duck-in), a beautiful town house is home to chef Mónica Patiño’s Casa Virginia, featuring a changing seasonal menu that takes creative advantage of Mexico’s...
Calle Tonalá 133, Roma Norte, Roma Nte., 06700 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX, Mexico
Run by a veteran of New York City’s Le Bernardin, Máximo Bistrot attracts a crowd of dedicated foodies, most of whom are not clued in to the new upstairs bar. Enjoy highbrow snacks (jamón ibérico) and herb-driven...
Calle Querétaro 225, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
A major driver in the city’s burgeoning food scene, Mercadoroma pays homage to Mexico’s beloved open markets, yet explodes the concept by renting stalls to a dizzying array of purveyors of fine food, beer, wine, and spirits, and other...
Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
After a couple of days in Mexico City, once you’re well-rested and adjusted to the altitude, why not try a little street eating? After all, some locals do it every day, and the techniques vendors use have been in place for centuries, if not...
Av. Cuitláhuac 3102, Claveria, 02080 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
At first glance, the sudden appearance of Nicos on "best of" lists—including San Pellegrino's "Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants" roster—seems a bit odd: after all, it's been around since 1957. Its working-class neighborhood and decidedly...
Calle Milan 14, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
One of the growing number of speakeasy-inspired bars in Mexico City, Parker y Lenox channels the Gatsby-and-jazz era with velvet chairs, chandeliers, and live music. Drinks are somewhat safe and familiar Prohibition-age classics—martinis,...
Tennyson 133, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If anyone can claim the title to best chef in Mexico, it's Enrique Olvera. He takes ingredients that grow in the milpa (maize field) and transforms them into amazingly delicious and previously unknown dishes. Like a trio of...
Av. Isaac Newton 55, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
When I was visiting Mexico City recently, a friend who lived there took me to Quintonil for dinner. This quaint, elegant hotspot serves some incredible contemporary gastronomy with a Mexican flair, and is right in the heart of the Polanco area....
Colima 166, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
"Rosetta is my favorite place to eat in the city. Chef Elena Reygadas creates unique italian-influenced dishes—langostino, burrata con carne, truffles—that are earthy and spectacular," says Mexican conductor Alondra De La Parra.
Independiencia # 26 Centro, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
A step through Tío Pepe’s swinging saloon doors is a walk back in time indeed, to a classic cantina (dating to the 19th century) that, while skewing divey, harbors no ill will toward thirsty people of all stripes. Some regulars prefer...
Calle de Motolinia 20, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
This chic space—which benefits from the style of the repurposed art deco bank building whose basement it occupies—maintains a reputation as one of the city’s premier (and few) spots to take in authentic jazz, with room on the...
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