Where to eat in mexico city
Collected by Kristin Zibell, AFAR Local Expert
Insurgentes Sur 2113, San Ángel, 01000 Alvaro Obregon, CDMX, Mexico
This place, near the 16th-century Convento del Carmen, is famous for its churros, fried dough rolled in cinnamon sugar. A mandatory stop. 4 Plaza del Carmen 52/55-5616-0978 As told to Nathalie Jordi. This story appeared in the March/April 2010...
Colima 166, Col. Roma Norte, Roma Nte., 06700 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico
Perhaps it’s more interested in diner loyalty than in snagging prizes, but chef Elena Reygadas’s original Mexico City restaurant is still beloved—and busier than ever. So while a few greatest hits linger season to season,...
Historic center of Mexico City, Centro, Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
We stopped at this stall near the Zócalo because there were tons of people buzzing around it so we knew it must be something good. My non-Spanish speaking friend ran across the street and pantomimed to the vendor that he wanted one of whatever he...
Av. 5 de Mayo 39, Centro Histórico, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
An art nouveau stained-glass sign welcomes you into the 140-year-old Dulcería de Celaya, a family-owned sweets shop near the Zócalo. Mexican treats such as aleluyas de pistache (dulce de leche sweets studded with pistachios) and buñuelos...
Parque Centenario 9A, Coyoacán, 04000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Once considered a poor man’s liquor, mezcal now stocks the top shelves of high-end restaurants and bars around the world. Sample the spirit, made from the maguey plant, on the open-air terrace at Corazon de Maguey. The mezcaleria serves golden...
Anatole France 100, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Never underestimate the power of shocking pink. The intimate but lively dining room at Dulce Patria—the smash hit by celebrity chef Martha Ortiz—feels not unlike a stage set. Soon after 2 p.m., it starts to fill with high-powered...
Av. Isaac Newton 55, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Chef Jorge Vallejo spent time in the kitchen at Pujol before he and wife Alejandra Flores opened Quintonil, giving the former boss a run for his money. Their place, too, has become a fixture on best-restaurants lists, and is changing how people...
Londres 130, Juárez, 06600 Juárez, CDMX, Mexico
Right in the Heart of Zona Rosa, hotel Geneve is one of the oldest in the city. Its lobby is also a sort of museum, with objects that date back a hundred years. It opened in 1907. If you are an adventurous eater, be sure to ask for habanero...
Tennyson 133, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11570 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
After years at its original, jewel-box-like (and maybe even a little solemn) location, the city’s high temple of Mexican regional cuisine has moved to a more expansive—some say more relaxed—space. It includes more light, a bar...
Puebla 371, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Angelopolitano is small restaurant that offers chicken in mole, pepian, and other traditional food from Puebla. Their mole is based on a recipe from a 19th Century cookbook handed down from generation to generation. It is served quite simply, on a...
Calle Isabel la Catolica 30, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
What began with Azul y Oro—chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita’s high-end university “refectory”—is now a multi-restaurant group famed for an almost museum-like reverence for traditional Mexican cooking in all its...
Av. Emilio Castelar 163, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The cuisine of an Acapulco classic arrived in Mexico City this year. Chef Eduardo Whichtendah responsible for the mix of Thai and Mexican food served in Zibu, opened Mar del Zur in Polanco neighborhood. The lion fish tempura with cucumber spicy...
Calle Regina, 27 B, Cuauhtemoc, Centro, 06080 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Grasshoppers, or chapulines in Spanish, are on the menu at Al Andar, a hip mezcalería on the first floor of a renovated tenement. They're squishy, sour and taste best when chased with a slice of orange.
Oscar Wilde 29, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
As a general rule, I try to avoid the restaurants in Polanco neighborhood. They tend to be pricey and rarely live up to their fame. The flagship Dulcinea is one of the notable exceptions. Run by chefs Lucy, Leopoldo and Fabián Acuña, and one of...
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