Where to eat
Breakfast and Coffee
1. Forte: A local’s secret as one of the best espresso-style coffee spots in town, with an in-house baker serving almond-topped croissants and freshly baked bread every morning.
2. Quentin Café: This small cafe has a huge reputation and a menu that coffee enthusiasts will adore, take a pew in the minimalist coffee bar and watch the buzzing city life pass you by.
3. Raku: Translating to ‘joy’ in Japanese, a word that sums up this unique coffee shop inspired by Japanese influence and precision, the people at Raku are cold brew legends and matcha tea treats are served all day long.
4. Cicatriz: A trendy hangout serving wholesome brunch staples and light bites. Hang around long enough and you’ll watch as the coffee shop transforms into a buzzing bar in the evening – a great place in which to perch, no matter the time of day!
5. Panaderia Rosetta: This rustic-chic spot offers delicious Mexican-influenced European pastries in a romantic setting. Order the cardamon bun and chocolate-vanilla conch, you won’t be disappointed!
Lunch and Tacos
1. Taqueria Orinoco: You might have already heard of this spot, known for some of the best tacos in town (perfect for late-night refuel). Take a seat and soak in the colourful, faux-retro interiors, and try their tacos al pastor, arguably the best in all of CDMX.
2. Jeanie’s Taqueria: There are countless incredible street taco options in the city, but if you’re looking for a place to start your tasting expedition, head here. Jenni showcases standout Mexican flavours using only the freshest ingredients picked up from the morning market.
3. Gracias Madre: Comforting Mexican cuisine and all vegan! An epic joint if you want a switch-up and fancy indulging in veggie-friendly local dishes, from street-style tacos to zesty guacamole dips.
4. Taqueria Gabriel: A budget-friendly stop perfect for grabbing a quick bite of Mexico’s top culinary treats, we could return time and time again – think over-stuffed burritos and mouth-watering fajitas. They also make a mean margarita!
1. Bacal: With a different chef every week, this modern Spanish-style house has a signature Mediterranean influence and a cool wine bar.
2. Imbiss: Inspired by a European speakeasy, this dinner spot is loved by locals and travellers alike. Nestled on a quiet street, you’ll relish the inventive European-style menu that’s paired with a fine selection of natural wines and craft beers.
3. Pujol: Named by Wall Street Journal as the best in Mexico City, this restaurant’s tasting menu ventures into Mexico’s most impactful flavours. As noteworthy for its modernist interiors as its memorable dishes, it’s a higher-budget option but well worth it for an unforgettable experience (one to book ahead).
4. Maximo Bistro: This farm-to-table eatery has a comforting yet sophisticated feel, blending French cuisines with Mexican-grown ingredients, think black truffle ravioli and chocolate caviar tart.
5. Amaya: A casual take on Baja-Med cuisine with colourful, industrial interiors, the chef behind Amaya is a firm believer that quality ingredients speak for themselves – no fussy presentation here!