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Mexico City for food lovers

Destination(s): Mexico City

Mexico City is a top destination for thousands of Latin American and European migrants; and with them comes a huge array of culinary traditions. The Cubans, the Colombians, the Peruvians, the Basque and French have all contributed all manner of amazing spices to the Mexican foodie pot and built a city bursting with amazing, eclectic and surprisingly sophisticated cuisines. This itinerary will guide you through the top multi-award winning restaurants, the small roadside stalls, as well as other destinations that will appeal to food lovers worldwide. Leave the calorie calculator at home, and plenty of room for dessert! read more about Mexico City for food lovers

Matisse

Matisse

  • Amsterdam, 260
  • Colonia Hipódromo Condesa
  • tel:52 5 264 5853
  • Mexico City, 06170

Matisse is the offspring of a family feud involving the original owners of Snob Café in Polanco and they re-created the exquisite European cuisine that the original is famous for and it stands out in it's new location in  Condesa neighborhood where there are hundreds of restaurants in a three mile radius.

The setting helps, housed in what once was one of the most exclusive areas of Mexico City, from the 1920s to the 1940's the family home was converted into a restaurant where each of the bedrooms and living areas is a niche within the restaurant with it's own feel and atmosphere.

You will find a wide selection of Eastern European dishes prepared the old-fashioned way, with  recipes brought by European Jews fleeing persecution. I especially recommend the baby veal and any of the pastries baked on the premise daily.
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Casa de Azulejos

Casa de Azulejos

  • Madero 4
  • Centro Histórico
  • tel:+52 5 518 6676
  • Mexico City, 06040
Restaurante Lamm

Restaurante Lamm

  • Alvaro Obregon 99
  • Colonia Roma
  • tel:52 55 5514 8501
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06700
Contramar

Contramar

  • 200 Durango
  • Colonia Roma
  • tel:52 55 5514 9217 / 52 55 5514 3169
  • Mexico City, 06700

Located in the bohemian and trendy neighbourhood of Roma and surrounded by equally palatable buildings, Contramar is a favourite with the local gliteratti, and top local models, film makers, journalists and the like. Yet Contramar is deceptively simple' the decor is practically non-existant, the seating is not all that comfortable, yet the seafood is possibly the best this far from the Atlantic. Seafood soups, tuna tostadas, king shrimp, and even the crab are highly recommended. All are accompanied by fresh, hand made tortillas and a legendary salsa. read more about Contramar

Paxia

Paxia

  • Av. de la Paz #47
  • Colonia San Angel
  • tel:52 555 616 6964
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 01000

Set in the traditional, colonial neighbourhood of San Angel (think cobblestone streets, large Spanish influence mansions) Paxia fits the neighbourhood perfectly. Multi-award winning restaurant Paxia (meaning peace in Nahuatl) is without a doubt one of the most sophisticated and all around best dinning experiences in the city. Impecable service, jaw dropping decor (a mixture between Asian and Mexican touches accompanied by excellent lighting), yet with a casual and unpretentious feel to it. Paxia's food matches this ambiance perfectly' Mexican traditional dishes get a surprising reworking here - as in the chicharron (pork grind) lasagne with a pulque sauce; the ostentetious Aztec Budin (a masterfully, if excessive dish including foie gras, truffles which won top main dish in Mexico City in 2008) the "drunken duck" enchiladas with a dark beer sauce, etc. It's entree and bar menu are equally impressive and include a selection of local boutique beers, top range Mexican wines and cocktails invented by the in-house barman. read more about Paxia

DO - Denominacion de Origen

DO - Denominacion de Origen

  • Calle Hegel #406, Local 3
  • tel:52 555 255 0612
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 11560

Under the directipon of Chef Pablo San Roman this place combines minimalist decor with barroque. Their clientele is mostly business people during the days and a younger crowd at nights. They have ammased a number of local acolades for what they do best' using ingredients directly from where the dish originally comes from. Therefore meals like the Jabugo ham, the cmamebert and other delicacies can be trusted, as they are diretcly imported from Basque country and France for an original taste. For the daring, there is the rabo de toro (bull's tail), a rich dark stew. There are also the more traditional Spanish tapas like croquettes; canapés of ham made of pork tenderloin, all manners of peppers, etc. The cellar is, as expected, full of Spanish reds, but also has a good selection French wines. read more about DO - Denominacion de Origen

Travazares Taberna

Travazares Taberna

  • 127 Orizaba
  • Roma
  • tel:52 55 5264 1421
  • Mexico City, 06700

Travazares is located in one of the most bohemian parts of the Roma Condesa trend setting neighbourhoods. It's ambiance fiss it perfectly. Jazz music, great artwork, a dark and mysterious vibe and a great wine list make this a super little hide out and secret gem. It's food is equally enticing and made for a big appetite' meat platters which include Spanish sausages, olives, antipastos; or the cheese platters are well worth the visit, yet the decor and surrounds alone will make you want to stay. The cafe area at Travazares is upstairs and looks like something dug out from a very stylish French film. read more about Travazares Taberna

Café Tacuba

Café Tacuba

  • Calle Tacuba 28
  • Centro Histórico
  • tel:5518 4950
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06060

When you are walking around the downtown area, this is a perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner. It serves traditional Mexican food and has outstanding mole, rivaling this State of Puebla specialty. Order it with chicken or enchiladas and I assure you you will not be disappointed, actually you can't go wrong with any of the items on the menu. The decor will charm you, old historic paintings and Talavera tiles give it an authentic Mexican flavor. You will find an eclectic combination of locals and tourists from all over the world in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Entrees are in the $8 to $12 range and they have a full bar. It's location is perfect, just a few blocks from Palacio de Bellas Artes and Zocalo, the main downtown square.
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Jaso

Jaso

  • 88 Newton
  • Colonia Polanco
  • tel:52 555 545 7476
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 11570

Multi-award winning Jaso is set in the heart of Polanco, and is run by American trained chefs Sonia Arias (pastries) and executive chef Jared Reardon. Their restaurant follows a strict "word of mouth only" marketing strategy, which also means the place has no sign, and is not listed. Yet since its opening, this little treasure has remained a popular spot for any epicurian in the city. The influences are clearly American with a slight French fusion and they specialize in a 5 or 9 dish tasting menu which is costumised for each costumer. They dinning experience is unique not just due to its costumised format, but also due to the tasteful surrounds' two levels, an inner garden, a stunning outside terrace, and particular attention on stimulation all 5 senses. Likewise Jaso has had several accolades for their wine list which includes over 450 different labels. All staff are qualified to suggest the perfect bottle for your meal. Jaso, like most of its surrounding neighbourhood of Polanco, is expensive. read more about Jaso

Terraza del Condesa DF

Terraza del Condesa DF

  • Avenida Veracruz, 102
  • Col. Condesa
  • tel:52 55 5241 2600
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 6700
Sheraton Centro Histórico Hotel

Sheraton Centro Histórico Hotel

  • Av. Juarez 70
  • Colonia Centro
  • tel:+52 55 5130 5300
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  • Mexico City, 06010
Museo Nacional de Arte

Museo Nacional de Arte

  • Tacuba 8
  • Colonia Centro
  • tel:5544 1327
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06000
Ixchel

Ixchel

  • Medellín, 65
  • Colonia Roma
  • tel:52 5 206 4065
  • Mexico City, 06700
Atrio (El)/Travazares

Atrio (El)/Travazares

  • Orizaba 127
  • Colonia Roma
  • tel:  52 64 14 21
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 6700
Hooka Lounge

Hooka Lounge

  • Campeche 284
  • Condesa
  • tel:+52 55 5264 6275
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 6700
Capicua

Capicua

  • Nuevo Leon 66
  • Colonia Condesa
  • tel:52 55 5211 5280 / 52 55 5286 3697
  • Mexico City, 06100
La Bodega de los Malazzo

La Bodega de los Malazzo

  • Lago Iseo 298
  • Polanco
  • tel:52 55 5260 9026
  • Mexico City, 11560

La Bodega de los Malazzo has been deemed one of the top 10 Argentine restaurants in Mexico City. Given the massive amount of Argentine migration into this megalopolis, the accolade is no laughing matter. Bife, Churrasco and many other top cuts of beef compete with one another. Their asador (grill) sticks to the traditional way of cooking (with charcoal) and La Bodega de los Malazzo selects some of the finest steaks around. Their wine list is also worth a look, selecting some of the finest south American reds to go with the massive servings of steak. Their empanadas are generous and the service is quick. Definitely worth a try. read more about La Bodega de los Malazzo

Salon Corona

Salon Corona

  • Bolívar 24
  • Colonia Centro
  • tel:52 55 55 12 9007
  • Mexico City

The Salon Corona is a bit of an institution, and locals claim that if you have not been there… you have not been in Mexico City. A mixture between a cantina and a restaurant, Salon Corona has been a favourite, since the 70s, as a spot to watch big soccer games. The decor boasts some of those memorable socer moments both on the field and in the restaurant. The food is your typical Mexican fast food' tortas (the massive and delicious Mexican version of the baguette), 18 different types of tacos, quesadillas and some seafood classics. Salon Corona has a reputation for delicious octopus tortas and Torta al Pastor (a torta made with skewered pork, much in the Arab tradition of the doner kebab). The place is spacious and well lit and renovations have made it look as if it was a new comer to the Centro scene, even though it has an over 40 year tradition. Due to its popularity the Salon Corona has had to open another locale nearby. read more about Salon Corona

Museo de Arte Popular

Museo de Arte Popular

  • Revillagigedo #11 (enter through Independencia street)
  • Centro Histórico
  • tel:(55) 5510-2201
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06050

This impressive new building houses the most colorful and tasteful collection of popular art in Mexico. Masks, pińatas, dancing skulls, "alebrijes" (dreamlike colorful creatures), fantastic glass and decorative art make this large museum a very children friendly and non-museum-goer friendly place. The splendidly displayed collection is well labeled and has English tour facilities and a souvenir shop that is a tourist's dream come true. A definite must see while in Mexico City. read more about Museo de Arte Popular

Cebicheria Peruana La Mar

Cebicheria Peruana La Mar

  • Juan Salvador Agraz 37
  • Santa Fe Cuajimalpa
  • tel:52 55 52929786
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 5300
Sud 777

Sud 777

  • Blvd. de la Luz 777
  • Jardines del Pedregal
  • tel:52 55 5568 4777
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 14141

A former tennis court in Pedregal, one of Mexico's wealthiest neighbourhoods, has gone to become one of the latest sensations in French influenced cuisine in Mexico City. Sud 777 has been designed in what owners call "Shabby Chic" a set of wooden and stone terraces, balconies, open spaces all covered in thick vegetation and dotted with various fireplaces. The result is warm, enticing and very comfortable. The food is French influenced with large portions and their tuna (cooked in lemon and spices with a bed of avocado and crunchy tortillas) recently won an award for one of the top 15 main dishes in the city. As expected, their cellar is highly influenced by continental traditions yet remains a good place to try some of the top Mexican bottles. You can opt for the full restaurant experience, or go for their bistro. Their bar has also become a mecca for the young and wealthy and a table there must be booked at least one week in advance. read more about Sud 777

Pujol

Pujol

  • Francisco Petrarca 254
  • Colonia Polanco
  • tel:52 555 545 4111
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 11570
El Cardenal

El Cardenal

  • Calle de Palma 23
  • Colonia Centro
  • tel:52 55 5521881517
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06010

Undoubtedly one of the city's most palatable and recommendable restaurants for traditional Mexican food. El Cardenal has three locations, but this Calle de Palma one is undoubtedly the best. El Cardenal makes is own breads, tortillas, cocoa and cheese, the service is impecable and the wandering Spanish musicians lend the place a jovial and delicious tone. El Cardenal is located in a three storey turn of century colonial building covered in talavera tiles and dotted with amazing religious and local artwork from a variety of periods. read more about El Cardenal

Café Bistro MP

Café Bistro MP

  • Calle Andres Bello 10
  • (between Jorge Elliot & Reforma)
  • tel:52 55 5280 2506
  • Mexico City, 11560

Located in Polanco, one of Mexico City's wealthiest neighborhoods, Café Bistro MP is a sophisticated locale with equally tasteful cuisine. Started by Mexico City's possibly most talked about chef, Monica Patino, this place is a delicious mixture of Asian fusion and fresh Mexican ingredients. Try the Duck Red curry, or their duck tacos or the lobster and bay scallop dumplings. Their wine selection is also mouth watering including top selections from Chile, Spain, France and Mexico but of special interest is their house red wine (Armita, made especially for the restaurant by local viticulturist Hugo D'Acosta). The decor here is also a plus, a dark mysterious entrance will lead you to imly lit tables, all relatively close together where the wafts of various dishes will mingle. A must try. read more about Café Bistro MP

La Bodeguita del Medio

La Bodeguita del Medio

  • Insurgentes Sur 1798
  • Florida
  • tel:52 55 5662 1671
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City

Founded in Habana Cuba, and the original creators of the Mojito this place has been and continues to be frequented by the movers and shakers of Latin culture. Hemingway, Garcia Marquez, Castro, Che Guevara, all have gone through the Bodeguita to sample their amazing cuisine, cocktails, or step into the restaurant's humidor for any of their hundred differnet brands of cigars. To prove their assistance, the Bodeguita del Medio allows costumers to write their name on any of the walls - and often ceiling - of the locale making for interesting reading. The idea here is to order various dishes which then get shared with everyone at the table. The Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians - black beans and rice), their Ropa Vieja (Old Clothes - shredded beef), and fried plantains are worth the visit. Dinners are livened up by original cuban quartets and although there is little space for dancing, people manage to squeeze a few twirls in any open space. Dinner here on the weekends is an unforgettable lively event. read more about La Bodeguita del Medio

Izote

Izote

  • Av. Presidente Masaryk 513
  • (at Socrates)
  • tel:52 55 5280 1671
  • Mexico City, 11530
Plaza Garibaldi

Plaza Garibaldi

  • Plaza Garibaldi 12, Col. Garibaldi
  • Mexico City

Outside of the Mexican city of Guadalajara, Plaza Garibaldi is the world's epicenter of traditional mariachi music. Hundreds of bands gather here at nights expecting to be hired for parties, weddings, birthdays or for midnight serenades to one's loved one. At Garibaldi you can get a band of up to 20 musicians to sing any of their massive repertoire of Mexican favorite tunes (ask for "Mariachi Loco" for one of the most upbeat, fun and danceable tunes). The city has also allowed outdoor drinking at this plaza and you can buy a traditional beer cocktail called "michelada" made of beer, lime juice, chili and sometimes bitters. The adjacent restaurants (especially Tenampa) are definitely worth a visit but at night try to remain within the plaza, as the adjacent neighborhood can be dangerous. read more about Plaza Garibaldi

Tenampa

Tenampa

  • Plaza Garibaldi 12
  • Centro
  • tel:52 5 526 6176
  • Mexico City, 06000