My FAVORITE Foodie City...
TACOS, CHILAQUILES, ENCHILADAS OH MY
THIS IS MY POST SAYING, GO DO BUSINESS IN MEXICO.
Find an excuse to get to know the culture, the people and the food. And do it quick.
I have a love affair with Mexico City... (otherwise known as DF) but don't tell my man. It's just between the warm and welcoming people, the incredible museums, amazing shopping and the to-die-for food, it's a hidden gem of a city. And, because I'm in finance, with the peso devaluation vs the dollar and the American mentality of it being dangerous it's hugely undervalued IMHO.
But I'll be honest I don't mind it staying hidden so I get to explore it all for a STEAL!
Leave comments and tell me if you want more particulars and I'll hammer out a hotel/activity guide too but only if you beautiful souls want it!
I've played and worked in Latin America for almost ten years now and somehow walking the streets of Polanco, La Condesa, Roma, it always brings me home. I've included below some of my favorite spots of all time to nosh on lovely edibles while in the city. Since I'm usually there for work I included a lot of upscale places because come on guys, you've eaten so many tacos I literally just can't handle it.
Let me just say that Chilaquiles for breakfast is a need not a want. Pair it with a concha and you can call and thank me, or better yet bring me back a Concha and I'll love you forever.
Enjoy eating your way through this city.... oohhhhh you are in for a treat!
UN ABRAZO FUERTE!
Means trees or forest in Spanish. It's the cool part of town that runs in the middle filled with, you guessed it, trees. These are two of my favorites there. You may or may not get to this part of town, if not don't stress, the next spot is the do or die.
Savannah - $$$$ - Calle Bosque de Duraznos 39, Mexico City 11700, Mexico +52 55 5442 8235. International. Impeccable. Ample carte of wines. Cozy. Elegant. BYOB available.
Puntarena -$$$$ - Vasca de Quiroga 3800 | Centro Santa Fe, Mexico City 05348, Mexico +52 55 2167 8402. Seafood. Fresh gourmet-style cuisine. Staff speaks English.
If I lived in Mexico City it would be this part of town, no doubt. It reminds me of the best parts of Brooklyn and Soho all wrapped into one deliciously old-world present. No high rises are allowed, the streets are lined with bars and restaurants and the people are just way too d*mn hip. Bohemian hipster paradise, no doubt about it.
Pendulo Library & Cafe - Listed as one of the best libraries in the world I secretly love their cafecitos and people watching.
Dulcinea - $$-$$$ - Calle Tabasco 46 | Roma Norte, Mexico City 06700, Mexico +52 55 9688 6595. Contemporary. Relaxed and stylish. Cocktails are very original.
Mercado Roma - Calling all Hipsters. This is your homeland. The hipster version of a market with the best of the best vendors, seating areas and alcoves. The vibe is perfection.
Blanco Colima - $$$$ -Calle Colima 168 | Roma Norte, Mexico City 06700, Mexico +52 55 5511 7527. International, Contemporary, Vegan Friendly. Savory dishes. Famous for Carajillo, Foi Grass.
Cedron $$-$$$ -Avenida Mazatlan 24, Condesa | Esquina Juan de la Barrera, Mexico City 06140, Mexico +52 55 2155 6403. Mediterranean, European, Contemporary. First class. Outstanding ambience. Cozy and gorgeous. Artisan & healthy (You add your own salt).
Mero Toro - $$$$ - 204 Amsterdam Ave. | Colonia Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico. Mexican, Latin, Seafood. Chic and cool. Staff speaks English. Top quality.
La Taba - $$-$$$- Av. Insurgentes Sur No. 1605 I-11, Col, San Jose Insurgentes, Mexico City, Mexico. Argentinean. Melt-in-your-mouth prime rib. Known for its beef fondue.
Huset -$$-$$$ -Colima #256, Mexico City 06700, Mexico +52 55 5511 6767. Barbecue, Grill. 100% Wood-fired-oven cooked meals. Avocado pizza is a favorite. Unique cocktails.
Mia Domenicca - $$ - $$$ - Calle Durango 279, Mexico City 06700. Mediterranean. Suitable atmosphere to conduct business. Italian inspired dishes with a Mexican pizzaz.
Rosetta - $$$$ -Calle Colima 166 | Del. Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City 06700, Mexico +52 55 5533 7804. Italian. Vegan Option.
Polance is like your stylish, European influenced neighbor, who has been to Spain but loves France and can dance salsa. Well, I don't have neighbors like that but if I did I would nickname them Polanco. It's the poshest part of the city and one of my favorite parts to stroll in.
Bistró Chapultepec - $$ - $$$ - Calle Lago Mayor S/N - 1era Sec. Chapultepec. Mexican. Short seating waiting period. Relaxed atmosphere. Great lakeview.
Biko - $$$$ - Presidente Mazarik 407 Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico. Spanish/Mexican. Elegant. Contemporary. Stylish.
Dulce Patria -They are super fancy here but if you are feeling fancy, looking fancy and looking for other fancy folk, this is your crew. $$$$ - Anatole France 100 | Col. Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico. Mexican/Latin. Artisan cuisine. Famous for Nogada Stuffed Poblano Peppers. Fantastic and delicate.
La Buena Barra - Gin is big in Mexico, I don't know why that is not my drink of choice but this place makes it tasty. Also - eat on the roof. You're welcome. $$$$ -Calle Aristoteles 124 Piso 3, Mexico City 11550, Mexico. Mexican/Latin. Everyone’s Gin Cart rave. Roof garden.
Prosecco Polanco - Plus guess what drink here is awesome, yup, the bubbly. $$ - $$$ -Calle Virgilio 7 | Polanco III Sección, Mexico City 11540, Mexico. Italian. Cozy & contemporary. Exotic flavors.
Pujol - IF YOU HAVE ONE SPLURGE THIS IS IT. I mean have you seen his Chef's Table episode. He's not a chef, he's an artist. The food shows it. You will not regret the price point, queridos. $$$$- Tennyson 133 | Polanco, Mexico City 11560, Mexico. Mexican/Latin/ Fusion. Internationally renowned Chef Enrique Olvera. One of the world’s best restaurants. Book at least within two months in advance.
Quintonil - Another place that gets me salivating like a dog on a bone. $$$$- Newton 55 | Polanco, Mexico City 11560, Mexico. Mexican/Latin. Not your average restaurant experience. An explosion of flavors.
Sylvestre - I love the feel of this place, food is amazing but the restaurant itself is a slice of bohemian heaven. $$$$ - Calle Anatole France 74, Mexico City 11550, Mexico. International. Amazing ambience. The staff is extremely attentive.
This is the main drag of the city, think of it like the artery to the heart. It's where all the commerce is, all the protests are, and leads straight to the Zocalo where the Presidential Palace is. If you are in Mexico for work, this is where I stay. Also - great running paths up and down it.
J&G Grill - This is my home away from home in Mexico City. It's in the St. Regis so if you aren't looking for a chain this is not your jam, but I sit here and work for hours. $$$$ -Paseo de la Reforma 439 Hotel The St. Regis, Mexico City, Mexico. Top notch service. Famous for Avocado Pizza.
Cantina La Piedra - They get a little wild here, and I like it. But in a classy way, because I'm a lady. $$-$$$ -Calle Aristoteles Esq. Masaryk 124 | Esquina Masaryk, Mexico City 11550, Mexico. Mexican Bar/Pub. Excellent service and very (ahem) lively atmosphere.
Contramar - Did anyone say ceviche. Oh no, my mouth was full of it, so I didn't say it, I just ate it all. $$ -$$$ -Calle Durango 200, Mexico City 06700, Mexico. Mexican/Seafood. Relaxed and informal atmosphere. Nouvelle seafood cuisine.
You probably are not going to find yourself in the south of the city (unless you go to a bullfight or soccer match, but if you do this is my go to spot there. Multi-layered, feels like a modern jungle inspired open air mansion.
SUD 777 -$$$$ -Avenida de La Luz 777, Mexico City 01900, Mexico. Mexican/International. Great atmosphere, gourmet cuisine, perfect wine pairing, fantastic sites all in one place.
All in all my friends, my goal here is that you step outside the taco joints and taste a little more of the metropolitan Mexico. You will be surprised at what you find.