January 29, 2020
A foodie’s guide to Mexico City
Mexico City is one of the best cities I’ve been to, that offers a great balance of cultural and historical experiences. Between the dozens of incredible culinary options and the variety of museums and historical sites you can visit, you’re guaranteed to not fall short of things to do throughout your visit there.
I spent 4 days in Mexico City, and have broken down my itinerary for you guys, day by day, so you get an idea of what to do based on districts and proximity between locations, etc.
Started off the trip with a taco tour. It sounds touristy, and it definitely was, BUT it’s also a great way to meet people and try out the best of local taqueria’s in the city. Some of the spots I hit up were:
Taqueria La Costilla – best know for the volcano taco
Los Cuates – best know for the beef bone broth and shrimp soup
Tacos el Vilsito – best spot for pastor tacos
Tacos Tony – best spot for tacos con chorizo
So, Mexico City has a lot markets to check out. I went to a few of the most popular ones to check out food vendors, antique shops, and florists.
Mercado de Medellin | Mercado de San Juan |La Ciudadela Mercado Artesenal
The Roma district has a lot to offer in terms of cool restaurants and shops.
Dosis is a cute modern day coffee shop where I had the best oat milk iced latte of my life, I’m serious. AND yes, I did say oat milk. This spot offers a great dairy free milk selection along with a yummy assortment of food like avocado toast and chia seed pudding.
Churrería El Moro is the ultimate churro spot in the city. If you want to try the best churros and chocolate dip – this is it. They’ve also got a big selection of diner style milkshakes…if dairy still happens to be a part of your diet.
Coyoacán is a historical area in the city that houses quite a few iconic sites such as the Frida Kahlo house museum where you can see where the artist lived. If you do want to see more of her work, along with that of Diego Rivera, the Modern Art Museum is the place to go. It’s located within the city’s central park called Bosque Chapultepec. Here you can also find a variety of other museums – I’d say the Museum of Anthropology is a definite must.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Mexican cuisine, Ryoshi Japane is a yummy Japanese fusion restaurant to check out for dinner.
Licorería Limantour is the city’s… errrm sorry, is rated “Latin America’s Best Cocktail Bar.” They have a uniquely extensive cocktail menu and there’s always a line up to get in. So, I’d suggest going early if you’re going with a group of more than two people.
I started off the second day with a trip to see the Pyramids. Teotihuacán is located in a mountain-ringed valley just 50 km outside of Mexico City and took about an hour and a half drive to get to. If you don’t plan on renting a car, I suggest booking a driver to take you over, wait while you explore the historic site, and then drive you back into the city. The round trip didn’t cost me more than $150 USD. Plus, if you arrive to the site in a vehicle, you can purchase tickets right from your car and skip the standing ticket line.
After spending about 3 hours looking at the pyramids I had to checkout the vegan taqueria restaurant in Mexico City called Por Siempre Vegana. The wait was long but definitely worth it, especially if you’re plant-based. Most of the menu items are made with either sietan or beyond-meat as the main source of protein.
If you’re into vintage shopping there’s a few I’d suggest checking out –Goodfolk Vintage, Vintage Hoe, and Trouve. Goodfolk is where I picked up the vintage Harley Davidson tee you’ll see in the next photo.
Palacio de Bellas Artes is a prominent cultural centre in the heart of the city. If you’re into architecture or taking outfit pics, the white marble palace is going to be a hit.
If you’re looking for a traditional and iconic breakfast spot, Rosetta Panaderia is a must. There’s always a line up for the pick-up window, for those of you wanting to try out some delicious croissants, cinnamon buns, scones, or grab a baguette for the road. But, you can also take a seat at the long bar-top and enjoy your morning coffee, spinach & cheese croissant (my fav menu option) and a cold-pressed green juice.
New Year’s eve is always a night to celebrate, and I definitely celebrated by visiting one of the cities most highly recommended restaurants, Pujol. This restaurant offers a one of a kind fine dining experience and an ever-changing fixed menu that integrates cultural cuisine and flavours with an incredible presentation. Reservations here are a must.
Some other hot spots that I’d recommend to check out are:
Huest – cocktail bar
Los Cocuyos – hole in the wall taqueria
Four Seasons Hotel – great for afternoon cocktails or Sunday brunch
Maximo Bistrot – rustic Italian restaurant
Blanco Colima – gastronomy restaurant
Azul Condensa – restaurant for mezcal and taco pairings
Jules Basement – speakeasy cocktail bar