5 Great Restaurants To Try on Your Trip to Mexico City
Before my trip to Mexico City, I vaguely remembered reading in an article online that Mexico City is one of the "food capitals" of the world.
Other than that, I didn't know much about Mexico City before I visited. I think only one person I follow on YouTube (and I follow a lot of travel vloggers, haha), had traveled there outside of an airport connection.
There are a number of reasons why I am so happy I went to Mexico City, and one of them is the food.
Not only was Mexico City one of the most affordable places I've traveled, it had some of the most amazing, authentic, affordable food.
While my friend Erin and I were in CDMX for only a week, we tried quite a few places.
However, you could spend months trying all on offer in this city: from street food to cafes to fancy restaurants.
This post will share our favorite places from our trip. There are SO many more places to try and I know with a short trip we likely missed some gems. That's where a return trip (or Google and word of mouth) come in handy!
Here are a few of our personal favorite restaurants from this trip:
Erin and I agreed that our favorite dinner and night out during our week in Mexico City was at Salón Ríos.
We saw on the Couchsurfing app that they had free salsa and live music above the restaurant on Tuesday nights, which we wanted to check out.
Before salsa, we were looking up nearby places to eat for dinner on Yelp. We found it interesting that Yelp categorized this place as a "dive bar" so we weren't totally convinced.
But when we arrived to that part of town, we saw this restaurant wasn't dive-y at all. At least it wasn't anything near what we'd categorize as a dive bar in the US. It was really nice!
And oh my goodness was the food amazing.
The guacamole is among the best I've ever had. Along with our dinner and drinks.
We worked off our dinner by doing salsa upstairs with locals who taught us how to dance, and overall had a really fun evening.
Panaderia Artesanal Da Silva
My friend and I went here three times on our trip! So, yeah, you can tell we really liked it.
Da Silva is an artisenal bakery originally from Polanco. The one we frequented is small with adorable decor and has baked goods, coffee, and a full breakfast menu with egg dishes, french toast, smoothies, and more.
Each time my friend and I would get a sweet dish and a savory dish and share both.
The french toast was SO good. I'm not one who really enjoys french toast back home. However, when you add up the filling inside the bread, the jam and crushed nuts on top, and the flowers, this restaurant's french toast was a 10 out of 10.
I'd put this place in the category of some of the best breakfast/brunch meal I've ever had.
Located in Roma Norte, Boicot is a cool cafe with street-side tables but extends far back with multiple room and unique decor.
We saw a few people working on laptops and others enjoying a coffee or light sandwich with friends.
With coffee, pastries, sandwiches, empanadas, and more, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Would definitely return here for a casual working lunch, a quick snack, or even the Nutella cold brew shake. You know, sometimes you've got to treat yo-self.
Our friend from CDMX recommended we try the restaurant Azul in Condesa, but it was late on a Sunday evening on our first night and it was closed.
Literally right next to Azul in Condesa was Xampaneria, a champagne bar with a full food menu so we decided to pop in and try it.
This bar had a really cool, cozy atmosphere with a great selection of food and cocktails.
They had a DJ playing music which was fitting to the thriving nightlife at the other bars nearby.
We shared a cheese & prosciutto appetizer and a tuna dish, and each got watermelon vodka cocktails. I mean, why not? It was our first night in Mexico City.
Going off of the place above, we did end up trying Azul (the location in Centro Historico) a few days later. We had a number of recommendations to go, and when we walked in the decor and ambiance was really cool.
It felt a little touristy to be totally honest, but we really enjoyed our light dinners. I got tortilla soup and Erin got ceviche.
It's a little pricier compared to some of the other places we went, but the food and service made up for it!
Make sure to try the street food as well
Whether you get freshly sliced mangos, tacos, burgers, or whatever else you see for sale on the side of the road, it's probably going to be pretty delicious.
Enough said. :)