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Restaurants in Mexico City

Traditional Mexican flavours abound at Centro Histórico restaurants like Café de Tacuba and Hostería Santo Domingo. Taco and tortilla stands are everywhere and generally excellent. Cantinas like La Nueva Opera Bar provide a traditional Mexican dining experience. The Zona Rosa bursts with all kinds of cuisines, especially Asian, while Polanco is home to some of the finest in alta cocina mexicana and nueva mexicana establishments. A 15% tip is recommended.

Café de Tacuba, Mexico City. Photo by Gabriela Canales de Ballesteros, courtesy of Café de Tacuba
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La Valentina

Upmarket Mexican

Upstairs in a swanky Polanco shopping centre, La Valentina offers fine dining without the stiffness. Live classical music and pastel wall-hangings set the scene, and the menu features dishes concocted by some of Mexico's leading culinary lights, such as Patricia Quintana. The tequila collection is noteworthy.



Opening Hours

Daily 1.30pm-1.30am

Address

Presidente Mazaryk 393, Polanco, Mexico City

Telephone

+52 (55) 5282 2297

Transport

Polanco metro

Los Girasoles, Mexico City. Courtesy of Los Girasoles
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Los Girasoles

Mexican haute cuisine

Set in a charming colonial building on an old square in the Centro Histórico, Los Girasoles (The Sunflowers) specialises in Mexican haute cuisine. The focus is on indigenous ingredients from pre-Columbian times, such as ant larvae and chillied worms. Traditional dishes such as mole beans are prepared with sophistication and a sense of adventure.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 1pm-12am, Sun & Mon 1pm-9pm

Address

Plaza Manuel Tolsá, Calle Tacuba between 8 and 10, Mexico City 06000

Telephone

+52 (55) 5510 0630

Transport

Allende metro

Website

Los Girasoles Website

Tezka, Mexico City. © Expansión S A de C V, courtesy of www.chilango.com
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Tezka

Spanish meets Mexican

The innovative Basque cuisine served at Tezka in Roma has been well received into Mexico City's dining scene. Sample the cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere by choosing from the tasting menu. Try dishes like a mousse of foie gras wrapped in sliced mango, sea bass in a pistachio sauce and sweet-and-spicy chocolate-chilli ice cream.



Opening Hours

Daily 1pm-5pm; Mon-Fri 8pm-11pm

Address

Amberes 78, Mexico City 06600

Telephone

+52 (55) 5228 9918

Transport

Insurgentes metro

Website

Tezka Website

Izote de Patricia Quintana, Mexico City. © Expansión S A de C V, courtesy of www.chilango.com
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Izote de Patricia Quintana

Modern mestizo recipes

Pastel colours greet guests of Izote de Patricia Quintana in Polanco which serves a modern take on traditional mestizo (indigenous) dishes. Local ingredients such as yucca flower, cactus and masa (corn flour) feature heavily. Save room for a tarta zaachila, a nut-filled chocolate pastry, accompanied by traditional café de olla, cinnamon coffee with brown sugar.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 1pm-12am, Sun 1pm-6pm

Address

Avenida Presidente Masaryk 513, Mexico City 11560

Telephone

+52 (55) 5280 1671

Transport

Polanco metro

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Bistrot Mosaico

Popular French bistro

Bistrot Mosaico in Condesa is a classic French bistro with crisp white napkins, a bustling, informal atmosphere and efficient service. The menu is classically Gallic, and includes steak frites, cassoulets, fricassees and soufflés. The wine list has, as you would expect, an impressive French bias. Pâtés and cheeses can be bought from the deli.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 7.30am-11pm; Sat 8.30am-12am; Sun 8.30am-6pm

Address

Michoacán 10, Mexico City 06170

Telephone

+52 (55) 5584 2932

Transport

Chilpancingo metro

Website

Bistrot Mosaico Website

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Benkay

High-quality sushi

Benkay transports you from busy Mexico City into a Japanese oasis of calm. Sit at the bar to choose from exquisite sushi being made before you or order tender kobe beef noodles from kimono-clad waitresses at minimalist wooden tables. Hotel Nikko's softly lit restaurant opens onto a peaceful Japanese garden in the Polanco district.



Opening Hours

Daily 1pm-11pm

Address

Campos Elíseos 204, Mexico City

Telephone

+52 (55) 5283 8700

Transport

Auditorio metro

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Restaurant DO

Modern Spanish

Restaurant DO in Polanco is ideal for Spanish-influenced haute cuisine. The name - from the Spanish system of authenticating foods - signals the emphasis on traditional ingredients. Tapas or pinxtos (as they are known in the Basque country) accompanied by something from the impressive Iberian wine list can be enjoyed here. The contemporary decor attracts a well-heeled clientele.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 1pm-11pm; Sun 1pm-5pm

Address

Hegel 406, Mexico City 11580

Telephone

+52 (55) 5255 0612

Transport

Polanco metro

Website

Restaurant DO Website

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Zhen

Gourmet Chinese

Shanghai-based Zhen serves gourmet Chinese cuisine in the Polanco district. An elegant crowd dine at round tables with revolving centerpieces for sharing and exquisite place settings. There is a good dim sum selection and the shark fin hot-and-sour soup is a speciality. Book ahead.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 1pm-1am; Sun 1pm-10pm

Address

218, Campos Elíseos, Mexico City 11560

Telephone

+52 (55) 5327 7774

Transport

Metro: Auditorio

Website

Zhen Website

Hostería Santo Domingo, Mexico City. Photo by Hugo Jorquera
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Hostería Santo Domingo

Famous chilli dishes

There's always an upbeat, musical vibe at the Hostería Santo Domingo in the Centro Histórico. Serving Mexican specialties since 1860, it is still popular with locals and has lost none of its charm. Music is performed in the evenings and the generous portions of chiles en nogada (chillies in walnut sauce) are famous.



Opening Hours

Daily 9am-10pm

Address

Domínguez 72, Mexico City 06010

Telephone

+52 (55) 5526 5276

Transport

Zócalo metro

Website

Hostería Santo Domingo Website

Fonda El Refugio, Mexico City. Courtesy of Fonda El Refugio
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Fonda El Refugio

Local Mexican favourite

After four decades, the much-loved, prize-winning Fonda El Refugio in Roma remains a culinary favourite. Informal but elegant, it has a fireplace and is decorated with gleaming copper pots. Its menu celebrates Mexican cuisine, with such favourites as chillies stuffed with ground beef or cheese.



Opening Hours

Daily 1pm-11pm

Address

Liverpool 166, Mexico City 06600

Telephone

+52 (55) 5525 8128

Transport

Insurgentes metro

Website

Fonda El Refugio Website

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Villa Maria

Festive Mexican

Villa Maria in the Polanco neighbourhood embodies Mexico's natural love of life. Humorous sayings dot the coloured walls and smiling Mariachis sing and play to a fun clientele. There are typical tacos, enchiladas, mole dishes and tasty red snapper specialities. Dine under sun umbrellas outside.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 1:30pm-midnight; Sun 1:30pm-8pm

Address

704, Homero, Mexico City 11560

Telephone

+52 (55) 5203 0306

Transport

Metro: Polanco

Website

Villa Maria Website

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Náos

Seafood specialities

Fresh oysters and stone crabs from Baja California are picked by the gourmet clientele at Náos, acclaimed chef Monica Patiño's restaurant in the Polanco district. Creative seafood and fish dishes are the specialities. There is a glass-panelled open kitchen and wall sketches of celebrating skeletons.



Opening Hours

Mon-Wed 1:30-11pm; Thu-Sat 1:30pm-midnight; Sun 1:30-6pm

Address

425, Paseo de Las Palmas, Mexico City 11000

Telephone

+52 (55) 5520 5702

Transport

Metro: Auditorio

Website

Náos Website

Café de Tacuba, Mexico City. Photo by Gabriela Canales de Ballesteros, courtesy of Café de Tacuba
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Café de Tacuba

Legendary Mexican eatery

Café de Tacuba in the Centro Histórico has two long dining rooms, one with brass lamps, dark oil paintings and a large mural. The menu includes authentic Mexican dishes such as tamales (steam cooked corn dough snacks), enchiladas and chiles rellenos (stuffed chillies). Live mariachi music and medieval singers entertain diners.



Opening Hours

Daily 9am-11pm

Address

Tacuba 28, Mexico City 06010

Telephone

+52 (55) 5518 4950

Transport

Allende metro

Website

Café de Tacuba Website

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La Nueva Opera Bar

Elegant city cantina

La Nueva Opera Bar, located in Alameda Central, is the most opulent of the city's cantinas. Slide into a dark wood booth below gilded baroque ceilings, angular mirrors, and exquisite small oil paintings. Despite a sophisticated menu of Mexican and Spanish favourites like paella and enchiladas, it's unpretentious and affordable.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 1pm-12am, Sun 1pm-6pm

Address

Avenida 5 de Mayo 10, Mexico City 06000

Telephone

+52 (55) 5512 8959

Transport

Bellas Artes metro

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Fonda Margarita

Breakfast - Mexican style

There's nothing more authentically Mexican than this breakfast street side vendor in Colonia del Valle. No table service and a basic interior make it a great place for a no-nonsense quick bite to eat after a night out or before a day's sightseeing. The huevos refritos (eggs with refried beans) is a classic.



Opening Hours

Daily 5.30am-11am

Address

Adolfo Prieto 1346, Mexico City 03810

Transport

División del Norte Metro

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