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There are literally thousands of restaurants, caf茅s and bars in Mexico City, catering to a large array of tastes. You鈥檒l never be too far from good Mexican food, and those on a budget can eat well and cheaply at taco stands, markets or small family run restaurants, especially if you opt for lunchtime deals known as comida corrida.

 

After Mexican food, Spanish, Italian, Argentine and Chinese are the most popular varieties. The past few years have seen a sharp rise in sushi restaurants, although true connoisseurs aren鈥檛 likely to be impressed by the Mexican taste for Philadelphia cheese in their maki.

 

Mexico City is flooded with chain restaurants. International names such as McDonalds, Burger King and Vips are popular, as well as local franchises like Sanborns and Fishers. Comidas corridas are usually tastier and much better value for money though.

 

In the past, most of the city麓s best restaurants were around the Zona Rosa. Nowadays, whilst this tourist hub still has more than it鈥檚 fair share of good eateries, there are several other restaurant zones around the city. Posh Polanco is THE place to go鈥f your wallet can stand the strain. Several colonial mansions have been converted into restaurants with outdoor seating and wandering minstrels.

 

Not really any cheaper but a bit younger and hipper- is the Colonia Condesa right next door. The area has a European vibe with its street-side caf茅s and intimate eateries full of beautiful young Mexicans and tourists with a few extra pesos to spend on nice wine and focaccia. The Centro Hist贸rico has a lot of business-orientated places to eat, as well as several decent options in the five star hotels that ring the Z贸calo. Another area to check out is San Angel/ Coyoac谩n, where good quality, trendy restaurants open all the time.

 

Touristy areas such as the Centro Hist贸rico and Coyoac谩n are your best bet if you鈥檙e after Mexico City specialties such as huitlacoche (maize fungus) in a more formal setting. However, visit the stalls around markets such as La Merced and you鈥檙e guaranteed a cheap, fresh 100% authentic Mexican experience at a fraction of the price.

 

Mexicans tend to eat lunch from around 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., and dinner from around 9 p.m.



Other Restaurant pages in Mexico City that may be of interest: Condesa Restaurants, La Alameda Central Restaurants and Z贸calo Restaurants.








10 Mar 2009

 
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Sal贸n Corona (the original)

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Restaurante Nucleo

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Just down the street from the Museo Casa de Carranza and around the corner from the Jard铆n del Arte is the Restaurante Nucleo. Locals pack this...

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Pollos Ray

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This cozy caf茅 right in the Centro Hist贸rico is as snug and subdued as can be, with a modest number of comfortable chairs and...

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