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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, Z贸calo Restaurants and La Alameda Central Restaurants.

10 Mar 2009

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Salon Corona

Not to be confused with SC II, this classic cantina/bar is still the original and, some say, the best. Founded in 1928, the Salon is a popular...

Z贸calo, Mexico City, Mexico

La Concordia

(Tacos $1.20, Comida Corrida $4.50) La Concordia is a small but busy caf茅 where you can tuck into cheap, filling breakfast dishes. The restaurant...

Z贸calo, Mexico City, Mexico

Bertico Caf茅

(Mains $5-$7) This bustling caf茅 is a long-established favorite of local residents and has a good selection of both Mexican and international fare....

Z贸calo, Mexico City, Mexico

Caf茅 El Popular

(Breakfasts $3-$5) Popular is certainly what this caf茅 is, as it's always rammed to the gills with a lively mix of locals and tourists. The food is...

Z贸calo, Mexico City, Mexico

Tortas Pepe

($2 Tortas, $.50 Tacos) Tortas Pepe is a godsend for rock bottom budget travelers who are down to their last peso. There's no seating area. To eat...

Z贸calo, Mexico City, Mexico

El Cardenal

(Entr茅es $8-$12) El Cardenal serves up reasonably priced, exquisite traditional cuisine in the Slow Food style....

Z贸calo, Mexico City, Mexico
Sanborns Los Azulejos

Sanborns Los Azulejos

(Entr茅es $6) The Sanborns chain is everywhere in Mexico, but this particular branch knocks them dead with its picturesque 16th century building,...

Z贸calo, Mexico City, Mexico

Correo Espa帽ol

(Entr茅es $7) Robust Spanish fare, such as goat, tripe and leg of pork, are eternally popular in this long-established spot. Correo Espa帽ol is...

Z贸calo, Mexico City, Mexico

Restaurant Bar Chon

(Mains $10) Once you've been in Mexico for a while, it's easier to get used to the idea that for many locals there's nothing tastier than a...

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Hosteria de Santo Domingo

(Entr茅es $8) Santo Domingo is famous for its Chiles en Nogada, or chiles stuffed with meat and fruit, bathed in white sauce and sprinkled with...

Z贸calo, Mexico City, Mexico

El Mayor

(Entr茅es $10) At El Mayor you can tuck into tenderly prepared, contemporary Mexican dishes like bean rissotto or chicharr贸n-stuffed chile on a...

Z贸calo, Mexico City, Mexico

El Danubio

(Entr茅es $10) Danubio has specialized in sea-based goodies ever since it opened in 1936. Diners can feast on yummy giant prawns, calms, and...

Z贸calo, Mexico City, Mexico

Casino Espa帽ol

(Entr茅es $15) When entering Casino Espa帽ol, you ascend a marble staircase like a traditional Spanish duque or duquessa into a huge dining hall,...

Z贸calo, Mexico City, Mexico

El Balcon del Z贸calo

(Entr茅es $10) This rooftop terrace restaurant in the Holiday Inn Z贸calo has possibly the best views in the city. The breakfast table groans under...

Z贸calo, Mexico City, Mexico

El Mirador

(Entr茅es $12) El Mirador is another hotel rooftop restaurant, this time the pride of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico. The restaurant serves an ...

Z贸calo, Mexico City, Mexico
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