No visit to Mexico City is complete without a taco experience! My two favourites, both just off Madero on Gante are:
El Huequito – The boss from this chain of taco stores wrote “La Tacopedia”, so he knows what he’s on about!! http://www.elhuequito.com.mx
Salon Corona – a very close second, definitely try the chicharron here! http://www.saloncorona.com.mx
Carnitas – El Bajio (10 locations), personal favourite here is the carnitas by weight. It’s roasted pork, and the good news is that they will package leftover food to take away (for when you realise 3 people aren’t getting through a kilo of meat!). http://restauranteelbajio.com.mx
Late night Suadero – Los Cocuyos, Simon Bolivar 56 (between Av. Republica de Uruguay & Av. Republica de El Salvador). This place is humble, but good at what they do! It’s where the taxi drivers stop for a late night taco and you can get everything from white pork (suadero), to sausage (longaniza), to tongue (lengua)!
For special occasions, the next 3 are our faves:
We never fail to be impressed at Bonito PopFood. These guys even humoured our step by step request for espresso martinis!! Winning!! http://www.bonito.com.mx
Or, intimate Maximo’s Bistrot, for perfect service, a wine list to impress and sensational cuisine (seasonal food and amazing flavour, good for special birthdays). http://www.maximobistrot.com.mx
New addition Contramar in Roma is definitely worth seeking out. Delicious aguachiles to seriously tickle your tastebuds! http://www.contramar.com.mx/
Airbnb is a great option, and I can highly recommend two we’ve used. This picture features from the terrace of our favourite (get in touch for details). Located near the corner of Republica & Uruguay.
Boutique Hostel – Downtown Beds. Brilliantly located, newly refurbished rooms, attached to a design hotel and leading restaurant so you can take advantage of the facilities and style, without the hefty price tag. Great coffee shop and Gin bar in the courtyard, complete with living wall. Rooftop bar (with kitchen)and pool accessible directly from the hostel. http://www.downtownbeds.com
Budget/3 star hotel: Hotel Metropol, great location, breakfast included and reasonably prices (under US$50 at time of writing). Don’t forget that taxes are added before checkout, read the details to be sure of what you’re paying (even if you book from booking.com or similar). Great base to sightsee from, right across from Alameda. http://hotelmetropol.com.mx/
Up Market: Zocalo Central. Right on the main square (known as the Zocalo) you’ll find this swanky hotel, rooftop terrace and restaurant. Great service, very comfortable stay. http://www.centralhoteles.com/zocalo/default-en.html
Pata Negra is a chain of bars reminiscent of All Bar One (in the U.K.). Always reliable, occasionally you’ll find live music or a salsa night upstairs (in 5 De Mayo, we stumbled across San Juan Project playing live – lots of fun for a weeknight!). They also happen to stock our favourite Mezcal (Alipus – try the San Juan!). http://www.patanegra.com.mx
Malafama, Condesa. Trendy billiards bar, great cocktails but also a brilliant own label Mezcal found here (Bicuixe & madrecuixe blend). Casual food menu, see their website for more. http://salonmalafama.com.mx
For the adventurous, traditional experience, there is a Pulque. Made fresh each day from fermented agave cactus juice, Pulque is the traditional firewater of the Aztecs. Our favourite is Las Duelistas near San Juan market – it has some great street art on the walls and is never empty. https://www.facebook.com/PulqueriaLasDuelistas
Republica, Polanco. Located in Mexico City’s most exclusive neighbourhood is Republica Del Distrito. Swanky, pricy nightclub. http://www.republicadeldistrito.com
Club Social Rhodesia, Roma Norte. Same as above, but is a great option for Wednesday nights. http://clubsocialrhodesia.tv
Patrick Miller – Friday nights. Definitely a different experience! If you miss 1990, or can vogue better than Madonna, this is the club for you. Great fun observing from the balcony too, if your mojo’s malfunctioning. https://www.facebook.com/pg/PatrickMillerMX/photos/
NB: Mama Rumba would have appeared on this list, but they have apparently been closed down. On the hunt for a new salsa club in the city and will write a separate feature on what we find!
All venues listed are our opinion, our personal preference and where we choose to play when in Mexico City. None of the establishments have paid to feature in this article.
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