Culinary Heaven: The Ultimate Foodies Tour of Mexico City
Join us for a whirlwind day trip of culinary indulgence around the most scrumptious eateries in Mexico City
Anthony Bourdain famously quoted that "Food, culture, people, and landscape are all absolutely inseparable." We couldn’t agree with that more, which is why we’ve got a (literal) treat in store for you.
Setting aside arts and culture for a day, we’ve prepared a whirlwind 24-hour foodies guide to Mexico City, exploring bakeries, markets, churrerías, and gin bars. Join us to discover the best hidden, most delicious secrets the capital has to offer and get ready for a mouth-watering day of culinary indulgence.
Breakfast - Delirio Cafè
Monterrey Avenue 116 & Colima Avenue 114, Roma Norte
Start your day right with a cup of coffee served with one (or more) pastries from the excellent selection at Delirio Cafè, a small corner deli that has been establishing itself as one of the prime spots for breakfast and brunch in Mexico City’s hip Colonia Roma.
Offering a wide range of freshly baked pastries, bread, and more “brunchy” options like Greek Eggs served with olives, tomato relish, and warm pita bread, Delirio will charm you with its fresh ingredients sourced from local producers and displayed proudly on the counters, as well as its unpretentious familial vibes.
Today, Monica’s daughter Micaela plays an active part in Delirio’s culinary proposition, while her partner Lalo, owner of Buna Coffee, provides the best beans for all you caffeine addicts out there. We particularly recommend their raisin and walnut rolls and their plain croissants, fragrant and beautifully glazed just like in the best French boulangeries. And why not fill them with some homemade jam too?
If you’ve loved the food so much that you need to take some home with you, worry not! Just a few streets down in Colima Avenue, Monica has opened Abarrotes, meaning groceries in Spanish, a nod to old-fashioned small grocery shops so rare to find now that large supermarket chains fill our streets.
Here you’ll find all of Delirio’s carefully selected products, such as freshly baked bread, local jams, honey, wines, and other special treats. And for those who need a quick gourmet fix, there's a window outside serving up coffees, desserts, and the ubiquitous tortas for a luxurious breakfast on the go.
Mid-Morning Food Shopping - Markets Galore
Next, we suggest you do a bit of walking to work up an appetite for the delicacies awaiting you for the rest of the day, browsing a few of the local organic shops and markets that both Colonia Roma and La Condesa, just on the other side of Avenida Insurgente Sur, have to offer.
Our top picks are Orígenes Orgánicos and The Green Corner, both offering a vast range of fresh and cupboard food from local and organic producers, stocking anything from fruit and vegetables to the delicious melt-in-your-mouth chocolate bars by Cacao es un Placer, obtained from exclusively Mexican cocoa.
If you are an eco-warrior, you’ll find Orígenes Orgánicos’s refill section a treasure trove of guilt-free goodness. Their Condesa branch also offers a huge range of freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices, the perfect energy pick-me-up after a busy morning of shopping and walking!
Lunch - Palominos
Av. Paseo de las Palmas 340, Lomas de Chapultepec V Sec.
We’re getting close to lunchtime and, while this next place is a little further away, we’re positive you’ll forget the bit of walking you had to do once you taste their famed Sonoran meat.
Ever since the cultivation of grains and the first cattle were introduced by Jesuit colonizers in the 17th Century, the state of Sonora has retained its fame as one of the best meat producers in the country, thanks to its geography, its climate, and the development of its modern agricultural infrastructure.
After establishing their ranch in Sonora, Don Cesar set out to build his family empire, spending decades refining the rearing and feeding techniques that today give Palominos’ meat its characteristic marbling. Their meat is further enriched by the exquisite barbecuing done exclusively with mesquite firewood, which produces a lot of heat and gives the meat its rich flavor.
With its eight branches country-wide, Palominos restaurants pay tribute to Don Cesar’s long-standing tradition with a menu that will have your mouth water just by reading it. We can’t but recommend the chef’s specials, such as the Black Onyx, a delicious cut with grade 4 marbling, intense flavor, and superior smoothness; or the Bacanora Steak, 600g of grilled fillet shank, finished at the table on a block of salt, served with the chef's special butter and flamed with authentic Bacanora.
And if you’re not a keen meat-eater, don’t worry. Palominos is up to speed with the latest trends in all sorts of culinary traditions and offers a wide array of fish (tuna steak, octopus, and salmon to mention but a few) as well as vegetarian options with their range of cheeses, soups, and the delicious grilled Portobello mushrooms stuffed with goat’s cheese and served with asparagus and Serrano dressing.
In the last 80 years, the small food cart business has evolved and now encompasses eleven branches across Mexico City, while still retaining its family ethos and atmosphere, with Francisco’s three brothers taking over the business and opening the first few branches in the 40s, and their descendants still managing them today.
A cultural and historical landmark for foodies Mexico City-wide, Churrería El Moro has expanded its offer beyond the traditional deep-fried churro sticks, into hot chocolates, ice creams, cakes, Consuelo beignets with freshly whipped cream, and more, which makes it the perfect afternoon energy boost.
Still, paying tribute to traditions is not always a bad thing, so we highly recommend going for the plain churros with chocolate dip, or, for a pre-dinner alcoholic spin, choose the Baileys infused dip and get ready for an evening of festivities ahead.
Dinner - Eno
Any respectable Foodies Guide to Mexico City worthy of its name can’t but include at least one venture from Mexican chef superstar Enrique Olvera. While his restaurant Pujol has been ranked 12th best restaurant in the world in 2019, its haute-cuisine menu might not be wallet-friendly to all, so we’ve chosen his more casual and considerably more affordable franchise Eno.
Counting five branches scattered across the city, Eno stays true to Olvera’s style, using traditional organic Mexican ingredients but making them relevant to a more modern, city-based clientele. Olvera’s ethos is to provide fresh, nutritious food made with locally sourced ingredients produced in a way that respects the environment and the workers. To get a sense of this, we suggest heading to his Roma branch, a lovely space for a light, early dinner, where the menu offers anything from fresh, delicious salads to meat dishes and soups.
Depending on the season, you’ll be able to enjoy some Mexican staples such as a bean soup with lentils or a quinoa and pico de gallo salad with cucumber, as well as more international options such as a chicken Milanese or a delicious mushrooms and beef burger.
One not to be missed is the seasonal tlayuda, a traditional Oaxacan dish, consisting of a large, crunchy, partially fried, or toasted tortilla covered with a spread of refried beans, asiento, lettuce or cabbage, avocado, meat, Oaxaca cheese, and salsa. As hard as it might be, we strongly suggest finding a bit of space for dessert too, with the chocolate and sesame cake, banana flan, or lemon cake being some of our favorites.
Party! - Gin Gin Mexico
By now we’ve absolutely lost count of the day’s calories, but it’s definitely time for a drink or two and a good boogie on the dance floor. Plus hey, gin is literally the least calories-intensive spirit out there right?!
Gin Gin opened its doors in 2014 and soon became one of the capital’s leaders in the creation of inventive gin-based cocktails. Today, its five Mexico City branches and the soon-to-be-open Tulum one host more than fifty different gin labels, each with its own botanical properties and flavor characteristics.
There’s the Velloncino de Oro, a rosemary-infused gin cocktail, the Mexican Pimms, made with fresh fruit and homemade ginger ale, or the El Viejo Reyes, that adds mezcal and flamed orange oil for a citrusy aftertaste. All their drinks are made with the best quality gins and 100% locally sourced and fresh extracts and herbs, resulting in well-balanced elixirs - be them cocktails, juices, infusions, or syrups - that will satisfy the studied cocktailian and novice alike.
Besides the wonderful Mixology, Gin Gin offers an all-around customer experience you won’t easily forget. Inspired by the Prohibition era in the USA, the venues reflect the concept of the “speakeasy”, exclusive bars hidden behind unassuming locked doors where only a select few had access through word of mouth and personal recommendation during the 20s and early 30s. Low-hanging tungsten lighting, peeling plaster off the ceiling, hand-painted murals on the walls, skulls, dark wood, and exposed brickwork all contribute to the feeling of having just stepped through a time machine.
And while you might be way too stuffed to enjoy Gin Gin’s excellent cuisine, we do suggest ordering at least a few appetizers from their menu, which is meticulously studied and prepared to complement the flavor of the gins. Their seafood aguachiles are not to be missed, as is their beef carpaccio with arugula, also available in its vegetarian version featuring a delicious burrata.
For a bit of sharing, consider ordering one of each of their tacos options (ranging from tuna carnitas to mincemeat, to pork) and share with your friends… Or enjoy alone to top off the night!
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