Pastries at La Vasconia, a traditional Mexican bakery in Mexico City.
Our breakfast selection for Day 1 in the city: almond/chocolate croissant, fig Danish, custard/jam Danish, and a nut twist.Donut-type pastries filled with pumpkin (calabaza) cream. Fruit baskets (Canasta de frutas).
Sweet biscuits, I think these ones are called ‘Marias’. A fig-filled treat. Empanadas filled with ‘cajeta’ as Mexicans call their caramelized milk. These are called ‘Tacos of Nuts’. The pink and yellow ones are called ‘Conchas’, a staple ‘pan dulce’ served for breakfast almost everywhere in Mexico.Located in the ‘Zona Histórico’ of Mexico City, La Vasconia has been around since the 1870s, and produces so many delectable pastries it’s hard to choose.
Grab a tray and some tongs, and try to decide which ones to choose. Once decided you take your selections to a counter where they are wrapped up if they are ‘para llevar’ (to go), or put in a basket if you are planning to eat in. The bill will be totalled and then taken to the ‘Caja’ (Cash) where the pastries are paid for.
They’ve reduced the size of the pastry selection area since we were last in Mexico City, but increased the number of tables. After you’ve paid for your pastries, go to a table and order Café con leche or Chocolate caliente. They also serve eggs in various Mexican styles, and for lunch there is a rotisserie with the most amazing-smelling chickens.