Best Food In and Around Mexico City’s Zócalo

We always stay in the Mexico City’s Zócalo (Main Plaza) partly just because there are so many fabulous places to eat there!

Breakfast choices are numerous and include three pastry shops, numerous juice places around town such as Jugos Canada, and a couple of sit-down restaurants, El Cardenal and El Café Popular.

La Vasconia, who have been making great pastries desde 1870, is my favourite pastry shop for breakfast. They have a sit down restaurant area with eggs, coffee and anything else you might want.La Vasconia Bakery, my favourite place for breakfast among other meals in Mexico CityJugos Canada with a wide selection of juices, tortas (Mexican-style sandwiches) and hamburguesas, something I don’t generally eat when I’m in Mexico as there is way too much yummy Mexican food to try. Their juices are fabulous!Jugos Canada, a fresh juice and torta café in Mexico CityA pastry and signature hot chocolate for breakfast at the classy (but not overly expensive) El Cardenal in Mexico City. This is where I would go for a treat breakfast.A pastry and hot chocolate for breakfast at Cardenal in Mexico CityOne of El Cardenal’s egg dishes, ‘bathed and dressed’ in a salsa verde and topped with fresh white cheese.  An egg dish for breakfast at Cardenal in Mexico CityThe extensive menu from Café El Popular, breakfast, lunch and dinner, all excellent. Cafe Popular Menu, a 'popular' place for breakfast among other meals in Mexico CitySo much for breakfast. For lunch and evening snacks there are Taquerías, a lot of them! Meat stewing at a taco stand in Mexico CityMost are hole-in-the-walls where you eat on the street along with dozens of locals clamouring for these delicious tidbits. This taco stand in Mexico City centre, called Los Cocuyos, was recommended by Anthony Bordain and is pretty crowded. The CABEZA sign lights up the speciality tacos such as ‘head’, ‘pig’s noses’ and tripa plus others I was less interested in trying. Taco stand in Mexico City centre called 'Los Cocuyos' recommended by Anthony BordainBut I have to admit that my longiniza taco (here being prepared) was greasier and more delicious than even at my favorite taquería..A taco stand in Mexico CityMy favourite is the Taquería Tlaquepaque, which actually has an area to sit down, usually much needed after walking our legs off in the city. Their Tacos Pastor, freshly carved off the rotating spit, are the best!Taqueria Tlaquepaque, the best tacos in town, just off the Zocalo in Mexico City at nightTuna Tostados, a fusion dish with lightly seared tuna piled on the traditional tostado at the La Cervecería de Barrio. This is a chain restaurant with an interesting menu. Those Tuna Tostados were excellent as was the house salad with strawberries, figs, blue cheese and nuts. The beer selection was a tad more international than most. Tuna tostados, a fusion dish with lightly seared tuna piled on the traditional tostadoHostería La Bota is one that a friend recommended for their Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (Garlic Shrimp), Rabo de Meztizo, French Onion Soup and pizza (!?). Personable hosts and great food! This is their French Onion Soup.French Onion Soup done Mexican style in Mexico CityInterior of the Hosteria La Bota in Mexico CityInterior of the Hosteria La Bota in Mexico CityInterior of the Hosteria La Bota in Mexico CityThen there’s a place we didn’t manage to get into, El Balcón Del Zócalo. A friend raved about his meal there, about the magnificent guacamole and the mango ice cream, plus the “lovely views of the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Plaza de la Constitucion” from its upstairs location.Balcon del Zocalo sign, a highly recommended restaurant in Mexico CityWe weren’t entirely sure if we had the right place so I launched into an explanation to the hostess, “a friend told us about this great restaurant but we’re not sure if this is the place…”

“Oh yes, this IS the place,” she announced. Unfortunately there was a party for 30 reserved and so we headed off to an old favourite, the Café Tacuba.

But things have changed there. Our waitress is “snarley” (me), “abrupt” (Al). The margaritas were good but at 73 pesos ($5) each they should be. My ‘Huichinango a la Veracruzana’ didn’t measure up to the dozen of others I’ve sampled; Al’s ‘mojo de ajo’ had something odd in it, maybe soy sauce??!!

We made our first acquaintance with the snarly waitress who came up to our table, glared at us and spit out one word, “Spanish”. She turned on her heel, leaving us looking blankly at each other.

She came back, saying nothing, took our order all the time looking down her nose at us.

When the bill came it was high, 1000 pesos. Al gave her 1100 pesos. She looked at the money in disgust and said her second word of the evening, “Tip.” Al nodded, “Sí.” And that was that.

On this map I have tried to highlight my favourite restaurants with orange dots and my favourite pastry shops with pink ones. Map of Mexico City's Zocalo highlights


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