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Mexico City Foodie Jaunt
Our Jaunt-approved list of all the most epic spots to eat and drink for a long weekend.
The elevator pitch: it’s vibrant, international, and friendly. It feels like literally everyone has a dog. And you will eat like an absolute king.
When to go: great to visit all year (average temp is 64°F /18°C). But we’d say try to go between September and May to skip the rainy season.
Where to stay: Airbnb options are plentiful! Stay in Condesa or Roma Norte for walkability and access to the best spots. If hotels are more your vibe, we love Condesa DF Hotel.
How to get around: there’s a comprehensive metro system that’s easy to navigate. We like to Uber because it’s quick, reliable and inexpensive.
Other stuff: this is a high altitude city, so drink that water and take it easy out the gate. Also, most restaurants and businesses shut down on Sunday night (and some for the full day), so plan accordingly.
TRIP OVERVIEW: Foodie Jaunt
What this is: our Jaunt-approved list of all the most epic spots to eat and drink
What this isn’t: random recommendations from “Karen” in Minnesota
Day 1: Friday
Day 2: Saturday
Day 3: Sunday
THE DETAILED GUIDE
Day 1: Friday
Bright and lively. This graffiti covered breakfast hotspot has the fluffiest pancakes you will ever find. Get there early to avoid a wait!
Boutique and trendy. Take a relaxing stroll around this leafy neighborhood and people watch the young, international hipsters. Drop into a boutique shop or two and treat yo’self!
Grand but welcoming. The vibes are homey and inviting at this large townhouse of a restaurant. Italian with a Mexican twist, it’s some of the best food you’ll find in this city.
Craving more Italian? Try Sartoria in Roma Norte.
Elevated and classy. Definitely splurge on the tasting menu so you can compare this spot to Pujol. It will be near impossible to choose a winner - godspeed!
Quirky and unassuming. Mexico and Mezcal go hand-in-hand (at least for us they do). This popular mezcaleria is a small spot with a big personality. Do a tasting flight or try to find your perfect cocktail.
DAY 2: Saturday
Bright and airy. We love this place for any meal - but if you go early for breakfast you can avoid the brunch rush. Plenty of egg dishes on this Mediterranean-leaning menu.
Masala y Maiz
Innovative and unconventional. You can only eat so many tacos. This unique menu is a “mestizaje” (blend) of South Asian, East African and Mexican cuisine based on family recipes.
Epic and innovative. Some call this the best restaurant in Mexico City. Choose between the traditional tasting menu and the taco omakase at the bar. And important! Don’t forget to book this early (e.g. many months in advance).
Trendy and fun. Go here for colorful, innovative cocktails and a buzzy scene. There are other locations in Roma Norte and Condesa, all are great.
Not tired yet? Head to Gin Gin in Polanco.
Day 3: Sunday
Rustic and comforting. The move here is definitely to order one of every pastry and go wild. Ha, just kidding (sort of). Make sure you try the Rol de guayaba.
Bustling and legendary. Get the the tuna tostadas or the famous red-and-green fish. Watch the Netflix docu “A Tale of Two Kitchens” before you go for an inside look at the magic behind Chef Gabriela Carera.
Taqueria de Orinoco
Casual and authentic. Northern style tacos from Monterrey, go here and crush as many as you can. The menu is short and sweet, and everything is amazing! It’s a chain with locations in Polanco and Roma Norte as well.
Churreria el Morro
Relaxed and easygoing. Okay we may have saved the best for last. Not much needs to be said - go here and eat some churros. If you’re feeling extra flirty, get the churro ice cream sandwich.
What to do when you’re not eating or drinking (or napping)?
Mexico City is more than just amazing food. Here are some of our favorite activities you could squeeze in if you’re feeling frisky.
Visit the Frida Khalo Museum
Head to the Plaza de la Constitucion (also known as the Zocolo)
Explore Chapultepec Park (there’s a castle, an Anthropology museum, and botanical gardens
Take a boat ride in Xochimilco (see our 3-Day “Greatest Hits” Jaunt for more details)
Take a day trip to hike the Teotehuican Pyramids
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