Best Restaurants in Mexico City
By far one of the world''s most popular, fun and colourful
cuisines, fiery Mexican fare is loved by many the world over and is
one of the most distinctive styles of food. With plenty of spice
and flavours it packs a real punch! What westerners know as
''Mexican food'' includes dishes such as
but there is plenty more on offer when
dining out in Mexico City. Food varies greatly by region in Mexico
and this is largely due to the difference in Spanish influence on
the indigenous inhabitants. The north of Mexico is known for its
beef, goat and ostrich dishes, the Yucatan for its penchant for
unique and natural sweetness, the Oaxacan for its savoury tamales,
and the west for its dishes like goat
(goat in a spicy tomato-based sauce). For
an authentic Mexican dining experience, look no further than one of
the old converted Haciendas such as Hacienda de los Morales or
Antigua Hacienda de Tlalpan on the outskirts of Mexico City, which
are actual ranches that have been converted into restaurants. With
charming d?ęcor, historic architecture and mouth-watering cuisine,
these kinds of restaurants attract travellers from far and wide.
Street food is perhaps the most ubiquitous type of food in Mexico
City where fast food outlets and
(street side food vendors) pepper the streets selling
all the usual favourites like
for a very nice price. However, the central
Merced and the
are the best
places to go to indulge on really good, really cheap Mexican fare.
Being in the capital city there are, of course, hundreds
of restaurants to choose from where everything from Indian and
French to Japanese and Irish cuisine can be enjoyed. Foodies should
head for the districts of Polanco, Condesa, Centro, Zona Rosa and
Sante Fe to gorge themselves at some of the country''s finest
restaurants on regional cuisines or just a good old taco. Tipping
in restaurants is the norm with 10% of the bill being the standard
for most restaurants which is, of course, at your discretion.
Lunches are generally long and lazy and much cheaper than dinners.
Travellers should note that most restaurants offer a
(set menu) and this is a great way
of getting a good hearty meal at a reasonable price.