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Mexico City has a rich past, and a vibrant culture, that's no better represented than in its food.
Blanca Keys has lived in Mexico City for five years. Here are Blanca's recommendations for the best food in and drink in Mexico's capital.
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Located on the inner court of a 16th-century palace in downtown Mexico City, the food and flavors are outstanding, and the service is fabulous.
Even better: it’s awesome for vegetarians. The tortilla soup is amazing and the mole is delicious.
You’ll want to reserve this one in advance.
Hipsterdom in Mexico City.
You’ll find this contemporary Mexican restaurant in Polanco, where you can order anything from a (delicious) cucumber martini to delectable tuna tostadas.
Go for the esquites - that is, corn, which they serve with mayonnaise and liquid chile - and stay for the churros, cakes, and flans.
The Coyoacán Market
For cheap, authentic and delicious Mexican food, go to Coyoacán Market.
A quick tip for non-Mexicans: if you want a quesadilla at the market, always ask for cheese. Otherwise, you’ll get a taco.
Which isn’t a bad thing at all, mind!
El Califa Taqueria
El Califa (especially the one on Alata 22 Condesa: they have a few stores) is a must-visit taqueria in Mexico City.
El Califa is lively and open until 4 am, so you’ve got plenty of time to get there.
The Arrachera (fajita) tacos are amazing; try the al pastor: tacos with chile- and achiote-marinated ‘trompo’ pork and a little piece of pineapple.
To drink, go for horchata water, a sweet rice mixture.
La Morena Oyster bar
In the heart of La Condesa, La Morena Oyster Bar has a great mix of Mexican and Peruvian dishes.
If you want to try something different this is the place: the excellent Peruvian ceviche is served with tostadas, the tuna rice is amazing, and if you want something more Mexican the molcajete with fajita, cactus (nopal) and white cheese, is excellent.
Top tip: the margaritas are to die for.
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