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Mercado Roma
A black and orange high-design structure in the middle of the city, Mercado Roma is brought to life by a collective of over 40 food entrepreneurs – chefs, baristas, shop owners – who ply their wares amidst communal picnic tables. The most popular spot to eat is Jose Guadalupe Platos de Cuchara, owned by TV chef Zahie Tellez. The menu changes daily, but try the rich and meaty pozole topped with fresh garnishes and lime. After lunch, hit up Espresso, for a taste of Mexico’s third-wave coffee movement, and Churreria El Moro for their consuelos – churros ice cream sandwiches. Finish the day by relaxing with a cerveza on the rooftop beer garden.
• Calle Querétaro 225, Cuauhtemoc, +52 55 5564 1396,

Flavourful dishes at this tony restaurant have an edge of wit and sophistication, like corn smut tortillas with warm epazote and cheese foam, or octopus on an inky tostada with habanero and oregano mayo. Celebrity chef Enrique Olvera explains that he approaches Mexican cuisine traditionally, “then builds upon it.”  After earning his credentials at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Olvera returned home to Mexico City to apply his classic French training to the cuisine of home. “I always say, don’t do it like your grandmother, do it better than your grandmother.”
• Av. Francisco Petrarca 254, Polanco, +52 55 5545 3507,

Bravo Loncherias de Mexico
A lunchtime hotspot in the Cuauhtémoc neighborhood, Bravo Loncherias is an upmarket twist on — and a celebration of — Mexico’s famous torteria street stands that sell toasty sandwiches. Grab a stool at the horseshoe wooden bar and tuck into tender octopus with aioli and pickled onions, house-baked bolillo rolls stuffed with crusty poblanos and fresh cheese, or rustic short ribs doused in red chili sauce. Wash it down with one of the muy bueno beers, bourbons and single malts.
• Rio Senna 87, Col. Cuauhtémoc, +52 55 5207 6276, Facebook page

El Bajio
Walk into El Bajio and you will understand that your journey to the outskirts of the city was worth it—and why Catalan super-chef Ferran Adria has called owner and chef Carmen (Titita) Ramirez “the queen of the Mexican kitchen.” Everything prepared by her is implausibly delicious, from the fresh cactus juice to the just-made tortillas sauced in salsa verde to the 30-ingredient mole and carnitas (the house specialty). “Fusion is confusion,” Ramirez sniffs. “You have to preserve and protect tradition.”
• Av. Cuitlahuac 2709, Col. Obrero Popular, +52 55 5234 3763,



Getting There

Air Canada offers double daily service from Mexico City to Toronto, as well as a daily service from Mexico City to Vancouver. Starting up again in June, Air Canada also offers seasonal service 5 times a week from Mexico City to Montreal.

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Francyne Charland

Wednesday, November 4th 2015 08:39
This is a fantastic city with a wonderful choice of international quality well reknown fine cuisine.3
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