48 hours in Mexico City – where to eat and sleep

Mexico City is immense. It would be impossible to see everything in one visit and we only had 48 hours in the capital before heading to Chiapas and Oaxaca.

I was looking for a place to stay in Colonia Condesa, a vibrant neighbourhood next to the most famous Roma, when I discovered a new gem called Casa Decu. I found this area of the city really safe and pleasant to walk around.

This trip was a journey to learn more about the traditional and authentic Mexican food I love so much. When we arrived I asked the nice ladies at Casa Decu for their recommendation for our first authentic plate of tacos. They sent us straight to Taquearte. I got one Taco al Pastor and ended up ordering a few more. A perfect start.

Here’s a personal selection of places to eat when in Colonia Condesa e Roma — from breakfast to dinner.

Breakfast:
I read about Lardo everywhere while researching Mexico City. Small plates and big prices (by Mexican standards) but a nice bright atmosphere. It’s easy to see why expats would enjoy the occasional breakfast there.
Café Toscano is the place to go for a good cup of Italian coffee.

Lunch:
Tacos with fresh fish from Baja California at Marea Bonita.
Taco al Pastor at Taquearte.
Rosetta – Chef Elena Reygadas is a food genius! I still dream of her Sikil P’aak sauce and the white mole.

Dinner:
Queso fundido, guacamole and mariachis at La Montejo one of many old style cantinas that once served as a refuge for working class men in the city.
Ceviche with leche de tigre at Embarcadero.
Live music at Las Chalupitas – Chalupas are deep-fried corn dough filled with various ingredients like chicken, pork, chopped onion, chipotle, pepper, red salsa, or green salsa.

Snacks and aperitivo:
Blue corn quesadillas with zucchini blossom at the sweet ladies’ stand next to Mercado Medellin.
Focaccia at Rosetta Panaderia.
Oysters at La Docena.

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