Few cities even come close to rivaling the accessibility and affordability of Mexico City’s street food scene. It’s not just tacos and tortas, either. Round, well, just about any corner in the Mexican capital and you’ll be met with a cornucopia of eating options, whether you love inventive (and delicious) vegan tacos or mayo-schmeared elotes (corn).
Did you know that Mexico City’s bakery tradition goes back centuries? Every neighborhood has a go-to panadería or pastelería. Some of the biggest ones (Pastelería Ideal) and major chains (El Globo) are more fun to wander through than eat at, but there’s a reason to visit each of these shops. If not for the glittering display of sweets, go for the exquisite flavor of a well-made concha, a rare but beautiful thing.
When night falls, you might want to mix dining with something a bit more exotic. Mexico City offers nightlife options for every type of drinker, dancer, partier, and adventure-seeker and for every type of night, from the super chill to the all-out rager. Whatever it is you’re looking for, you’ll find.
Mexico City’s restaurant scene rivals those of the greatest international food cities. Beyond the exquisite street food and markets, DF contains multitudes: high-end tasting menu concepts for gasto-tourists, hip bakeries, sceney French bistros, creative takes on regional cooking on both the high and low ends, outposts of international destination restaurants, and hundreds upon hundreds of rustic neighborhood spots.
Xochimilco is famous for its canals—a network that used to stretch to the city center in ancient times. But it’s a wonderful place to eat, too, filled with produce that’s more vibrant and delicious than what you’d see elsewhere in Mexico City. The bustling market here, where women sell handmade tortillas and tlacoyos in long rows, and where farmers sell produce grown nearby. You’ll try locally made cheeses and desserts. You’ll learn the history of Xochimilco and why it was so important in the founding of Mexico City.