Mexican cuisine is world famous. Meats, vegetables, spices and condiments combined create the best of Mexican flavors. There are always classic flavors and innovative recipes being created in Mexico City‘s world of gastronomy. For the perfect start to the day, watch out for the best brunch locations in the capital.
Café de Tacuba
Cafe, Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
Brunch | Courtesy of El Cardenal
In the heart of the Centro Histórico is a renowned café. Café de Tacuba has provided wonderful meals for its hungry guests since 1912. A place to eat emerged from a 17th-century ex-convent and became the café that is now so deeply rooted in Mexico’s traditions and history. The interior recalls the 18th century, with its large oil-paintings and wall hangings. The breakfast menu offers a wide selection of items, including Mexican favorites, to start the day with an explosion of flavor.
Above a bookstore overlooking the Zócalo and the Templo Mayor is the restaurant El Mayor, a peaceful wonder among Mexico City’s many cafés and restaurants. The spectacular view from the restaurant’s beautiful terrace is matched by the delicious flavors of the meals offered at El Mayor. The restaurant offers a menu which provides items to suit many different tastes, including Mexican traditional breakfasts, substantial American classics, sandwiches for a lighter option or fruits and juices for those looking for something healthier.
Located in an hacienda which dates back to the 17th century, San Angel Inn has become a favorite breakfast destination. The beauty of the location, alongside the pleasant atmosphere, has made this restaurant very popular. San Angel was once a monastery, then a center to produce pulque (an alcoholic beverage made from cacti), later a hotel with restaurant, and was even officially declared a ‘Colonial Monument’. San Angel Inn’s menu includes all types of eggs, typical to a Mexican breakfast, alongside other Mexican delicacies and delectable baked goods.
Located inside the Four Seasons Hotel and just a step away from the Chapultepec Park is the fantastic restaurant Reforma 500. Fusing a variety of contemporary Latin cuisines, this restaurant offers a massive range of items on five individual menus. Breakfast is served daily, with a breakfast buffet on Saturdays, while a champagne brunch is served on Sundays. With breakfast options from all over the world and a ‘healthy’ option, as well as the traditional fruit, pastries and hot beverages, Reforma 500 aims to please the taste-buds of anyone who steps through their doors.
The oldest restaurant in Mexico City also offers one of the best breakfasts in the city. Established in 1860, the restaurant offers history with its traditional cuisine. With colorful décor and a lively atmosphere, the Hostería de Santo Domingo is a pleasant and enjoyable location to start the day. Its breakfast menu and Sunday morning buffet will satisfy any craving for a typical Mexican breakfast offering a variety of Mexican items, including freshly prepared meats, beans and eggs.
Respecting and following traditional Mexican cooking methods is where the magic behind Nicos begins. The chefs aim to provide dishes of the highest quality at the same time as supporting small local producers. Having started off as a small cafeteria in 1957, Nicos became so successful that nowadays it is a busy restaurant, run by the Vázquez Lugo family. Breakfasts, which run until noon on weekdays, include everything from the old Mexican favorites to Nicos specials as well as fruits and juices. Nicos is the perfect restaurant for breakfast within sophisticated yet simple surroundings.
Café de Raíz is one of Mexico City’s hidden gems and one which outshines the rest. This modest café, run by Pola and Mardonio Carballo, is the place to go to experience everyday Mexican life. It fills with locals every morning who know that they cannot find better tamales than at Café de Raíz. The café offers the best of homely and simple breakfasts in the capital, with Veracruz-inspired cuisine.
Run by Enrique Olvera, the celebrated and prize-winning Mexican chef, the café Eno does not disappoint. High-quality and amazing flavors are a given, excellent service and a buzzing atmosphere only add to the breakfast experience. Using produce from local farmers, the dishes are made with only the freshest and flavorful ingredients while supporting fair and sustainable trade. The menus are innovative, they include soups, sandwiches, local cheeses and homemade pastries among other items, all prepared with the utmost care and attention to detail.
For a quick and healthy breakfast, head to Frutos Prohibidos. Since 2003, this deli-style café has been providing its customers with delicious, healthy food. The light and welcoming atmosphere, with a touch of hipster, makes it a pleasurable place to sit for a while in the morning, whether inside or out. The tempting menu offers all sorts of wraps, chilaques, salads and fruit juices, made using freshly picked ingredients.
In a true French-style, Maison Belén provides customers with delectable breakfasts and pastries. Constantly busy with customers, this little café offers tasty and freshly-made options, perfect for a satisfying breakfast or brunch. Located on a quiet street in Polanco, there is nothing more pleasant than sitting out in the shade on Maison Belén’s terrace with a delicious breakfast. This can consist of anything from pastries to eggs, with an impressive variety of teas and good-quality coffees, but generally, the cuisine is a brilliant fusion of French and Mexican.