Inside a former 17th century palace close to Mexico City’s main square Zócalo, Padrinos combines a retro-style interior and excellent food. From traditional Mexican dishes such as the fresh seafood tostadas to international fusion plates there’s a vast menu and a great selection of drinks, best enjoyed along with a balmy evening in the garden or on the beautiful terrace.
Padrinos, Isabel la Catolica 30, Col. Centro, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5510 2409
Pre-Hispanic cuisine is what Los Girasoles is all about; maguey worms, ant larvae and fried grasshoppers are some of the dishes available to order. However, the menu does also offer modern Mexican cuisine for the less adventurous. Located within a restored colonial house, a block away from Bellas Artes, Los Girasoles is an attractive restaurant surrounded by history and Mexican culture. It has seating both inside and outside in the covered terrace which provides a lovely view of Plaza Manuel Tolsa.
Los Girasoles, Tacuba 8, on Plaza Manuel Tolsa, MexicoCity, Mexico, +52 55 5510-0630
Over 100 years of history La Opera Bar has variously been a favorite of Gabriel García Marquez, all the Mexican presidents and General Francisco Villa, who supposedly left a mark in the roof when he shot at it. Look up and you can still see the hole. Back in the room, the elegant French-style décor and friendly atmosphere pair well with fresh, beautifully presented Mexican cuisine. All regularly accompanied by a live mariachi band.
Restaurante Bar La Opera, 5 de Mayo, Centro, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5512 8959