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The Best Brunch Places In Mexico City's Centro Histórico
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The Best Brunch Places In Mexico City's Centro Histórico

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Updated: 9 February 2017
We all need a lazy morning once in a while. What better way to relax than by enjoying a delightful brunch in the heart of the Historic Center of Mexico City? Restaurants and cafes abound in the huge capital, all of which have individual and tempting menus. Our guide will help you find the best brunch locations in the Historic Center for a morning of total satisfaction.
Café de Tacuba | ©Travis/Flickr
Café de Tacuba | ©Travis/Flickr
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Cafe de Tacuba

Cafe de Tacuba very much blends in with the rest of the beautiful Historical Center of Mexico City. Since 1912, a 17th century convent has been transformed into this welcoming cafe, rooted deeply in Mexico’s traditions and history. With its beautiful interior, decorated with large oil-paintings and hangings to recall the 18th century, this is a classic brunch location. The menu offers Mexican favorites and even a special breakfast menu, perfect for those late Sunday afternoons.

Address & telephone number: Cafe de Tacuba,Tacuba 28 Col. Centro, 06010 Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5521 2048

Brunch | Courtesy of El Cardenal
Brunch | Courtesy of El Cardenal

El Cardenal

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El Cardenal

The well-frequented restaurant El Cardenal has an enticing breakfast menu. One of the restaurant’s highlights is that they farm their own ingredients. The service is very friendly, tending to your every need even when the restaurant becomes busy with customers. If you’re looking for a pleasant and well-filling Mexican brunch, this is the restaurant to visit.

Address & telephone number: El Cardenal, Palma #23, Col. Centro, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5521 3080

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Chiles en nogada | © LWYang/Flickr
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Hostería de Santo Domingo del Sur

Hostería de Santo Domingo del Sur prides itself on being the oldest restaurant in Mexico City. The colorful restaurant comes alive with musical performances. The menu offers delicious classic dishes; for breakfast dishes usually include different types of eggs, meats and beans. All of their dishes are prepared with a special homely touch to make you feel truly at home and on Sunday mornings they offer a buffet until 12 pm.

Address & telephone number: Hostería de Santo Domingo del Sur, Belisario Domínguez 70 and 72, Col. Centro, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5510 1434

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Cafe El Popular

The name says it all: this cafe is extremely popular in the neighborhood for its flavorful and substantial breakfasts. Here you can find tradition in your high-quality meals prepared using locally produced ingredients. Having started off as a Chinese cafe in 1948, Cafe El Popular found that traditional Mexican cuisine was more in demand than Chinese cuisine and so over the years it has slowly transformed into one of the best Mexican cafes in the area. However, their prices have remained as low as they ever were, allowing for all to come and enjoy their traditional breakfasts.

Address & telephone number: Café El Popular, Avenida 50 de Mayo 50 y 52, Col. Centro, Mexico, Mexico City, +52 55 5518 6081

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Al Andalus

If you are looking for something different in Mexico City, why not try the Lebanese restaurant Al Andalus? This restaurant, found on the second floor of a spectacular 17th-century colonial building, does not stray from traditional Lebanese recipes. Here you can find almost everything of Lebanese cuisine, from Arabic cheese served with olives to lamb shawarmas. Al Andalus serves authentic Arabic coffee, as well as the homemade pastries, carefully prepared to give them their praised sweet and fresh flavors.

Address & telephone number: Al Andalus, Calle de Mesones 171, Col. Centro, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5522 2528

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Don Toribio

Don Toribio serves a great breakfast menu: the flavors in each dish are simply divine, whether you try their pastries, tortillas or molletes (Mexican bean and cheese sandwiches). The restaurant has a spectacular view of the Supreme Court Library and the Bankers Club, which customers can enjoy alongside their excellent breakfast.

Address & telephone number: Don Toribio, Calle de Bolívar 31, Second Floor, Col. Centro, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5510 9198

El Mayor Restaurant | Courtesy of El Mayor
El Mayor Restaurant | Courtesy of El Mayor
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El Mayor

El Mayor is hidden away on the second floor above a bookstore. From here you can look out onto the Historic Center, above archaeological ruins and enjoy a cultural brunch on a warm day. The breakfast menu has a varied selection of options to suit different tastes: fruits and juices, light sandwiches or more substantial Mexican and American classics.

Address & telephone number: El Mayor, República de Argentina 15, Centro, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5704 7580