A firm favorite among inhabitants of the La Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, El Parnita is consistently busy. Booking is advisable, but once you get a table you won’t be disappointed by the modern take on Mexican cuisine. Choose from a selection of tacos and quesadillas, tortas (a chunky, Mexican sandwich) or between two fresh and filling salads. But it doesn’t end there…El Parnita also offers an extensive list of varying specials. For the best dining experience, book a table in the light and airy upstairs room, start at lunchtime and continue to order dishes throughout the afternoon. In between plates, indulge in tequila, micheladas (beer served with lime juice and a salt rim) and refreshing non-alcoholic aguas frescas (delicious mixes of fruit and water, which change daily).
On the other side of Reforma, the main street that cuts through Cuauhtémoc, sits Primario. Another modern type of café, Primario is small, clean and busy at lunchtimes. The decor is fresh and crisp, much like the food which is served promptly to local business people on their lunch breaks. They serve breakfasts consisting of hot cakes, fresh fruit and more between 9am and 1pm and a large choice of burritos, tacos and salads from 1pm to 6pm. For a variety of flavors, order the paquette which buys you an agua fresca, soup, salad and three filling tacos, all artfully presented. Vegetarian options are available and staff are happy to adapt dishes to make them vegan-friendly.
Río Elba 31, Col. Cuauhtémoc, 06500 México, D.F. Mexico Cuauhtémoc, +52 55 6840 7528
If you’re vegetarian or vegan and craving tacos, you don’t have to look far in Cuauhtémoc – where herbivores are well catered for. La Nueva Chul is a relaxed little lunch and dinner spot in Condesa, serving a delicious array of plant-based tacos, plus a few extras. For added wholesomeness, toppings such as jamaica flower, flor de calabaza (courgette flower) and corn are used rather than meat substitutes and topped with the obligatory choice of salsas and guacamole. If you’re hungry, start with a freshly made soup and order a side of meat (less) balls as well. Wash everything down with the agua fresca of the day – there is always a choice of two.
Nuevo León 133, Condesa, 06100 D.F., +52 5511 6997