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Top 10 Eco-Friendly Cafés and Restaurants in Mexico City

Picture of Lauren Cocking
Northern England Writer
Updated: 10 February 2017
Mexico City may be a touch behind super-green, organic cities like LA when it comes to dining in an environmentally friendly fashion, but they’re well on their way; from cafés to upscale, internationally recognized restaurants, there are plenty of places you can check out if you want to go organic. Keeping that in mind, here are the best eco-friendly cafés and restaurants in the Mexican capital making efforts to reduce their environmental impact.

Coco y Chia

Cafe, Healthy, Mexican, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
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Chia
Chia | © Pixabay

Known for offering some of the city’s best raw food options, which have grown in popularity as of late, Coco y Chia promote eco-friendly agriculture and consumption policies. For example, their freshly grown, produced-daily foodstuffs are all made with vegetable products bought locally on the day, so don’t be surprised if the vegan, preservative-free menu is slightly different with each visit. If their eco-friendly credentials aren’t doing it for you though, perhaps their amazing décor will.
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Tue - Fri:
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Casual, Modern

Pan Comido

Cafe, Mexican, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Pan Comido is the one place everyone will recommend if you want to dine somewhere that’s got a solid track record of, firstly, providing excellent vegan and vegetarian foods and, secondly, lessening their environmental impact. One of their most innovative schemes includes offering a free coffee to anyone who donates their old jars to be reused as storage and glasses. They actually have two Mexico City branches, and each one is decked out in both recycled materials and upcycled furniture – like the doors-turned-tables, for example.
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Mon - Wed:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun:
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Arty, Cosy, Quirky

Máximo Bistrot

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Perhaps the most recognizable and upscale name on our guide so far, Máximo Bistrot has developed into something of a staple of the Mexico City foodie scene in recent years. However, most people fail to look past the exquisite dishes and see the eco-friendly, sustainable policies that are behind them; all the food is seasonal, fresh and locally grown (with some exceptions that still travel less than 24 hours), and even the cutlery, crockery and furniture are fair trade, made by local artisans.
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The Green Corner

Restaurant, Farm Shop, Healthy, Mexican, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Coyoacán
Coyoacán | © Fido/Flickr

Both restaurant and store, the two Mexico City branches of The Green Corner are one-stop shops for everything eco-friendly and there are four other locations dedicated solely to selling sustainable, organic products. As well as supporting local producers, The Green Corner’s Coyoacán branch is particularly notable for the eco-friendly construction that went into it; made from compact adobe, it can filter rainwater and uses solar panels. Try and grab some of the La Cocina Verde branded products, as they come from the store’s own ranch.
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Mon - Fri:
7:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat:
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Casual, Modern, Relaxed

Carnívoro, Asador Orgánico Mexicano

Restaurant, Mexican, Steakhouse, $$$
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Steak | © Pixabay

If you want eco-friendly, organic produce without having to sacrifice your meat eating ways, then perhaps Carnívoro, Asador Orgánico Mexicano would be the place for you. All their meats are Angus certified, free-range and free from toxins, that were raised in a sustainable environment in Mexico. The benefits of having stress-free animals that have dined on pesticide-free grass include greater taste, greater nutritional value and less cholesterol. Head to the terrace if the weather’s good and enjoy your guilt-free steak.
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Tue - Wed:
1:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat:
1:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun:
1:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Cosy, Gourmet, Stylish

Café Ruta de la Seda

Cafe, Mexican, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Matcha
Matcha | © Pixabay

Shifting away from restaurants, Café Ruta de la Seda in the Coyoacán neighborhood is one of the city’s top ecologically friendly options if you want a lighter lunch or an organic coffee. Marketed officially as an ecopâttiserie, their specialty are pastries and they offer a wide range of on-trend matcha and green tea products. Most of the products are certified organic, which when it was opened in 2008 made it the first organic café in the capital. They offer a range of vegan options, too.
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Mon - Sun:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Arty, Casual, Quirky, Relaxed

Abarrotes Delirio

Cafe, Deli, Contemporary, Mexican, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Abarrotes Delirio
Abarrotes Delirio | © Bex Walton/Flickr

Farm to table is a slogan purported by Abarrotes Delirio which is actually two institutions in one – Abarrotes is the deli which sells artisanal tortillas, cold cuts and cheeses, whereas Delirio is a café offering pastries with a Mediterranean twist. In both you’ll find seasonal, fresh produce that come from local providers who are conscious of the environment and of using sustainable methods in their work. This is the place to be if you want a gourmet touch to your eco-friendly dining.
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Mon - Sat:
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Casual, Modern, Quirky

Orígenes

Cafe, Healthy, Mexican, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Organic fruit and veg
Organic fruit and veg | © Pixabay

As the name suggests, Orígenes serves up a wide selection of organic and natural products that will leave you feeling not only revitalized, but super healthy after enjoying them. Beyond the food offered in the several store-cum-restaurants that are dotted around the city, this eco-friendly destination also demonstrates its green credentials through their commitment to using biodegradable products in their stores. If you want to stock up and educate yourself on eco-friendly produce, Orígenes is where you should be heading.
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Mon - Fri:
8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun:
9:30 am - 6:30 pm

Atmosphere:

Casual, Modern

Nicos

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Chiles en Nogada │ | © Ismael Villafranco / flickr

Support for local producers and regional food is also key at Nicos restaurant, who have been doing just that for years. In fact, for more than 50 years Nicos has been serving up its top-quality meals at its location in Azcapotzalco and in that time it’s grown the extensive range of fair-trade products and ingredients it serves up. From the salt and pepper on the table to the honey used in main courses and desserts, this is one of the most authentic Mexican restaurants in the capital, too.
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Mon - Fri:
7:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sat - None:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon - Fri:
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat - None:
1:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Gourmet, Traditional, Relaxed

Corazón de Alcachofa

Restaurant, Mexican, Healthy, $$$
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Evening in Polanco
Evening in Polanco | © Carlos Adampol Galindo/Flickr

Finally, Corazón de Alcachofa is another excellent option if you’re looking for eco-friendly dining in Mexico City. Using crops grown from specially cultivated seeds that are free from genetic alteration, this restaurant uses organic compost to grow the ingredients used in their dishes as well as creating their own compost to avoid sending waste to landfill. Only Certified Angus Beef is used and the fish products are carefully chosen on a daily basis from the local market. You can’t miss their famous crème brûlée either, which uses Mexican vanilla.
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Mon - Wed:
1:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat:
1:30 pm - 2:00 am
Sun:
1:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Casual, Gourmet, Modern