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, $$$
Known for offering some of the city’s best raw food options, which have grown in popularity as of late, Coco y Chia
agriculture and consumption policies. For example, their freshly grown, produced-daily foodstuffs are all made with vegetable products bought locally on the day, so don’t be surprised if the vegan, preservative-free menu is slightly different with each visit. If their eco-friendly credentials aren’t doing it for you though, perhaps their amazing décor will.
Cafe, Mexican, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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.
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.
The Green Corner
Farm Shop, Restaurant, Healthy, Mexican, Vegan, Vegetarian
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.
Carnívoro, Asador Orgánico Mexicano
Restaurant, Mexican, Steakhouse, $$$
If you want eco-friendly, organic produce without having to sacrifice your meat eating ways, then perhaps Carnívoro, Asador Orgánico Mexicano
would be the place for you. All their meats are Angus certified, free-range and free from toxins, that were raised in a sustainable environment
in Mexico. The benefits of having stress-free animals that have dined on pesticide-free grass include greater taste, greater nutritional value and less cholesterol. Head to the terrace if the weather’s good and enjoy your guilt-free steak.
Café Ruta de la Seda
Cafe, Mexican, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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.
Cafe, Deli, Contemporary, Mexican, Vegan, Vegetarian
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.
Cafe, Healthy, Mexican, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
As the name suggests, Orígenes
serves up a wide selection of organic and natural products that will leave you feeling not only revitalized, but super healthy after enjoying them. Beyond the food offered in the several store-cum-restaurants that are dotted around the city, this eco-friendly destination also demonstrates its green credentials
through their commitment to using biodegradable products in their stores. If you want to stock up and educate yourself on eco-friendly produce, Orígenes is where you should be heading.
Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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.
Corazón de Alcachofa
Restaurant, Mexican, Healthy
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.