When walking through Mexico City, it is nearly impossible not to be seduced by its cuisine. With the intoxicating aromas of chilis, cilantro, mole, and mezcal wafting through the air, the Mexican capital awakens each of the senses, leading us to discover life changing culinary experiences. Our palate delights in the flavors of traditional dishes, such as delicious tacos al pastor or cochinita pibil, or the international cuisine which has left its own mark on the city’s culinary landscape. Below please find some of the best restaurants that are musts during your next visit to Mexico City, which are conveniently located within a short distance from the seven Hilton hotels located around the city.
Pujol, founded in 2000 by Enrique Olvera, draws inspiration in the roots and classic ingredients that are quintessentially Mexican, reinterpreting and offering a new perspective on traditional flavor profiles. In addition to its exquisite food, the restaurant’s décor is something to behold, with panoramic windows overlooking the organic garden that contributes to Olvera’s unique menu. In addition, the restaurant features a taco bar, omakase style, where the menu changes every day based on available ingredients. Listed as one of the top 20 restaurants in the world, Pujol will undoubtedly become one of your favorite restaurants in Mexico.
#2 El Cardenal
One of the most iconic restaurants in the city for its reputation and history, El Cardenal has been around since 1969, standing as one of the most revered institutions for the best traditional Mexican fare. The restaurant is known for how it applies authentic and artisan processes when working with raw materials, like the corn used in creating their homemade tortillas. Each ingredient is meticulously sourced and handled, which the highest standard of flavor and quality control over every single one of their dishes. With four locations around the city, and one of them residing inside the Hilton Reforma Hotel, this is definitely a not-to-be-missed restaurant during your stay.
Not only is it one of the most delicious restaurants in the city, it is also considered one of the best in all of Latin America. Located in a huge mansion in the Roma neighborhood, with a patio framed with white walls and delicate floral accents, it is the idyllic place for a romantic evening. The menu changes on a regular basis, depending on the climate, season, availability of ingredients, fusing the best of Italian cuisine with classic Mexican fare, and incorporating unique and inventive touches by its founder, Elena Reygadas. It is recommended to make a reservation well in advance, and don’t forget to order one of their risotto dishes (which are lauded as the best in the city). Their homemade breads, pasta and desserts are also legendary. Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot for two or you’re in the mood for a delectable and hearty Italian dinner, look no further.
#4 Sud 777
Among the 50 best restaurants in the world for four consecutive years, as well as holding onto the 11th spot on the list of Latin America’s best restaurants, Sud 777 is the creation of Edgar Núñez. Located in the southern part of Mexico City, which is not typically known for boasting a lot of great restaurants, Sud 777 stands out for several reasons, including its unique design that incorporates natural light, stone and wood, creating the perfect balance and effortless comfort. Whether you decide to enjoy the fixed menu or wish to try the 10-course tasting menu, which changes every week, you will never be disappointed.
Chef Jorge Vallejo pays homage to Mexico with Quintonil, where he combines flavors, textures, and techniques of contemporary Mexican cuisine along with sustainability practices to create an incomparable menu. Quintonil is a faithful representation of what makes Mexican cuisine unique, where you can see the freshness of its ingredients, the contrasts and subtleties of its dishes, delighting the palate while taking it on an incomparable culinary journey. It is no surprise that Quintonil occupies the 22nd place on the list of the world’s best restaurants. That’s why you can’t miss the opportunity to embark on this culinary dream during your next visit.
Mexico City has an unparalleled variety when it comes to incredible and unforgettable cuisine, and the city boasts an incredible amount of great restaurants. The city’s cuisine is captivating and there’s no question one of its greatest attributes and draws as well. Whether you travel there for work or pleasure, it is a Latin American capital that offers countless great places to eat, around every corner, and a global culinary landmark.