50 of the Best Tacos in Mexico City + Free Map

In Mexico, Everyday is Taco Tuesday
Name one thing better than a taco. I’ll wait……⏳⏳⏳

In search of the best tacos in Mexico City? You’ve come to the right place because there’s a FREE Google Map with locations pinned for 50 amazing taco restaurants & street food stands, right in this blog.

As a bonafide taco junky, you’ve come to a great source for CDMX taco info. I’m an ex-Mexico City local who’s eaten her fair share of tacos. Here’s my full taco resume for credibility:

👋I’m Shelley, and I’ve been a solo traveler in Mexico since April 2018. I spent a total of about one year living in Mexico City & eating my taco-loving-heart out.

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I’ve also eaten at a good amount of the city’s foodie-famous, big name restaurants. This list includes Pujol, Quintonil, Máximo Bistrot, Rosetta, Panaderia Rosetta & Café Nin — so I say this with certainty:

If you want to understand Mexico City through food, you must seek out the 50¢ tacos over the fancy restaurants! (No shade btw; those places were all incredibly amazing.)

Mexican food in Mexico City is the real deal.

Eating basically anything in Mexico City constitutes “going to the source!” This is the food you picture when Googling “authentic Mexican food near me.” It’s also the food is you’re hoping pops up when you Google “best tacos near me.”

In fact, Mexican food in general is so amazing that in 2010, UNESCO declared it an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Mankind. In their words, Mexican food is “a crucial element of national identity.”

Translation: the freakin’ United Nations declared Mexican food one of mankind’s cultural treasures! #TRUTH

Reigning supreme in the Mexican food hierarchy — the taco. Chilangos, slang for someone who’s from Mexico City, regularly joke about having their daily Vitamin T… the T meaning Tacos (as well as tortastamales, etc.)

Now that the seriousness of the humble-yet-mind-blowing taco is out of the way, let’s look at 10 amazing types of tacos & 50 of the best places in Mexico City to try them.

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Best Tacos in Mexico City Map

Where to find all the CDMX tacos you must to try!

If you’re planning to travel to Mexico City soon, or if you’re there now, think of this map as your free taco walking tour. It highlights both the city’s best street food stands & its taco restaurants.

The map contains a good mix of all the types of tacos you can (& should) eat in while traveling in Mexico City. 

Speaking of “all the types,” you should know there are many types of tacos! To further clarify: many doesn’t just mean “chicken, steak or veggie;” it means completely different & stand-alone kinds of tacos.

This was my Taco Lesson #1 when I came to Mexico City!

Your Mexico City’s Best Tacos Map below highlights 10 of the distinct types CDMX is famous for. This includes the king of Mexico City tacos, tacos al pastor, tacos de canasta (basket tacos), tacos de barbacoa (barbeque), and more!

Before getting into all the different kinds, let’s talk about at Salsa… and the art of avoiding a burning mouth!


Quick Note: The map is image coded (taco coded?) with an taco representing tacos al pastor & meat tacos in general, a fish for seafood tacos and a leaf for vegan/vegetarian. 

With so many options, you should always find yourself near some of the best tacos in Mexico City.

¡Las Salsas!

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Here is what you must know about salsas in Mexico:

They are all spicy!

This is so emphatically try that there’s a Mexican expression stating: Cuando un mexicano dice que la salsa no pica, seguro pica y bastante.

While this literally says that if a Mexican tells you the salsa isn’t spicy, it’s actually very spicy… the expression implies something different.

The subtext here is that this man is a liar who lies about everything because of course this salsa is spicy, because all Mexican salsas are spicy!

Though everyone’s tolerance for spice differs, and one person’s “omg spicy af” is another person’s “sooo not spicy,” one thing is for certain: The purpose of a salsa in Mexican food is to add heat.

How hot you like it, is up to you!

¡Sin picante, por favor!

For those who like zero heat in their food, always order with the request “sin picante, por favor.” This means “not spicy, please.” Instead, opt for adding onion, cilantro, salt & lime juice as seasonings.

Pro Tip: Although their food is an internationally-protected treasure, Mexicans don’t seem to mind when you order this way. Meaning: It’s not in bad taste to make special food order requests such as sin picante, por favor.

There is one additional — and crucial — thing you still must know about the salsas of Mexico:

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Green salsa is usually hotter than red salsa.

Completely antithetical to what we know the U.S., the green salsa is almost always spicier than the red salsa!

Depending on where you’re eating, there could be 10-plus different varieties of salsa offered. However, at nearly every street food stand & restaurant, there will be at least two — salsa verde (green) & salsa roja (red).

But remember what we just learned:

All salsas are spicy!

The way Mexicans determine the salsa spice level is by putting a small drop of the salsa on their hand in the space between the thumb & pointer finger. After a taste, you decided if you want it on your taco or if you want to sample another.

I love this technique! It has saved me countless times. 

Learn how to ask “Is this spicy?”

¡Tacos al Pastor!

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The Best Tacos in Mexico City:

Tacos al Pastor (Pork)

The undisputed king of Mexico City tacos! Funny enough, these “tacos” actually originated in the Middle East. You might have even guessed this based on the tropmpo, the Arabian-style spit the meat is cooked on.

Little known fact: Mexico had a tremendous influx of Middle Eastern (mostly Lebanese) immigrants from the late-1800s through the 1930s. They brought with them their design esthetic, architecture styles, customs, and of course, food!

Mexican cooks took what many knew as a gyro or shawarma, and made these adaptations:

  1. The meat is pork instead of beef, lamb or turkey.
  2. Mexicans marinate & season the meat with chile guajillo & chile de árobl (tree chili), among other spices indigenous to Central Mexico.
  3. The addition of pineapple, which you’ll see at the top of the trompo.

Now, let’s look at just some of the countless places to eat delicious tacos al pastor in Mexico City. 

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Taquería Orinoco

Taquería Orinoco is one of the most famous and most-visited taco shops in CDMX. Visitors locals alike all converge on this unique & delicious taco restaurant.

This taco shop is an import from the northern Mexico city of Monterrey. Orinoco is therefore unique to the CDMX taco scene in that they serve Tacos Norteños (north Mexican style tacos).

This puts Tacos Orinoco on a short list of places you can get both amazing tacos al pastor and amazing carne de res (beef) under one roof. While pastor (pork) is the #1 taco meat in Mexico City, northern Mexico is cattle country!

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When you eat at Orinoco, don’t skip the chicharrón. They prepare it Norteño-style here, so it’s going to be different than at most other Mexico City restaurants & street food stands.

Pro Tip: Orinoco doesn’t have vegan or vegetarian taco options.

Order: One of each taco — Pastor (called trompo at Orinoco), res & chicharrón.

Location: Roma Norte

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El Tizoncito

Disclaimer: To say this statement is a hotly debated topic is an understatement… but here goes! El Tizoncito garners a lot of attention for both their tacos al pastor & for one very bold claim.

They say they actually invented tacos al pastor 😳😳😳

While this may or may not be true, they do make really great tacos al pastor & also great salsas.

Location: There are several in CDMX, but the famous one — where pastor may or may not have been invented — is in La Condesa.

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Taquería Los Güeros

Calle Lorenzo Boturini is probably the most famous street for tacos in the world, and Los Güeros is one of the old school taco joints that helped put it on the map!

To those looking for a truly authentic tacos al pastor experience in CDMX, you must eat here. This is where Chilangos (CDMX locals) & Mexico City chefs eat their pastor.

Pro Tip: Stop at Los Güeros for one last taco meal on your way to the airport!

Location: Héroes de Churubusco

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Taquería Los Parados

In addition to their delicious tacos al pastor, Los Parados is also known for their tacos al carbon. Al carbon means the meat is cooked over charcoal to imbue it with the smoky fire-flavor.

Rumor has it that some places claim they’re still using this technique, though many aren’t. At Los Parados, you can watch them cooking, so you know it’s legit. Try their ribeye, arrachera (steak) & costilla (rib) tacos.

Location: There are a few locations, including one in Roma Sur (just south of Roma Norte)


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The Best Tacos in Mexico City:

Barbacoa (Barbacue)

Barbacoa translates to barbecue. While barbacoa in Mexico differs from American BBQ, it is taken just as seriously as barbecue is in U.S. BBQ meccas like Texas, Tennessee & Kansas City.

In Mexico, barbacoa is a weekend tradition. This doesn’t just mean something eaten on the weekends, but also that it’s only available on weekends (and sometimes Friday).

The reason for this:

Barbacoa takes all week to properly prepare & cook!

Mexican food is incredibly regional, and varies from state to state. The state most associated with barbacoa, is Hidlago, located next door to Mexico City. The type of meat used differs from region to region, but Hidalgo style barbacoa is made from borrego (sheep).

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Many of the CDMX’s best barbacoa street food stands actually disappear during the week, and return for weekends only.

How does this happen?

Let me explain:

Families & businesses from Hidalgo cook the barbacoa during the week. Then, very early (like 4am early), on Saturday morning they package it all up, load it into their vans and drive it over to Mexico City. They then set up their temporary street food stands.

Chilangos start consuming barbacoa as early as 8am on Saturday morning, and the stands start packing up on Sunday afternoon around 3pm. Meaning: there’s only a short window to eat barbacoa, so don’t miss it.

Pro Tips: Barbacoa, should always eaten with a side of consomé (soup/broth). This is one of Mexico City’s preferred hangover cures!

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El Hidalguense

El Hidalguense is the real deal. Chilangos flock here in droves from every corner of CDMX to get their weekend barbacoa fix!

Although blue corn tortillas are considered the traditional tortilla for barbacoa, not everywhere serves them. The good news for us all that El Hidalguense does.

They also go the extra mile to offer the traditional salsa borracha (drunk salsa), a thick red salsa made with pulque. This 1,000-year-old alcoholic drink, made from the sap of the maguey (agave) plant, is still consumed in Mexico City today!

Pro Tips: The minimum order at El Hidalguense is 1 kilo (2.2 lbs.), so you’ll have leftovers. Tip #2 is to get there early because it gets crowded. 

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¡Tacos de Carnitas!
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Carnitas (Fried Pork)

This preparation of pork is most associated with Mexico City’s neighboring state of Michoacán. Like all great Mexican food, carnitas have also finds their way into the hearts of Mexico City’s locals.

Now, no one said carnitas were healthy, but I think we can all agree fried pork is delicious as a sometimes treat!

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Taquería los Abanicos

If you survey 10 Chilangos, 9 of them will likely tell you Taquería los Abanicos serves the best carnitas in Mexico City. To be honest, they serve some of the best tacos in Mexico City, period!

Taquería los Abanicos (AKA Taquería el Abanico & also AKA El Gran Abanico) is pretty much always crowded, but when it comes to carnitas, this is a must try place. The line moves fast, so don’t let it intimidate you!

Proveedor de Carnes y Carnitas Meche y Rafael

Located in Mercado Medellín, one of the best mercados (markets) in CDMX, Meche y Rafael’s comes in at a close second behind Taquería los Abanicos. There is, however, a very practical reason for this silver medal:

They only serve carnitas on Saturdays!

While the butcher shop side of their business is open all week, you’ll only find Meche y Rafael’s famous carnitas one day per week!

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Mariscos (Seafood)

While CDMX isn’t exactly known for its seafood tacos, there are some places deliciously highlighting the country’s two main seafood taco styles — Estilo Baja & Estilo Sinaloa.

Estilo Baja (Baja style), from the Mexican state of Baja California, is what most Americans are familiar with. This consists of fried shrimp or fish with a colorful cabbage slaw on top.

Estilo Sinaloa (Sinaloa style), from the state of Sinaloa, is more commonly found in restaurants throughout Mexico.

Although there’s not a vast difference between the two, one of the highlights of Sinaloan seafood is the famed marlín ahumado (smoked marlin).

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Contramar is definitely the fanciest restaurant for tacos on the list. It is also on every foodie’s CDMX bucket list, and constantly gaining international attention thanks to Chef Gabriela Cámara seafood creations!

The hype is worth it though — their seafood is always fresh, the people watching is entertaining & you’ll get some amazing food photos. Seriously, their signature fish dish is Instafamous!

Pro Tip: Make a reservation. They do get packed. 

Location: Roma Norte

Order: Tostadas de atún (Tuna tostados), Tacos de esmedregal al pastor (Cobia tacos al pastor)

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El Pescadito

A favorite of locals & visitors alike! El Pescadito has locations all over CDMX, thanks to their delicious Sinaloa style seafood tacos. Make sure you try one of the tacos with marlín ahumado (smoked marlin).

Location: Locations in Roma Norte, La Condesa, Centro Historico, and more

Order: Ta-cotote & Que-sotote

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The Best Tacos in Mexico City:

Carne (Meat)

Taquería los Cocuyos

There’s magic in that giant silver pot of, well, parts! How they know what’s what in there we’ll never know, but the menu includes all things offal — from eye to brain to inner ear (you read that right!) to surtida, which basically means “whatever you happen to get.”

You won’t find a single frill at Los Cocuyos. There’s no seating; you have to stand & eat like a real Chilango. It might not be a pretty, but it will be the best 50¢ you’ve ever spent on a taco.

If you want to get a glimpse of Mexico City street food culture, this is one of the real deal locals-approved taco spots in Centro Historico.

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Los Cocuyos is so cool even the Godfather of Cool himself, Anthony Bourdain (RIP), fell in love with their tacos when he filmed in Mexico City for “No Reservations.” Señor Bourdain recommended the suadero (flank).

Adventurous Eater Order: Suadero (flank), cabeza (head)… but really, try everything!

Non-adventurous Eater Order: Suadero (flank), longaniza (chorizo/sausage)

Location: Centro Historico


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El Auténtico Pato Manila

In Mexico City’s sea of (mostly) pork & (some) beef options, El Auténtico Pato Manila serves nothin’ but Peking duck.

In fact, this tiny Roma Norte taco shop only serves two things — Tacos Kim & Tacos Manila. Both tacos feature traditional Peking duck, with a Mexican taco-fusion twist.

Order: Tacos Kim & Tacos Manila

Location: Roma Norte

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¡Tacos Árabes!
The Best Tacos in Mexico City:

Árabes (Arabian)

While the quintessential Mexico City taco is undeniably the taco al pastor, it’s meat-on-a-spit format comes straight from the Middle East!

The tropmpo, the Arabian-style spit the meat is cooked on, is seen throughout that region for cooking everything from gyros to shawarmas.

Little known fact: Mexico had a tremendous influx of Middle Eastern (mostly Lebanese) immigrants from the late-1800s through the 1930s. They brought with them their design esthetic, architecture styles, customs, and of course, food!

Tacos árabes (Arabian tacos) have basically the same pork meat as taco al pastorbut different seasonings. This results in the color variation & explains why tacos árabe meat isn’t red. 

These tacos also often come served on pan árabe (Arabian bread), which is a tortillas/pita bread hybrid. Places also tend to have regular tortillas if you prefer.

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Cochinita Pibil (Pork)

If pastor is the king of meats in Mexico City, in the Yucatan Peninsula, it’s all about cochinita pibil!

Traditionally slow-cooked in an underground oven called a pib, this Yucatecan delicacy gets it’s unique taste from achiote powder & naranja agria (sour orange). These flavors are both unique to the Yucatan.

Try your cochinita on a taco, or the more traditional panucho, which is a tortilla stuffed with refried black beans. Both cochinita pibil tacos & panuchos should be eaten topped with pickled red onions & (at least a little) habañero salsa! 

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¡Tacos de Canasta!
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Tacos de Canasta (Basket Tacos)

The quintessential Mexico City street food!

Tacos de canasta (basket tacos) are usually part of a traveling operation. The seller bikes around the city streets, pausing at certain spots to sell their tacos out of a basket for a short time before biking to the next spot to repeat the process.

You can spot vendors because their canasta (basket) often has bright blue plastic linings sticking out of it. You’ll also spot them by the containers of salsa strapped to the sides of the bikes!

Nowadays, the more well known canasta vendors are moving to brick & mortar operations. Regardless, the spirit of these eat-them-on the-go street food tacos remains.

Tacos de Canasta los Especiales

This Centro Historico taco shop the go to place for Chilangos (Mexico City locals) to get their tacos de canasta fix!

Sample as many varieties from Los Especiales as you’d like — from potatoes to chicharrón — because tacos de canasta are among the cheapest eats in Mexico City. Here, they will run you about 25¢ per taco!

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¡Tacos Guisados!
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Guisados (Stews)

These are home-cookin’ tacos! You’ll recognize a traditional guisado (stew) restaurant by the cazuelas (casserole), the earthenware clay pots the food is both cooked & served in.

Also, to those wanting to eat some mole on your CDMX trip, guisado taco restaurants & street food stands always seem to have the best tasting mole in Mexico City. (Side note: Mole is from to Oaxaca, not Mexico City!)

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Tacos Hola el Güero

A hot spot in La Condesa for tacos guisados for 30+ years now! Enjoy their famous steak and short rib in tomatillo sauce, green mole with chicken, and chicharrón (pork skin). 

Pro Tip: Go on a Friday so you can also sample Tacos Hola’s famous carnitas (fried pork) tacos! 

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The Best Tacos in Mexico City:

Veganos (Vegan)

In Mexico, the country, pork is a staple food; but in Mexico City, the city, the emerging vegan scene is definitely challenging the status quo!

Full disclosure: I’m not vegan. However, I do love all vegetables & enjoy all delicious food equally, so I dabble in Mexico City vegan taco shops.

Por Siempre Vegana Taquería

This is the undisputed king of CDMX vegan taco street food! It is also the only place both vegans & non-vegans alike seem to champion. There’s good reason for this: Por Siempre’s seitan chimichurri tacos are amazing.

Pro Tip: Get there when they open if you want to avoid the long lines.

La Pitahaya Vegana

In a city with more and more vegan taco shops & vegan restaurants opening every month, La Pitahaya cleverly stands out with their pretty pink tortillas.

Their tiny Roma Norte cafe is perfect to sit outside & enjoy your instagrammable tacos & people-watch on a nice day.

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Bonus: Flautas & Tostadas
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Flautas & Tostadas

Flautas Vértiz

Q: What’s not-quite-a-taco, but also “taco enough?”

A: Flautas & Tostadas

Flautas are lightly-filled tacos which get rolled like cigars, and finally, fried. These crispy delights are almost always topped with sour cream, lettuce & cheese.

The Narvarte neighborhood is known for having the best flautas restaurants in CDMX, with Flautas Vértiz taking the top spots on many “Best Flautas in Mexico City” lists.

Location: Narvarte (just south of Roma Norte & La Condesa)

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Mercado de Coyoacán (Tostadas)

This mercado (market), located in one of Mexico City’s most picturesque neighborhoods, and not far from the Blue House/Frida Kahlo Museum, is famous for one thing: Tostadas!

Tostadas are kind of tacos, in that they are also consist of a “filling,” salsa & a tortilla. Unlike a taco, they are fried flat, with the “filling” placed on top. In CDMX, there’s only one place for authentic tostadas — the Mercado de Coyoacán.

Try them with tinga de pollo (kind of a BBQ shredded chicken) and cóctel de camarón (shrimp cocktail).

Location: Coyoacán

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Know any other places to get the best tacos in Mexico City?

Let’s face it: CDMX is a food mecca. There’s no way I could list every amazing place. That’s why I need your help!

Let me know in the comments down below what taquerías, taco restaurants & street food stands you’d add to this list.
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  1. Taylor

    WOW!!! Okay, you now have me CRAVING tacos! Thank you so much for providing this amazing guide. I definitely want to get to Mexico City at some point, so I’m hoping to go soon and will keep this blog post handy. 🙂

    • Shelley

      I hope you get to visit CDMX (when it’s safe!!). It’s an amazing city…. the tacos are an added bonus.

  2. Cristina

    Omg! I love tacos, so I enjoyed reading your recommendations 🙂 I hope I can visit Mexico soon and try these places.

    • Shelley

      Glad you liked the recommendations… and please do make it to Mexico yo eat some of these tacos!


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