50 of the Best Tacos in Mexico City + Free Map


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In search of the best tacos in Mexico City?

You’ve come to the right place because there’s a FREE Mexico City map with locations pinned for 50 amazing taco restaurants & street food stands, right in this blog.

As a bonafide taco addict, 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.

I’ve also eaten at all of the city’s foodie-famous, big name restaurants. This list includes everything in Mexico City on the World’s 50 Best List: Pujol, Quintonil, Máximo Bistrot, Rosetta, Amaya & La Docena — 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 IS UNESCO APPROVED

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

tacos with blue corn tortillas and red and green salsas
Barbacoa (barbecue) tacos at El Hidalguense, one of the best taco restaurants in Roma Norte. | Photo from El Hidalguense

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.; but mostly tacos).

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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Your Mexico City Taco Map

Note: A taco represents tacos al pastor & meat tacos; a fish is for seafood tacos; and a leaf for vegan. 

EAT THE BEST TACOS IN CDMX!

This Taco 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 mean “chicken, steak or veggie.” It does, however, mean completely different kinds of tacos.

Your Taco Map highlights 10 of the distinct types CDMX is famous for. This includes the king of Mexico City tacos, tacos al pastortacos 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!

Salsas

WHAT IS SALSA?

Salsas are a mixture of chili peppers, red tomatoes (for red salsa), green tomatoes (for green salsa), and all blended together to make the perfect taco topping!

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 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!

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Learn how to ask “Is this spicy?”

Pin the graphic below for later, and save it to your phone as an image, so you always have these Spanish basics handy when you’re traveling to Mexico!

¡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 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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WHICH SALSA IS HOTTER? GREEN OR RED?

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) and 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 and 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.

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THE BEST TACOS IN MEXICO CITY:

Tacos al Pastor

WHAT ARE TACOS AL PASTOR?

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 trompo, 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 estheticarchitecture 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 guajillochile 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.

MEXICO CITY’S BEST TACOS AL PASTOR

Taqueria Orinoco

Taquería Orinoco is one of the most famous and most-visited taco shops in CDMX. Visitors & locals alike 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!

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 and street food stands.

  • Location: Roma Norte
  • Order: One of each taco — Pastor/trompores & chicharrón
  • Pro Tip: No vegan or vegetarian taco options
tacos al pastor
The best tacos in Mexico City: Tacos al pastor “con todo” (with everything). In this case “everything” means diced white onion and cilantro.

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.

Taqueria 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.

  • Location: Héroes de Churubusco
  • Pro Tip: Stop at Los Güeros for one last taco meal on your way to the airport!

Taquería Los Parados

In addition to their delicious tacos al pastor, Los Parados is also known for their tacos al carbonAl 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.

  • Location: There are a few locations, including one in Roma Sur (just south of Roma Norte)
  • Order: Tacos al pastor & tacos al carbon

ALSO TRY THESE:

  • Taquería Arandas in Centro Historico
  • El Vilsito in Narvarte, just south or Roma Norte (El Vilsito is the famous car mechanic garage that becomes a late night tacos al pastor spot. Don’t ask; just go!)
  • Taquería Álvaro Obregon in Roma Norte
  • El Huequito locations in La Condesa & Centro Historico
  • Taquería El Pastorcito in Héroes de Churubusco
  • El Califa locations in Roma Norte & La Condesa
  • Taquería Gabacho in Héroes de Churubusco

THE BEST TACOS IN MEXICO CITY:

Barbacoa Tacos

WHAT IS BARBACOA?

Barbacoa translates to barbecue. Depending on where you are in Mexico, barbacoa can be made with beef, sheep or goat.

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, much like the U.S., barbacoa is a weekend food. 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 nearly all week to properly prepare & cook!

WHERE IS BARBACOA FROM?

Mexican food is incredibly regional, and varies from state to state.

The state most associated with barbacoa, is Hidalgo, 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).

BARBACOA: A WEEKEND TRADITION

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. Finally, they set up temporary street food stands.

table spread of tacos with limes, salsas, soup
The best tacos in Mexico City: Barbacoa (barbecue) tacos at El Hidalguense, one of the best taco restaurants in Roma Norte. | Photo from El Hidalguense

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

MEXICO CITY’S BEST BARBACOA TACOS

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!

  • Location: Roma Sur (just south of Roma Norte)
  • Pro Tip: The minimum barbacoa order is 1 kilo (2.2 lbs.), so you’ll have leftovers
  • Pro Tip: Get there early because it gets crowded

ALSO TRY THESE:

  • Barbacoa de Santiago in Ńapoles (just south of Roma Norte & La Condesa
  • Los Tres Reyes in Alfonso XIII
  • Barbacoa de San Angel in San Angel (near Coyoacán)
  • Dani Barbacoa in La Condesa (This street food stand “disappears” during the week, but will be back on the weekend!)

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THE BEST TACOS IN MEXICO CITY:

Carnitas Tacos

WHAT IS CARNITAS?

This preparation of fried 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!

pile of meat for carnitas tacos
The best tacos in Mexico City: Carnitas meat, just waiting to become tacos!

MEXICO CITY’S BEST CARNITAS TACOS

Taqueria 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!

ALSO TRY THESE:

  • Tacos Don Juan in La Condesa
  • La Reyna de la Roma in Roma Norte
  • Los Panchos in Anzures, between La Condesa & Polanco

THE BEST TACOS IN MEXICO CITY:

Seafood Tacos

WHAT ARE TACOS DE MARISCOS?

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.

three fish tacos with purple cabbage and avocado
The best tacos in Mexico City: Baja style fried fish tacos with 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).

MEXICO CITY’S BEST SEAFOOD TACOS

Contramar

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 red & green fish dish, pescado a la talla (whole fish), is Instafamous ⬆️

  • Location: Roma Norte
  • Order: Tacos de esmedregal al pastor (cobia tacos al pastor), Tostadas de atún (tuna tostadas) & the famous Pescado a la talla (whole fish)
  • Pro Tip: Make a reservation

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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

ALSO TRY THESE:

  • Tres Galeones in Roma Norte
  • Mi Gusto Es locations in Polanco & Narvarte
  • Las Hijas de la Tostada in La Condesa & Polanco

THE BEST TACOS IN MEXICO CITY:

Meat Tacos

MEXICO CITY’S BEST MEAT/SUADERO TACOS

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.

pot of various meats for tacos
The best tacos in Mexico City: The giant pot of meat at Taqueria los Cucoyos.

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.

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).

  • Location: Centro Historico
  • Adventurous Eater Order: Suadero (flank), cabeza (head), lengua (tongue)… but really, try everything!
  • Non-adventurous Eater Order: Suadero (flank), longaniza (chorizo/sausage)

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.

  • Location: Roma Norte
  • Order: Tacos Kim & Tacos Manila

ALSO TRY THESE:

  • Taqueria El Chupacabras in Roma Norte & Coyoacan, order suadero (flank) & their signature Chupacabra taco
  • El Farolito in La Condesa, order cecina (dried/cured meat)
  • Tacos Charly in Anzures near Polanco, order suadero (flank)
  • Borrego Viudo in Tacubaya, just south of La Condesa, order suadero (flank)
  • Las Costillas de la Condesa in La Condesa, order costilla (rib)

THE BEST TACOS IN MEXICO CITY:

Tacos Arabes

WHAT ARE TACOS ARABES?

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.

meat cooking on a spit or trompo
The best tacos in Mexico City: Taco árabe meat looks just very similar to tacos al pastor meat, but it’s not red.

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 estheticarchitecture 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.

MEXICO CITY’S BEST TACOS ARABES

  • Taquería el Greco in La Condesa
  • Hayito Tacos Árabes in Narvarte & Del Valle (both just south of Roma Norte)

THE BEST TACOS IN MEXICO CITY:

Cochinita Pibil Tacos

WHAT IS COCHINITA PIBIL?

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

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

three meat tacos on a plate
The best tacos in Mexico City: Cochinita pibil tacos, with pickled red onions and habanero salsa on the side.

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) habanero salsa! 

MEXICO CITY’S BEST COCHINITA PIBIL TACOS

  • El Turix in Polanco
  • Moloch Cochinita Pibil inside Mercado Medellin in Roma Sur (just south of Roma Norte)

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THE BEST TACOS IN MEXICO CITY:

Tacos de Canasta

WHAT ARE TACOS DE CANASTA?

The quintessential Mexico City street food taco!

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.

woman holding tacos to serve
The best tacos in Mexico City: Mexico City celebrity, Lady Tacos de Canasta, selling tacos from her bike. | Photo from Lady Tacos de Canasta

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.

MEXICO CITY’S BEST TACOS DE CANASTA

Tacos de Canasta los Especiales

This Centro Historico taco shop is 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 — including chorizo con papas (chorizo/sausage & potatoes), frijoles (beans) & chicharrón (fried pork skin) — because tacos de canasta are among the cheapest eats in Mexico City.

Here, they will run you about 25¢ per taco!

ALSO TRY THESE:

  • Los Exquisitos de Boturini in Héroes de Churubusco 
  • Tacos Joven in Narvarte, just south of Roma Norte

THE BEST TACOS IN MEXICO CITY:

Tacos Guisados

WHAT ARE TACOS GUISADOS?

These are home-cookin’ tacos! You’ll recognize a traditional guisado (stew) restaurant by the cazuelas (casserole dish), 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 and street food stands always seem to have the best tasting mole in Mexico City. (Side note: Mole is from Oaxaca, not Mexico City!)

clay pots or casserole dishes with cooked foods in them
The best tacos in Mexico City: The cazuelas (casserole) pots you’ll see in any tacos guisados shop.

MEXICO CITY’S BEST TACOS GUISADOS

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! 

ALSO TRY THESE:

  • Taquería El Jarocho in Roma Sur (just south of Roma Norte)
  • Taquería El Gato Volador in Roma Norte
  • El Parnita in Roma Norte
  • Taquería La Negra in Roma Norte

THE BEST TACOS IN MEXICO CITY:

Vegan Tacos

MEXICO CITY’S BEST VEGAN TACOS

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.
tacos with veggies and bright pink tortillas
The best tacos in Mexico City: La Pitahaya Vegana’s famous pink tortillas. | Photo from La Pitahaya Vegana

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 and enjoy your instagrammable tacos & people-watch on a nice day. They have another location in the Coyoacan neighborhood, not far from the Frida Kahlo Museum AKA Casa Azul (Blue House).

ALSO TRY THESE:

  • Gatorta in Roma Norte
  • Gold Taco Roma in Roma Norte inside Mercado Roma

THE BEST TACOS IN MEXICO CITY:

Bonus: Flautas & Tostadas

WHAT IS A FLAUTA?

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

A: Flautas

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

taquitos on a plate
The best tacos in Mexico City: Flautas are commonly known as taquitos in the U.S.

MEXICO CITY’S BEST FLAUTAS

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

  • Location: Narvarte (just south of Roma Norte & La Condesa)
  • Also Try These: El Rey de las Ahogadas Flautas in Narvarte

WHAT IS A TOSTADA?

Tostadas are kind of tacos, in that they also consist of a taco’s 3 necessary components: a filling, a 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 Coyoacan.

MEXICO CITY’S BEST TOSTADAS

The Mercado de Coyoacan (Coyoacan Market) is located in one of Mexico City’s most picturesque and oldest neighborhoods, Coyoacan.

Like most Mexico City mercados, this one is a fun, lively feast for the eyes. It is also famous for one thing: Tostadas!

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

  • Location: Coyoacan
  • Also Try These: Las Hijas de la Tostada in La Condesa & Polanco

Know of any other tacos or taquerias I missed?

Please let me know in the comments down below.


Mexico City Travel FAQ

Mexico City Trip Planning

You’ll never run out of things to do in Mexico City! From museums to Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling), and parks to Xochimilco’s colorful boats, CDMX is almost several cities in one.

The one think you should keep in mind:

Avoiding the traffic as much as possible!

How can you do that?

Easy: By planning your trip neighborhood-by-neighborhood! This way, you’ll spend less time time traveling to things, and more time actually traveling.

Check out ⬇️ that blog for all the best things to do, see and eat in all the best Mexico City neighborhoods. It’s helps make planning your Mexico City trip so much easier.

Is Mexico City Safe?

I lived in Mexico City as a solo woman for about a year, and felt quite safe.

While there are neighborhoods you should avoid, like Tepito and Doctores, all areas I listed in this blog for tacos are known to be quite safe.

Keep in mind that CDMX is a big (huge) city — the 5th biggest (hugest?) on Earth, to be exact!

Meaning:

It is generally safe, but does come with the same moderate levels of crime you’d expect in most big cities.

When I say crime here, I mostly mean petty theft — especially on public transport — which is why I advise Uber over public transport.

Want more general travel safety tips? Check out ⬇️ that blog!

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I traveled solo throughout Mexico for several years, and only stayed in Airbnbs. With said years of experience under my belt, I’m really good at combing through reviews, and figuring out the best Airbnb option.

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66 Comments

  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. 🙂

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    • Shelley

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

      Reply
  2. Cristina

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

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    • Shelley

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

      Reply
  3. Sharyn

    I love tacos so enjoyed this post immensely. And thanks for the freebie!

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    • Shelley

      Hi Sharyn: You’re so welcome & I’m thrilled you enjoyed my post.

      Reply
  4. Earth To Katriona

    This is such a helpful post! I was supposed to visit Mexico earlier this year but will definitely refer back to your guide when it is safe to travel again 🙂

    Reply
    • Shelley

      Katriona: I hope you can use this blog when you do get to visit! You’re going to love Mexico🇲🇽

      Reply
  5. The Spicy Travel Girl

    Yum!I loved the tacos in CDMX, especially the ones on the street that had “parts”. My favorite will always be lengua 🙂

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    • Shelley

      Hi there! How cool! Not everyone is even willing to try lengua, but it is delicious. I love eating all the “parts” also…. such a fan of lengua, like you, and also cabeza (head).

      Reply
  6. Alex

    Yummy! What a great roundup!

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    • Shelley

      Hi Alex: Thanks for the comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed the blog.

      Reply
  7. Austin Cannon

    My mouth is watering! And now I know how to order for my husband who hates spicy food!

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    • Shelley

      Hi Austin: I met a lot of people who do not eat spicy food while I lived in Mexico City, so your husband will do fine 🌮🚫🌶

      Reply
  8. Cassie

    Mexico City sounds just amazing and I LOVE tacos!! I loved your board of how to ask if something is spicy! What a fab post. Definitely going to come in useful when I get to visit. x

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    • Shelley

      Cassie: Trust me… the salsas are all spicy🌶🌶🌶 Glad you enjoyed my post.

      Reply
  9. Ophelie

    Such a cool article! I am a foodie and I haven’t been to Mexico yet, so this will be super useful for the day I can finally visit Mexico City!!!

    Reply
    • Shelley

      Hi Ophelie: I hope you do visit Mexico City. It’s amazing… and that tacos are a tasty bonus to an amazing city.

      Reply
  10. Sarah

    Ok – how many tacos is TOO many to eat? Because I would actually go around trying all of these, OMG! I would LOVE to experience Mexico City one day – and yeah – this post is pretty much selling me on it!!! So much fun, thank you for putting together!

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    • Shelley

      Sarah, This is a trick question. There is no such thing as “too many tacos”!! Mexico City is amazing, I hope you get to visit.

      Reply
  11. Rhonda T.

    Now this is one article that would be fun to have done the research for! I love tacos, but never knew there was so much to think about. This was a fun read.

    Reply
    • Shelley

      Rhonda, YES! This was the tastiest blog research of all time! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it.

      Reply
  12. Polly

    Love tacos so much and this post made me so hungry and I am just carving some good taco right now! Love this post

    Reply
    • Shelley

      Polly: I’m so glad you liked it! Tacos really are the best 🌮‼️

      Reply
  13. Andi

    Holy moley is this comprehensive! Doing the research on this was tasty! I will definitely be holding on to this guide! Awesome job!

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    • Shelley

      Andi: This was the best blog research of my life… and I hope it helps you when you visit Mexico City.

      Reply
  14. Shay

    SO. MANY. TACOS. Haha I’m obsessed with Mexican food so this might be my favorite blog post ever! Might need to live down there like you did so I can try them all!

    Reply
    • Shelley

      Hi Shay: I support this comment 💚🌮❤️ Mexico is a wonderful place to live!

      Reply
  15. Elizabeth

    What a great list! Of course, I love the fact that you include a Spanish language chart to help you order food. I learned about the Lebanese population in Mexico City by watching Hecho en México 🇲🇽. So interesting that my favorite kind of taco ( tácos al pastor) is actually of Middle Eastern descent. Gracias por la información.

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    • Shelley

      Hi Elizabeth: De nada & thanks for the comment. It’s very very very important to learn the phrase for “not spicy, please” if you don’t eat spicy food! I wanted to add that part in because I have seen many people’s meals ruined by over-salsa’ing (if that’s a word lol).

      Reply
  16. Shafinah Neville

    omgggggg i just had dinner and my tummy’s rumbling just looking these picturesssss.. can’t believe my gluttony!

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    • Shelley

      Hi Shafinah….. I’m pretty sure gluttony is completely understandable when it comes to tacos.

      Reply
  17. Keena

    I’m not a taco fan unfortunately but I love all of the information .

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    • Shelley

      Keena, you are in luck because there’s so much other amazing food in Mexico. You might like tortas (sandwiches), tamales & chilaquiles, mole, chicharrón & so much more!

      Reply
  18. Mayuri

    OMG! Everything looks soooo delicious can’t wait to visit Mexico again and try out all the fun places you have mentioned here. Saving it for future. Really love your site it has so much information for the traveling to Mexico. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Shelley

      Thanks for the compliments, Mayuri! I appreciate you saying all that you did.

      Reply
  19. Kelsey

    Love the addition of where to find each! I love the inclusion of the “Try these” especially the vegan street tacos!!! Great post.

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    • Shelley

      Hi Kelsey, Thanks for commenting! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post.

      Reply
  20. Paula Martinelli

    This looks insane D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S or muy delicioso!!! I am so hungry now for authentic tacos. So interesting to know that the green salsa is hotter …hmmmm…Thank for the awesome effort to put this guide together, saving for my next time in Mexico, for sure!

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    • Shelley

      Hi Paula & thanks for the compliment! Yes, the green ones tend to be hotter here, but the red ones can sneak up on you too! I’d say always sample the salsa before adding it to your food!

      Reply
  21. Elizabeth

    I was in Mexico City earlier this year and loved all the delicious, cheap tacos. I can’t wait to go back and try more of these places. Thanks for this awesome taco guide that is making me so hungry right now!

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    • Shelley

      Elizabeth: SOOO glad you got to experience CDMX & enjoy some authentic tacos. (Apologies for making you hungry!)

      Reply
  22. Catherine

    Always want to know the best taco places <3

    Reply
    • Shelley

      Catherine: I hope I was able to help with that!!🌮

      Reply
  23. Rhonda Albom

    Amazing. I live in a country where there are very few Mexican restaurants. Your list has me drooling. The map of where these restaurants are is a great tool. If I had to pick one restaurant, I think El Hidalguense would be where I head to first.

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    • Shelley

      Hi Rhonda: You picked a great 1st restaurant! I am from the U.S. & we have many Mexican restaurants, but eating in Mexico is something else 💖

      Reply
  24. Jackie

    Yum! I love Mexico City and I’ll be coming back to this guide next time I visit! Mexico City has the best food!

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    • Shelley

      Jackie: YAY! A return visitor!! Glad you liked Mexico that much. Also, I couldn’t agree more… I’ve been to 1/2 of the states in Mexico, and I 100% agree that Mexico City has the best food.

      Reply
  25. Nichole the Nomad

    Honestly, I have never been a big taco fan, but these may make me change my mind! Such a great guide and love the free map!

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    • Shelley

      Nichole: I hope I converted you! But if not, there is plentyyyyyy of other amazing Mexican foods, even some without tortillas, like mole, chicharrón & tamales!

      Reply
  26. Sam

    I feel so hungry now! I love how you made the maps with tacos! Great post and super helpful you also have common phrases in this post!

    Reply
    • Shelley

      Sam: I’m so glad you noticed & liked the taco icons 🌮😍

      Reply
  27. Shany

    Great guide! I’m not a huge taco fan but this post has just made me hungry!

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    • Shelley

      Hi Shany: I think if you tried some authentic tacos in Mexico City, you might change your mind! If not, there’s plenty of non-taco foods for you here also.

      Reply
  28. Sophia Bawany

    Man o man! It is ALWAYS a good time for tacos. Thank you for including seafood options and paying homage to Arabian influence as well. Mexican tacos are the benchmark for tacos everywhere, even here in LA we always look to our Hispanic friends and their recommendations for good tacos. Please excuse me as I go harass someone to go on a taco run with me now 🙂

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    • Shelley

      Sophia: I couldn’t agree more… tacos are always a good idea. Hope you found someone for that taco run!

      Reply
  29. Katherine

    What a delicious post, and you’re so right, there’s not many foods that are better. I love them because they’re small enough that you can try all the meat/veggie options without feeling too overfull.

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    • Shelley

      Katherine: YES!! They are the perfect food.

      Reply
  30. Jessica Redler

    OMG LOVE tacos! I spent my entire visit to Tulum hunting down the best tacos, and I didn’t think it would be possible to find better but then I read your post! Mexico City sounds like such a wonderful foodie city!

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    • Shelley

      Hey Jessica! I’m glad you got to explore Tulum… but if you’re on the hunt for tacos, you must visit Mexico City next time.

      Reply
  31. Rowena

    Mexico City was my last international before COVID hit and I am sooooooo hungry looking at these photos. Missing all the tacos and other great food!

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    • Shelley

      Rowena… maybe it can be your first international destination post-covid!! #DoItForTheTacos 🌮

      Reply
  32. Mariah

    My mouth is literally watering after reading all of this. Also, completely surprised that green salsa is spicier than the red! Love that fun fact. Leaving to go buy tacos now brb (LOL)!

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    • Shelley

      Hi Mariah: That is something I’ve seen many Americans & Europeans learn the hard way, so I wanted to demystify the green/red salsa spice level conundrum.

      Reply
  33. Michael Baker

    There are so many options. This is a super gastro guide. Thanks for sharing. Now I very hungry)))

    Reply
    • Shelley

      Hi Michael: I’m so glad it was helpful! I hope you get to eat some tacos 🌮😋

      Reply

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