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Mexico City Neighborhood Guide: Cuauhtémoc

Upscale restaurants and third wave coffee shops are shoulder to shoulder with some of the best tacos in town

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An entire borough is named after the former Aztec leader Cuauhtémoc, but this guide is for the colonia located off of Paseo Reforma, where upscale restaurants and third wave coffee shops are shoulder to shoulder with some of the best tacos in town. The main drag is full of commercial development; the rest of the neighborhood consists of quiet, residential streets which are all named after rivers. Note that the U.S. embassy is located here, if you happen to get into trouble after one too many mezcals.

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1. Taquería don Felipe

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Río Amoy, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México
D.F., Mexico
+52 55 5705 6052
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Tucked into an apartment building garage are some of the neighborhood's most venerable tacos. Tacos de guisado is the style here, with fillings of braised meats and vegetables like stewed chicharrón, mole verde, and picadillo, a stewed beef hash.

2. Bravo Lonchería

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Río Sena 87, Mexico City
Mexico City 06500, Mexico
+52 55 5207 6276
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A new, slightly upscale torta restaurant popular with office workers and hipsters alike. They offer juices, egg sandwiches, and inventive tortas like braised oxtail with sweet potato on housemade bolillo.

3. Cucurucho

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Río Nazas 52, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México
D.F., Mexico
+52 55 5535 7620
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This cafe is one of the few in the tiny swath of third-wave coffee houses of the city serving locally roasted, Mexican beans from various states. Their pan de elote, a dense, corn-pudding cake, pairs well with the drip.

4. El Caminero

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Río Lerma 138, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México
D.F., Mexico
+52 55 5514 5615
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A cheap and easy taquería with a streamlined menu and pitch-perfect salsas. Get cheese on everything and don't skip the spring onions roasted and doused in salsa Maggi, a deep brown soy-based sause.

5. Hotel Carlota

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Río Amazonas 67
Mexico City 06500, Mexico
+52 55 5511 6300
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This newly opened boutique hotel draws in scenesters for cocktails and their contemporary urban-chic design. There is also an excellent restaurant on the ground floor, where chefs Joaquín Cardoso and Sofía Cortina are cooking smart, Mexican-inflected fare.

6. Tandem Pub

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Río Nazas, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México
D.F., Mexico
+52 55 5525 7358
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Watering holes are hard to find in Cuauhtémoc, so this old Irish pub with dark wood and low lighting stays busy. It really pops off on the weekend.

7. Rokai

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Río Ebro 87, Mexico
México 05500, Mexico
+52 55 5207 7543
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The definitive Japanese restaurant of the city, Rokai is a real charmer with a menu of sushi, sashimi, tempura, and an omakase option. Tiny and popular, this place absolutely requires a reservation.

1. Taquería don Felipe

Río Amoy, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

Tucked into an apartment building garage are some of the neighborhood's most venerable tacos. Tacos de guisado is the style here, with fillings of braised meats and vegetables like stewed chicharrón, mole verde, and picadillo, a stewed beef hash.

Río Amoy, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México
D.F., Mexico

2. Bravo Lonchería

Río Sena 87, Mexico City, Mexico City 06500, Mexico

A new, slightly upscale torta restaurant popular with office workers and hipsters alike. They offer juices, egg sandwiches, and inventive tortas like braised oxtail with sweet potato on housemade bolillo.

Río Sena 87, Mexico City
Mexico City 06500, Mexico

3. Cucurucho

Río Nazas 52, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

This cafe is one of the few in the tiny swath of third-wave coffee houses of the city serving locally roasted, Mexican beans from various states. Their pan de elote, a dense, corn-pudding cake, pairs well with the drip.

Río Nazas 52, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México
D.F., Mexico

4. El Caminero

Río Lerma 138, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

A cheap and easy taquería with a streamlined menu and pitch-perfect salsas. Get cheese on everything and don't skip the spring onions roasted and doused in salsa Maggi, a deep brown soy-based sause.

Río Lerma 138, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México
D.F., Mexico

5. Hotel Carlota

Río Amazonas 67, Mexico City 06500, Mexico

This newly opened boutique hotel draws in scenesters for cocktails and their contemporary urban-chic design. There is also an excellent restaurant on the ground floor, where chefs Joaquín Cardoso and Sofía Cortina are cooking smart, Mexican-inflected fare.

Río Amazonas 67
Mexico City 06500, Mexico

6. Tandem Pub

Río Nazas, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

Watering holes are hard to find in Cuauhtémoc, so this old Irish pub with dark wood and low lighting stays busy. It really pops off on the weekend.

Río Nazas, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México
D.F., Mexico

7. Rokai

Río Ebro 87, Mexico, México 05500, Mexico

The definitive Japanese restaurant of the city, Rokai is a real charmer with a menu of sushi, sashimi, tempura, and an omakase option. Tiny and popular, this place absolutely requires a reservation.

Río Ebro 87, Mexico
México 05500, Mexico

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