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.Read More
Mexico City Neighborhood Guide: Cuauhtémoc
Upscale restaurants and third wave coffee shops are shoulder to shoulder with some of the best tacos in town
1. Taquería don Felipe
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.