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Mexico City Neighborhood Guide: Polanco

Don't dismiss Mexico City's ritziest neighborhood — it's got a lot to offer

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It’s easy to dismiss Polanco — the Beverly Hills of Mexico City — as a skippable part of town overrun by politicos, their cronies, very wealthy locals, and very wealthy tourists. Still, it's likely you'll end up here for one reason or another: The city's fanciest hotels stand in this area, and so are some of its most highly-rated restaurants. Unfortunately, they share space with American-import chain restaurants, tourist-trap quasi-European wine bars, and Starbucks. Steer clear of those options and consider these far better picks.

See guides to all of Mexico City's greatest neighborhoods — plus everything you need to know about eating in DF, one of the best food cities in the world — in the Eater Guide to Mexico City.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Maque Café

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Part of a small chain of cozy bakeries, the here pastries are serviceable. But dine at a table for the full cafe menu, which includes huevos rancheros served with warm, soupy black beans.

El Turix

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One of the best taquerias in the city looks completely out of place just steps from DF’s Louis Vuitton, but it’s one of the main reasons food enthusiasts will visit this part of town (if they're not staying nearby already). Get anything with the house cochinita pibil, a style of slow-roasted pork from the Yucatán.

Enrique Olvera’s fine dining restaurant is world-famous for a reason: it serves really fantastic food. Get a little dressed up for the elegant dinnertime tasting menu, or try for a more casual lunch, provided you plan ahead and score a reservation. Try calling at the last minute for late afternoon tables, which are sometimes easier to get than prime times.

Quintonil

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Chef Jorge Vallejo and his wife Alejandra Flores are behind this, Mexico City’s current fine dining mecca. That Vallejo trained under Olvera at Pujol, and has something to prove, is something you might hear whispered in the dining room. So far, the critics and the people love it. Consider the a la carte menu for lunch.

Dulce Patria

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Chef Martha Ortiz just snagged a spot on the new Top Chef Mexico; her dramatic flair and feminist ideals will likely be a welcome addition to this franchise of the Bravo show. Her restaurant draws an unsurprisingly hip clientele, and the dining room’s decoration — scarlet, white, and fuchsia — hints at the dishes to come. Ortiz’s food is romantic, but bold and completely unexpected.

Jules Basement

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You’ll never find this place unless someone tells you where it is. Hidden behind what looks like the door to a walk-in cooler inside a basic cantina is one of this part of town’s coolest bars. It’s not new, but the speakeasy-style is fun and the drinks are grand.

What could easily have been an overwrought and overly sweet hotel bakery inside the Hyatt Regency is, happily, a fine pastelería and panadería. It's comfortable, serves excellent coffee, and displays dozens of flavorful, nuanced baked goods that borrow heavily from European technique.

El Chapulín

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This restaurant inside the Hotel Intercontinental pays homage to Mexico's indigenous cuisine but also offers excellent modern standards, including tacos, shellfish from Baja, and rice and beans. The service is good and the prices are fair, especially considering the location.

Guzina Oaxaca

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Though the menu is authentic and the service friendly, this upscale Oaxacan spot attracts more tourists than locals. Still, the moles are fantastic and tortillas freshly made and plentiful.

Here, chef Enrique Olvera (yes, the same man behind Pujol) gets to play with casual cafe food. While the results are not quite as mind-blowing as the things he gets up to in his fine dining establishment, the baked goods and coffee are top notch.

Maque Café

Part of a small chain of cozy bakeries, the here pastries are serviceable. But dine at a table for the full cafe menu, which includes huevos rancheros served with warm, soupy black beans.

El Turix

One of the best taquerias in the city looks completely out of place just steps from DF’s Louis Vuitton, but it’s one of the main reasons food enthusiasts will visit this part of town (if they're not staying nearby already). Get anything with the house cochinita pibil, a style of slow-roasted pork from the Yucatán.

Pujol

Enrique Olvera’s fine dining restaurant is world-famous for a reason: it serves really fantastic food. Get a little dressed up for the elegant dinnertime tasting menu, or try for a more casual lunch, provided you plan ahead and score a reservation. Try calling at the last minute for late afternoon tables, which are sometimes easier to get than prime times.

Quintonil

Chef Jorge Vallejo and his wife Alejandra Flores are behind this, Mexico City’s current fine dining mecca. That Vallejo trained under Olvera at Pujol, and has something to prove, is something you might hear whispered in the dining room. So far, the critics and the people love it. Consider the a la carte menu for lunch.

Dulce Patria

Chef Martha Ortiz just snagged a spot on the new Top Chef Mexico; her dramatic flair and feminist ideals will likely be a welcome addition to this franchise of the Bravo show. Her restaurant draws an unsurprisingly hip clientele, and the dining room’s decoration — scarlet, white, and fuchsia — hints at the dishes to come. Ortiz’s food is romantic, but bold and completely unexpected.

Jules Basement

You’ll never find this place unless someone tells you where it is. Hidden behind what looks like the door to a walk-in cooler inside a basic cantina is one of this part of town’s coolest bars. It’s not new, but the speakeasy-style is fun and the drinks are grand.

Amado

What could easily have been an overwrought and overly sweet hotel bakery inside the Hyatt Regency is, happily, a fine pastelería and panadería. It's comfortable, serves excellent coffee, and displays dozens of flavorful, nuanced baked goods that borrow heavily from European technique.

El Chapulín

This restaurant inside the Hotel Intercontinental pays homage to Mexico's indigenous cuisine but also offers excellent modern standards, including tacos, shellfish from Baja, and rice and beans. The service is good and the prices are fair, especially considering the location.

Guzina Oaxaca

Though the menu is authentic and the service friendly, this upscale Oaxacan spot attracts more tourists than locals. Still, the moles are fantastic and tortillas freshly made and plentiful.

eno

Here, chef Enrique Olvera (yes, the same man behind Pujol) gets to play with casual cafe food. While the results are not quite as mind-blowing as the things he gets up to in his fine dining establishment, the baked goods and coffee are top notch.

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