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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Maque Café

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Emilio Castelar 209, Miguel Hidalgo
Mexico City 11560, Mexico
+52 55 2489 5695
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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.

2. El Turix

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Emilio Castelar 212, Miguel Hidalgo
Distrito Federa, Mexico
+52 55 5280 6449

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.

3. Pujol

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Francisco Petrarca 254, Miguel Hidalgo
Mexico City 11570, Mexico
+52 55 5545 4111
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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.

4. Quintonil

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Newton 55, Polanco
Mexico City, Mexico
+52 55 5280 2680
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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.

5. Dulce Patria

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Anatole France 100, Mexico City
Mexico City 11560, Mexico
+52 55 3300 3999
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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.

6. Jules Basement

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Julio Verne, Mexico City
Mexico City, Mexico

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.

7. Amado

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Campos Eliseos 204
Mexico, Mexico

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.

8. El Chapulín

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Campos Elíseos #218, Bosques de Chapultepec (Polanco), Mexico City
Mexico City 11580, Mexico

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.

9. Guzina Oaxaca

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Masaryk 513, Mexico City
Mexico City 11530, Mexico
+52 55 5282 1820
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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.

10. eno

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Francisco Petrarca 258, Miguel Hidalgo
Mexico City, Mexico
+52 55 5531 8535
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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.

1. Maque Café

Emilio Castelar 209, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City 11560, Mexico

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.

Emilio Castelar 209, Miguel Hidalgo
Mexico City 11560, Mexico

2. El Turix

Emilio Castelar 212, Miguel Hidalgo, Distrito Federa, Mexico

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.

Emilio Castelar 212, Miguel Hidalgo
Distrito Federa, Mexico

3. Pujol

Francisco Petrarca 254, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City 11570, Mexico

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.

Francisco Petrarca 254, Miguel Hidalgo
Mexico City 11570, Mexico

4. Quintonil

Newton 55, Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico

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.

Newton 55, Polanco
Mexico City, Mexico

5. Dulce Patria

Anatole France 100, Mexico City, Mexico City 11560, Mexico

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.

Anatole France 100, Mexico City
Mexico City 11560, Mexico

6. Jules Basement

Julio Verne, Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico

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.

Julio Verne, Mexico City
Mexico City, Mexico

7. Amado

Campos Eliseos 204, Mexico, Mexico

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.

Campos Eliseos 204
Mexico, Mexico

8. El Chapulín

Campos Elíseos #218, Bosques de Chapultepec (Polanco), Mexico City, Mexico City 11580, Mexico

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.

Campos Elíseos #218, Bosques de Chapultepec (Polanco), Mexico City
Mexico City 11580, Mexico

9. Guzina Oaxaca

Masaryk 513, Mexico City, Mexico City 11530, Mexico

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.

Masaryk 513, Mexico City
Mexico City 11530, Mexico

10. eno

Francisco Petrarca 258, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico

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.

Francisco Petrarca 258, Miguel Hidalgo
Mexico City, Mexico

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