City Guides: Mexico City

City Guides: Mexico City

Enrique Olvera shows you how to fall in love with the city he calls home.

March 13, 2019
City Guides: Mexico City

City Guides: Mexico City

Enrique Olvera shows you how to fall in love with the city he calls home.

March 13, 2019
By Aralyn Beaumont | Collage by ChefsFeed

Mexico City has enough art, food, and entertainment to keep you busy for days on end. Let chef Enrique Olvera guide you through the land of street tacos, canals dotted with colorful trajineras, and lucho libre arenas. Just make sure to carve out time for an afternoon siesta—you'll need it.

Street Food

Get tacos! My favorite are from Los Panchos, a carnitas restaurant with a counter up front where they make the tacos. Order a campechano, which means it has a little bit of everything: meat, a little skin, some chicharron. I like it with lime juice and a lot of green salsa.

 

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If you want to do a fancier tasting menu, go to Quintonil. I would also try Lorea, which is owned by Oswaldo Oliva. Oswaldo was the head of creativity for Mugaritz in San Sebastian for five or six years before he came back to Mexico to open his restaurant. He’s doing a tasting menu that is Mexican and very creative with a lot of conceptual dishes.

Drinks

Tokyo Music Bar is a really nice place to go and have a late-night drink. They only play vinyl and they have a stereo system with really fancy speakers, so the quality of the music is great. 

If you want more of a mid-afternoon drink, Cantina del Bosque is my favorite place to hang. It's a very traditional, old school cantina with a pianist in the afternoons and evenings. Order a long drink, like a Cuba Libre or a whiskey soda.

 

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