10 Places to Get Amazing Tacos in Mexico City

Mexico City is one of the best places you’ll ever eat. Everywhere you look, there are amazing restaurants to fit every budget, plus countless stands for street tacos, elote—corn smeared with mayo and sprinkled with cheese—quesadillas and scores of other snacks. If tacos are what you’re after, here are just a few of the places you should put on your list.

Photo By: Kassondra Cloos

Photo By: Kassondra Cloos

Photo By: Kassondra Cloos

Photo By: Kassondra Cloos

Photo By: Kassondra Cloos

Photo By: Kassondra Cloos

Photo By: Kassondra Cloos

Photo By: Kassondra Cloos

Photo By: Kassondra Cloos

Photo By: Kassondra Cloos

Cervecería de Barrio Polanco

It’s hard not to gawk at the architecture in this swanky bar where vines cover the walls and ceiling in Polanco, an upscale neighborhood, but the food is even better. Go for the fried marlin al pastor tacos, a fresh twist on the classic pork tacos you’ll find everywhere else.

Taqueria el Greco

Come to this late-night spot for a Mediterranean twist on the tacos you love. Instead of corn tortillas, these tacos are made with light, chewy pita. Unlike street tacos, where you might order four or five, a single taco here is a lot of food, especially if it’s heaped with cheese.

Pujol

Make reservations far in advance if you want a seat at Pujol, which is consistently ranked one of the best restaurants in the world. A six-course tasting menu costs about $100 per person, but it’s worth the splurge for elegant dishes made with traditional Mexican ingredients, like this baby corn smeared with mayo made with ground ants from Oaxaca, wild herb open papadzul with quail eggs and chiltomate and mole that’s been cooking for almost four years, served with hot tortillas made in-house.

Taquería El Turix

This tiny restaurant is in the heart of Polanco, one of Mexico City’s poshest neighborhoods, but don’t be fooled by the prices or small menu—the tacos are incredible. The cochinita pibil is juicy and cooked to perfection, and they cost less than $1 each.

Tacos Don Güero

Throughout Mexico City, you’ll find small taco stands open nearly until sunrise, with small menus and someone shaving pork off a spit for al pastor tacos. Go to as many of them as possible. At Don Guero in El Distrito Federal, you’ll find juicy al pastor tacos and the smoothest horchata you’ve ever tasted.

Taquearte

Taquearte is a small chain, but don’t let that deter you. You’ll find dozens of options here bursting with flavors, like the "taquehambre," with alambre al pastor, steak, bacon, peppers, onions, cheese and guacamole.

El Tizoncito

As soon as you sit down at El Tizoncito, in La Condesa, a waiter will bring you a tower of chips, salsas and limes, but you’re really here for the smoky al pastor tacos. Come here for late-night taco cravings—they’re open until 2:30 a.m.

Mercado de Medellín

The Mercado de Medellin, in Mexico City’s Roma neighborhood, is a bustling market full of meat, produce, lunch and early dinner spots and fresh-squeezed juice. You can’t go wrong with tacos at Las Tablas Roma, but make sure you at least try their nopales tacos, made with strips of cactus.

Taquería El Califa

The al pastor tacos at El Califa, in Distrito Federal, are tiny—barely bigger than the lid of a peanut butter jar, but they’re so tasty, you could easily down a dozen of them. They take tacos so seriously, they call their menu La Biblia del Taco, or the taco bible.

El Bazar Sabado

On Saturdays, El Bazar Sabado opens in an old mansion by Plaza San Jacinto, which turns into a massive art market with rows and rows of paintings from Mexican artists and booths selling jewelry, carvings, toys and handbags. You can spend all day here, looking at thousands of paintings and nibbling on street snacks and tacos scattered around the plaza. You can’t go wrong, but for a sure win, grab squash blossom quesadillas inside the bazar—the veggies are rich and the tortillas are thick and hearty. You’ll also find artisan foods and ingredients here, like gourmet salts ground with hibiscus and maguey worm and pure cacao chocolate bars.