The 10 Best Tacos In Mexico City - Insider's Guide
Have you ever asked yourself, “where can I find the best tacos in Mexico City?” If you have, you’re not alone! Likewise, we are big foodies at Casai, particularly with Mexican food. There’s a reason why UNESCO has declared Mexican gastronomy a patrimony of humanity. It’s just so darn good.
The taco is emblematic of Mexico and you can’t have one without the other. In fact, most would say that coming here and not eating tacos is a really bad idea, and we don’t like bad ideas.
So whether you’re traveling to Mexico City or recently moved here, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of the best taco places in the capital’s prime neighborhoods.
The best tacos in Condesa
1/10: El Tizoncito
The self-proclaimed creators of the al pastor taco (pork meat marinated in a special sauce), El Tizoncito has been offering its customers delicious meats wrapped in warm corn tortillas and spicy salsas on the side since 1966. They’re the proud holders of the Guinness World Record for the largest serving of tacos achieved along with Uber Eats.
In the same vein, their specialties include (you guessed it) the al pastor taco and its classic sherezada (pastor or beef with melted cheese, bacon, poblano pepper, and onion on pita bread).
Location: Among its many locations, Campeche #362-A Col. Condesa, CDMX
If you’re craving tacos and an iced cold beer, El Califa is the place for you. This Condesa classic offers a wide variety of national, imported, and artisanal beers. That is to say that the food is as delicious as it is diverse. You can choose from grilled nopal (cactus) to gringas (not limited to chicken pastor and poblano pepper), classic bistec and chuleta tacos, and lettuce-wrapped tacos for diners who are more health-conscious.
El Califa is also a vegetarian’s taco delight. Its tacos irreales include plant-based meat that tastes just like pastor, milanesa (breaded chicken or beef), and gaona (soft steak).
Location: Alfonso Reyes 273, Hipódromo Condesa, 06100, Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX
This chain of modern taquerias brings the traditional style of white tiles, brash signage, and plastic folding chairs. Most importantly, it hails from Northern Mexico, known for its carne asada.
Orinoco’s menu is short and sweet with just three types of meat: al pastor, bistec, and chicharron. Everything can be ordered on corn or flour tortillas – and even cloaked with cheese. Additionally, the salsas are bright, zesty, and spicy, and you can also order a few specialty items like “gringas” and “piratas.”
Location: Among its many locations, Av. Insurgentes Sur 253, Roma Norte.
If you want to steer to a different taco direction, Pato Manila is a must. Their specialty is simple Mexican and Asian dishes made with duck. In other words, a unique, decadent take. This trendy spot is also known for its imported beer, and more recently, its appearance on the show “Shark Tank.” So you can imagine this is a popular place.
Tacos, tortas, spring rolls, and wontons make up its simple menu, which is also a perfect option for a take-out night.
Location: Culiacan 91, código 2, Hipódromo, Cuauhtémoc, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX
Some people shy away from vegan foods. But, unknowingly, they’re walking away from some of the finest culinary experienecs.
A self-proclaimed “no fancy food” street food restaurant, Malportaco’s specialty is vegan tacos. That is to say that its plant-based meat is made from soy, mushroom, and gluten but your taste buds will think you’re eating the real deal.
Stop by and enjoy Mexican classics like pastor, chorizo, and cow tongue, tortas, and for dessert, vegan chocolate ice cream. If you’re looking for an authentic taquería made for the vegetarian and vegan palate, this place is definitely worth trying.
Location: Diag. San Antonio 1725, Narvarte Oriente, Benito Juárez, 03023, CDMX
If you’re looking for a different take on the Mexican taco, Koku has the perfect Japanese-Mexican fusion you didn’t know you needed. Their dishes are filled with rice, veggies, fish, and fresh herbs that will satisfy your palate. However, they add a Mexican twist to every dish through seasoning and wild combinations.
Similarly, other delicious menu items include coconut curry, spicy salmon roll, and their signature ramen dishes.
Location: Calle Rio Lerma 94C Colonia Benito Juárez, 06500, CDMX
If you’re craving the taste of tacos for breakfast, you’ll find the perfect dish for you at Taquearte. Firstly, their burrito charro, enchiladas de pastor, and huarache de pastor all offer a delicious combination of tortilla and pastor meat.
Secondly, aside from their breakfast options, Taquearte offers specialties like the tortitaco de bistec (a chile filled with your meat of choice and gratinated cheese) on a bed of corn tortillas and meat alambre (grilled meat topped with cheese and bacon, among other toppings). Likewise, it is also known for its “mixology” concept, diners can sip on various tequila, mezcal, and gin combos.
Location: Av. Homero No. 511, entre Lamartine y Emerson, Col. Polanco, 11530, CDMX
La Casa del Pastor is known for many things, among those its black pastor meat (which you can try as a taco, gringa, or cráter) and its tacos served with blue tortillas. As a result, it’s one of those places you can’t skip on your list.
And if you’re looking to eat something a little more traditional, how about you try some of its specialties? For example, this place is known for its mega quesadillas (which you can fill with any meat of your choice), pozole, and its block of semi-melted cheese stuffed with pork, chicken, or steak.
Location: Alfredo de Musset 3, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11550, CDMX
If you want to try some of the best tacos in Mexico City, Por Siempre Vegana is the place to go for a delicious vegan menu. And we’re not just comparing them to vegan alternatives. To sum up, their plant-based offerings feature Mexican classics like the wheat al pastor and soy chorizo tacos, tofu omelet tortas, and choriqueso.
Above all, be sure to save some room for their vegan desserts. You may not have a huge sweet tooth. But we’re sure you’ll be craving delicious their treats – including cupcakes or tiramisu.
Location: Coahuila 169, Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX
Los Tres Galeones is a small retro lunch spot that combines the concept of street food with fresh seafood to give it a “surf and turf” ambiance. Firstly, they pride themselves in ensuring their seafood is sourced from suppliers that practice environmentally safe fishing techniques.
Secondly, their dishes are made from fresh ingredients, guaranteeing high quality. Stop by and try their signature ceviche, seafood burritos, and fried cheese slices slipped into shrimp flour tortilla tacos. Most importantly, you cannot miss the real stars on their menu – the seafood twists on taco classics, like the octopus pibil and fish carnitas tacos.
Location: Jalapa 117, Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX
To sum up, whether you’re here for a long or short-term stay, we hope you catch as many unforgettable taco experiences as you please.
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