Where to find the 10 best tacos in Mexico City
Have you ever asked yourself, “where can I find the best tacos in Mexico City?” If you have, you’re not alone! At Casai, we love food, particularly 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. Some foodies would say that coming here and not eating tacos is a really bad idea. (We don’t like bad ideas!)
So whether you’re traveling to Mexico City or recently moved here, we’ve got a list of the best taco places in the capital city’s prime neighborhoods.
The best tacos in Condesa
1/10: El Tizoncito
The self-proclaimed creators of the 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.
Their specialties include (you guessed it!) the pastor taco and its classic sherezada (pastor or beef meat 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. 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
You know you’re in a Mexican taco restaurant when you see different trompos (shawarma-style meat carved from a spit) decorating the food preparation area.
Pastora is best known for its tasteful approach to traditional pastor tacos. Here, you can try tacos like the typical pastor, pastor with chile morita (morita pepper), and pastor with an Arab twist. Their salsas are out of this world, ranging from burning hot to sweet yet spicy with a tangy finish. Oh, and did we mention you can try your savory meats on fluffy blue or white tortillas?
Among the best tacos in Mexico City, El Fogoncito has been the place to go for pastor and shrimp tacos in Anzures. According to local legend, the gringa taco (a flour tortilla quesadilla with meat and gouda cheese) was invented here, and it remains an exceptional choice for an overdose of succulent charred meat and melted cheese.
Its specialties include pastor, smoked pork chop, and the “Que me Ves” taco, a decadent indulgence of steak, pastor, and Gouda cheese.
Location: Paseo de la Reforma 505, 2p-3, Col. Cuauhtémoc, 06500, CDMX
A self-proclaimed “no fancy food” street food restaurant, Malportaco’s specialty is vegan tacos. 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 sushi tacos are filled with rice, veggies, fish, and fresh herbs that will satisfy your palate.
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. Their burrito charro, enchiladas de pastor, and huarache de pastor all offer a delicious combination of tortilla and pastor meat.
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). It’s 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. If you’re looking to eat something a little more traditional, how about you try some of its specialties?
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. Their plant-based offerings feature Mexican classics like the wheat al pastor and soy chorizo tacos, tofu omelet tortas, and choriqueso.
Save some room for their vegan desserts. Your sweet tooth will be craving delicious treats like 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. They pride themselves in ensuring their seafood is sourced from suppliers that practice environmentally safe fishing techniques.
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. The real stars are their seafood twists on taco classics like the octopus pibil and fish carnitas tacos.
Location: Jalapa 117, Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX
While there are thousands of taco options to explore in Mexico City, we have narrowed it down to the top 10 places with the highest customer reviews in the safest neighborhoods. Dig in and bon appétit!
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