Mexico City is a city with a large population, some natives and many others from the interior of the country and abroad, who have chosen it as their home; thus, its gastronomic offer hides an endless number of culinary secrets of the most varied origins, ranging from rich national snacks to exotic dishes prepared by an international chef.
Among the typical dishes of Mexico City, the tamale cake, red and green tamales encuerados, caldo de migas, chiles, chicharrones de harina con cueritos de cerdo and quesadillas de pancita stand out. The "antojitos" stands are the main attraction, offering a wide and varied selection of typical foods of the city, such as tacos, tlacoyos, sopes, huaraches, flautas, elotes and esquites, tacos de canasta and other delicacies.
To complement these dishes, you can order a michelada or agua fresca and if you have time, visit a pulqueria and try the tlachique or pulque, which can be a good plan; also, a good tequila or mezcal at some time of the day will be an almost obligatory task, no special occasions are necessary, there will always be a reason to enjoy some of the traditional Mexican drinks.
The city offers the cuisines of the entire Republic and almost every country in the world. Some areas offer a great variety of restaurants, such as in Coyoacán, where besides savoring a delicious meal, there is the bohemian and quiet atmosphere of this neighborhood, in the antojitos market located behind the church of San Juan Bautista, you can eat excellent quesadillas, pozoles and beef head tacos.
The Historic Center, Polanco, and the so-called Emerald Zone, which is Insurgentes Sur avenue between the Nápoles and San Ángel neighborhoods, concentrate the city's main restaurants, offering that cosmopolitan air in the open air and with more sophisticated specialties, or the restaurants in Polanco, which are the most elegant and original with dishes and ambiances that can compete with the most elegant in big cities such as New York or Paris.
In the city, it is easy to find several restaurants that offer dishes that combine typical Mexican ingredients such as huitlacoche and squash blossom in sophisticated forms such as souffles or mousses. This is a trend that has come to be known as the new Mexican cuisine, which could be taken as an example of the variety and complexity that gastronomy offers in one of the largest cities in the world.
The fondas in the Xochimilco market are highly recommended. Arroyo's barbacoa in Tlalpan is worth tasting. The quesadillas and mushroom and marrow soups at Desierto de los Leones and La Venta are delicious. The tortas La Texcocana, in front of the Metropolitan Theater, La Castellana, in Tlacopac, Biárritz, in the traffic circle Chilpancingo; Don Polo, in the Del Valle neighborhood and Hipocampo, in San Angel, are outstanding.
The pulqueria in the Garibaldi plaza is noteworthy, where they sell very fine cured pine nut, pistachio, almond, and walnut pulques, as well as classic white pulques. For antojitos, the Historic Center and Coyoacán are the most popular areas, although there are delicious attractions in all of the neighborhoods.