Traveling to Mexico City for ZONAMACO this week? If so, you’ll love exploring all the food and drinks the city has to offer, too. Below, we’ve outlined a few of our favorite places to enjoy while in town.
If you’re debating between fresh seafood or Mexican cuisine, then visit Contramar for the best of both worlds. The establishment offers a full menu of seafood-centric tostadas, tacos, sopes, and other entrees and appetizers in a relaxed environment with maritime-reminiscent décor.
Whitewaller recommends: Trying the whole grilled octopus—it’s just as exciting to look at as it is to eat!
Hanky Panky Cocktail Bar La Juárez
Hidden behind the façade of a sandwich shop, this moody speakeasy-style bar was named for the Hanky Panky cocktail created by Ada Coleman, bartender at London’s Savoy Hotel in the 1930s. The fun part? The only way to secure the secret location is by calling to make a reservation.
Whitewaller recommends: Learning the secrets of their signature cocktails by signing up for a mixology workshop.
Huset Colonia Roma
Featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients often prepared in a wood-fired oven, Huset is centered around a country kitchen concept by chef Maycoll Calderón. Named after the Swedish word for “home,” the welcoming spot highlights the beauty of simplicity with its hanging lamps, wooden tables, and romantic patio covered by greenery and lit with twinkling lightbulbs.
Whitewaller recommends: Ordering a selection of appetizers to share so you can make the most of the menu, which is updated daily.
Chef Enrique Olvera’s Pujol transforms traditional Mexican recipes and ingredients into an epicurean experience that is bound to thrill your taste buds. The chic, easygoing interior features an earthy palette, natural materials like wood and woven rope seating, and a large flush of natural light leading to a view of the lush green outdoors. Larger parties can reserve a private room, where a six-course tasting menu will be served family style, while single restaurant-goers might choose to sit at the taco bar.
Whitewaller recommends: Asking for the 10-course taco menu, which is selected regularly by the chef.
Maximo Bistrot Roma
Opened in 2011 by Gabriela López Cruz and Chef Eduardo Garcia, Maximo Bistrot focuses on locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Each morning, fresh produce is purchased from nearby markets, creating a unique experience with an all-new menu each day—including dishes like white truffle risotto, octopus with mole sauce, and frangipane cake with poached pears.
Whitewaller recommends: Taking in the thoughtful interiors, decorated with pieces by regional and sustainable trade artisans.
Centered around the concept of shamanism, Xaman is a cocktail bar inspired by the power of plants and a respect for nature. Reminiscent of a modern-day shaman’s abode, the spot features wooden interiors and details—like walls dedicated to plant-filled terrariums—and combines cultural elements of the pre-Hispanic world with European-style service.
Whitewaller recommends: Sipping the Calebasse.
Baltra is a cozy cocktail spot with a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The lounge is known for its exceptional mixology, which focuses on presentation through unique glassware and garnishes. Inspired by Charles Darwin’s travels and the Galapagos islands, the interior is lined with sofas, making it the perfect spot for an intimate date or a nightcap with friends.
Whitewaller recommends: Ordering a martini.
Licorería Limantour Roma
Famous for its inventive cocktails and relaxed atmosphere, Licorería Limantour is a global destination. The spot has appeared on The World’s 50 Best Bars list, topping the chart for its mixology talent, and both old-school and new-age techniques and drinks. Allow for the bar manager, José Luis León, to take you on a journey—from historic flavor to the future.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying a Mr. Pink.