Best Cafés in Mexico City – DF
Where are the best cafes in Mexico City?
The worldwide specialty coffee boom has found its way to Mexico City. There are lots of new coffee shops sporting a variety of formats. Some like, Cielito Querido and Punta del Cielo, focus on quick-in, quick-out sales of locally sourced and roasted coffee, competing with worldwide brands like Starbucks and Juan Valdez. Others offer a more comfortable restaurant format designed to encourage patrons to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee. Many offer menus offering a full range of breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Here are some of our favorite cafes and coffee shops in Mexico City.
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Chiquitito Cafe cranks out a full range of espresso variants using their La Marzocco Classic. They also drip and brew using Chemex or Aeropress. Or even a good ole French press. The beans are harvested and roasted in Vera Cruz by a small producer. The staff is friendly and attentive. Sip it from the pretty gray porcelain cup or take a paper cup to go. You can buy a bag of beans too. They don’t offer much in the way of confections, but they do have the popular “pan dulce”, a slice of lemon pie, a “dessert of the day” and about seven sandwiches.
Centro Café, located within a few blocks of the World Trade Center, has a more laid-back ambiance than the nearby, sleek and trendy Hey! Brew Pub. Centro offers two Mexican blends and third, high-altitude, seven-bean blend from Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Kenya and Indonesia roasted by Italian roaster, Caffé Diemme. Despite being an obviously coffee-centric business, they offer an extensive menu of savory foods in addition to the usual pastries and croissants you’d find at any Latin American café.
Dosis Café, located in the heart of Roma Norte, on Alvaro Obregón, sports a nice ambiance in a big single room lounge flooded with light from the glass storefront. There are a few sofas and hammocks spread about. Or you sit at the large communal table or a few smaller tables scattered about the room. It’s a clean, loft-like décor, with exposed brick walls. Dosis offers traditional espresso or brewed. Even cold-brewed coffee. Whatever your preference. Music is up tempo. Tattooed barista that’s friendly and informative. Middle of the road prices.
Abarrotes is the smaller, “take-out” version of nearby Delirio, which is a highly popular restaurant cum gourmet market located a few blocks away. Order high quality, locally sourced and roasted coffee at the counter, and take it to go or sit at the small counter or one of two tables on the sidewalk, weather permitting. They offer breads and pastries, prepared on-site, and the same artisinal condiments they sale at nearby Delirio. As a result of the lower overhead, Abarrotes offers among the lowest prices of any of the cafés we visited in the city.
Cafe Toscano in one of the minority of local cafés in Mexico City that features the Italian coffee brand, Illy. Illy is a darker roast and a bit stronger and more bitter than your typical Mexican or Latin American sourced coffee that’s locally roasted. Cafe Toscano also offers a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, with a wider variety than many of the other cafés we visited. Prices are a bit high, even for Polanco.
Very sleek. Very cool. And very high tech. Informed and informative personnel that will press it or brew it. Chemex or Aeropress. Or drip, drip, drip. You name it. They do it. You’ll get a friendly smile from the barista trained to get all the rich goodness from the locally harvested and locally roasted beans using that Victoria Arduino Black Eagle espresso machine.
There is a common working environment / virtual workspace, called Espacio Naua, located at Milán 10 in Júarez. Adjoining this workspace is a café, open to the public, with a nice, minimalist décor, and a barista churning out java for anyone that happens to chance by. The coffee is a Buna blend (same guys that do coffee over at Buna 42) made on a retro-style La Marzocco. The WIFI works and there are some plugs for charging your laptop (and that coffee helps charge your brain for maximum output with minimum effort). They offer a limited variety of breads and pastries to accompany the coffee.