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Unusual places and things to eat in Mexico City

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You travel to try new things and have new experiences, right? So why not stretch your palate a bit during your travels too? Although here in Mexico City you can really experience the “exotic” in food, you don’t need to delve into the strange. Take a little step out of your way with these suggestions. If you want to try something a little different while eating in Mexico City, try these.

Here are two cevicherías or houses of raw seafood specialties:

Seafood Pipiripau

Palma No. 31

Historical Center

Hosteria Las Palmas

Palma No. 30-A

Historical Center

Ceviche is raw fish or shellfish marinated in lemon juice with vegetables and spices that are chemically “cooked” by acids. Usually served cold, it is a staple in many Latin countries, especially in seaports. Seafood cocktails and Seafood Broths are offered here. The specialty of the house in Las Palmas is “Vuelve a La Vida” ($ 60 pesos), a combination of fish, octopus, crab, shrimp and oysters that will surely “bring you back to life.” Other raw but marinated seafood cocktails served in an ice cream glass are priced around $ 30 pesos for your choice. Another outstanding specialty is stuffed crab, served in its shell for $ 35 pesos. It is a unique experience, check it out.

Do you want to try sushi?

Would it be Japanese or Mexican sushi? No, I’m kidding about the Mexican, but you can try a variety of delicacies made before your eyes at this duo of restaurants. Later, you can learn how to make your own sushi rolls.

Teriyaki San

Republic of Uruguay No. 71 Local 2

Historical Center

5510 – 9971, 5510 – 9556

A kind of “fast food” style Japanese restaurant, their selection is a bit limited, but ready to go and inexpensive. You can choose from some prepackaged combos that aren’t bad for the money. However, the staff is Mexican, so it gets a bit lost in translation. The setting is typical of austere “fast food”, although the location is conveniently in the center of the commercial scene of the Republic of Uruguay.

Sushi roll

May 5 No.

Historic Center Metro: Allende

An authentic Japanese sushi bar where you can combine slices of raw or pickled seafood, rice and vegetables that turn into aromatic and colorful nibbles right before your dazzled eyes. Prices range from $ 10 pesos per piece to $ 60 or $ 70 for mixed dishes. It gets pretty crowded at lunchtime so come early or late in the afternoon and evening for less crowds. If you are really ready for the real thing and a unique experience at affordable prices, this is the place I would recommend.

… Dine at Vegan Vittles?

(… and we’re not just talking about “rabbit food” here)

Filomeno Mata Vegetarian Restaurant

Filomeno Mata No.

Historical Center


If you haven’t tried vegetarian food, why not try it here, where the selection is wide and tasty with main dishes like Avocado and Stuffed Tomato, Baked Potato with Aztec Onions and Corn Croquettas with Pure Papaya. As an old-time “meat and potatoes” man, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the delicious main dishes on the menu here. Open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. M. At 8 p. M., Sundays from 9 a.m. M. A 7 p. M. Soft pop music plays in the background while you dine thanks to a live keyboard player in the mornings and evenings most days. A truly delicious touch.

Two additional vegetarian locations are:

Vegetarian and Diet

Madero 56 Viola

Historical Center

5521 – 6880

Vegetarian Rome

Tuxpan 24

Colonia Roma

5564 – 7930

Los Magueyes

Palma 10-A (between May 5 and Tacuba)

Historical Center

5518 – 4073, 5521 – 5191

The waitress placed a platter on the table in front of me. A generous slice of grilled beef lay next to a puddle of sauce-colored refried beans. A broad green salad of tomato, lettuce, shredded carrot and cucumber filled one side of the platter, but it was the dressing on the meat that was the center of attraction. Thin dark green strips with a slightly spicy aroma mixed with small bright red whole chili peppers. A small steaming pile of corn tortillas filled a saucer beside the platter. So this was the “Beefsteak with Nopales”. The Maguey is a type of succulent plant. If its botany is rusty, it means that it is a kind of cactus. Nopales are a staple here and unsurprisingly several dishes like Nopales Au Grautin and Costilla con Nopales include them. The tender and tender ears of the nopal are harvested, cleaned and the thorns and thorns removed before roasting or frying them. Well-priced main dishes here are priced from $ 21.50 to $ 42.50 pesos. Several restaurants and “Taquerías” prepare them in dishes for their distinctive flavor. They can also be squeezed and mixed with other fruit and vegetable juices for a tasty and healthy drink. Bottoms Up!

Celaya Dulceria

May 5 No. 39

Historic Center Metro: Allende


If it’s sweet bunky, they probably have it. (Well, not me, but candied fruits and vegetables, yes.) And if they don’t have it, you can ask for it and they will buy it or prepare it for you. Boasting of having been in business for 125 years, baskets, specialty candies and everything candied can be found in this small, glass-walled shop. The shop windows alone are enough to pique their interest. Try some candied yucca or pumpkin, great! Products are sold by weight, so you can order as much as you like. Definitely a “must stop” on your tour of “unconventional Mexico City”. Your sweet tooth will thank you, and will thank you and thank you. Enjoy!

Los Jarochos

Local 21

San Camilito Food Market

The yelling and screaming started as soon as I walked through the entrance, “This way sir! We have the best”, “What would you like? We have it here!” “Do you like the best home cooking? Try ours, it’s ready. You won’t regret it!” “My mother cooks our ham herself. It is so tender that you will cry with pleasure when you taste it.” A dozen cooks and garroteros attacked me all at once. Each one trying to entice me to eat at their establishment. Everything looked good. Everything smelled good. They were insistent. They begged. They begged. They begged. When all that didn’t work out, if there was time, they cajoled. “You’re passing up the best food on the market!” “You should have eaten here, now it’s going to give you heartburn!” Welcome to the San Camilito Food Market, located next to the bustling Plaza Garibaldi. I settled in Norberto Uscanga Ortiz’s seafood stand and enjoyed Arroz con Pulpo (rice seasoned with generous chunks of octopus mixed in 20 pesos), Mojarra frito (fried Mojarra -a fish) with a mixed tomato, lettuce and avocado salad , a small loaf of freshly baked bread (38 pesos a platter) and washed down with a couple of almost frozen Coronas (10 pesos).

I wandered out of there an hour and a half, 11 mariachis and three good Norberto stories later, a stuffed and happy man. When you leave, give him my regards. You will delight in some of the finest seafood dishes in the city.

Want more exotic gastronomic tips and stories?

Check out “Piranha: Deadly and Delicious” at:—Deadly-and-Delicious&id=72722

“Preparing Piranha: Four Delicious Recipes for Adventurous Eating” online at:

“Eating in Colombia: healthy, delicious but strange”

online at:,-Delicious-But-Strange&id=72715

and “What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?”


Enjoy your meal!

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