Not many restaurants can boast being older than 100 years. But the Café Tacuba restaurant (or Café de Tacuba) in Mexico City has been around since 1912.
One of the most traditional restaurants in the foodie city, it’s a charming eatery in a colonial-era building – and one worth seeking out when in Mexico City.
We stumbled upon it by chance when exploring the city’s historic Zocalo district.
Only later did we discover it’s a bit of an institution – so emblematic there’s even a Mexican band calling itself “Café Tacuba.” The restaurant and café has also been written up in guide books such as Lonely Planet and Frommer’s and is highly rated on TripAdvisor.
Café Tacuba restaurant – very traditional, very Mexican
Café Tacuba transports you back to old Mexico with its colorful tiled walls, faded oil paintings, stained glass entryway and brass lamps.
The restaurant is popular with locals, especially large family groups who particularly enjoy its breakfasts.
There are multiple elegant rooms – we sat right in the central room to take in the ambience.
Female wait staff (dressed formally in old-fashioned, starched white caps and aprons) bustled about carrying big trays of tamales, Mexican eggs, steaks and cheese-stuffed chilis.
We were there just for a quick pick-me-up and so only ordered hot chocolate (which was thick, creamy, spicy and delicious!) and a toasted, Mexican chicken-and-cheese sandwich.
They hit the spot, and we left Café Tacuba recharged and ready to tackle more of Mexico City’s historical sights.
One of the best restaurants in Mexico City
- Go for the experience. You’ll love it!
- Prices are reasonable.
- It’s popular and all the sounds echo inside, so don’t expect a quiet meal.
- Café Tacuba is open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Credits for photos that aren’t ours go to Cafe Tacuba restaurant