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Old-world Charm at Cafe Tacuba Restaurant, Mexico City

Not many restaurants can boast being older than 100 years.

But the Café Tacuba restaurant (or Café de Tacuba) in Mexico’s capital has been around since 1912.

When planning your Mexico City itinerary, be sure to include it for a snack or meal stop!

Cafe Tacuba restaurant

cafe tacuba restaurant

One of the most traditional restaurants in the foodie city, it’s a charming eatery in a colonial-era building.

There are many great things to do in Mexico, and eating here is one of them!

Certainly, Café Tacuba is a restaurant worth seeking out when in Mexico City.

We stumbled upon it by chance when exploring the city’s historic Zocalo district.

Cafe Tacuba restaurant, Mexico City

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.

Very traditional, very Mexican

cafe tacuba restaurant

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.

Cafe Tacuba restaurant

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.

cafe tacuba restaurant

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.

See the Café de Tacuba website.

Cafe de Tacuba location

See this link to Google Maps to find Cafe Tacuba in Mexico City.

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Photo credits: 2 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 1, 3, 4, 5 Café Tacuba restaurant

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Kathryn Burrington

Saturday 26th of March 2016

What a fabulous find! I've never particularly been drawn to Mexico city but now you have me very intrigued and that hot chocolate sounds delicious.

Janice and George

Saturday 26th of March 2016

You have to forget what you think you know of Mexico City - because it's likely to surprise you (in a nice way). We know. We were very pleasantly surprised :-).


Wednesday 16th of March 2016

Nice to know! I'll be visiting my mom in Mexico - actually going to San Cristobal de Las Casas but we'll meet up in Mexico City. It'll be her 70th birthday so looking for something nice to take her to.

Frank (bbqboy)

Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Monday 14th of March 2016

Been here, done this! and loved it. I remember margaritas and tortilla soup and waitresses with lovely bows in their hair.

Janice and George

Monday 14th of March 2016

So fun that you know it! Now, the margaritas we didn't get into - good excuse to return :-).

Suzanne Stavert

Sunday 13th of March 2016

Loved the tiles too! Old world charm was everywhere. I love authentic experiences. (and the food!)

Janice and George

Sunday 13th of March 2016

So you know the place! After stopping in the first time, we went in again another day for lemonade and coffee. Quite a special place...


Thursday 10th of March 2016

I love those colourful tiles, this is definitely a place I'd visit if in the area

Janice and George

Monday 14th of March 2016

Completely worth it! A fun spot to sit and watch everything and everyone around you...