Mexico City is known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and incredible food—tacos, tacos, tacos! It’s also the city where we’re kicking off Zendesk’s 2018 event series, The Future of Customer Experience. We’ll be setting up shop at the Hilton Reforma, located in the center of downtown.
Visiting a new city for a conference can be exciting, but after hours of new people and new information, the last thing you have energy to do is scour the streets for something decent to eat. And nobody deserves a mediocre meal when you’ve networked all day. (I once ate Subway for three days while at a conference. Sore subject.)
We’re here to help. With the guidance of Stephanie Flores, field marketing specialist at Zendesk and Mexico City local, we pulled together a list of the best places to eat, drink, and explore in Mexico City.
All of Stephanie’s recommendations are within walking distance of the hotel—traffic can get a little crazy at peak hours, we’re told.
Terraza Alamenda. If you want to stay close to homebase, look no farther than than Terraza Alamenda. Located inside the Hilton Reforma, this restaurant offers delicious Mediterranean bites and killer views of Mexico City’s center.
La Cervecería del Barrio. Tacos on the mind? Then La Cervecería del Barrio is your place. They serve Mexican food and are specially known for their seafood offerings. Stephanie recommends tacos al pastor or the fish tortas.
Butcher & Sons. Hello, hamburgers. This place has enough burgers to keep you busy for your entire stay in Mexico City. Not a burger person? They serve salads, sandwiches, and other entrées as well. (If you want to get real hungry real quick, check out their Instagram.)
Azul Historico. This is another Mexican food spot close to the Hilton Reforma. One of Stephanie’s favorites, they’ve got great drinks and mezcal to pair with your meal.
Rooftop bar at Downtown Mexico Hotel. After a long day of networking and note-taking, you might be ready for a cocktail. If that’s what you’re in the mood for, the rooftop bar on top of the Downtown Mexico Hotel is the place to be. They’ve got fun cocktails, comfortable communal seating, and clear roof overhead to make outdoor enjoyment possible even in the case of rain.
La Botica Mezcaleria. This is another great spot for a post-conference drink. 50 mezcals to try, so little time!
Plaza Garibaldi (Garibaldi Square). If you want to know about "mariachi" life, go to Plaza Garibaldi. There you can find live mariachi music, a number of restaurants (Guadalajara de Noche is an awesome spot), and the Museum of Tequila and Mezcal (cheers!).
Next up? We’re headed back to New York City.
Sara Lighthall is a content marketer at Zendesk and a student of life. When she’s not demystifying the Millennial generation on Relate, you can find her with her toes in the sand and a latte in her hand. See what she’s up to on Twitter: @saralighthall.