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There are few shops in Mexico that specialize in hats and this is one of them. It is located, strangely enough, in the middle of the Portales de los Mercaderes, flanked by a wide selection of jewelry shops. Tardán stands out as an true original, stocking all manner of fashionable headwear for women and men.
This confectioner's shop was founded in 1874. Since then, it has been a piece of heaven for all those who have a sweet tooth. It sells all kinds of delicious sweet treats, incorporating candied fruits, fudge and nuts in their creations. Try the "cajeta", which is made with thick, caramelized milk and is one of Mexico's best desserts. You can also buy fruit jams and honey at this wonderful shop.
Nestled in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City on the corner of Amsterdam and Michoacán, is the widely popular Tacos Hola eatery. Known for its slow cooked vegan tacos this gem of a place has been open since 1986 and has a cult-like following. The build-your-own taco restaurant offers a variety of toppings from braised chard, cactus and rice, to freshly made guacamole, pickled vegetables, and two kinds of salsa. Patrons can order tacos at their leisure and then pay the inconspicuous man on the stool who will ask how many tacos you ate!
Count your blessings, Mexico City, for master chocolatier and pastry chef Luis Robledo has returned to his native country and opened Tout Chocolat in Condesa. This small shop offers handcrafted chocolates, other fine candies, and pastries conceived by Chef Luis, previously executive pastry chef at Le Cirque 2000 and Four Seasons Hotel in New York. Glass cases display delicately assembled cakes so fresh that the owner recommends calling the shop a half hour in advance to make sure your treats are ready when you arrive. Basil-lime and ginger-mango are two of the unique chocolate combinations.
This casual taqueria is open late to 4a everyday of the week, making it the perfect place to grab a quick and authentic meal anytime of the day. Many locals populate the place when a big game is on, since the restaurant features large flat screen televisions throughout. The expertly concocted chili sauces are a must try and you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. From el pastor tacos to perfectly seasoned black beans, the budget-friendly Taquería El Califa is sure to satisfy your taco cravings!
Artesanos del Dulce is a chef-owned fine café located in Mexico City's San Miguel Chapultepec neighborhood, with other locations around the city. Chefs Teresa Ramirez and Joan Bagur, graduates of culinary academies in Barcelona and San Francisco, provide excellent light fare: breakfasts, salads, pastas, baguettes, and savory entrees like yakisoba noodles with meat and vegetables. The kitchen shows its stuff with desserts like the Five Textures chocolate cake. The cafes have been designed as carefully as the food. Orange and chocolate walls highlight a space where communal tables make it easy for the single traveler to meet locals.
La Nueva Viga Market is a specialty market that sells seafood. Known to be the largest seafood market in Mexico, it is also the second largest in world. This market deals with 1500 tons (3,000,000 pounds) of sea food on a daily basis. The variety of seafood available here is mind boggling. They sell everything from fish, shellfish and oyster to shark, shrimp and manta ray. With about 300 different species of ocean produce to offer, the market witnesses around 25,000 customers each day. The market is also active in hosting events related to seafood cooking and tasting. In fact every Saturday, it conducts classes and contests that involve seafood cooking.
Pujol can't be missed! This amazing fine dining restaurant provides a contemporary-take on local cuisine. With the freshest ingredients, the best chefs around, and amazing recipes, you'll quickly realize why this is one of the top restaurants in the city. End your meal with a dessert from a list of truly sweet delights! The atmosphere is sophisticated, yet laid-back and cheerful. All in all, a great place for both couples and colleagues.
This is a collection of boutiques and jewelers housed in a restored 17th century mansion. It has a beautiful courtyard in the center. Even if you don't buy anything, you should come and take a look at this elegant arrangement. Near the courtyard, you will find prestigious Mexican jewelers such as Alpijsa and Ginza. Other shops sell Mexican liqueurs and tequilas, as well as silver from Taxco, amongst other things.