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A visit to La Mascota is a must while in Mexico city. This little cantina may seem unremarkable from the exterior, but the great selection of drinks, snacks and authentic Hidalgoan cuisine has made it something of a local institution. Within its comfortably shabby interiors, there are closely packed tables and a few televisions and the occasional live music act. Order three drinks, and you'll be served a delicious array of authentic snacks or botanas like classic tostada pedanta, taquitos and carnitas. Regional specialties like petit gris, or small snails are served in a piquant black chile sauce, while the veal in adobo sauce is a delight. Buchanan's whiskey is the drink of choice here, while local beers and bright cocktails are on offer too. Stop by to experience a real slice of Mexico city.
This is the branch of Mercado de San Juan restaurant. Las Tapas de San Juan may not be fancy looking but it is a nice spot to buy quality deli product and savor some delicious tapas. Right in the middle of the Spanish market, the ambiance here is lively and exotic. The food served consist of a variety of small plates based on ham, cheese, baguettes and cold cuts. A number of delectable desserts are also available here of which the strawberry confit and the walnut dessert are the most highly recommended. If you happen to be shopping at the Mercado de San Juan, drop in for a quick bite.
When you are in the neighborhood of Condesa, do drop into this classic club—La Pata Negra. Known to become very crowded, thanks to the great selection of music and artistic bands performing here regularly, its best to come early to avoid the rush. A relatively new bar in the neighborhood, La Pata Negra has gained popularity owing to the delicious tapas at affordable prices. Come along with your loved one and shake a leg or two as the bands sing the best of tracks for you.