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Cafe El Popular

Certificate of Excellence
Centro Historico
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5 de mayo esq Palmas | Centro, Mexico City, Mexico
+52 55 5518 6081
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199 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had eaten here several times before and looked forward to another meal. We have only had breakfast here, but it was wonderful every time. The enchiladas with red or green sauce are highly recommended! The Cafe au Late is killer. You choose how much of that black coffee to go with the hot milk. YUM! They have their own... More 

Thank 52761
Ontario, Canada
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

You just have to watch the traffic in and out of this establishment to confirm its standing in the world of food!

Thank dpb_53
Toluca, Mexico
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314 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came early for lunch on a Sunday, around 2, and only waited about ten minutes for a table. They still have garlic soup on the menu, a personal favorite that has been slowly getting harder to find in Mexico City. My bistec charro was also great with a just right mix of flavors between the steak, beans, cheese, and... More 

Thank johntpt
Muscat, Masqat, Oman
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57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

The place is at the downtown of Mexico City, is great for having breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is nice and delicious... and cheap as well. The location is great, just two blocks from the Zócalo of Mexico City. The only one thing to improve is the speed of the service.

Thank Fernando G
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Classic cafe just round the corner from the zocalo. Thanks to its popularity it has now extended nextdoor, but the queues keep forming on the pavement... Simple menu with plenty of choice with quite a few dishes for vegetarians too. Do be adventurous and try the nopales stuffed with cheese in tomato sauce, they are delicious. Or go for breakfast... More 

Thank Freefred
Rochester, New York
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Recommended by a local. We ate well and enjoyed our meal. We heard no English and enjoyed not being in a "tourist trap." I'm not sure of the word for "local diner" is in Spanish but this place is that with an extra bit of flavor.

Thank Bill48Joan47
Copenhagen, Denmark
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

We signed up on the waiting list for a table at the main restaurant, but then we noticed that next door (still Cafe Popular) had a table - quick and effecient service, great food and only locals. A top meal for us!

Thank Alexander E
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68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We Went in for lunch based on good Reviews here on Tripadvisor. I was deeply dissappointed though. HOwever, I must add that it was very full in the lower part of the restaurant and we instead chose to go upstairs which seems to be like a simpler part of this restaurant. I had tamales that were Cold and very compact... More 

Thank Kataeng
Ontario, Canada
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I have been using this restaurant for years now and have to say it is still good quality, not expensive, tasty food. Try their sweet buns and other pastries, they are delicious! Cafe con leche (coffee with milk) is super and menu del dia is a deal. Get their chicken soup if you don't know what to get because you... More 

Thank EMR2010
Lausanne, Switzerland
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

It was the only restaurant open so early in the neighbourhood and we actually really enjoyed it. It was the only time during my whole stay in Mexico that I had impression of eating a real mexican food. Coffee with fat milk that brought back childhood memories, good eggs with a very tasty sauce and amazing pastries. All for a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 de mayo esq Palmas | Centro, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City>  > Centro Historico
  • Neighbourhood: Centro Historico
  • Phone Number: +52 55 5518 6081

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Centro Historico

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Centro Historico
The beating heart of the city lies within Centro Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico City. Places such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit the wide variety of markets and plazas where any vintage item, handicrafts and jewelry characteristic of each state in Mexico can be found on Sundays. Admire majestic views of the city from the Monumento a la Revolución and Torre Latinoamericana, and round out the experience with restaurants of all cuisines nearby.
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