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Cafe El Popular

5 de mayo esq Palmas | Centro, Mexico City, Mexico
+52 55 5518 6081
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good49%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pan dulce” (18 reviews)
“enchiladas” (16 reviews)
“garlic soup” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Mexican, Latin, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
5 de mayo esq Palmas | Centro, Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Charming older restaurant/coffee house near historical center. Serving daily local food. Looking for culinaric experiences? Go somewhere else. However price value and atmosphere are excellent. Tip: Try one of the cakes. :)

Thank Roland S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I come to Cafe El Popular EVERY time I visit Mexico City. Stumbled upon it a few years ago and since then it's been highly recommended by every local I've asked for a recommendation. Inexpensive, simple, authentic, and fresh featuring traditional regional dishes. There's something...More

Thank Juana B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

long queu to get in. Good but not excellent. Prices are Ok, good location , middle range food. I do not understand why the long people waiting to get in

Thank Maria D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family of four enjoyed this Cafe a couple of times during our stay in CDMX. We never had to wait and the service was good. The food is typical american diner style greasy spoon, but Mexican faire of course. All the plates that we...More

Thank Heather C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love this pace! We came here on day 2 of 10 and had such a great meal! There are two restaurants for here, we only did the one to the right (I loved the upstairs). On our second to last day we had to...More

Thank Frogslide
Reviewed 13 March 2018

Really good traditional Mexican breakfast at a decent price for this area. Super fresh and fast. Nothing fancy! Full menu, and even pastries and coffee. Great for a hurried meal.

Thank Kristina O
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Street food stands aside, this is some of the best value for money in the Centro Histórico. I had breakfast and dinner here and both were delicious -- traditional, simple Mexican food at its best. The chilaquiles were particularly good. Service was extremely friendly and...More

Thank jfn20
Reviewed 1 March 2018

I went there for dinner on my last night in Mexico City. I got a quesadilla with ham and guacamole, a beer, a slice of corn cake, and their specialty — coffee with milk. The place was reminiscent of an American diner, only serving Mexican...More

Thank Maria G
Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

El Popular has been around for approximately 50 years under the same family ownership. Cash only, no debit or credit cards, this comfortable, no-frills cafe provides a taste of classic, traditional Mexico City food. Think of it in terms of your favorite local diner (if...More

Thank ReiserinPa
Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Food is of very good quality. I had the combination of the day: aztec soup, mulato chicken, rice , and guava juice. It was tasty and chunky. Service was not so great. However, it was very cheap.

Thank Leofernandez99
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 de mayo esq Palmas | Centro, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City>  > Centro Histórico
  • Neighbourhood: Centro Histórico
  • Phone Number: +52 55 5518 6081
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