Where Foodies go to eat in Mexico

Marion Fernandez

Enjoying the cuisine of a different culture is one of the best aspects of traveling. If you are planning a trip to Mexico, you want to be sure that you know the best places to go and get the real taste of Mexico. If you are headed there for a vacation in summer or want a break from the cold this winter, knowing where to get the best food in Mexico will ensure you have a vacation worth drooling over.

1. Puebla

Chiles en nogada – Author: ismael villafranco – CC BY 2.0
Chiles en nogada – Author: ismael villafranco – CC BY 2.0

Known for its famous dishes, Puebla’s cuisine is a mixture of both European and Mexican ingredients. The combination is what creates dishes like the mole poblano or chiles en nogada. The recipes the area is known for were created by nuns during Mexico’s colonial period and have remained a part of the local cuisine ever since.

2. Mexico City

It would make sense that the capital of Mexico is one of the most diverse food destinations in the entire country. Because Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the entire world, you can find a vast variety of foods there, but you should make sure that you partake in the local treats like tacos al pastor or tlacoyos.

3. Oaxaca

Exploring the market in Oaxaca – Author: William Neuheisel – CC BY 2.0
Exploring the market in Oaxaca – Author: William Neuheisel – CC BY 2.0

Known for its delicious foods, Oaxaca has been a popular culinary destination for many years. The area itself is incredibly diverse with a mix of at least 16 ethnolinguistic groups, each of which can have an effect on how food is being prepared, served, and eaten. If you are a foodie, this is one of the must-visit places that has to be on your list. In Oaxaca, you can try the tamales, mole, or even the fried grasshoppers known as chapulines.

4. Puerto Vallarta

While Puerto Vallarta has long been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico, it is only in recent years that the area has become recognized for its delicious food. The options for visitors can be as cheap or extravagant as you want, whether you want a taco from a food cart or a high-class dining experience.

5. Morelia


The capital of the Michoacan region, Morelia has done a good job of maintaining its culinary heritage without succumbing to emerging and popular food trends. UNESCO declared that Mexican food was part of the country’s cultural heritage and mentioned Michoacan as one of the best places in Mexico to experience the country’s traditional culinary practices. Here you should really try the carnitas, churipo, but these are just two dishes among so many others. The area’s food is the classic kind of Mexican cuisine that you just have to check out.

6. Los Cabos

While Los Cabos is known as a tourist magnet and is full of expatriates, but it is also full of tasty food. There are numerous farm-to-table restaurants where you get to eat the freshest ingredients with your delicious meal. Here you should try the chile relleno, totoaba fish, or the picana de res asada.

7. Merida

Sopa de fideos
Sopa de fideos

Where better to taste Yucatecan cuisine than in the capital of the Yucatan state? Merida’s food is a mixture of traditional Mayan food and European foods, including their cooking styles and flavors. Because the Yucatecan state is further away from the more populated areas of Mexico, the food is really a unique experience and something that you should try if you can. Here you need to taste the sopa de fideos, queso relleno, or papadzules.

There are so many different foods to be found throughout Mexico that even just exploring the towns and cities could lead you to hidden treasures. Be smart about where you go, but otherwise, ask the locals where they like to eat or what foods they recommend. You will be given a guide that will beat any tourist brochure. A local recommendation is more likely to send you to real Mexican cuisine and allow your food experiences to reach new heights.

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marion-fernandez is one of the authors writing for Outdoor Revival