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In the United States, we celebrate #SundayFunday with friends, but in Mexico, it’s traditionally a day spent with family.
It’s a ritual we 100% stand behind but it can put a kink in your plans when you’re searching the best restaurants in Mexico City open on a Sunday.
Having lived in Mexico City for the past few years, I’ve had ample time to find a solution to this issue. Through rigorous research – aka eating lots of delicious meals across the city – I’ve found the best places to eat.
Where To Eat On A Sunday In Mexico City
So here are our favorite restaurants – from classic to chic – to hang out and to eat on a Sunday in Mexico City.
Campobaja (Roma Norte neighborhood)
A restaurant rooted in origins, you’ll feast on fresh salads, ceviches, and tostadas topped with fresh Mexican seafood at Campobaja. Between the retractable roofed ceiling, natural feeling vibe, and great food, this spot highlights all that we love about the best Mexico City restaurants: inviting design and incredible seafood. Oh, and, in our opinion, the craft cocktails alone are worth a visit.
Meals Served On Sundays: Brunch, Lunch, and early Dinner
Contramar (Roma Norte neighborhood)
You’ll need a reservation if you want to hang out at this see-and-be-seen restaurant on a buzzing street in Roma Norte. Contramar is one of the classic spots where the fresa (Mexican slang to describe upper-class preppy types) crowd hangs. But it’s not just a scene — this seafood-centric spot is one of our favorite restaurants in Mexico City.
If you’re recovering from a big night out, embrace the Mexican tradition of having raw seafood to cure a hangover and dive into their various raw bar items like chocolate clams, oysters, aguachiles, and ceviches. Reserve well in advance and request a table outside!
Meals Served On Sundays: Brunch and Lunch
El Cardenal (Downtown neighborhood)
El Cardenal is one of the most classic old-school restaurants in Mexico City and is worth a visit for the white tablecloth and jacket-clad waiter service alone. We like it because it’s a perfect restaurant to try traditional Mexican breakfast foods – think: conchas with clotted cream, chilaquiles con Pollo, and fresh corn tortillas. There are a few El Cardenal locations around the city, but the original in the heart of the city is our favorite. They don’t take reservations after 9 AM so be prepared to wait at least 45 minutes — which, by the way, is a perfect amount of time to check out the Zocalo!
Meals Served On Sundays: Breakfast, Lunch, and Early Dinner
La Corriente Cevicheria Nais (Roma Norte neighborhood)
As the name suggests, this restaurant is all about ceviche and other forms of raw seafood. This original Cevicheria Naïs is located north in Tijuana and it’s considered one of the best spots in Baja to get raw seafood. The Mexico City location has equally excellent food and all the classic dishes the restaurant is known for including snapper tostada and tuna carnitas though we’re fans of the scallop dishes and the aguachile.
Meals Served On Sundays: Lunch and Dinner
Lardo (Roma Norte neighborhood)
Sister restaurant to the adored Rosetta bakery (owned by renowned chef Elena Reygadas), Lardo is a restaurant that reflects the personality of the Mexico City neighborhood it resides in: hip and fresh. The menu is rooted in Italian flavors but with a Mexican sensibility and the chic indoor-outdoor decor makes it the perfect place to laze away a Sunday afternoon. You can’t go wrong with ordering by the burrata appetizer, their salads, and any of their pasta are always on our must-try list. Oh, and they make a mean Negroni too!
Meals Served On Sundays: Breakfast and Lunch
Mercado Jamaica (Jamaica neighborhood)
Mexico City is full of history and the flower market known as Mercado Jamaica is a big part of that – in the past, this area was a waterway on the Eastern edge of the ancient Aztec island city Tenochtitlan and acted as a sort of port and delivery everything from produce to fresh goods to the city. Today Mercado Jamaica is the main flower market in Mexico City and you’ll not only find fresh cut flowers but some of the most delicious foods — flor de calabaza (squash blossom) quesadillas – too! That and classic breakfast pastries, elotes, esquites, fresh juices, and guacamole, you’ll leave this market with a delicious multi-sensory overload.
Meals Served On Sundays: All Day Dining
Milo’s Bistrot (Condesa neighborhood)
We love Milo’s in Condesa for a few different reasons — one of them is for Sunday brunch. This little spot has two separate dining areas and a patio too. The design is adorable both inside and out and the coffee, fresh-made to order Jugo Verdes (green juices), and huevo (egg) dishes like chilaquiles are done just right.
Meals Served On Sundays: Breakfast and Lunch
As you’ve probably noticed, very few of these places – aside from El Cardenal and Cevicheria Nais – are open past 6 PM on Sundays. If you’re looking to eat after that time, we say grab a taco!
Any other favorite spots for where to eat on Sunday in Mexico City? Let us know in the comments below!
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