Let me be honest – I actually don’t like Mexican food.
Or that’s what I thought.
As you can imagine, Mexican food in Maine just isn’t that good.
When I was looking for things to do in Mexico City in September I thought “What the heck! I’ll do a Mexico food tour and see if I like real Mexican food.”
Turns out that I do like Mexican food. Or, at least the Mexican food in Mexico City.
Mexico City has quite a few food tour options. I decided to sign up for the Colonia Roma food tour with Sabores Mexico Food Tours. Sabores Mexico Food Tours was founded by foodie Rodrigo Lopez Aldana. It was created to show visitors and locals alike the best and most flavorful dishes Mexico City has to offer. And the city has a lot to showcase!
Sabores Mexico Food Tour offers food tours in two neighborhoods in the capital city: the historic center of Zocalo and Colonia Roma. Colonia Roma is the avant-garde neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets, ethnic eateries, and charming cafes and local restaurants.
Colonia Roma reached its height during the 19th and 20th centuries when European expats moved from the deteriorating city center to the “suburbs.” With their wealth and status they could afford to build spacious and “modern” mansions. Walking down the wide boulevards will leave you wondering if you’re in Spain or in Mexico. Today, Colonia Roma is still a hotspot for expats and is a very desirable neighborhood to live.
Besides the interesting colonial history and beautiful architecture, Colonia Roma is the hot spot for foodies with the numerous restaurants, cafes, and breweries. You won’t leave Roma hungry that’s for sure!
I met my tour guide at Tres Galeones, a gourmet fish taco joint. Our guide was a local historian who spent much of her adult life in London working, but has since moved back to Mexico City for work. In her spare time she loves sharing the local food culture with tourists. The other two members of my group were a Californian couple checking out the area before moving to the city later in the fall.
After the delicious gourmet fish tacos we headed down the street to a French bistro called Galia Chef. The plate consisted of pork pate, which I don’t really like, but tried a few bits. What I did love was the glass of wine from the longest wine producer in Mexico – Casa Madero, which has been producing wine since 1597!
Next up was Cafe de Raiz. Cafe de Raiz is owned and managed by a brother and sister duo and serves primarily tamales. The cafe carries between four and five different tamales on a daily basis. Cafe de Raiz is very popular with the locals so get there early for a seat. We were served three different tamales – chicken & rice, black beans, and sweet corn. While the first two were good, I loved the sweet corn tamales. I could eat that all day!
After stuffing our faces on the first three stops it was time to wash it down with a cold local brew at La Graciela. La Graciela is a local microbrewery that brews no more than 12 different brews throughout the year. The coolest part – the head brewer is a woman in her 20s! She just randomly picked up brewing and is now considered one of the best beer brewers in all of Mexico. How cool is that?
We were given a flight of four beer samplers. Two were light beers similar to Corona and Belgian beers and the other two were dark beers similar to German style. My favorite was the Bison, which was Belgian style with an alcohol content of 4.5%.
At this point in the tour I was started to feel full and a little tipsy, but we still had another 3 stops to go! If you do this tour definitely don’t eat anything beforehand as you get your money’s worth of food during the tour! Our next stop was La Tlayuderia de la Roma, a traditional Oaxacan food restaurant where we indulged on carnitas de pescado. Next up was Escollo where we ate even more tacos and tried mescal. Mescal is a traditional liquor similar to tequila so I didn’t like it. No tequila for Katelyn.
I was most excited for our last stop – Espressarte, an artisan coffee shop. I don’t like coffee, but I was told their tea was to die for and it was. It was completely brewed from scratch. Ah-mazing! I heard the coffee was good too.
Overall if you’re looking for an introduction to good Mexican food then I recommend the Sabores Mexico Food Tours. It will leave your taste buds dreaming of delicious tacos and tamales for days. The Colonia Roma tour costs $50 USD, which is steep for Mexico, but for the amount of food you get is so worth it! Depending on the day you’ll stop at between 7 and 8 restaurants and cafes for food and drinks. The options change so there is no guarantee that you’ll eat where I did. However, after the tour your guide will provide you with a map and all the restaurant names so you can return later for seconds. Yum!
Thank you to Sabores Mexico Food Tour for providing me with a media rate for the Colonia Roma Food Tour. Despite the small discount I received, all my opinions are my own.