In Mexico City we stayed in the downtown area, which was walking distance from so much I would definitely recommend staying near Centro when you visit. Mexico city actually has the most museums out of any other city in the world, so if it wasn’t on your list I definitely recommend adding it! Before I took my trip I received many comments about being careful because it’s Mexico and it’s dangerous, but I’m glad I didn’t let these comments scare me. The people in Mexico City were so kind, and for the most part everything felt safe as long as you take normal precautions that you would traveling to any big city. We did notice it felt safer to get back to our Airbnb, or at least stay nearby it, by the time it was dark though.
Since moving from California to the East coast it has become more difficult for us to find authentic Mexican food near us. It has not been impossible, but it’s definitely not as prevalent as back home. You can definitely say I was excited to get to Mexico and eat! I literally wanted only street tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Once we arrived at our room the first thing I did was look up a taco place near us. On Pinterest within a blog post I found a recommendation for a small hole-in-the-wall taco place, and it happened to be walking distance from us. I’m so glad we took this advice.
We arrived at Los Cocuyos and almost didn’t know it because it is literally a hole-in-the-wall restaurant. When we walked up there was a man standing over large contraption where many different types of meats were slowly cooking to perfection.
They have a simple menu of different types of meat to choose from. I could remember a few of the words on the menu from high school Spanish classes.
Honestly in the States the quirkiest kind of meat I had tried was fish in my tacos. I couldn’t decide which I wanted, so I chose “surtida” because why not get a little bit of everything?
Pictured above was hands down the spiciest meal I’ve ever had due to the green salsa I decided to drench the tacos with for some reason. That did not stop them from being some damn good tacos. The secret is that they dip the tortillas in the meat juices before cooking up the tacos.
The next morning we went again because like I said, “breakfast, lunch, and dinner.” I was not kidding. I do not kid about tacos. After not having a great understanding of the menu the day before I double checked the blog post, and she recommended the campechano tacos. We tried them and they were definitely the best tacos I have ever had.
I’m not sure if it’s something they only do in the morning, but when we went this time they gave us cooked cactus with our tacos. It was delicious! This time I took it easy with the salsa verde. They had small seats out on the sidewalk for customers, so we sat there and ate the tacos we ordered and then decided to order a couple more. Being that they were 18 pesos when we went that’s about a dollar each for the best tacos we’ve ever had, why not order more?