Gourmet Mexican chocolate can be gritty, primitive, illustrious, decadent or even interesting. But all of it’s tied to a long legacy of chocolate for medicine, chocolate for a treatand chocolate for living better. No matter what kind of gourmet Mexican chocolate you’re ultimately after, there’s something outstanding out there, and we’re going to help you find it.
This small yet vast boutique/confectionary/store is one of the main spots for any chocolate connoisseur, since it has a huge variety of cocoa based treats that range from classics such as dark or milk chocolate bars, macaroons with blackberry, chocolate covered marshmallows and truffles, to more exotic products such as mezcal imbued chocolate and a sublime recipe for “diamond cookies”, prepared with the best cocoa beans.
Address: Ámsterdam #154 Colonia Hipódromo y Amargura 5 San Ángel, Mexico City
Open: Monday-Saturday from 11:00 to 21:00 hrs.
Sundays from 11:00 to 18:00 hrs.
Phone: 55 5211 9840
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Le Petite Belgique
This confectionary, patisserie and chocolate shop has been catering for the very best events in Polanco since it’s known as the best and finest patisserie for all sorts of events. It offers a wide variety of packages resembling the style of a Belgian chocolate factory, the company’s distinctive seal: cupcakes, pies, biscuits, cakes, and personalized chocolates for any occasion, warm or cold liquid chocolate among other seductive souvenirs that you can take home or have arranged as gifts. All the products are always in high demand, so we recommend you make your order one week in advance.
Address: Arquímedes #130, Polanco
Open: Monday-Sunday: from 9:30 to 19:00 hrs.
The great success of this chocolate shop is linked to the experimentation of flavors, textures and shapes behind the elaboration of its wonderful chocolate, since cocoa beans are fused with just about anything that will highlight their flavor. “Evolutionary Mexican Chocolate shop” is how they describe their style, which enables them to go beyond the conventional and to bet on the innovational, creating real treats such as chocolate with goat’s cheese, chamoy marshmallow, delicious cocoa horchata or their fabulous pozol. All of their products are made with 100% Mexican cocoa.
Julio Verne #104 B, Polanco
Isabela Católica #30, Centro Histórico
Open: Monday-Wednesday from 11:00 to 20:00hrs Thursday-Saturday from 11:00 to 22:00hrs
Sundays: from 12:00 to 18:00 hrs
Phone number: 55 5518 7672
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New Art Xocolatl
This tiny locale is an authentic chocolate paradise immerse in a corner of Plaza Cuicuilco. The store’s size is by no means a reflection on its variety of products, since you’ll see chocolate overflowing every shelf from the moment you step inside: sweet, savory and bitter treats. The locale’s main features are the chocolate products made with beans from Chiapas and Tabasco that have an unparalleled organic essence. Their catalogue includes dark, white, bitter, milk, spiked and sugarless chocolate elaborated in the most elegant presentations.
Address: Avenida San Fernando #649, Colonia Peña Pobre, Delegación Tlalpan
Phone: 5556669352 / 5555669358
Open Monday-Sunday from 10:30 to 20.30 hrs
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Perhaps the most traditional chocolate makers, since they have combined many different design elements such as sculpture and carving with gastronomy. Its aspirations go beyond sales, since the company’s main concern is to educate about indigenous civilisations such as the Aztecs, Mayans, Olmecs, Zapoteca, Huasteca through exact chocolate replicas of their most important cultural remains. The cocoa beans they use for their products come from Tabasco, Chiapas and Oaxaca. The replicas, made from original INAH relics, focus on deities, monuments and archaic objects, and each one is literally wrapped with information about its historical context.
Address: Cumbre de Acultzingo #154, Colonia Rincón del valle, Tlanepantla, Estado de México
Facebook: Motivos Prehispánicos
Stores where you can buy their products:
*Museo Nacional de Antropología
Avenida Paseo de la Reforma and Gandhi Chapultepec Polanco
Phone: 55 55 53 6275
*Mucho Mundo Chocolate
Capitán Carlos León S/N
Venustiano Carranza D F
Phone: 55 5514 17 37
*Mucho Mundo Chocolate Centro
Milán #45 col Juárez
Phone: 55 5514 17 37
Mexico City is vibrant, vast and very important. Not just in terms of the space it occupies and the stone and brick from it’s made from, but Mexico City greeted more than 30 million visitors last year. That’s more than it’s entire metro-population (though not by much). Let’s look at why they came.
Last year, at about this time, The New York Times had named the city the number one travel destination for 2016. Tourism searches on Google showed Mexico City as not just a Latin American Favorite, but in the top five tourist searches in the world. And of course, people have been asking for the last several years if it wasn’t the Next Paris, or the Next New York or the Next SOMETHING.
The City government set itself to the task of figuring out just why people love coming here. These are the top 15 reasons they came up with, and ultimately they’re the reasons that Mexico City is Latin America’s favorite, and maybe your favorite too!
1) 185 museums, nine archaeological sites and four World Heritage sites? The cultural scene is enormous, rich and varied. There’s something for every kind of cultural traveler.
2) Fairs, festivals, conventions, meetings and extravaganzas cover music, food, movies, books, and trade in every kind of human activity, down to the annual clown convention.
3) Blockbuster events? Last year saw a Formula 1 race, an NFL game or two, the Tour de France, and a free Roger Waters concert in the city center.
4) Chosen for the sixth world C40 Mayors Summit in November of 2016, Mexico City is widely perceived as a world leader in combatting climate change.
5) The Metrobús system, originally based on one running in Bogota, Colombia, is now the biggest in Latin America. Stretching some 125 kms today, in 2017 no less than 90 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-decker buses will begin plying the length of Paseo de la Reforma, as Metrobus Line 7 officially opens.
6. The tourist program Sonrisas por tu ciudad, literally “Smiles for your city,” organized by the Secretary for Tourism, has benefited more than 200,000 people.
7. Mexico City’s Central de Abasto (pictured below), after more than 30 years sells 30,000 tons of merchandise (mostly food) and sells to about 30,000 people every day. It’s the largest shopping area in the world.
8. Mexico City was the first Latin American city to join the Rainbow Cities Network, which coordinates city-level actions to protect LGBTI citizens and residents.
9. Mexico City was chosen as the World Capital of Design for 2018, by the World Design Organization.
10. The Centro Histórico is the largest historical city center in Latin America, with 1,500 buildings designated as having historical, cultural, artistic or architectural value. That’s more than most tour guides can handle, but it’s also home the continent’s biggest Metropolitan Cathedral.
11. Mexico City’s first ever Day of the Dead parade was celebrated by more than 250,000 marchers, band members, onlookers and, yes, zombies.
12. The city’s El Médico en tu Casa program puts a “Doctor in Your Home.” It’s already recognized in America, Asia, and Europe, for bringing health services closer to people who can’t easily visit hospitals or clinics.
13. Mexico City also began the first Specialized Center for the Management of Diabetes anywhere in Latin America.
14. The Ecobici system (pictured below) is the biggest public bike system in Latin America, with 452 cycle stations and about 35 million trips made by 200,ooo riders every year.
15. And finally, the good old underground Metro network is the biggest in Latin America, too. With 12 lines 226 km in total length, about 5 million people ride it every day.
Source: CDMX government, with information from International CDMX and the 4th Governmental Report CDMX, 2016.
Casa Madero may have been the first winery in the Americas, founded way back in 1597, and way up in Coahuila. But Mexico’s predominant “beer culture” has always given wine producers something of a long shadow to grow up in. Aguascalientes, Querétaro, Guanajuato, Zacatecas and Chihuahua all produce respectable wines, but it’s been the environs of Ensenada (the Guadalupe Valley, the Santo Tomas Valley, and the Ojos Negros Valley) that have really busted the Mexican wine scene out onto international lists of “respectability.” Some parts Coahuila (the Valley Of Parras, and Cuatro Ciénagas in particular) still hold their own – but most wine enthusiasts agree, Baja’s got the wine to beat.
Mexico exports wine around the world. According to the Mexican Wine Council, about 400 brands of wine are currently being produced in the country, and these increasingly appear on the international lists as being wines to watch (and to taste). But those lists aren’t everything. Even the most sophisticated drinkers know today that plenty is coming each year from Mexican wineries that’s worth taking note of.
Yes, you can still find plenty of good Mexican vintages mixed in with the international offerings on the shelves at Liverpool. But the wine shops below are pretty active at pushing good wines, from Mexico, onto more Mexican tables.
Vinoteca has three locations in and around the city and carries a wide range of Mexican wines, and still more around the country. They do a fair internet trade in wines too, but stopping in lets you pick the brains of their knowledgeable staff.
La Contra, also with shops all over the country, is one of the city’s leading advocates for the Mexican wine industry. With a capital location in Roma, it’s an easy and relaxed place to pick up recommendations, or indeed, to sample some of the best bottles coming in.
Address: Álvaro Obregón 130, local # 10, Colonia Roma Norte
Telephone: 5564 0966
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Á de Acento offers a very well-regarded restaurant, but the gourmet shop offers plenty that’s pure Mexican and well worth a bottle or two. In fact, prices are very reasonable, but there’s also usually something special hidden away in the shelves that inquiring customers will be very pleased to find.
Address: Cuernavaca # 85, Colonia Condesa
Telephone: 5260 4721
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Another in the list of combo restaurant and gourmet shops, Amaya has made a big splash with their list of “vinos raros.” Far from weird, many of them are fabulous. They’re also generally available in the shop, no reservation necessary and many of the best are, in fact, domestically produced!
Address: General Prim # 95, Col. Juárez
Telephone: 5592 5571
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Don’t expect friendly service. La Europea is still trying to figure out in which decade they’re doing business. But for all the wood-boxed bacalao these people sling during the holidays, they’ve always got a ton of good wine, too. With a good number of branches in and around the city, calling them one of the best wine shops in Mexico might be a stretch, but they do a lot of business, and for that, they always offer a ton of good Mexican wines too.
Si Mon is run by the chefs at Broka Bistrot, practically next door. And the emphasis is on local, good, and even inspiring wines. One of the best things about shopping at a wine bar is after all, that there is usually a bottle open. And for that, including Si Mon in a list of the best wine shops is practically a given.
Address: Zacatecas # 126, Colonia Roma Norte
Telephone: 1866 9030
Main Photo Above: Aborigen Valle Seco, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Courtesy of La Contra