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Cafe El Popular

5 de mayo esq Palmas | Centro, Mexico City, Mexico
+52 55 5518 6081
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good49%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“pan dulce” (18 reviews)
“enchiladas” (16 reviews)
“garlic soup” (3 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
5 de mayo esq Palmas | Centro, Mexico City, Mexico
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1 - 10 of 192 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It’s one of the very few places open early in the morning near Zócalo. Surprisingly, they have delicious food too! We were staying near Zócalo for 4 days and everyday this was our stop for breakfast and we never got tired of it! It’s great...More

Thank Trupti M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We tried 3 of the typical pastries and they were delicious. We also had the milk with coffee (shared as it was a large glass). We paid about 80 Mx Pesos all together. Easy to seat, no queue, and fast service. Highly recommend.

Thank Traveler4Fun_99
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

El popular was been in the city for ages you will find people from all walks of life and all social status, from the locals that have been going there for 20 to 30 years to a few tourist trying to understand the menu. I...More

Thank Wilber H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were glad that El Popular was across the street from our hotel. It was so convenient that we ate lunch there once and also stopped in for a late night dessert. The waitstaff is very nice and well trained; they walked me through the...More

1  Thank El_Pelicano
Reviewed 14 April 2018

Charming older restaurant/coffee house near historical center. Serving daily local food. Looking for culinaric experiences? Go somewhere else. However price value and atmosphere are excellent. Tip: Try one of the cakes. :)

Thank Roland S
Reviewed 6 April 2018

I come to Cafe El Popular EVERY time I visit Mexico City. Stumbled upon it a few years ago and since then it's been highly recommended by every local I've asked for a recommendation. Inexpensive, simple, authentic, and fresh featuring traditional regional dishes. There's something...More

Thank Juana B
Reviewed 3 April 2018

long queu to get in. Good but not excellent. Prices are Ok, good location , middle range food. I do not understand why the long people waiting to get in

Thank Maria D
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Our family of four enjoyed this Cafe a couple of times during our stay in CDMX. We never had to wait and the service was good. The food is typical american diner style greasy spoon, but Mexican faire of course. All the plates that we...More

Thank Heather C
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

I love this pace! We came here on day 2 of 10 and had such a great meal! There are two restaurants for here, we only did the one to the right (I loved the upstairs). On our second to last day we had to...More

Thank Frogslide
Reviewed 13 March 2018

Really good traditional Mexican breakfast at a decent price for this area. Super fresh and fast. Nothing fancy! Full menu, and even pastries and coffee. Great for a hurried meal.

Thank Kristina O
Centro Historico
The beating heart of the city lies within Centro
Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings
and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico
City. Places such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio
Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas
Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 de mayo esq Palmas | Centro, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City>  > Centro Histórico
  • Neighbourhood: Centro Histórico
  • Phone Number: +52 55 5518 6081
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