1. Cafe Rama: Incredible food in a very cool setting of old retro mexican art. We recommend both the Croque Monsieur à la Rama and Madame, and both the jugo verde and jugo rojo!
2. Cent'Anni Restaurante: If you’re into pasta, this is a must-visit spot to try their fettuccine bruccresto – it’s tossed in a MASSIVE Parmesan cheese wheel right in front of you before being plated. Very cool! The burrata cheese starter was also delicious, the lasagna… decent.
3. La Posaditia: Amazing (romantic) rooftop dinner spot overlooking La Parroquia. We both had the dill salmon, a wonderful break from Mexican food.
4. Zumo: Stunning view of the city out toward a nearby lake. The brunch menu was the most unique we saw in town (hello French toast casserole), and the owners and staff totally went above and beyond to celebrate a birthday.
5. Local 67: One of those bang-for-your-buck spots with favourites from home but with a local twist. The complimentary fresh bread and homemade guava jam to start was lovely as well.
7. Café del Diezmo: Set in a beautiful courtyard with huge trees, flowers, and chirping birds. We highly recommend the chipotle eggs benedict served on corn cakes, or their breakfast version of chiles rellenos stuffed with scrambled eggs.
8. El Manatiel Cantina: Small and funky neighborhood joint. Try the Peruvian ceviche served with plantain chips. They also have great ginger margaritas, a little something different.
9. BONUS: If you’re looking to stock your fridge with healthy food and buy from a range of local, mostly organic vendors, visit the Mercado Sano. There is even a tiny movie theatre offering an interesting range of films in English. Don’t miss the Saturday farmer’s market from 9 am – 3 pm for an even greater variety of offerings!
1. Quince: Chic (i.e. pricey) rooftop bar/restaurant with an unbelievable view of the La Paroquia. We only ordered fries, and really didn’t enjoy them, so might recommend just going to try a couple of their very unique cocktails and taking in the scene.