One of my favourite ways to spend my days in Mexico City is with a glass of wine in hand. It’s something I enjoy the most about my solo time in CDMX or with friends. I find it’s the excuse I need to slow down to unwind and spark creative as I relax my gaze and wonder in all the city has to offer. Thankfully, there are so many great places to sit for a glass in the city, so my views are ever-changing. Here are some of my favourite places to sit to have a glass of wine in the CDMX.
Loup Bar was the first natural wine bar in CDMX that I discovered, and still one of my favourites. I love pulling up a seat on the sidewalk in the afternoon for a glass of wine and a nibble from their solid food menu. I always feel fortunate to imbibing in such a lovely space, where I feel like I’ve transported to a European city, but at the same time I’m deeply aware that I’m in Roma Norte. Loup doesn’t have a wines by the glass list, but the servers are happy to chat with you about what you’re feeling and then offer suggestions that are always on-point.
Bottega Sartoria is the little sister across the street from Marco Carboni’s Italian restaurant Sartoria. Bottega is stand-up only inside at the bar, but I enjoy sitting on their patio for a coffee & pastry in the morning or for a glass of wine and a small bite in the afternoon. Browse from a short list of Mexican or Italian wines by the glass and if you’re looking to take something back to your room, they have a great bottle shop inside. The gnoccho frito topped with mortadella or prosciutto can’t be missed.
I found Café Trucha by accident while I was on my way to sit on the patio at Bottega Sartoria. I was woo’d by the sun-drenched outdoor seats with views of the always bustling Plaza Río de Janeiro. Their small plates list is filled with so much deliciousness that making choices is difficult. Definitely take the staff’s recommendations for pairings of the natural/low-intervention wines on offer.
Most people (including myself) recommend Farmacia Internacional as a great breakfast spot, which it is. But if you happen to be in the Juárez neighbourhood mid-afternoon, it’s also a quiet spot to unwind with a piece of gorgeous cake paired with a glass of wine. I opt for an indoor seat to enjoy the quaint (hipster) vibe as the outdoor ones face traffic-heavy Avenida Bucarelli.
Blom Café is another amazing coffee spot in the morning, but “those in the know” know it as an easy stop for natural wine imbibed on an (uncomfortable) seat on the sidewalk in Juárez. If you’re there on a Sunday afternoon, you’ll often find a guest chef cooking magic on a tiny grill on the sidewalk in front of you.
Forte Bread & Coffee is another coffee spot by morning, great place for natural wine /pizza at night. I have been known to pull 2-a-days at Forte because of this very reason. The original Roma location is quaint and cozy but I also love the larger open-space of the new location in Juárez.
Le Tachinomi Desu is a stand-up wine bar unlike the others on my list as it’s only open in the evening. It’s a wonderful option if you want wine and your friends want beer (which is often the case with my friends) as they have a good selection of both. The Japanese Izakaya-es que food at Tachinomi is pairs perfectly with whatever you’re drinking. Their chicken karaage is almost as good as my mom’s and the omurice is the perfect comfort food for an evening of over-indulgence.
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