Casa de los Azulejos in Mexico City: delicious Mexican food in an historic mansion

Casa de los Azulejos Mexico City

Casa de los Azulejos Mexico City

The Casa de los Azulejos in Mexico City looks impressive from the outside with its entire façade covered in blue and white tiles, but inside, it’s a dream. A colonial mansion built in the late 1500s, it is now the home of Sanborn’s, a popular restaurant that serves traditional Mexican cuisine. The best place to dine is in the interior courtyard (pictured above) where busy waitresses in traditional costume dart back and forth between the kitchen and the dining room. The food is delicious and inexpensive. Unlike the restaurants I’ve already reviewed on Mapplr, which are in the posh Polanco area, Sanborns is down-to-earth and homey. On Sundays, you find Mexican families and groups of friends lunching here after they’ve strolled through the historic center. Sanborns is the perfect place for lunch after visiting the Cathedral, the Templo Mayor (Aztec ruins), and the Palacio Nacional with its massive Diego Rivera murals.

  • Vibe: atmospheric colonial mansion dating back to the 1500s, down-to-earth and family friendly.
  • Pros: delicious traditional Mexican cuisine, inexpensive, good service, close to the historic center
  • Cons: crowded on Sundays

Casa de los Azulejos / Sanborns
Madero 4
Centro Historico
Mexico City
+52 55 5518 6676

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