If you have a sweet tooth like everyone in our family, you will be pleased to know Mexico City has no shortage of excellent panaderías (bakeries) and pastelerías (cake shops) selling decadent baked goods. However, for many panaderías it is difficult to source good quality flour, so while the baking may look magnificent it is often dry and crumbly. Without question Panadería Rosetta is the city’s finest bakery, which guests on our Colonia Roma Cultural Walking & Gourmet Foodie Tour are treated to. Below is our complete list of favorite places to go for sweet treats.
Panadería Rosetta (Colima 166, Colonia Roma/Calle Havre 73, Júarez)): Our favorite panadería in Mexico City or anywhere else! The Roma location was opened in 2012 in what was a garage by acclaimed chef Elena Reygadas, who thankfully, also has a passion for baking. More recently the Júarez location was opened in a charming historic building with a tranquil courtyard, making it the perfect place to enjoy a quiet breakfast away from the commotion of the city. Everything from the coffee, the fresh baked breads, the croissants, the donuts and the sandwiches are simply superb at both locations. My most recommended item would be the chocolate berlinesa, which is similar to a Boston cream donut. It is topped with dark chocolate and ready to burst with the vanilla bean custard filling. The pastries are light and flaky like what you might expect to find only in France. The secret to the freshness is replenishing the selection of goods throughout the day so the treats are never on the shelf longer than three hours – many items are sold out long before then!
Cappuccino and donuts at Panadería Rosetta’s Juarez location.
Pasteleria Suiza (Parque España 7, Condesa): This pasteleria (cake shop) was opened in 1942 by a Swiss/Spanish immigrant who was a confectioner by trade. He called it “Swiss” because he liked the precision with which the Swiss make things. As one of the city’s oldest bakeries it is still family owned and offers mouthwatering treats that are both sweet and savory. From chocolates and candies, to baked goods and ice cream, it is all made with high quality ingredients, which is obvious from the taste of their products. I consider myself a black forest cake connoisseur and I think the one offered here is the best I’ve ever tasted, it is very rich and is made encased in a circular wall of dark chocolate goodness. It looks small but is enough for two people. They also make excellent pie pastry, which means their apple and cherry pies are also highly recommended with their marvellous fillings. A nice touch is the newspaper parchment paper the treats are wrapped in, like a delicious present.
The delectable black forest cake from Pastelería Suiza in Condesa.
El Pecado Original (Orizaba 203, Colonia Roma): Located on a quiet corner in Roma this place is a hidden gem. The owner is a French trained, Mexican pastry chef and it shows in the delicious meringue made here. They are well known for their sublime cakes that are made with terrific attention to detail and are available whole or by the slice. For Mother’s Day they sell a traditional Italian cake called zuppa inglese (pictured below) made from sponge cake dipped in an Italian liqueur called alchermes. They also sell decadent cupcakes as pictured below.
A zuppa inglese traditional Italian Mother’s Day cake.
A trifecta from El Pecado Original (The Original Sin) with strawberry shortcake, red velvet cupcake and chocolate cupcake.
Ficelle Boulangerie Patisserie (Tamaulipas 39, Condesa): Very good quality French pastries, try the almond croissant! The staff is friendly and willing to help with your selections. You can then enjoy an amazing pastry paired with their excellent coffee at their seating on the quiet sidewalk. The place next door has the same ownership and serves a terrific croque madame.
A visit to Ficelle Boulangerie & Patiserie will leave you smiling too!
Maque (Av. Ozuluama 4, Condesa): Their Condesa location is on a fabulous corner across from Parque México. There is sidewalk seating on the quiet street making this a popular choice for breakfast but my recommendation would be to skip the meal and enjoy a coffee with pastry on the tranquil leafy street. Their selection of pan dulces (try the lime with pieces of candied lime) is very good, as are their cakes. If you prefer something cold, they just opened a shop next door called Clermont that now serves up some of the city’s best ice cream. Try the ferrero rocher or whiskey flavor, you will not leave disappointed!
The serene sidewalk seating on a leafy street across from Parque México.
Central Bakery (Cadereyta 17, Condesa): This hole in the wall on a quiet street in Condesa makes some of the best baguettes you will find in Mexico City. They open early to offer scrumptious breakfast options including french toast on brioche, croque madame on brioche or a croissant with ham and cheese. The selection of delectable baked goods is small but try the blueberry danish – yummy! There is a small eating area with tables and a bar with stools. The staff is always friendly and its also a great place to grab a sandwich to go.
Central Bakery is located on a quiet side street in Condesa.
Maison Kayser (Paseo de la Reforma 408, Reforma/Júarez): A French international chain, this beautiful Euro style bakery serves excellent coffee, baguettes and the best chocolate nut cookie in the city. The Reforma location makes for a perfect stop on a Sunday when the street is closed to traffic, stop in for a visit to buy a sweet treat and a coffee before resuming your walk on Reforma.
Pickup a cookie from Maison Kayser to take for a stroll down Reforma.
Pastelería Ideal (16 de Septiembre 18 or República de Uruguay 74, Centro Histórico):
One of Mexico City’s most iconic bakeries, Pastelería Ideal has been around since the mid 1920’s. This traditional Mexican bakery is a nostalgic favorite of many locals who have been patrons since they were children. The selection of sweet treats and breads on the main floor is seemingly endless but the special occasion cakes on display on the 2nd floor will blow you away!
Sweet treats at Pastelería Ideal in Centro Histórico – be sure to check out their cakes too!
Visiting one of these locations for a coffee and a sweet treat is a fun and delicious way to start any day. Just don’t eat too much before your Mexico City food tour experience with Tasty Bites!