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 culinary tour in Colonia Roma are treated to. Below is a list of our favorite stops for sweet treats.
Our favorite panadería in Mexico City or anywhere else! Now with 2 locations in Roma and 1 location in Juárez. Acclaimed Mexican chef Elena Reygadas, opened her first location in 2012 in what was once a garage, her second, and larger Juárez location (now renamed Café NIN) 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. The third and less known location is on Puebla in Roma. Everything from the coffee, to the fresh baked breads, croissants, donuts (Berlinesas) and the sandwiches are simply superb at all the locations. I highly recommend 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 in France. The secret to the freshness is that the selection of baked goods is replenished throughout the day so the treats are never on the shelf longer than three hours – many items are sold out long before then! (Colima 166, Colonia Roma/Calle Havre 73, Júarez/Puebla 242, Colonia Roma)
Cappuccino and donuts at Café NIN, Juárez location.
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 well priced 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 delicious fillings. A nice touch is the newspaper parchment paper the treats are wrapped in, like a delicious present. (Parque España 7, Condesa)
Ficelle Boulangerie Patisserie
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. (Tamaulipas 39, Condesa)
Their Condesa location is on a fabulous, leafy green, 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 Helados Clemont that now serves up some of the city’s best ice cream. Try the ferrero rocher or whiskey flavor, you will not leave disappointed! (Av. Ozuluama 4, Condesa)
This small bakery 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. (Cadereyta 17, Condesa)
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. (Paseo de la Reforma 408, Reforma/Júarez)
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! (16 de Septiembre 18 or República de Uruguay 74, Centro Histórico)
This tiny little hole in the wall bakery may be hard to locate, but if you do you will get your hands on some of the best fresh baked bread in Mexico City. Every morning a small selection of warm and freshly baked treats are displayed, they do not last long. Their fresh baked muffins are especially delicious. (Vincente Suárez 64, Condesa)
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!