Do you know that feeling when you are in a new city and you have to get breakfast but you really have no idea where to go to get some good food? This morning was like that. We knew that we were surrounded by incredible food (Mexico City knows how to do breakfast) but we weren’t sure what to choose. Street food? Sit down café? Restaurant? We followed our noses and our noses brought us to Garufa.
We had the terrace all to ourselves. With classical music playing in the background, the extremely friendly staff treated us like we had just sat down at a luxury restaurant. As a neat touch, each table had a little wooden stand for men to put their suit jackets on while eating. Based on some advice the night before, we ordered two plates of chilaquiles with mole and chicken and were presented with a little paper bag filled with freshly baked bread (incredible).
I love travelling to countries and cities where not only I know they serve hot chocolates, but where good hot chocolates are the norm. Garufa had a beautiful hot chocolate with a cinnamon base. It had a nice bittersweet chocolate base, not too sweet but with enough kick to get me started this morning.
After breakfast we had a little look inside. Garufa makes and sells its own jams and other delicious looking things. Even though the terrace was empty there were quite a few tables full inside. We realized that there was a larger terrace and area upstairs which was filled with people! The food and hot chocolate were so good we didn’t even notice them all come in. It was bright and cheerful and the place had a fantastic energy. I would definitely recommend coming upstairs, at any time of the day really.
Garufa filled us up for a big day with a private driver and guide (6 hours) to visit some of the must see sites just outside of the city. We started at the stunning Teotihuacan Pyramids (the third largest pyramids in the world) including a climb to the top for some beautiful views. Our day ended with a walk around the Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe where Our Lady of Guadalupe is believed to have appeared and which has become one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Catholicism, as well as the surrounded churches and park. Another perfect day in the city.
Verdict: Great spot to start the day and people watch in Condesa, enjoy some Mexican classics…and of course a nice hot chocolate. Garufa, Michoacan #93, Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico