5 Places You Can’t Miss in La Juárez
The Guardian recently wrote an article about the Colonia Juárez, once the grande dame of Mexico City neighborhoods, and how the area is going through a long-awaited comeback.
The Juarez neighborhood used to be home to some of the wealthiest Mexican families who built huge French-influenced mansions after the Porfiriato (Porfirio Diaz’ mandate from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th ). Recently, we have seen an uplift in la Juarez; the area south of Paseo de la Reforma, the main financial corridor of the city and bordering the trendy Roma and Condesa colonias. The neighborhood is recovering its grandiose old self with a variety of restaurants, food markets, bars, and galleries which recently have opened their doors.
Below are five places you should visit next time you are in la Juarez neighborhood:
Chef Josefina Santa Cruz opened her second restaurant, Paprika in 2014. Moving away from the Asian fusion concept she created with Sesame, Paprika is a combination of Mediterranean flavors leaned toward Arab recipes. The mezze menu, designed to share a variety of plates among your party allows you to taste the condimented dishes, some of my favorite include the cilantro and paprika dip, salmon saha and salmon kibe. The decor itself makes you feel as if you are in the heart of Soho in New York City, with brick walls and a cozy atmosphere, this restaurant is a must if you enjoy Arab cuisine within a casual environment.
Where: Marsella # 61 Tel: 5533 0303
After working at Le Bernardin in New York City and falling in love with French cuisine, Chef Eduardo Garcia dreamed of opening a classic brasserie in Mexico City. Famous for his other restaurants Maximo Bistro and Lalo, Chef Garcia ventured and opened Havre 77, a casual eatery serving traditional French dishes in a remodeled old mansion. The menu is divided in two; the brasserie where guests can enjoy soupe à l’oignon , coq au vin and steak et frites and the huitrerie, an oyster bar where one can enjoy all type of oysters, clams and seafood including crab legs and lobster.
Where: Havre # 77 Tel: 5208 1070
The new speak-easy cocktail bar everybody is talking about in the city. Hanky Panky was founded by Maycoll Calderon, the same chef behind Huset restaurant in the Roma hood. This exclusive bar serves hand crafted cocktails created by international bartenders who are also partners at this new hot spot, don’t miss the traditional Hanky Panky cocktail, the Aichi Kioto with matcha or the Daiquiri. The food is also fantastic, my favorite dishes include the brisket, the Hamachi sashimi and the crab tostada with sriracha. Although its tough to find this bar hidden behind a Fonda, once you’re in you will have a blast!
Where: #somewhereinmexicocity Tel: 9155 0958
Sole Raw and Oyster Bar
Chef Roberto Alcocer, the creator of Malva in Ensenada, opened his first restaurant in Mexico City. Sole Raw and Oyster Bar, specializes in dishes from the US Atlantic Ocean. The restaurant trying to separate itself from the other oyster bars in the city, serves cooked fish and seafood dishes. The signatures menu items you must try include the warm oysters, the crab cakes and the seared tuna. To finish off the meal, order the corn creme brulee an interesting mix of flavors and not overly sweet. The modern decoration including the spectacular wine cellar with more than 250 labels and the entrance bar —showcasing the fresh seafood that arrives on a daily basis—, are two reasons why this new place is becoming the go-to spot in la Juarez.
Where: General Prim # 95 Tel: 5535 4244
This new urban space which opened its doors late January 2016, was born with the idea of creating a sense of community within the neighbors of La Juarez. Milan 44 is one of the first and biggest projects, trying to revive the streets of this part of the city, so locals can continue walking through the streets and enjoying the emerging gastronomic scene. Milan 44 is similar to a local market, composed of four floors with different food options and shops. Don’t miss the acai bowl at Ojo de Agua a healthy restaurant and juice bar, grab a coffee at Café Rompe Olas from the owners of Buna or get some cecina (salted meat) tacos at Tacos Guerrero. Take advantage of your visit and try out a yoga class at Blanco Yoga or enjoy a wet shave at Jack Barbería.
Where: Milan # 44