A gem

When I arrived in Mexico City in 1990, there were perhaps two or three places in the centro where you could find a good espresso. Most of the rest of the city was a wasteland. What they called coffee was brown dishwater, and most chilangos seemed to subscribe to the belief that things go better with Coke. All that has changed. Now the city is crawling with cafes, including hundreds of Starbucks, as well as their Mexican competitors Cielito Querido Café and Café Punto del Cielo.

My favorites are still the old ones. If you find yourself in the vicinity of the corner of Luis Moya and Manuel Marquez in the centro — down the street from the San Juan Market — and you want a coffee, don’t miss this little gem of a cafe called Picolina.

It’s very old school, with somber, serious waiters. They have a huge menu of special coffees with things like condensed milk and honey, which are not my thing, but their espressos and americanos are terrific.

Snacks are also available.

3 thoughts on “A gem

  1. Don Cuevas - December 16, 2013

    Great! We love Piccolina. Besides the excellent coffee, the staff is very friendly, the breakfasts are good, and we were befriended by an older woman who lives nearby and who comes to the cafe nearly every morning.

    The only drawbacks to the place are that it’s small, it can get very crowded and getting in and out of the rest room is an acrobatic feat.

    Don Cuevas

  2. Steve Vender - December 18, 2013

    Best coffee we ever had was in a small café right down the Street from the hotel you introduced us to, The Stanza. We’re in Melaque now, and the coffee is very good here.

    All Best

  3. C.M. Mayo - December 31, 2013

    Totally heart your blog, David, Happy 2014! May your have a most magnificent new year!

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