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La Pagoda

Certificate of Excellence
Centro Historico
Mexican, Cafe, Diner
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5 de mayo 10 | Col. Centro De La Ciudad De México, Mexico City, Mexico
08:00 - 20:00
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Mexico City, Mexico
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334 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Typical local eatery, where you will see more Mexicans than tourists. Variety of typical dishes. Wouldn't recommend it for vegetarians. Very convenient in the old city center, half a block from the opera. There are likely to be lots of people, but you won't wait more than 10 minutes.

Thank Pixxidix
Boston, Massachusetts
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

A great place to go in the historic center, as much for the cultural experience as the food. No-frills, 1950's diner-style food, great breakfasts. Cheap, efficient, delicious, and local clientele. Spanish-only.

Thank wildlifephotog
Denver, CO
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97 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Came here for light dinner and was not disappointed. It's diner food, but good and the portions are huge. The chicken soup and ensalada Carmen were both very good. So good, we got them via takeout a second night. Our server did not speak much English, though she was helpful and patient in understanding our broken Spanish.

Thank HMDenver
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167 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

This restaurant provides typical Mexican meals at a very cheap price. Indeed it is full of locals and you would hardly find tourists in it, which further signals that the food is good. It looks like an old American fast food and you should cue outside and wait for them to shout your name when a table is free, but... More 

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New York City, New York
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116 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

This restaurant is conveniently located only a couple of blocks from Palacio de Bellas Artes. Serving mostly middle class that works or shops downtown, or families during weekends and tourists from nearby hostels, the place is informal, cafeteria or dinner style. The menu is very large and offers practically all traditional Mexican dishes for breakfast, lunch and supper. Service is... More 

Thank Roberto113
Mexico City, Mexico
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015 via mobile

This is where i go when i don't want to think about where to go. + excellent value + good food, typical mexican fare but avoids most of the deep-fried stuff + good service and very friendly waitresses (uncommon in mexico) + excellent music, including brief live performances from the balcony + no tv screens + clean + wifi +... More 

Thank M W
Toluca, Mexico
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287 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

Whenever I'm near Bellas Artes this is where I go for a quick lunch or breakfast. The daily lunch specials are unbeatable for the price, and the Pagoda has my favorite cup of coffee in the centro. Even when there's a line outside there is usually counter seating available.

Thank johntpt
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

Nice place, excellent service, good value and, the most important, the best food in downtown! Delicious, highly recommend!

Thank Paula S
Dublin, Ireland
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109 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2014

Just went for coffee and hot chocolate. Very friendly place. The waitress brought a selection of buns to the booth for us to pick from. It get's very crowded at the weekends. There are queues. We went midweek when it was quieter.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013

It is an old "café de chinos" (chinese's caffee), with simple, traditional recipes. You don't need to spend too much to have a good meal with mexican flavour. I love the chocolate milkshake and the cofee with milk. Simply delicious!!! It is usually a little crouded, since it's very popular, but it is a nice experience.

Thank Seeker-Hz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 de mayo 10 | Col. Centro De La Ciudad De México, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City>  > Centro Historico
  • Neighbourhood: Centro Historico
  • Phone Number: +52(55)109176

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Staying in Centro Historico

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Centro Historico
The beating heart of the city lies within Centro Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico City. Places such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit the wide variety of markets and plazas where any vintage item, handicrafts and jewelry characteristic of each state in Mexico can be found on Sundays. Admire majestic views of the city from the Monumento a la Revolución and Torre Latinoamericana, and round out the experience with restaurants of all cuisines nearby.
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