There are reasonably priced restaurants, cafés, taquerías and juice stands on every block. The choice of where to eat ranges from traditional coffeehouses to fast-food lunch counters, taking in expensive international and rock-bottom Mexican cooking along the way, as well as food stalls in markets throughout the city: Merced is the biggest, but not a terribly pleasant place to eat. At the back of Plaza Garibaldi, there’s a whole market hall given over to nothing but food stands, each vociferously competing with its neighbours. Mexico City also abounds in rosticerías, roast chicken shops, serving tasty set meals and crispy chicken with beer in a jolly atmosphere. More so than anywhere else in the country, Mexico City is flooded with chain restaurants, both American franchises and slightly classier Mexican chains such as Sanborns and VIPS; on the whole, you’re much better off with a comida corrida. Top-class restaurants are mostly concentrated in Polanco.

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