Restaurants in Tepoztlan, Mexico: Gastronomy & Typical Cuisine
The culinary tradition of the state of Morelos has developed its own flavors and dishes, very particular to this magical destination where you can enjoy delicious tamales (cornmeal dough with meat or sweet fillings), quesadillas (folded tortillas with cheese and a variety of fillings), tlacoyos (corn dough with cheese and/or bean stuffing, topped with shredded lettuce, cheese and cream), cooked squash, atole (a hot corn meal drink) or seasoned Tepoztlan rice. Simply walk through town and you will find these delicious suggestions. If you prefer international cuisine, you can also find excellent opportunities in the magnificent downtown restaurants.
Among these unique dishes, you'll find "itacates", which is Nahuatl for "provisions for safekeeping". In Tepoztlan, however, it is the name of triangle-shaped dough made out of cheese, lard and salt, filled with chicken, mushrooms, potatoes with chorizo sausage or squash flowers. These dishes can be found in the food market, in small portions or in a full meal.
Delicious gourmet Mexican and international food can be found here at the Restaurante Axitla, at the foot of the Cerro del Tepozteco. It is right next to the path that leads to the pyramid, close to springs as well as the most famous spring, the Cruz, which is where the last monarch of the region was baptized. Banquet service is offered to those who wish to organize for a large group or a wedding in a place where you can feel a very mystic ambiance in every corner.
This restaurant is part of a hotel of the same name where haute Mexican and French cuisine is served in the evenings and a brunch buffet. This is a very popular restaurant among locals and visitors alike, bringing people from all over to this elegant option. Open only on weekends.
The motto of this restaurant is "Eat well, live slowly," while the philosophy is "the best vengeance is to live well." Taking well into consideration the motto and philosophy, El Ciruelo offers luxurious surroundings with a Mexican rustic touch. The menu of dishes is a true invitation to finger-licking goodness. Located in Tepoztlan.
Home-cooked meals (that are competitively priced as well as tasty) are served here. Enjoy an order of tacos, prepared right before your very eyes, as the cook combines a series of colorful ingredients on the grill. There is also food, piping hot in clay pots, as well as choices from the menu. One of their specialties is the colorin flower patties so ask for a starter of fava bean soup to complement. You'll find people speaking all sorts of languages and maybe even be surprised by a diner with a great voice, belting out a tune with local musicians.
Fondues and a lot more can be found at La Diferencia. The ambiance is warm and cozy. The service is excellent and the food is delicious, varied and with very competitive prices. The owners themselves prepare the food here, which is an excellent option for pleasant moments over lunch.
La Luna Mextli
La Luna Mextli is a restaurant of long running tradition here in Tepoztlan and it is famous for walls filled with original art work. There is also a bar which the owner calls "the room of masks" where 400 masks of all shapes and sizes decorate the walls. The kitchen is equally impressive, serving up Mexican dishes such as onion soup, cream of tomato, mole enchiladas and excellent peppered chicken. The service is impeccable and is a must when you dine in Tepoztlan.
Mercado de comida
For the weekend visitor, this food market has a great number of booths where barbacoa (slow-cooked goat meat in underground ovens), tacos, rotisserie chicken, dishes and quesadillas can be found. Many people go religiously to enjoy the variety of good food that is offered. Find yourself sharing a table with people from other parts of the world, locals or with famous people. Don't miss out on great consomm??Â©s and other excellent dishes. Some of these booths are open all week so don't pass up the chance to grab a bite!
This restaurant bar with a pizzeria has a wood burning oven that gives the pizzas and dishes a special flavor. It is a particular favorite among many in the region and you can find the best view of the hill and the pyramid of Tepoztlan, making your meal a very visual experience. Come daily and try the delicious breakfast specials for an energy-filled day, before you climb the mountain or take a stroll around this magical town.
It is sin to go to Tepoztlan and not try Tepoznieves. There is a branch in practically the entire country but they originally started here. More than 130 flavors can be found at this sherbert/ice cream shop, all with names that originate from local lore or stories that have to do with the company. There are flavors like Chinelo (which is the name of the son of the wind god, Tepozteco) or Chicun (which honors the guardian of the sacred cascade). These are only a couple of the many stories that surround the mix of flavors of each sherbert. They are made using old fashioned methods with ingredients that are 100% natural and with flavors that you shouldn't go without trying.
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