Mexico City

La Mascota


20 Calle Mesones,
Mexico City,


La Mascota is a traditional cantina known for having some of the best botanas (free tapas with a three-drink minimum) in the city’s historic center. The restaurant is located under a small green awning at the bottom of a slightly dilapidated Colonial building. The interior looks a bit shabby, too, yet in a good way that represents the seven decades of cantina-goers having partied in this 1940s-era space. Small tables make for an intimate setting as mariachi music plays, the drinks flow, and foods such as caracoles (snails), taquitos, carnitas, and fava bean soup arrive.