Last updated on July 1st, 2018 at 12:33 pm
Guanajuato has a wide variety of places to eat; taquerias, street food stands, bakeries, pubs, pizzerias, and way more. This can make it hard to decide on where to eat in Guanajuato! Trying different types of local food is one of our favorite things about travel. We love to try popular places to eat for tourists and locals alike but, often times we'll venture outside the tourist zone to search out cheap delicious food too.
We're a little adventurous when it comes to trying different restaurants and we discover some pretty amazing little eateries because we're so open to trying all kinds of places to eat.
We're spending 6 months in Guanajuato Mexico and plan to taste and try a lot of food in all corners of the city. We decided to create this list of where to eat in Guanajuato to help people find great food easily and feel confident eating at places they may otherwise avoid due to aesthetics.
Here's our comprehensive list, it will grow over time and we hope it will be a guide to help travelers find many of the best places to eat in Guanajuato!
Carnitas Latan- Inside the Embajadores Market
This stand, or kiosk, is in the lower building of the Embajadores Market. It was recommended to us by a local in Guanajuato and we're so glad she told us about it because it's become a favorite! Carnitas Latan specializes in pork (cerdo) and it is some pretty tasty pork at that! They serve tacos dorado, tacos carnitas, gorditas, and tortas all filled with delicious tasty pork. Carnitas Latan is only open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday when the market is officially open.
Taqueria Bull Tacos- Closeish to El Pipila Monument
This little family owned and operated taqueria isn't much to look at but it is always busy! They serve tacos al pastor (prepared like donair meat), beef, chorizo, and chicken tacos, quesadillas, queso fundido (melted cheese with meat or mushrooms) and more. We fell in love with their tacos al pastor, they are so tasty!
You can eat in but there are only 4 tables. Because of this, they run a thriving take-out business for their food as well.
Taqueria Bull Tacos is only open for dinner from 6 pm until 11 pm.
Gorditas "Dona Marta"- Outside Embajadores Market
This large taco stand is set up outside, butted up against the stairs to access the upper part of the indoor part of the market. There are 2 long wooden benches, and an assortment of plastic stools close in front, facing Gordita's "Dona Marta". Hungry customers place their order then take a seat on one of the benches while their meal is prepared on a large round metal looking tray placed over a boiling pot.
Women stand around the tray making fresh tortillas, filling them and tlacoyos (thicker tortillas split like a pita) with beef, chicken, chorizo, and more. All of the tacos, tlacoyos, burritos, quesadillas, and gorditas are cooked on the tray. We tried the chorizo gorditas and they were pretty good. The highlight was the experience; ordering, watching the ladies cook and eating our gorditas with a group of hungry locals.
The outdoor part of the market only happens on weekends (the biggest market day is Sunday). Gorditas "Dona Marta" is only open Saturday and Sundays. Make sure you visit around lunchtime (noon to 2 pm) if you go to eat Saturday. They close earlier Saturday and stay open longer on Sunday because the market is so much busier.
Queridapizza Pizzería Ilimitada
This is where to eat in Guanajuato if you crave pizza and are really really hungry. It's the perfect place to eat a lot on the cheap! Queridapizza Pizzería Ilimitada serves up all you can eat pizza. The pizza is not the best we have eaten but if you have hungry teens this place will do just fine. They do offer a few other things on the menu but the only reason to eat there, in our opinion, is the pizza. The price is very affordable, 70 pesos for adults and 50 pesos for children for their all you can eat thin crust pizzas.
The Churro Guy- Zona Centro
One guy carrying around a tray loaded with tasty churros on his head meandering the streets in the center of Guanajuato. He stops random places and sets up a stand for his tray to sell bags of churros, 10 pesos for 3! Cheap and delicious. Keep your eyes peeled for the churro guy, you never know where he'll turn up in Zona Centro.
Tutti Gelati- Gelato and Churros at Sostenes Rocha 28, Zona Centro in Guanajuato
Churros and gelato, two sweet treats done very well, on their own or together at Tutti Gelati. We found this place while looking for somewhere special to celebrate Maks birthday. They make all of their gelatos with 100% natural ingredients, no dyes, or artificial flavors.
With kinds like Lemon Pie Chai Tea, Ferro Roche Chocolate and more that change all the time you know you're in for something special every time you visit!
Their churros are just as unique and tasty as their gelato. Tutti Gelati makes churros a few different ways; as bowls for the gelato, stuffed with chocolate or caramel, or plain with sugar. A true indulgence if you're in the mood for something sweet.
These are just six of many great places to eat in Guanajuato. We will continue to add to and update this post as we try more restaurants and food stands around the city.
El Paisa 1 and El Paisa 2- Av. Benito Juárez, Central Zone, 36000
This place came recommended to us by a friend and fellow house sitter who has spent a lot of time in Guanajuato. We are so glad he told us about El Paisa 1 and 2! El Paisa 1 is where you eat, but before you do stop next door and grab a drink to enjoy with your food at El Paisa 2.
El Paisa 2 serves up some excellent agua fresca, a refreshing drink consisting of water, sugar, fruit juice, or tea. Before we sat down to eat at El Paisa 1 we went next door to El Paisa 2 and grabbed some agua fresca; horchata (coconut), jamaica (hibiscus tea), and guayaba (guava). All were excellent! with drinks in hand, we headed next door to Piasa 1 to enjoy some tasty tacos.
There is more on the menu than tacos but we visited to taste how they made our favorites tacos pastor (pork cooked on a spit, like a donair meat) and bistec (beef steak) tacos. Complete with a generous helping of toppings including pineapple for the perfect for the pastor. Both types of tacos were so good! El Paisa 1 and 2 are favorites of locals and visitors alike. They're small, clean and local; great places to rub elbows with Guanajuato residents and enjoy some seriously tasty agua fresca and tacos!
Santo Cafe- Campanero 4 Puente, Del Campanero, Zona Centro
This restaurant is an absolute delight! Located right in the heat of the Centro, Santo Cafe offers hungry patrons awesome ambiance and surprisingly delicious food. I say surprisingly because Mexico is not known for great pasta dishes or incredible salads, in our experience anyway. But we were pleasantly surprised to find both the night we ate Santo Cafe!
Guanajuato is filled with narrow cobbled streets with balconies and little bridges spanning a lot of them. Santo Cafe is along one of the skinny streets in the Centro. They have a few tables outside on the little bridge connected to the entrance of the restaurant and more seating inside. We were lucky enough to grab a table on the bridge and luckier still to all enjoy meals so good, we can't wait to eat there again! The menu includes gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options as well as delicious kinds of pasta, sandwiches, and Mexican fare. We tried a chicken mushroom pasta, a club sandwich with fries, and a gluten-free chicken salad. Everything was fresh and super tasty.
The service was great and, being a bit more upper scale than the taquerias we usually frequent, Cafe Santo was reasonably priced too! Definitely worth visiting, Cafe Santo is small and popular so be prepared to wait for a table.
Los Campos Cantina y Restaurante- #4a Calle de la Alameda, Plaza Baratillo, Centro Historico
"Have you eaten at Los Campos?" is a question we heard almost every time we asked for recommendations for the best places to eat in Guanajuato. People raved about the food and insisted it was a must try. So we did, and we totally understand why people love it! Los Campos serves Mexican inspired fare including vegan, vegetarian-friendly, and gluten-free options.
The food and decor are more upscale than casual dining but Los Campos is not stuffy at all. We have visited 2 times dressed in tee shirts and shorts and not felt out of place. We consider it super affordable fine dining. The most expensive item on the menu is the beef tenderloin at $185 pesos (about $9.29 USD). It's the perfect place to eat for a special occasion or anytime you're in the mood for really good food at a great price.
We've tried a variety of menu items and everything was excellent. Highlights included their Pork Chop "Al Pastor" (pictured above), Mushroom, Huitlacoche and Olive Lasagna, and their recommended assortment of Specialty items and tapas. They offer a nice selection of good wines and specialty beers as well.
The service is warm and welcoming as is the ambiance. Los Campos is the best place we've eaten so far in Guanajuato.
When planning to visit Los Campos know it's closed on Mondays and open 2-10 pm Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurant is small and popular so reservations are recommended.
El Temporal- Calle Alhóndiga 72, San Javier
El Temporal was recommended by people, visitors from the U.S. and Canada, who we got to know at a conference we attended in Guanajuato. The menu includes breakfast items like waffles, omelets, and other things you'd see on breakfast menus in the States and Canada. We didn't visit for breakfast we went for lunch. We tried tacos and flautas (taquitos) and were less than impressed. The food wasn't bad but it was pretty bland. The restaurant itself was clean (although empty), and the staff was friendly. We won't eat lunch there again but we will check out the breakfast and update this post with our findings.
Have you visited Guanajuato? If so, where were your favorite places to grab a bite? Please share your experiences in the comments below.
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