Best restaurants in Copper Canyon & Northern Mexico

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in The Copper Canyon & Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico

    Mercado Divisidero

    At the foot of the train station sits the Divisidero market with stall-upon-stall of eateries selling mostly tacos, burritos and gorditas (stuffed thick tortillas) filled with a huge variety of homemade goodness like grilled steak, seasoned chicken, nopales (cactus) and even chiles rellenos (chilies stuffed with meat or cheese). Travelling by train? Eat quick! The train only stops for 15 minutes and typically doesn't allow outside food aboard.

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    Teresita's

    It's quite amazing that somewhere as small and remote as Álamos boasts this simply outstanding bakery-cum-bistro. There's an open kitchen and a changing menu that features mouthwatering salads, roast meat dishes and delicious breakfasts, as well as offerings less usual in rural Mexico: fettuccine alfredo, gazpacho and creative veggie burgers topped with mozzarella and avocado. Desserts are fully catered for with sublime cakes and pastries. Excellent breakfasts too. Either eat in the fountain-flanked garden or enjoy the comfort of a royal-blue banquette inside.

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    Fonda San Francisco

    Knock on the metal door to gain access to this quirky and creative eatery, run by the iconoclastic master chef Adrián Herrera. It's a casual, pretension-free space, and the cooking is incredible. Opt for a delectable multicourse menu of small plates like tacos, tamales and the whimsically named empalme satánico (satanic empalme) made of two corn tortillas with beans, chorizo and spices. It's located in the San Pedro Garza García neighborhood, a 15-minute taxi ride from the Macroplaza. Reserve ahead.

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    Il Mercato Gentiloni

    This shimmering new gastronomic complex houses some of Saltillo's best restaurants. Here you'll find gourmet Mexican fare, creative sharing plates, traditional Italian cuisine and pizzas fired up in a wood-burning oven. There's also a bakery, a wine bar and a sunlit cafe. More great restaurants and outdoor eateries lie just next door. The artfully designed space, complete with terraces, a central patio and cantilevered roof lies 5km northeast of the center (a M$70 taxi ride).

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    Sunset Bar & Grill

    Overlooking a gorgeous stretch of beachfront, this open-sided gem serves up some of San Carlos' best seafood, Enjoy fantastic sunsets while tucking into mouthwatering ceviche, char-grilled fish of the day or scrumptious coconut shrimp. The cocktails are no less impressive, with a spiced hibiscus and lime Bacanoran Bay (made from Sonoran agave-derived bacanora) and a stellar Moscow Mule (made from fresh ginger). There's live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

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    Plaza del Mariachi

    An upscale food court set in a colonial-style building with exposed brick, a central courtyard and a gentle mist to keep patrons cool. There are eight restaurants – with more to come – featuring mostly Mexican menus with a couple focused on steak and seafood. Mariachis stroll through the complex on Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sunday afternoons. In the evenings, many restaurants double as bars. Come here for a taste of the local nightlife too.

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    Las Delicias de Mi General

    Everywhere you look, this place has Mexican art and nods to those who create it. Murals of revolutionary heroes and film stars, life-sized catrinas (paper mâché skeletons), lucha libre (wrestling) dolls, religious art…even household items don the walls, with murals of alebrijes (fantastical creatures) outside. The cooking, classical Mexican, is quite good, and pairs with the inventive mezcal cocktails and craft beers.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in The Copper Canyon & Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico

    Mansión de los Orrantía

    A short hop from the main plaza, the Mansion Orrantia serves up some of El Fuerte's best cooking. Feast on beautifully prepared plates of lobina (black bass), kaukes (crayfish) and camarones (shrimp) in the art-filled dining room or the more atmospheric courtyard. Attached to the restaurant, the elegant Hotel Santa Elena has spacious colonial-style rooms overlooking the courtyard (doubles M$1000).

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    La Galería Café

    Popular with a young and affluent crowd, this hip and contemporary restaurant-bar is a very popular pre-clubbing dinner and cocktail spot. It serves superb pasta (choose from 11 classic sauces) and rightly popular pizzettas (mini pizzas), with electronic mixes in the background. On weekend nights the groovy upstairs terrace comes into its own for nightscape gazing and cocktail sipping.

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    Fonda El Limoncito

    Set in a century-old house, this atmospheric spot serves deliciously authentic, home-style Mexican cooking that would make your abuela (grandmother) proud. There's no menu, but the dishes change by day, and the kindly English-speaking owner can happily accommodate vegetarians; kids eat free. There's occasional live music.

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    Restaurante Barranco

    Built over a gob-smacking fissure in the canyon walls – and with floor-to-ceiling windows and plexiglass flooring to prove it – the views from this restaurant are jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Meals are generous with a good variety of steaks, salads and breakfast classics. Located in the main building of the adventure park.

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    Boye's Burger Joint

    Huge juicy burgers, fresh and made to order, are served at this hopping restaurant. You'll find 15 varieties – everything from classic to pineapple – and even 'light' burgers served with iceberg lettuce and no bread. Wash it all down with a thick Oreo shake. Popular with hungry locals and expats missing the States.

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    Chef Mickey's Place

    Eponymous chef Mickey has been cooking up a storm here for years, and you'll be hard pressed to find better quality and innovation elsewhere in town. Macadamia-crusted flounder, chicken in marsala sauce, and rosemary and butter-glazed ribeye are among the many hits served in the elegant dining room. Reserve ahead.

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    El Farallón

    A handsomely designed, upmarket seafood restaurant with a delectable assortment of creative shrimp plates, seafood pastas and mouth-watering sushi. The ceviche (seafood marinated in lemon juice, garlic and seasonings) and pescado a la plancha (grilled fish) are particularly recommended.

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    La Casona

    One of Chihuahua's best dining spots is set in an elaborate 19th-century mansion where well-dressed waiters serve up famed steaks and rich seafood dishes as well as delicious appetizers (try the melted Mennonite cheese with mushrooms) alongside an ample wine list. Booking is recommended.

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    Cremería Wallander

    This delightful deli sells the artisanal products of the Wallander family farm as well as regional delicacies, fresh bread, preserves and pastries. Outside in the back courtyard you can enjoy healthy breakfasts, mega tortas (sandwiches) and creative salads.

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    Fonda de la Tía Chona

    A Durango institution, this richly atmospheric, venerable place is dedicated to local cuisine such as caldillos (beef stews) and delicious chiles en nogadas (peppers in walnut sauce drizzled with pomegranate seeds).

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    El Hojaldre

    Various rooms set with antiques, Mata Ortiz pottery and old photos set the scene at this popular eating and gathering space a few blocks southeast of the Cathedral. The focus here is slow food: painstakingly prepared dishes made from scratch, including cuadripastes (a big empanada filled with delicacies), creatively topped pizzas, oven-baked fish and veg-friendly portobello with goat cheese. The cooking is slow, so help yourself to those board games and order a few drinks while you wait.

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    Colibrí

    A wide-ranging quality menu, friendly service and an easy-going setting (with an umbrella-shaded terrace) make a great combination at this popular spot on the main drag. Come for seared tuna and other seafood, brick-oven pizza and creative appetizers, with vegetarian options. Don't miss silent movie nights on Mondays, when a talented local pianist provides live accompaniment to Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton films.

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    Madre Oaxaca

    One of the Barrio Antiguo's best restaurants, this charmer is set in a historic building and decked out with an extraordinary collection of handicrafts and folk art over its several intimate dining rooms. The menu is loaded with authentic Oaxacan dishes using rich mole (chili and chocolate sauce) – try a mixed tlayuda oaxaqueña (huge flatbread with toppings). Save room for the sublime desserts.