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The best Mexican restaurants in Paris

The Paris restaurant scene embraces trendy taquerias and marvellous Mexican dishes

By Time Out editors
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Paris has embraced trendy Mexican food with open arms, as the ever-expanding range of exciting cafés, taquerias and restaurants serving Mexican dishes attests. From food trucks offering Mexican burgers to big name Mexican fast food chains to hip cocktail bars with a Mexican food theme, these are our favourite picks of the moment. 

Fresh spices, properly stewed meat, good booze, reasonable prices and a convivial atmosphere were our main criteria. Think we’ve missed a great Mexican restaurant in Paris? Let us know in the comments box below.

The best Mexican restaurants in Paris

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Ouh Là Là

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Mexican Strasbourg-Saint-Denis

It was by complete chance that we even came across Ouh Là Là, a cute little café that specialies in gourmet Corsican takes on tacos. They operate a simple menu: three cold tacos, three hot, with the various options changing weekly...

Luz Verde

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Mexican Saint-Georges

Top notch Mexican food has landed in Pigalle – and there’s not a cheesy sombrero in sight. The cuisine does its own talking at Luz Verde, a stylish taqueria and wine bar in the 9th arrondissement...

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Distrito Francés

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Mexican Strasbourg-Saint-Denis

At this upmarket taqueria (taco house), you can choose between various spaces – a large communal table with wooden benches, a side room perfect for tête-à-têtes, or upstairs an azure-painted room with sofas for chilling out on...

Zicatela

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Mexican Faubourg Montmartre

Named after a beach in the Mexican port town of Puerto Escondido (renowned for its surf-friendly waves, glorious sunshine and fine traditional Mexican cooking), Zicatela is a small restaurant serving big, generously piquant dishes, just around the corner from the Folies Bergère in the 9th arrondissement.For an immediate hit of spice, kick things off with a brilliant traditional pozole soup with pork or chicken, chilli, lime and white cacahuazintle sweetcorn (€6)...

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Le Dépanneur, Pigalle
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Le Dépanneur Pigalle

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants American Saint-Georges

All too often, 'Mexican' cuisine abroad is a byword for Americanised fast food. Not so at Le Dépanneur Pigalle. By the time you've taken a seat at one of the elegant wooden tables adorned with cacti, you'll already have forgotten you're in Paris...

Candelaria

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Le Marais

Has Paris woken up to the temptations of the taco? Apparently so, thanks to this taqueria, with its almost totally expat clientele (English and American rather than Mexican)...

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El Nopal

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Mexican Canal Saint-Martin

In Mexico, a nopal is a cactus whose shape bears a passing resemblance to a ping-pong bat. In Paris, it's a snug little restaurant tucked away in the 10th, a hop and a skip from the Canal Saint-Martin...

Café Chilango

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Mexican Folie-Méricourt

Scrap all clichés that may come to mind when you think of Mexican culture, because you won’t find any sombreros, cacti or ‘lucha libre’ masks at the no-frills Café Chilango. This Mexican bar doesn’t need any bells and whistles to prove its authenticity, as the food does the job just fine...

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Chipotle
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Chipotle

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Mexican Faubourg Montmartre

When the USA's eminent Mexican fast food chain Chipotle opened a branch in Paris a couple of years ago, locals didn't take to it right away – after all, 'fast food' is a far more toxic term here than Stateside. But don't be put off: this neat little joint actually serves up a thoroughly decent meal...

Cantine California

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants American 1er arrondissement

Perhaps you’d have to be crazy to stand in a queue for 40 minutes of your lunch hour, just to pay €11 for a burger. But, such is the power of the street, the new chic. Feilders’ menu covers burgers and tacos, including a Tex-Mex burger...

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