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Oct 11, 2011 10:02 AM

Breakfast in La Condesa

I'm looking for a place for breakfast to replace El Pendulo. I still really like El Pendulo, but it's too expensive for my budget.

Here's what we need - somewhere where five people can walk in and sit down without much wait, a menu with some variety (juice, coffee, yogurt & fruit or eggs & tortillas), and less expensive than El Pendulo.

As far as location, the location of El Pendulo was ideal (Nuevo Leon, near Michoacan). Anything near Parque Mexico/Parque Espana would be fine.


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  1. I like Matisse located on Avenida Amersterdam 260, near the corner with Teotihuacan. Matisse is a restaurant with its own bakery. The menu covers most everything a person would want for breakfast.

    4 Replies
    1. re: mexicophile

      Second the motion on Matisse! Easy to get to, excellent breakfast. Sunday morning at Matisse--ahhh!


      1. re: cristina

        So how are their prices compared to El Pendulo? I see they have a website, but don't list prices on their online menu.

        1. re: deeb

          Deeb, we have never eaten at El Péndulo (even though it is just around the corner from our home), so don't know prices there. And I apologize but I don't remember what our most recent Matisse breakfast for four cost. However, if it had been either extremely low or break-the-bank expensive, I would definitely remember!


        2. re: cristina

          Mexicophile, Cristina....Thanks you, thank you for the recommendation of Matisse. Went tosmorning for breakfast. Some of the best coffee and juice I´ve had in Mexico and such a delightful setting. I´ll definately be back!

      2. I can't speak to prices, but I enjoyed Le Pain Quotidien. I had a bread and spreads assortment and café au lait. There was enough of the delicious bread leftover that we built a lunch on it, after a visit to the deli departments of Bistro Mosaico and La Naval.

        1. Sorry, I thought El Pendulo was a standard in the Condesa - perhaps it's only my standard. This is generally where we eat breakfast on our trips to DF. It's close to where we stay and the breakfast is solidly good. The waiters now recognize us even though we are only there for 3 mornings every 6 months. The food is a good range from eggs anyway you like them, tlacoyos, french toast, fruit, yogurt and granola. The fresh juices are also excellent. They have internet if you want to work and of course there is the book browsing to be done before during or after your meal. As far as I can remember the bill is usually somewhere around $150/person (coffee, juice, pan dulce, and eggs or something similar), maybe a little more.

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          1. re: deeb

            I think you will find the prices about the same at Matisse as at El Péndulo, maybe a little less.

            Because we live in the Condesa, we don't often go out to breakfast. Why don't you holler when you're here next and we'll have breakfast together at Matisse. My email is


            1. re: cristina

              My favorite place for breakfast is Frutos Prohibidos or Forbidden Fruit, but not to worry all the fruit is delicious especially when you have one of their just made fruit drinks, . My favorite is a Jugo Verde/ green juice with just about everything you'll need for the day.

              They have only one egg dish but its the best egg breakfast in the Condesa - for about $40 pesos * yes less then $4 USD you get a small cazuela of baked eggs with sauce, order a fresh fruit salad, big enough to share and a great cup of coffee. Molletes are also a great breakfast offering.
              Located on the corner of Av. Amsterdam and Av. Michoacan, east of Parque Mexico.

              1. re: Ruth in Condechi

                Thanks Ruth! We almost always stop by Frutos Prohibidos for a drink at some point during the trip, but I never considered them for breakfast. My only concern is we find it almost impossible to find a place for all of us to sit when we go for drinks - at 12 or 1pm on a Saturday or Sunday. Is it easier to find a seat for breakfast, at around 9am?

                Since this semester we are only 5 people, we may give it a try. Next semester, we'll be 7 people.

                1. re: deeb

                  OOps ..don't always check back - but yes Deeb it is easier to do breakfast, just get there and stakeout a table - enjoy!

          2. I've got two potential ideas for you.. Tacos Hola on Amsterdam just north of Michoacán (Nuevo León side) is cheap but you will have to vie for spots at the plastic table out front or take your tacos to go. The variety is just great for breakfast, but it's not a sit-down place. Also, it's tacos de guisado so you get your choice of a wide variety of bean, veggie, or meat dishes. It's not meat-cilantro-onion in a tortilla. (sorry, just wanted to explain in case you weren't familiar with these kinds of tacos and didn't want costilla for breakfast)

            Another possibility is Flor de Lis on Huichapan 21 between Amsterdam and Plaza Popocatepetl. I really think the prices are lower than Pendulo - really substantial breakfasts. A great deal is their tamal combo plate. They are known for their tamales and you an also take out a bunch for a home breakfast.

            Maque, Cafe Ocho will be the same prices, Pain Quotidien and Milo's more expensive.