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Sobremesa in Mexico City

Sobremesa. This is such a big thing in Mexico – so big that we’ve even got this word to express this act/experience. So what is it?

Sobremesa is the act of staying after lunch or dinner, in the same place where you ate, chatting and usually drinking with the people you shared your meal with. A sobremesa can go on for hours, and it is one of the most popular activities on weekends in Mexico.

Whether in a house or restaurant, if you are invited to lunch or dinner on the weekend, you can expect Sobremesear to be part of the plan. Restaurants are even selected in terms of how comfortable they are for this activity, and waiters know that if a big table arrives it will most probably stay for a long time.

On weekends, restaurants start filling up at 3:00 pm, and you can make dinner reservations up to 11:00 pm in some places. Nowhere in Mexico will you be asked to leave after lunch, and kitchens usually never close. You can ask for more food at any time between lunch and dinner. Sobremesas are a perfect way to enjoy the company of friends and family, to catch up and to pass the time on a cold winter’s evening.

In Mexico City, some restaurants that are more inviting than others when it comes to sobremesa, so here are some of my favourites. Be sure to try sobremesa when you are here!





Image. Photo by Ana Schwarz.


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