The simple act of having a coffee is usually a pleasurable experience, enjoyed alone or with company. So why not ratchet up the experience and enjoy one in a setting that is out of the ordinary; somewhere that makes it feel as if you are part of a story. Here are four themed cafés that will transport you on a new adventure.
Down the Rabbit Hole
I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.
– Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Just as it happened to Alice, you too will change when you visit this pleasant coffee shop whose name pays homage to Lewis Carroll’s famous story. The menu offers different crepes, such as the White Queen, which is made of beef bolognese and gouda cheese, bathed in béchamel sauce, and covered with Parmesan cheese. And if you prefer sweet, you can order the Bandersnatch crepe filled with lemon and cookie with a side of ice cream. To drink, enjoy a hot chocolate, milkshake, frapé, tea, and more. Finally, nibble on a Rabbit Cookie while you think of a souvenir to take home?
Obrero Mundial 839, Álamos, Benito Juárez
T. 55 7158 7869
Salem Witch Store Coffee
The name is a giveaway – witchcraft and esotericism. You can buy potions or a bagel. If you want to know your future, a fortune teller can read your cards or interpret the oracle. Naturally, the menu changes according to season.
Diagonal San Antonio 1737 y 1747, Narvarte, Benito Juárez
T. 55 2646 2765
Budapest Café Cukrászda
If you’ve walked down Tamaulipas in Condesa, you’ve hardly failed to notice this interesting little café. The concept is based on 1930s Budapest, with upholstered walls, vintage furniture, and ceramic cups and plates. Try their famous desserts alongside a Viennese or Turkish coffee. The Dobos torte comes recommended, composed of six thin layers of sponge cake layered with chocolate buttercream and caramel.
Tamaulipas 130, Condesa, Cuauhtémoc
T. 55 5280 5950
This themed café is based on the horror and science fiction stories from classic writers, in particular H.P. Lovecraft. Beyond the gothic furniture, you will find numerous details related to the different authors.
The menu has some pretty clever names, for example, you can order Deep Sea Fries or a Quiroga Burger with a hot coffee, a Doctor Jekyll Soda, or a Nevermore beer. They have a variety of desserts like the Heart of Lilith – a milk chocolate heart filled with blueberries, blackberries, and truffles.
In addition, there are board games, books, dolls, and activities for kids to connect to the well-known writers.
Calle 1325 40 bis (esquina con Lorenzo Boturini), Del Parque, Venustiano Carranza
T. 55 8651 9924
Café del viajero
Ideal for those who love to travel and live a life immersed in cross-cultural experiences. The site is a wonderland of photos, flags, landscapes, music, and sandwiches from various parts of the world.
The most popular sandwich is the Chivito Uruguayo – beef, ham, bacon, cheese, and egg served on a baguette. The café organizes events to meet people through speed dating, painting workshops, a conversation club, and even private stand-up shows for up to 30 people. Follow their Instagram to keep an eye on upcoming activities.
Obrero Mundial #240, Narvarte, Benito Juárez
This place knows how to unite two passions, music and coffee. You can boast about having gone to try out that electric guitar that you love so much while sipping a famous Moby Dick coffee and pondering your good fortune. And what is so fortunate about it? Because they only prepare it three times a day.
And it’s not only guitars, but also basses, amps, strings, and accessories, as well as classes and workshops.
Chichén Itzá #330, Letrán Valle, Benito Juárez
To access the famed coffee shop for Harry Potter fans, you’ll have to go through a secret alley to a space decorated with magical touches. The food is made to order by elves and is served by a team of terrifying dementors.
Grab a seat in a Hogwarts Express carriage as you enjoy some troll fingers, a mind-blowing burger, their classic Butterbeer, and HBD cake for dessert. Don’t forget to visit their page to find out about special offers.
Azcapotzalco Pavilion, Av. Aquiles Serdán #400, Nextengo, Azcapotzalco
Cat lovers, this place is for you. Enjoy yourself to the fullest accompanied by fluffy friends while you choose from the tantalizing menu of MalteaCats (milkshakes), bubbly soft drinks, wings, burgercats, purr of the day (dessert), and more.
If you fall in love with a tabby, you can adopt it as the site is a shelter as well. All of the café’s profits go towards the care and adoption of the kitties.
Baja California #266, Hipódromo Condesa, Cuauhtémoc