There’s always a time and a place for Mexican food, especially good Mexican food. The Heart of the City offers a wide selection of good quality Mexican and Latin American joints that will be sure to satisfy your cravings.


Mexico | 32 Britomart Pl 

Stroll over to Mexico in Britomart to enjoy fresh and fun cocktails alongside an exciting range of dishes. The food is inspired by the streets of Mexico, utilising seasonal ingredients that are made for sharing. Popular choices include the crispy cauliflower florets with cumin and lime mayo, as well as the ever changing Margaritas. 

The Mexican Cafe

The Mexican Cafe | 67 Victoria St W

The Mexican Cafe is considered to be an institution amongst Aucklanders. Up a steep flight of stairs, upon arrival you are greeted by a lively atmosphere, the room filled with patrons enjoying themselves over good food and drinks. Try the famous devil nachos along with a refreshing caipirinha cocktail. 

Frida Cocina Mexican and Tequila Bar

Frida Cocina Mexican and Tequila Bar | 85-89 Customs St W

Taking inspiration from the legendary artist Frida Khalo, Frida’s is a traditional Mexican eatery and tequila bar which boasts the use of authentic culinary methods and ingredients. You will feel like you are visiting Mexico City with the handmade Mexican decor, relaxed atmosphere, and delicious street food. 

La Fuente

La Fuente | Snickel Lane, 23 Commerce St

Owned by sommelier Edmundo Farrera, La Fuente is the first bar in New Zealand to completely devote itself to the indigenous spirit Mezcal. Let the knowledgeable staff choose a new and exciting drink for you, whilst enjoying Mexican-inspired nibbles ranging from jalapeno croquettes to squid ink crackling. La Fuente is the perfect option when you want to go outside of the usual bar experience. 

Besos Latinos

Besos Latinos | 132 Halsey St

Besos Latinos, translating into Latin Kisses, is an establishment serving Latin American cuisine that comes from the heart. Forget the nachos and the tacos that New Zealand has come to know as “Mexican food”. Besos Latinos presents an authentic and traditional experience from the lands of  Argentina, Cuba, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, and Mexico. Try something new, like the churrasco steak or the chicken milanesa. 

Mexicali Fresh

Mexicali Fresh | 103 Victoria St W 

Mexicali Fresh draws inspiration from the Cali-style Mexican food that the owners were brought up on. Freshness flavours is the priority, and that is clearly evident when you try the food at Mexicali Fresh. Ideal for big groups by combining an energetic but relaxed atmosphere, come to Mexicali Fresh for a feast or a light bite. 

Dice and Fork

Dice and Fork | 210 Victoria St W

Auckland’s first board game cafe, Dice and Fork intertwines the love of board games together with tasty Mexican dishes, a match made in heaven. Choose from 180+ board games and play whilst eating a range of delicious food and drink made by the chefs. Bring a large group of friends together and share a jug of Rose Sangria and an assortment of tacos. 

Last updated: 25 February 2020