Coyoacán is a small colonial town that was originally just outside Mexico City, however it has been absorbed into the city as it expanded over the last few decades, and Coyoacán is now one of the 16 boroughs of the Federal District of Mexico City (of DF). Despite being part of a large city, Coyoacán still feels like a small colonial town with its main central square, narrow cobbled streets, old colonial buildings and markets. The name Coyoacán mean ‘place of the coyotes’, and in the main square there is a sculpture of coyotes. The town is a popular place to eat and has a lot of restaurants, cafes and bars.
I went to Coyoacán twice while in Mexico City, the first time was in the evening with Alfonso and Laura to get something to eat. We ate at an indoor market/food court that had a lot of stalls selling various mexican foods (I should really have took a picture of it). I went for Pozole, which is now one of my favourite mexican foods. According to wikipedia the soup has some ritual significance to the Aztecs due to the combination of corn and meat in the same dish, and was eaten on special occasions, using human meat in the soup. After the spanish conquest cannibalism was banned pork was used instead. Now it it most commonly served with pork, but sometimes with chicken. The soup is served with lettuce and radish on top or on the side, and with tostadas (toasted corn tortillas). Generally you add a little lime/lemon juice to it, and some chilli sauce if you want it a bit hotter.
After food we walked to the main square where there were a lot stalls set up, mostly selling food. We got a Mexican drink called Atole, which is made from maize. There were a few different flavours but I got chocolate. The drink was very nice, but very thick and filling. It was kind of like a runny porridge.
I returned to Coyoacán on another day during the day to have a look around. There is a nice market there that sold all sorts of nice had made things, but I didn’t buy anything though. A lot of the stuff was from Oaxaca and Alfonso said I should wait until I got to Oaxaca because I would be able to find the same kind of stuff for a lot cheaper.
We had lunch in Coyoacán called Pepe Coyotes (Alfonso said they did good tacos). I had Alambre, which is the same meat you get in Tacos al Pastor, but fried with peppers and onions, and comes with a side of Nopal (a type of Cactus). The dish comes with a stack of corn tortillas so you can make your own tacos.