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El Pendulo

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Nuevo Leon 115, Mexico City, Mexico
Today
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Fri 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 60
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice place to work, eat and read books

Great place to eat, work and read books. It gets fairly busy at lunchtime (as you'd expect), but generally a nice place to visit. My only frustration was the staff kept forgetting my order, or the fact that I'd ordered. That said, they are fairly friendly, and the food is very good!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
chrissams
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London, United Kingdom
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English first
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

El Pendulo is an amazing chain of bookshops across Mexico City. This in particular has a lovely first floor where you can eat or drink while reading a book with the natural light from the windows. Serves one of the best lattes I've tried and the mollarabes are just yummi.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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158 reviews 158 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Forget about the food. If you are a tourist, please dont waste your time eating here. Sure the place has a nice atmosphere, but the food is very ordinary. So, ask for a coffee or a beer, and browse around some book, have a sit and read for a couple of hours. That you can do.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Great place to eat, work and read books. It gets fairly busy at lunchtime (as you'd expect), but generally a nice place to visit. My only frustration was the staff kept forgetting my order, or the fact that I'd ordered. That said, they are fairly friendly, and the food is very good!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Shared a great breakfast with friends at their Confess location on Nuevo Leon. Huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, or mixed fruit plate- all were very good. But the atmosphere is charming. Relax and enjoy.

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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

What a terrible, terrible place. I went there for dinner and the service was extremely bad. So much so that I had to literally walk into the kitchen to find our server to ask for the bill. THEN when we paid, our server complained to us that we hadn't left a large enough tip. Well, here's a tip El Pendulo:... More 

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Porto Alegre, RS
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50 reviews 50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Amazing place, good food and coffee. Go for jazz music on Sunday mornings and to spend time with the books. It's only a bit pricey.

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zurich
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

It's a "cafebreria" i.e. bookstore and coffe-shop/bar. Excellent food and fruit "jugos". They have several locations in Mexico City. I was in the one in Alvaro Obregon. Went two days in a row for several hours. Had good wifi connection and good meals. Very productive afternoon.

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Pouch Cove, Canada
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181 reviews 181 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Very funky cool place with a wonderfully bizarre selection of books, movies, music and gifts. Was delighted to find an incredibly eclectic range of literary books in English. Even with my iPad and months of travel ahead I ended with two heavy books from their inventory. Lots of people eating and browsing, what a splendid vibe to the place.

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Bendigo, Australia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

A friend and I visited this really funky looking bookshop/cafe in early June this year and were incredibly disappointed. We came on a Saturday which must be their busiest day. We waited about 15 minutes for a table (which was fine because we had a whole bookshop to browse) and we were seated upstairs. When we sat down we asked... More 

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Cambridge
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122 reviews 122 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I think this is a good bookstore with lots of cool notebooks and stuff like that but most of the books are encased in plastic. This is confusing for a North American who wants to browse a few pages. Cafe is ok but service is slow. I think they expect that people will just want to come and sit for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Nuevo Leon 115, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?