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El Pendulo

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$$ - $$$
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Nuevo Leon 115, Mexico City, Mexico
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

Do not order the "pan francés" meaning frech toasts, it is not french toasts! is just 4 slices of some hard bread covered with tons of cinnamon and brown sugar and some mapple syrup. Seems they do not know what frech toasts are and they just give you this insulting awful bread highly overpriced. Just google the recipe people!

Thank Alejandra R
South America
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388 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

The concept is nice, that mix of a bookstore with a restaurant but done it in a poor way. The food was really bad, specifically a chicken sandwich which feel very cheap, nothing gourmet. It's a non-smoking place but you can feel smoke I didn't know from where.

Thank AAppa
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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523 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

El Penulo is a must visit every time we're in Mexico City. There are smaller branches in the Zona Rosa and Condesa, but the Roma store is the granddaddy of them all, offering not only a sensational array of books and videos, but an excellent cafe/restaurant and a rooftop performance space that plays host to readings, concerts, and (best of... More 

Thank Kirk E
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

I love the layout and decor of this place and I have never seen any establishment like this in any other parts of the world I have visited. It's excellent for spending the afternoon with a big cup of coffee and a nice cake. If you are into some unique coffee / Frapucino concoction I think you are better place... More 

Thank Sue_Yin
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Amazing place! Wonderful combination between a restaurant, a coffee shop and a (very complete) library, located in the heart of one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Mexico City. Affordable prices and an excellent staff complete the experience.

Thank Rogelio T
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

Great breakfast and coffee, great service and ambiance. The huevos pendulo are a great way to start the day!

Thank Jorge D
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

Place has a nice atmosphere and is a good place to do some work or have a read as it doubles up as a book store. Food is average.

Thank Josh P
Mexico City, Mexico
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2015

Excellent ambient. You can have a cocktail or eat between shelves with books or near a piano, listening to live music.

Thank alex1vladimir
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2015

Great bookstore/coffee shop/restaurant in DF. There are several locations; Nuevo Leon is my favorite. Very cozy ambience, and a great place to get a bite to eat or just a simple cup of coffee. They have almond milk! The vegetable soup is fantastic. Free wifi. I will be back!

Thank asever
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23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

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.

Thank NinaMonsivais

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Mexican, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nuevo Leon 115, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City>  > Condesa
  • Neighborhood: Condesa

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Condesa

Neighborhood Profile
Easy to explore either on bike or foot, Condesa offers a great variety of activities and places to visit while admiring its neo-colonial architecture. Diverse restaurants vary from regional to global along its streets, while local bars even let you craft your own beer. The urban yet relaxing vibe let visitors cycle or stroll on the Amsterdam Circuit.
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