Falafelito is a cute, tiny 100% vegan fast-food restaurant situated on the corner of Avenida México in La Condesa, Mexico City – a cool, hip neighborhood known filled with art deco architecture, cozy restaurants and cafes and wonderful parks. Despite its small seating area, falafelito is just across from Parque México, where there are benches you can sit at and watch dogs play in the fountain while you eat your falafel. I loved the fact how the fast-food restaurant is completely vegan, since at the time of our visit there weren’t a lot of entirely vegan restaurants in Mexico City. We were initially reluctant to try falafel since we thought we should really be trying vegan tacos and tamales on this trip. But it was satisfying to have something different during our stay. Falafelito makes delicious, quick falafel infused with uniquely local Latin flavors (like a chipotle pita). Finishing our falafel pita at falafelito always left us with big satisfied smiles.
Falafelito has only a few seats, plus complimentary water bowls for pets! Kudos to falafelito for being so pet-friendly! There are usually two staff members working there, but in our experience only Spanish was spoken. The good thing is that they provide a card to place your order on (see photo below) which is very easy to deal with rather than having to verbally order in person.
All you have to do is fill out your name with their eco-friendly pen. Then answer the following questions to complete your order! (We would always choose the chipotle pita since it was the most unique option!)
Location & Hours & Notes
- Av. Mexico 105, Esq. Chilpancingo, Col. Hipodromo Condesa, Condesa / Roma, MX, Mexico. Just across Parque Mexico.
- Monday to Sunday 12pm to 12am
- They also have very spicy cilantro dressing or tahini as a condiment. You can point it out and have that boxed up in a small container to go.
- Since our visit, falafelito has expanded to 4 locations in Mexico City! (last checked March, 2017)
I would totally recommend a Falafel ($45) rather than a Falafelito ($30). Either way it is a light and refreshing meal, which won’t leave you feeling guilty afterwards. In most cases though the small falafel (falafelito) is too tiny to make a meal. It is like a bite-size snack between meals. The falafel balls here are a bit crunchy on the outside with a distinct addition of sesame seeds and a nice firm, but chewy center. We have tried plenty of falafel around the world where the falafel is either too soft and soggy or too dry, fried and crunchy. The falafel from falafelito were really well done and overall a surprising and enjoyable find in Mexico City!