Falafelito is a cute, tiny 100% vegan fast-food restaurant situated on corner of Avenida México in La Condesa area of Mexico City (a cool, hip neighbourhood known for its art decor architecture, about half hour walk from where I am staying, known as the Zona Rosa). Despite its small seating area, Falafelito is just across Parque México, where there are benches you can sit around and watch dogs play in the fountain while you eat your falafel wrap (small or big). I loved the fact how the fast-food restaurant is completely vegan, since there aren’t many others in Mexico City that are 100% vegan. At first, I thought it would be strange to have a falafel wrap in Mexico City while I was supposed to be trying their vegan tacos or tamales. But it was good to try something different. While I’m not a fan of corn tortillas or find myself eating tacos everyday, I would stick with a falafel wrap. It’s a healthy, refreshing and different meal. It left me with a big smile after finishing my falafel wrap. So far I tried a falafelito (tiny wrap) for $30 and a bigger falafel wrap for $45. I have not tried the others yet on their menu, which you can view here!.
Falafelito doesn’t seem too busy during weekday afternoons (around the time it opens), but I’m not sure how busy it is later in the day or on weekends. It holds very few seats, plus complimentary water bowls for pets! Kudos to Falafelito for being so pet-friendly! There are usually two staff working there (went there twice and recognized one guy), plus they only speak Spanish (sadly not English). The good thing is that they provide you a pouch (see photo below) to write your order which is very easy to deal with rather than ordering in person. I can read Spanish, but I cannot speak Spanish that fluently. They will provide you a complimentary lime juice with your order, which is a plus (see photo below).
All you have to do is fill out your name with their eco-friendly pen. Then answer the following questions to complete your order! (keep in mind, I’m only translating based on clarity):
- How would you like your order as? Here, To Go or Home Delivery. I chose “To Go” since I like to walk to the nearest park and eat my yummy falafel wrap!
- What kind of pita bread? Natural, Whole Grain or Chipotle. I chose “Chipotle” because it’s unique. I don’t think it has a lot of flavour anyway, except for its orange colour.
- Which type of falafel? Traditional or “Funky”, the traditional falafel balls are pretty standard. The funky ones are slightly bigger, but I didn’t see any difference. But I do like my falafel big and whatever they are.
- Ingredients: All or Choose…
You can check “TODO” if you like all of these ingredients. Otherwise check “ESPECIAL” and then check which ingredients below you want in your falafel wrap.
Humus = Hummus | Zanahoria = Carrot | Berenjena = Eggplant | Espinaca = Spinach | Col = Cabbage | Cebolla = Onion | Germen = Sprout | Aceitunas = Olives | Pepino = Cucumber | Jitomate (Tomato)
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.
I would totally recommend a Falafel ($45) rather than a Falafelito ($30). Either way it is a light and refreshing meal, which you wouldn’t feel guilty afterward, but a falafelito is way too tiny. It is like a bite-size snack to go if you want to skip a bag of greasy lime & chili chips (I usually do that when it comes to guilty snacking). So definitely go with the Falafel one. I usually order mine without olives while my boyfriend ordered his without onions. We do have different tastes in ingredients! The falafel balls are very delicious and a bit crunchy on the side with hint of sesame seeds. I had plenty of falafel wraps around the world where they are usually soggy or too bland or less falafel, and I would say, well done, Mexico City, you did them so well!