You travel to try out new things and have new experiences, right? So why not stretch your palate a bit too during your travels? Although here in Mexico City you can truly experience the “exotic” in dining, you needn’t delve into the bizarre. Take a step a little off your normally beaten path with these suggestions. If you want jugo de maguey to try something just a little different while eating out in Mexico City, try these.

Here are two Cevicherias or raw seafood specialty houses:

Mariscos Pipiripau

Palma No. 31

Centro Historico

Hostería Las Palmas

Palma No. 30-A

Centro Historico

Ceviche is raw fish or seafood marinated in lime juice with vegetables and spices that is sort of chemically “cooked” by the acids. Usually served chilled, it’s a staple in many Latin countries, especially in seaports. Seafood cocktails and Caldos de Mariscos are featured here. The specialty of the house at Las Palmas is “Vuelve a La Vida”, ($60 pesos) a combination of fish, octopus, crab, shrimp and oysters that will “bring you back to life” for sure. Other raw, but marinated seafood cocktails served in a sundae glass are priced at about $30 pesos for your choice. Another noted specialty is the stuffed crab, served in its shell for $35 pesos. It’s a unique experience, check it out.

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