When one mixes a group of celebrated restaurant Pujol veterans with vinyl aficionados and then adds a bar spoon of history, one is likely to capture lightning in a bottle. The combo propelled Café de Nadie into one of Mexico City’s must-visit attractions in less than a year.
Stepping into the Roma Norte café, the focus on music is immediately clear. Some 1,500 vinyl albums line the walls, a high tech hi-fi serenades the crowded room with crisp sound, and equaliser logos punctuate the minimalist space. On the menu, original drinks are each inspired by song, like the easy drinking Commodores homage, Sunday Morning (vodka marinated with strawberries, vermouth with macadamia, chardonnay foam and vanilla).
But Café de Nadie is not all music. The café’s partners, Carmen Huizapol, Mapo Molano and Jimena, share a strong sense of community responsibility. The daytime menu features products sourced from Xochimilco and cooked with a nod towards tradition. The name Café de Nadie is a tribute to the famed CDMX bar that once served as headquarters for Stridentist, a branch of the avant-garde movement. A century has passed since the glory days of the Bohemian de Nadie, but the modern incarnation is quickly building their own legend.