Like most people, I’m a sushi lover. When I decided to move to Mexico, I knew my life would become a lot better but I also knew that I would have to give up on some things. Sushi for example. Surely, I thought, there will be sushi restaurants there but they’ll probably be too expensive for a poor student like me + many people (including Mexicans) had told me that the sushi restaurants here aren’t that good…
Turned out I was wrong.
You CAN find very good and extremely cheap sushi in Mexico. You just have to know where.
– Let’s start with Mexico City.
Go to Paseo de la Reforma – if you come from the centre of the city, you have to stay on the right side of the road – after 15 minutes walking, you’ll find a street on your right which is called ‘Paris’. There are several street food stands there, the road will turn to the right and there it is, a sushi street food stand. It only costs $52-58 (mxn) for 10 sushis. They have other Japanese food too but I haven’t tried that yet.
The stand is there from about 12 til 4pm.
This is the only permanent place where you can find sushi.
Finding sushi in other places is a bit trickier but not impossible.
Go to places where many young people are who aren’t rich (no fresas) – like universities! I’ve found sushi in Copilco, right outside of the UNAM university. This person was just selling it on the street. No stand, nothing, just this person and boxes of sushi. I only payed $40 for 8.
– Outside of Mexico City
I’ve only found street-sushi in one city; in San Cristobal de las Casas in the Real de Guadalupe (the main street). A lovely Japanese couple were selling sushi to support their travels, they stayed for about 3 weeks, were very popular and those 3 weeks were like heaven to me.
One week ago I discovered that not only street-sushi can be incredibly cheap and good, but you can find actual sushi restaurants that sell tasty and very cheap sushi as well! So far I’ve only found one restaurant like that, in a tiny street in the center of Guanajuato. The place is called Alonso Sushi and here you can find their fb page with the adress. Believe it or not but it was even cheaper than the street-sushi places.
In short, what do you have to look for?
– Touristy places. However, not Cancun-touristy but more like backpacker touristy cities/towns – like San Jose del Pacifico – that have an alternative culture. The more alternative the place, the more likely you’ll find it.
– Places where many young people gather on a daily base – many of them want to earn something extra and this is the perfect way to do it because, well, who doesn’t love sushi? (Outside of ) Universities are the places to be.
– If you find yourself in a place with many street food stands, just look around and you might find something
– Ask locals
Last but not least, if you’re really looking for it, you might not find it. You are not supposed to find the sushi, the sushi has to find YOU.