Nothing says Cinco de Mayo quite like an afternoon of tacos, margaritas, friends and music! That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite taco spots right here in Downtown Los Angeles— a Tacos & Tequila Crawl, if you will— to make sure your Cinco de Mayo celebration is one filled with plenty of delicious Mexican cuisine. From street tacos to aquas frescas to bottomless margs, we’ve got you covered with what to order at each stop.
Before you hit up DTLA’s hottest taco spots, brush up on your Cinco de Mayo knowledge by checking out these 5 facts you might not know about the origins of this day of festivity. Then as your munching on tacos and sipping on tequila, you’ll be able to impress the rest of your party with some Cinco de Mayo history!
And of course, no fiesta is complete without the proper tunes. Listen along to our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta playlist to jam to some of our favorite Mexican artists— both new and old.
541 S Spring St #101, Los Angeles, CA 90013
With handmade tortillas and homestyle braises, you really can’t go wrong with anything on Guisados menu.
Menu Favorites: Steak Picado, Chicharron
For Our Plant-Based Readers: Hongos con Cilantro Taco, Calabacitas Taco
2000 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Food truck turned restaurant, Guerrilla tacos has kept their signature “Alta California” (“upper California”) style.
Menu Favorites: Pocho Tacos
For Our Plant-Based Readers: Sweet Potato Taco
728 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Nestled among the high-rise buildings of DTLA, Chica’s Tacos provides fresh and flavorful tacos and aquas frescas, as well as an outdoor picnic area.
Menu Favorites: Steak Taco, Fish Taco, Cucumber-Lime Agua Fresca
For Our Plant-Based Readers: Vegan Queso & Chips, Jackfruit Taco
E-23 Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Located in the birthplace of Los Angeles, La Placita Olvera (Olvera Street), Cielito Lindo has been serving up their world famous taquitos since 1934.
Menu Favorites: Taquitos
For Our Plant-Based Readers: Soyrizo/Potato Burrito
401 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
This coastal-themed restaurant serves up delicious Mexican cuisine in a sleek and trendy atmosphere.
Menu Favorite: Fish or Shrimp Tacos, A Toda Madre Margarita, Paloma
For Our Plant-Based Readers: Yukon potato and forest mushroom Shepherd’s Pie, Corn Esquite
601 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Located on the outskirts of DTLA, this establishment serves up modern Mexican cuisine in a comfortable setting.
Menu Favorite: Jamaica Margarita, Tacos al Pastor, Tostaditas de Ceviche
For Our Plant-Based Readers: Chile Relleno,
107 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
As the country’s first mezcal bar, Las Perlas offers a variety of cocktails as well as a few dishes to munch on while sipping on your drink of choice.
Menu Favorite: Spiced Daisy, Poblano Escobar
For Our Plant-Based Readers: Potato Taquitos
If you’re keeping the fiesta at home this Cinco de Mayo, check out our quick and easy guide to throwing the ultimate celebration! Complete with plenty of recipes to satisfy every taco, margarita, and nacho craving.