Your guide to the best Mexican in Perth: from Margaritas to Mariachi Bands

Mexico has such a unique and rich history, and if you’re all about appreciating beautiful culture like so many of us are, I’ve got just the thing for you. Just in time for Cinco de Mayo! Mexico Celebrates the 5th of May as the date of the Mexican army’s victory over France in 1862.

From the best margaritas, to homewares and décor, to tacos and the Mariachi band to hire for your next event. For your next Mexican adventure, we’ve got you covered.

Muchos Mariachi Band

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Perth’s one and only Mariachi band, this trio ought to have your next event pumping. Since forming in 2012 for the opening of el Público, the band has been busy adding that unique Mexican flair to events all over Perth.

Plata Bonita Mexican Jewellery and Homewares

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This store will be your next go-to for authentic and handmade silver jewellery directly from Mexico and Latin America. They also stock incredible home décor ceramics – including beautiful tiling and sinks. An idea for your next home renovation to add some colour into your home! Check out their Instagram for some inspo.

Location: 112 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle

Truth time, I crave a fast-food burrito from time to time. But, if you’ve never had authentic Mexican food, you should hold off your next visit to Zambreros for now.

Bonus: if you love cocktails, you can guarantee that almost all Mexican joints offer jugs so you can share them with your mates. Name a better combo than tacos and tequila!

El Grotto

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Ocean views and an awesome venue, El Grotto is a north of the river bar that can’t be skipped. On the menu you won’t find huge variety, but everything that’s on there is guaranteed to be mouth-watering. If you’re sharing with friends, you can’t go past the build-your-own tacos and salsa board.

With a dozen unique tequila cocktails, a selection of local craft beers and, of course, Mexican “cervezas”. The team at El Grotto only select the finest tequilas from small, sustainable producers!

Location: 5/128 The Esplanade, Scarborough

La Cholita

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From the group also behind Henry Summer and Sneaky Tony’s, this Northbridge beauty is known for being home to some of the best margaritas and Mexican food in Perth.

If you’re planning on sipping on some tequila (their collection is in the hundreds), be sure to keep your belly full of chorizo quesadilla, street corn, and some of the best guacamole I’ve ever tried. Not a fan of tequila? La Cholita does an incredible sangria, and their bar is stocked with plenty of Spanish wine and Mexican beer.

Location: 279 William Street, Northbridge

el Público

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This bar and eatery has been raved about since 2012 for bringing a modern take on Mexican cuisine. You’ll want to bring your friends for this one. For the meat lovers, the “feed me” menu (AKA a four-course feast) at el Público features guacamole, beef tacos, street corn, greens and the epic mixed grill.

The mixed grill features an insane serve of decadent beef brisket, chorizo, pork belly, battered chicken, veggies, rice and beans. Guaranteed, you’ll be fed. And it includes a classic margarita! Are you convinced yet?

Location: 511 Beaufort Street, Highgate

La Cabaña

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Right in the heart of South Freo, the vibes are turned up to the max. Filled with bright colours and lush green plants in the courtyard, it’s a must for your next trip to Freo. Run by the same folks as the popular Eat No Evil food truck, La Cabaña has a unique West Australian take on classic coastal Mexican food.

All their produce is sourced from local farmers and suppliers, and it’s evident once you try the food; absolutely delish! With another extensive beverage list, La Cabaña makes some fantastic traditional Mexican drinks in-house, and they’re non-alcoholic!

Location: 400 South Terrace, South Fremantle

Al Pastor Taqueria

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Located inside The Sunshine Harvester Works (formally The Mantle), from the team behind the famed RoyAls, you’ll find traditional Mexican street-style tacos, tequila and delicious cocktails. Al Pastor has got you covered for all your non-tequila classic cocktail needs if you aren’t as keen on agave.

If you haven’t been to The Sunshine Harvester Works yet, it’s definitely worth the trip to Freo. With live music every weekend, what could go wrong when you have tunes with your tacos?

Location: 1 James Street, Fremantle

Piggy Food Co

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An honourable mention goes to Piggy Food Co. They aren’t a traditional Mexican restaurant – their cuisine is more of a blend of Mexican and American flavours, which is unique to Southern California. Pretty cool! You’ll find them serving up a combo of hot wings, loaded fries, quesadillas, burgers and tacos.

Don’t forget the 10 taps of local and international craft brews they’ve got on offer. If you swing by between 12-5pm happy hour on the weekends, you’ll score some $5 tacos. Save room for dessert; you can’t skip on their famous house-made ice cream sambos.

Location: 229A Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle

Donnie Taco

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This unique spot is located on a basketball court. It’s pretty simple. Pop in and have a coffee, shoot some hoops, chow down on some tacos. Their tacos are delicious and well-priced, and their nachos will definitely fill you up after working up a sweat on the court.

Location: 66 Kings Park Road, West Perth

Soul Cocina Cantina, Catering and Food Truck

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If you’re ever in need of a Mexican/Latin inspired food truck or catering for your next event, look no further than Soul Cocina Cantina. Catering all throughout Perth and the South-West, this duo will feed your guests with love and soulful, hearty food.

Where do you go to get a taste of Mexico? Tag us @perthhappenings so we can check it out!

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