What to eat in Patzcuaro? | Posada Don Vasco

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What to eat in Patzcuaro?

23 Jun 2023

If you're looking for a place to escape the heat and immerse yourself in a cool, lively atmosphere, this is the perfect destination for you and your family. Imagine strolling through cobblestone streets surrounded by colorful colonial facades, exploring markets full of handicrafts, and savoring delicious traditional cuisine.

Patzcuaro, located in the state of Michoacán, is known for its rich history, indigenous culture, and beautiful lakes and mountains. In summer, the city comes alive with traditional festivities, such as the Night of the Dead and the celebration of the Virgin of Health. You can witness impressive folkloric dances, enjoy live music and witness ancestral rituals that will transport you to another time.

During your visit to Patzcuaro in the summer, we recommend exploring the surrounding area and discovering sites such as Janitzio Island, famous for its fishermen and spectacular panoramic views. You can also visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Health, a beautiful temple that houses an image of the patron saint of the city. In addition, you can enjoy outdoor activities such as boat rides on Lake Patzcuaro and hikes along nature trails that will take you to waterfalls and breathtaking viewpoints.

Additionally, if you are a foodie at heart, Patzcuaro offers one of the richest cuisines in Mexico, the gateway to heaven will delight you with its typical dishes such as uchepo, Tarascan soup and delicious atoles. You can't miss the experience of tasting the traditional carnitas and tamales of the region, if you want to know more about what to eat in Patzcuaro, here we tell you the 5 dishes you can't miss!

5 traditional dishes in Patzcuaro


This delicious dish is a traditional delicacy in Patzcuaro. It is tamales made of tender corn, ground and wrapped in its own husk. Each bite is an explosion of sweet and creamy flavors that will transport you to the gastronomic richness of the region. Imagine the aroma of freshly ground corn and the softness of its texture when you taste it. The uchepo is perfect to accompany it with cream and fresh cheese, and enjoy it in the picturesque atmosphere of a local market.

Tarascan Soup

This exquisite soup is one of the most emblematic dishes of Patzcuaro. Prepared with black beans, pasilla chile, fried tortillas, fresh cheese and cream, it is a true feast for the senses. Imagine dipping a spoonful into the hot soup and enjoying the combination of smoky and spicy flavors. Tarascan soup is comforting and will envelop you in a sense of warmth and tradition.


In Patzcuaro, you can't miss the carnitas, a dish full of flavor and tradition. It is pork meat slowly cooked in its own fat until it is juicy and tender on the inside, but crispy on the outside. Each bite is an explosion of intense and juicy flavors that will make your mouth water. 

Try the carnitas in tacos accompanied by green sauce and onion, and discover why this dish is so adored in Patzcuaro.


Atole is a hot and comforting drink made with corn dough, water or milk, sugar, and different flavors such as chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla. Imagine taking a sip of a hot atole on a cool Patzcuaro morning, while enjoying the beauty of the surroundings. Each sip will transport you to the tradition and sweetness of Mexican cuisine. You can't miss the opportunity to try different varieties of atoles in Patzcuaro and delight your palate with their smoothness and flavor.


Tamales are a culinary jewel in Patzcuaro. They are prepared with corn dough filled with different ingredients such as chicken, pork, cheese, chili or sweet, and wrapped in corn husks. Each bite is a mixture of soft textures and intense flavors. Imagine unwrapping the wrapper and savoring the juicy and delicious filling in every bite. 

Tamales are a must in Patzcuaro's traditional cuisine, and you can't miss them during your visit.

Hotels in Patzcuaro

If you're looking for a hotel in Patzcuaro, we invite you to book a room at Posada Don Vasco, where you'll not only enjoy comfortable and cozy accommodations, but you'll also have access to a wide range of amenities to make your experience even more pleasurable. Imagine relaxing in the refreshing pool after a day of exploring Patzcuaro, while enjoying the warm sun and soaking in the tranquil atmosphere.

If you are a sports lover, you can test your skills on the tennis court, where you can enjoy exciting matches with your friends or family. Also, if you are looking for moments of fun and entertainment, the game room will be the perfect place to challenge your companions in a game of billiards or play cards.

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