Remember when tacos came in a cardboard box?

Thankfully, those days are past us. Melbourne's new breed of taquerias is much more faithful to Mexico. At these spots, you can expect to find real-deal nixtamalised corn tortillas, imported chillies and vibrant housemade salsas. And the best bit? No knives or forks required.

Bodega Underground

A late-night shrine to tacos and mezcal.

55 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

El Sabor

Another restaurant run by a tortilla-maker.

500 Victoria St
North Melbourne VIC 3051

Los Hermanos Mexican Taqueria

Seven types to try.

339 Victoria Street
Brunswick VIC

Little Hop

Los Hermanos is in permanent residency.

277 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

Radio Mexico

Eleven choices, from prawn to roast pumpkin.

11-13 Carlisle Street
St Kilda VIC 3182

Mesa Verde

Roasted cauliflower and smoked-cashew salsa. Yes.

Level 6, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Touché Hombre

Get the swordfish taco.

233 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Paco's Tacos

Cheap, cheerful and best eaten in the sun.

Level 1 500 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC

Si Senor Art Taqueria

Served on housemade tortillas.

193 Carlisle Street
Balaclava VIC 3183