Excuse me while I drool.
Playa del Carmen is a fantastic beach city with an abundance of activities and things to do. After a long day in the sun and sea, food just tastes ten times better. And what’s better than Mexican food? Mexican food by the beach!
A popular and super affordable local eatery. Their famous tacos al pastor are only $1, and be sure to try their loco taco for $5.75 (basically a huge taco stuffed with EVERYTHING.)
Mexico’s answer to California Pizza Kitchen, with 3 times the portions! Ginormous plates of pasta, salad and pizza, you’ll definitely want to split with a friend. Don’t be fooled by Cheester’s chain restaurant appearance – the food is spectacular and very filling.
Tip: be sure to taste the spring roll appetizers! They’re filled with cheese and topped with a sweet sauce and pesto. So good.
Local hole in the wall place that specializes in roasted chicken. Surprisingly, their recipe reminds me so much of Thai roasted chicken – almost identical in flavor, just with different toppings! Here, it’s served with rice, salsa, beans, and tortillas, but I’ll admit I was craving a little sticky rice to go along with it…
Smack right in the middle of Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue, Blue Lobster is renown for their — you guessed it — lobster! Sample their surf n turf, and follow up this nice dinner with a night out downtown.
For those looking to satiate their sweet tooth, Chez Celine has a huge assortment of desserts to munch on. Beware though, their treats are very sweet!
I love breakfast, and the Rosewood Mayakoba hotel has one of the best breakfast buffets of all time. It’s a tad pricey, but it’s open to non-hotel guests and you get what you pay for, including:
- A huge selection of fruit, cereal, yogurt, pastries, bread, cold cuts, cheese, and everything you can dream of on a breakfast buffet
- Unlimited orders off their fancy menu! See below for omelette with lobster + salmon roe, their rendition of pancakes and french toast…yum!
You’re by the ocean in Mexico, it would be a crime not to eat some ceviche! This dish is made from fresh raw fish cured in lime juice and mixed with onions, cilantro, salt and pepper. Absolutely delish.
A lot of tours will also do a stop at Playa Norte, a lovely beach at Isla Mujeres, where they’ll serve fresh ceviche made right on the boat for lunch. It’s a terrific way to end the morning.
Know of some great places to eat in Playa del Carmen? Let me know below!