Where to Eat in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Fish Cevice Tacos at Canibal Royal Beach Club

Playa del Carmen has a plethora of excellent Mexican restaurants and cafes.  Because it’s popular with Argentines, Americans, Italians and other foreigners living in Playa, it also has some superb, authentic, non-Mexican options.  Finding a great restaurant is not hard if you talk to the locals.  They will be happy to direct you to the right place for Tacos al Pastor, Arrachera or that Pan de Pasas that you haven craving…

Here is a small sample of my favorite restaurants and cafes in Playa (contact me for a complete list):

  • Pachamama – This restaurant on 5th avenue serves up fresh and healthy Mexican fare with a twist.  Try the excellent Strawberry Salad (strawberries, arugula and prosciutto) and the Vegetable Lasagne.  Great margaritas. $$
  • HC de Monterrey – Mexican restaurant specializing in Arrachera and other grilled meats.  One of my faves in Playa. $
  • Ah Cacao! – Come to this cafe for excellent Mexican coffees and chocolates.  Try their 100% cacao chocolate bar with raisins and almonds and no added sugar.  Amazing! $
  • Live in Playa del Carmen or visited the city recently?  If so, what restaurants would you add to this list?  Comment below.  Thanks!

Strawberry Salad (strawberries, arugula and prosciutto)

Arrachera (marinated, grilled flank steak) with grilled onion and jalapeño, avocado and "Superior" beer at HC de Monterey.

Basil-On (Rum, purple basil and sour mix) at Canibal Royal Beach Club


About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER (www.RobertKavalek.com). While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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