A Foodies Guide to Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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A bowl of nachos with cheese, meat and vegetables.
Curator’s statement

Playa del Carmen, Mexico, is often missed by the resort-goers who do not explore the surrounding towns. I spent over a month living and working in Playa del Carmen and it is not to be missed. The main tourist street is 5th ave, but if you venture even a street away you will find some great local cuisine.

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Insider knowledge

Expert advice from people who’ve actually been there

Where to stay in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Thompson Playa del Carmen

An adults-only luxury boutique hotel along the Riviera Maya, the Thompson Playa del Carmen is amongst sandy beaches, premium shops and iconic attractions.

Fora Perks
  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in whenever possible.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the lush mangrove forests and pristine beaches and indulge in world-class amenities and exceptional service that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired.

Fora Perks
  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Rosewood Mayakoba

The most luxurious property in the Mayakoba complex, the Rosewood is emerged in deep green mangroves and serene emerald lagoons.

Fora Perks
  • $125 resort credit per Suite; $125 per room in Villas.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Things to do in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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There are many food tours of the city, I highly recommend doing one! It took us to places we would have never thought to try or would have found on our own. Eating with Carmen is the company I used!

Places to eat & drink in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Don Sirloin: Multiple locations, must go to grab a taco, famous in town, super cheap and very casual.

El Fogon: Multiple locations, another must go to grab a taco, famous for their al pastor tacos, cheap and casual.

Mu Burgerhouse: Seriously some of the best burgers I have ever had. Very creative and different burgers. Very cool/cute place.

Los Aguachiles: Multiple locations. Great seafood especially their tostadas topped with fresh fish.

El Pirata: Local favorite, super fresh fish, ceviche is amazing.

Alux: Dinner in a cave. Very cool experience. It's a little farther out of town. Much more expensive than any other restaurant in Playa. Wine cellar is really fun in here to go pick your bottle. Ask to walk around the cave after dinner!

Zitla: Fun outside patio with live music. Food is good.

Pik Nik: Good food, small place, nice to go here on a more casual night out.

La Perla: Come here to try local Yucatan cuisine.

Amate 38: Jungle setting with regional Yucatan food.

La Cueva de Changa: Great for brunch. Jungle-like terrace. There can be a long wait for breakfast. Chilaquiles are amazing.

Madrez Cafe: Cash-only hole in the wall. Best breakfast gorditas.

Mercado: They opened this to try to get tourists to try local foods. It did not work and is now just where locals eat in the middle of the city. Features many different stalls within this market and all have amazing food, super cheap, quesadilla place was amazing, must go!

Las Quekas: Multiple locations, good quesadillas and sopes, super cheap, easy to pick up for lunch.

MI KFÉ Sabor Venezolano: Venezuelan restaurant, arepas were good, very cheap and good to grab to go for lunch.

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