Top Choice Japanese in Mal País & Santa Teresa


Koji Hyodo's sushi shack is a twinkling beacon of fresh, raw excellence. The atmosphere and service are superior, of course, but his food is a higher truth. The grilled octopus is barely fried and sprinkled with sea…
International in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Papaya Lounge

The top-shelf Moana Lodge is on a stunning perch and has jaw-dropping views and Latin-inspired tapas. The emphasis on local ingredients results in delights such as beef braised in chili and coffee, and seafood skewe…
Fusion in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Mary's Restaurant

At the far end of Mal País village, this unassuming, open-air restaurant has a polished concrete floor, wood oven, pool table and blackboard menu. It offers delicious wood-fired pizzas, homemade bacon and sausage, g…
Cafe in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Zwart Cafe

Zwart means 'black' in Dutch, but this shabby-chic, artist-owned gallery and cafe is all white (or mostly, damn dust!). You'll love the surf-inspired Technicolor canvases, the lively outdoor patio and the popular br…
Burgers in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Burger Rancho

Get your burger on at this open-air rancho. Check the blackboard for daily changing specials, including veggie options like a portobello mushroom burger; fish options like the Hawaiian tuna burger; and other unique …
Pizza in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Pizzeria Playa Carmen

This is a pizza place right on the playa – hard to beat. It's a popular spot for sundowners, thanks to the happy hour specials (two-for-one drinks) and the amazing show that takes place in the sky. Come hobnob with …
Seafood in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Brisas Del Mar

It's worth the steep climb for sensational views and fancy-looking seafood at the poolside patio restaurant at the Hotel Buenos Aires. Begin with a specialty cocktail as you peruse the day's menu written on the blac…
Soda in Mal País & Santa Teresa


The lone soda on this end of the coast. It serves típica on timber tables in a garden that rolls on to the rocky beach. The place does all the usual chicken, beef and seafood dishes, as well as sandwiches and salads…
Supermarket in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Super La Hacienda

Self-caterers can stock up at this local market.