Eating

  • Tempo Gourmet Basque cuisine created by 8-Michelin-star chef Martin Berasategui. Enough said.
  • The Bears Den Casual restaurant serving exquisitely refined dishes.
  • Benazuza A tasting extravaganza of Mexican-inspired dishes.
  • Peter's Restaurante Some of the best cooking in the city; blends Mexican and international cuisine.
  • Harry's Steakhouse & Raw Bar House-aged steaks, super-fresh fish and a sweet lagoon view.

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  • Rooster Café Sunyaxchen Good little downtown breakfast spot to get some waffles and eggs Benedict on.
  • Los de Pescado Addictive fish and shrimp tacos served with a variety of zesty salsas.
  • Tacos Rigo Go for the al pastor tacos, marinated pork sliced right off the spit.
  • El Paisano del 23 Forty years of tradition slinging pierna tortas, a tender roast pork sandwich.

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  • Kiosco Verde Quite possibly the most underrated seafood in all of Cancún.
  • El Tigre y El Toro Specializes in thin-crust pizza; go for the seasonal lobster topping if available.
  • La Fonda del Zancudo Delish international dishes made with locally produced organic ingredients.
  • Patravali Authentic Indian cuisine with a good variety of vegetarian options.

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  • Tempo Elegant Basque restaurant with menu created by 8-Michelin-star chef Martin Berasategui.
  • The Bears Den Canadian-run spot that masterfully fuses international and Mexican flavors.
  • Benazuza A tasting menu featuring up to 30 innovative gourmet courses.
  • Peter's Restaurante Excellent international dishes prepared by one of Cancún's most respected chefs.
  • Harry's Steakhouse & Raw Bar Known for its house-aged steaks, fresh fish and great views.

Regional Food

  • Lonchería El Pocito Homestyle Yucatecan cooking with great regional snacks.
  • La Habichuela Yucatecan tamales and main dishes drawing on ancient Maya recipes.
  • La Playita Fish and seafood dishes prepared with Caribbean flair.

Seafood

  • Crab House Standout menu item is the stone crab but does great shrimp dishes as well.
  • Puerto Santo Wood-fired whole fish is the specialty at this hidden oceanfront restaurant.
  • Lorenzillo's A classic Cancún restaurant where you can choose between 20 varieties of lobster dishes.

Tacos

  • Picaña & Grill Spit-cooked sirloin beef is sliced onto corn tortillas and served with an assortment of salsas.
  • Chuchito Perez The go-to Zona Hotelera spot for gourmet tacos, and they're prepared with bone marrow.
  • La Barbacoa de la Tulum Cochinita (slow-cooked pork) tacos are highly popular at this 24/7 taco stall.