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Top Choice Live Music in Playa del Carmen


This beachside bar and grill stages live music, belly dancing and a fire-dancing show every night. Now that's entertainment!
Yucatecan in Playa del Carmen

Lonchería Doña Mary

You'll probably have to wait for a table at this popular eatery and service can be slow. But it's worth the wait when you try Mary's Yucatecan comfort food. All dishes are prepared with chicken: tamales, panuchos (f…
Mexican in Playa del Carmen

La Cueva del Chango

You're in for a real treat when you visit the 'Monkey's Cave,' a Mexican restaurant known for its fresh and natural ingredients. Grab a table in a jungly palapa setting or enjoy the verdant garden out back. For brea…
Fusion in Playa del Carmen


Babe’s serves some excellent Asian food, including a yummy homestyle tom kha gai (chicken and coconut-milk soup) brimming with veggies. Vietnamese shrimp and rice noodles is another good one. Most dishes can be done…
South American in Playa del Carmen

Kaxapa Factory

The specialty at this Venezuelan restaurant on the park is arepa, a delicious corn flatbread stuffed with your choice of shredded beef, chicken or beans and plantains. There are many vegetarian and gluten-free optio…
Argentine in Playa del Carmen

El Diez

In a loving nod to soccer legend Diego Maradona, who wore the number diez (10), El Diez serves up pizzas and parrilladas (Argentine-style barbecues) just the way the Diego likes them. The outside seating on La Nueva…
Seafood in Playa del Carmen

Los Aguachiles

Done up in Mexican cantina style yet with one big difference: the menu – consisting of tacos, tostadas and the like – was designed by a chef. So yeah, good luck finding artfully prepared tuna tostadas in any of the …
Market in Playa del Carmen

Mercado Nuestra Señora del Carmen

An upscale take on traditional market food courts, eateries here offer an array of mercado fare such as chilaquiles (fried tortilla strips in salsa), tacos and tortas (sandwiches) and ceviche, as well as internation…
Dancing in Playa del Carmen

La Bodeguita del Medio

The writing is literally on the walls, and on the lampshades, and pretty much everywhere at this Cuban restaurant-bar. After a few mojitos you'll be dancing the night away to live cubana music. Get here at 7:30pm fo…
Arts & Crafts in Playa del Carmen

Tierra Huichol

Tierra Huichol's new Playa del Carmen store sells intricate yarn art and colorful beaded animal figurines crafted by indigenous Huichol artists from the Pacific coast states of Jalisco and Nayarit. International del…