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Top Choice Fusion in Puerto Vallarta

Café des Artistes

Many consider this to be Vallarta’s finest restaurant. You’re sure to enjoy its romantic ambience and exquisite fusion of French and Mexican influences, and its decor, which ranges from the candlelit garden to moder…
Top Choice Museum in Puerto Vallarta

Museo del Cuale

On Isla Río Cuale, this has a small but very well-presented collection of pre-Hispanic ceramics and gives a good archaeological overview of the various indigenous groups who lived in western Mexico. Most panels are …
Top Choice Barbecue in Puerto Vallarta

Ocean Grill

If you like boat rides, rugged tropical shores, jungled mountains and laid-back elegance, not to mention stellar food and excellent drinks, book a lunch at this reservation-only bistro set on a rocky cliff, and a fi…
Top Choice Bar in Puerto Vallarta

Bar Morelos

Stylish and with a team of very professional staff, this makes for a far classier drink than you can find a block away on the malecón. Over 50 mezcals are on offer, and the staff will happily talk you through them. …
Top Choice Beach in Puerto Vallarta


Yelapa, the furthermost of the southern beaches from town, is one of Puerto Vallarta’s most secluded and beloved bays, home to a small fishing community. Lots of day trippers turn up on organized tours, but this pic…
Asian in Puerto Vallarta

Archie’s Wok

The menu may change, but Asian fusion is always served at this elegant, urbane restaurant. Think savory fish roasted in a banana leaf, and a coconut poblano chili soup, which is a nice Thai-inflected take on tortill…
Mexican in Puerto Vallarta

El Arrayán

Owner Carmen Porras takes special pleasure in rescuing old family recipes from obscurity, with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. Specialties include crispy duck carnitas with orange sauce, and rib-eye steak ma…
Seafood in Puerto Vallarta

Joe Jack’s Fish Shack

Seafood aficionados flock to this joint for fish and chips, garlic shrimp, whole red snapper and great slabs of mahimahi. Large groups are graciously accommodated on the pleasant rooftop terrace. The service is jovi…
Italian in Puerto Vallarta

La Dolce Vita

A cheerful, often-crowded spot, good for wood-fired pizzas, pastas and people-watching. It's a local expat favorite. Request a table upstairs by the window for great views.
Seafood in Puerto Vallarta

La Palapa

Elegant beach dining at its best. Tables are positioned to take full advantage of the sea views, making it a particularly marvelous spot for breakfast or to watch the sun set. The offering changes but always include…