Must-see restaurants in Yucatán Peninsula

  • Lonchería Doña Mary

    Playa del Carmen

    You'll probably have to wait for a table at this popular eatery, and service is slow, but it's worth the wait when you try Mary's Yucatecan comfort food…

  • Conato 1910


    A meeting spot for revolutionaries in the early 20th century, this historic building now houses an OK bar-restaurant with Frida Kahlo–themed eclectic…

  • Perico’s


    With a lively atmosphere and an attentive staff, Perico’s, probably one of the city’s longest-running restaurants, sticks to the family recipes, putting…

  • Pancho’s Backyard

    Isla Cozumel

    Atmospheric Pancho's is set in an early-20th-century building with a beautifully decorated courtyard. The food’s not bad, either, focusing on Mexican…

  • Mercado Torres


    Locals like the trendy style and inexpensive prices at Mercado Torres, an outdoor market of locally owned food stands in the far southwestern corner of…

  • Taste of India


    A staple in Cancún’s Indian cuisine scene, A Taste of India restaurant has simple no-fuss décor, but its authenticity makes it a favorite in the downtown…

  • 100% Natural


    Vegetarians and health-food nuts delight at this health-food chain near Avenida Yaxchilán, which serves juice blends, a wide selection of yogurt-fruit…

  • Sukra Bar de Café


    This easygoing spot, at the beginning of Paseo de Montejo, is framed by pretty plants and features an eclectic mix of tables and chairs, more reminiscent…

  • Rolandi's

    Isla Mujeres

    Bakes good thin-crust pizzas and calzones in a wood-fired oven, which is the main reason to come here when you tire of Mexican food. The menu also…

  • Cocina Económica Fabiola

    Chichén Itzá

    For a good, honest, cheap meal hit this humble little place at the end of the strip of simple cafes opposite the church. Since the mid-'90s it's been…

  • La Pantoja


    A sweet little family-run place serving regional and Mexican standards, daily lunch specials and meal-sized tortas (sandwiches). They often offer an…

  • Restaurant Ki-Hanal


    Owned by the local Maya community, Ki-Hanal (which means 'tasty food' in Maya) does indeed do some tasty traditional dishes and there's a daily lunch…

  • El Cantón Toluqueño


    Clean, cheap and popular, this little spot has great comida corrida (set menu) and Mexican standards, plus delicious aguas – watermelon, cantaloupe,…

  • El Diez

    Playa del Carmen

    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…

  • Checándole


    Specializes in regional Mexican cuisine, offering great value in its menú del día (fixed two-course meal). If pollo en mole poblano (chicken smothered in…

  • El Trapiche


    Close to the city center, El Trapiche has cheap Mexican eats in a casual environment. It bills itself as the best pizza joint in town, but it's actually…

  • Orizaba

    Laguna Bacalar

    Highly recommended by locals and expats alike, this streetside palapa (thatched-roof) place prepares breakfast and a set menu of home-style Mexican…

  • Café Los Milagros


    Simple and laid-back spot that serves great espresso and food. A favorite with Chetumal’s student and intellectual set, it’s a good spot to chat with…

  • Jax Bar & Grill

    Isla Mujeres

    Aside from the hearty breakfasts here, you get a bird's-eye view of the boardwalk scene from the restaurant's upper deck. And Jax is probably one of the…

  • Mercado Municipal No 2


    Numero Dos is cheap, good and less crowded than some of the busier markets in town. On the north side of Parque de Santiago, it's packed with juice stalls…

  • La Barbacoa de la Tulum


    If you love tacos and tortas, head to this 24-hour restaurant/bar, where the specialties are barbacoa (mutton) and cochinita (slow-cooked pork). It's not…

  • Restaurant Los Pampanos


    Said to be the most consistent restaurant in town. It's OK. Or you could just stick with the afternoon margaritas (M$50) overlooking the beach. Service is…

  • Cocina Jalisco


    For a cheap lunch on this side of town, head over to this small sidewalk restaurant where the friendly owner, Javier, serves up affordable Jalisco-style…

  • Bazar Municipal


    A collection of market-style eateries that are popular for their big, cheap breakfasts. At lunch and dinner some offer comida corrida (set meals of…

  • Satay

    Isla Mujeres

    Mix things up a little with some beef in shiitake-mushroom sauce at this Asian-fusion restaurant. It’s not beachfront, but the modern, cool ambience is…

  • Centro Artesanal Tulum


    Handicrafts mall at the Tulum archaeological site with coffee, ice cream and taco shops.

  • Mercado Público

    Costa Maya & Southern Caribbean Coast

    A decent spot to fuel up and do a bit of people-watching.

  • Mercado Nuestra Señora del Carmen

    Playa del Carmen

    A different take on traditional market food courts, the handful of eateries here offer an array of dishes such as chilaquiles (fried tortilla strips in…

  • El Lobo


    There's nothing special about this small cafe on the plaza other than the fact that it is the only spot open before 10:30am. Come here for simple Mexican…

  • Mexican Food Stalls


    Inexpensive Mexican food can be found at the food stalls on the northern corner of Parque de las Palapas.

  • Mega

    Isla Cozumel

    Head to this mega-market to sort out your picnic lunch and to get supplies.

  • Soriana


    For late-night food runs, hit this 24-hour supermarket.

  • Súper Akí


    A large supermarket at the town's north end.