In Tulum you have a variety of choice from every dietary needs and preferences and as I was mentioning in my post on this beautiful eclectic town, it is not only about the food, but also about the creativity in the presentation of the delicious dishes and the vintage-chic decorations. I am happy to pick my favourites for you among the ones I have tried or I have been recommended by my local friends and you can be sure I will be adding on as I will be trying more myself. It’s going to be a very hard job. 🙂
MUST KNOW : Be aware that the majority of restaurants, hotels, and shops don’t accept credit cards, so come with enough cash (Euros, USD, CAN$, Pounds) and you can change it at the ‘’Casa de Cambio’’. Although they accept USD, it is always convenient to have cash in pesos, due to the favourable rate exchange. There are ATM all over the hotel zone and you can cash either in Pesos or USD, however you should know that the ATM will charge you a commission of 50 USD for every withdrawal, not really convenient.
So, here you go:
Hartwood: Carretera Boca Paila km 7.6 . This seems to be the most requested; it is always full and has a long queue of people waiting, so it must be good. I have never tried it, but in this case I trust the crowd. Go, eat, enjoy and let me know 🙂
Mur Mur: Close to Hartwood is this new cosy restaurant which just opened last December. Located in a very convenient spot, a little plaza with some of the nicest Clothing shops in the area (you must check out Wanderlustulum for fancy stylish beachwear and the finest accessories, Italian taste brought to the beach). The restaurant offers a delicate Mexican-International menu. Definitely worth a try… you will go back!
Casa Banana: also one of the most popular in the area. They have just opened a second restaurant and both of them offer a very diverse menu for every taste; the locations, in both cases, are lovely. They don’t accept reservations so if you think waiting is a waste of time, like me, you should go before 7.30. in high season. Or else, be prepared to wait.
Cenzontle: located in a beautiful intimate garden it offers a delicious and original menu with a balanced mix of flavours. Definitely to be tried.
Casa Jaguar: with a very surrealistic setting in a tropical garden with cozy lounges and private tables it offers a rich menu of creative dishes among which delicious original cocktails and wood-fired fresh fish cooked right before your eyes and savoury vegetable options. Great parties on Thursday night!
UKAMI– If you are missing your favourite sushi restaurant at home, that you cannot live without them, here is the perfect place for you. Beside the great sushi you will find a cozy atmosphere and relaxed ambiance.
EL PUEBLO (DOWN TOWN)
Asadero: down town. For meat eaters it offers the best meat cuts in town, but they have been smart enough to keep even the strictest of vegans happy, by offering a delicious and savoury vegetable dish which I have enjoyed many times. The ambiance is very informal and relaxed; you can make a reservation and it is recommended to do so if you go after 7.30.
Cetli: This unique place is definitely to be tried at least one night. Hiding towards the back of down-town Tulum, it is basically a house with just 3 tables, nicely and creatively decorated, and with delicious food which merges Mexican cuisine with an international touch.
El Bacaro: The best pasta plates brought to you by native italians from the region of Veneto. Locals from Tulum says here you can find the best pasta dishes of the area. The pizza is good too. In a very laid back atmosphere just off the main road of the Pueblo of Tulum. Same road as the bar Kibook. (calle centauro sur entre andromoeda y sol)
KAY NAH – Right in front of el Bacaro a bit further up the road is this new restaurant specialised on sea food cuisine. There is a very cozy and caribbean ambiance with a great friendly service. They have just opened and already received great reviews! Can’t wait to try it myself.
Besides the beautiful vibes that make you want to just hang out there all day, this cute little place offers a variety of healthy dishes. So, whether you are a vegan, a vegetarian or neither of them, be reassured that at El Vegetariano you will certainly find something that will suite your palate. From a hearty meal to a snack or a sweet indulgence to go with your coffe’. I also love that the chef prepares your fresh dishes right there in front of you. It is situated on the main road to town, right after the traffic-light past the road to Coba’. You can’t miss it and you don’t want to. It’s open every day from 11 to 10.
COFFE …AND ICE CREAM SHOPS
The first is this vegan ice cream place located in the Beach zone- they only do vegan ice-cream, home made and super healthy, beside delicious. You will find it on the beach road just a few steps from the boutique Wanderlustulum.
SIESTACAFE -A cozy little place that merges mexican design clothing with the traditional Mexican concept of “siesta” (resting). A cozy environment where you can either sip your coffe’ watching the Tulum life going by. You can also taste the delicious hand made snacks.
Babel – It’s a lovely coffè shop on the main road in Tulum down town (Pueblo). A cozy place to hang out, in their comfy sofa’ and chairs and have your daily coffe’ dosis but don’t get deceived since they also offer delicious sandwiches, toast or bagel style, fresh and healthy fruit juices and finger leaking desserts. So it is a good place to eat an healthy lunch or a quick bite. It is normally open from 7.30 am to 10 pm.
Ki’bok : I love the creativity of this place. it looks like you are sitting in a Art workshop. The paintings of the wall and the logistic of the shop make it such a cozy and inspiring place. The expresso is the best! plus they have a variety of pastry , sandwiches and different options if you wish to eat your breakfast, lunch or a snack. I always love my Chai latte with soy milk! a delish. You can chose between hanging out at the bar and chat with the friendly stuff or enjoy what your are doing at your own table inside or in green the back-yard. The cafe’ is located also in Down town in a side road from the main street. (Calle Centauro sur) – and it is normally open from 7am to 7pm.
Arthelado – This is another relatively new kid on the block, as Tulum Down town cool area is expanding more and more cozy lovely places are opening off the main road. This is one of them. A little space full of creativity and good taste. The icecream is to die for and the cozy garden offers comfortable chairs and free WI FI.
El Sudaca – Look no further!! – Best empanadas in town and probably in the region. It’s a little shop with a few tables outside on a tranquil side road, just off the main avenue in the Pueblo of Tulum. You can either enjoy your empanadas there.. just in case you will need to order an extra one, (in fact after you taste it, temptation will be very strong!) or you can buy them to go and enjoy it at home or on the beach. It’s a great option for a quick sneak or easy dinner and with a variety of fillings, from vegetarian to meat and different combination. Well I think I made it very clear this is one of my favourite spot in Tulum.
Night life in Tulum is pretty awesome, great music, laid back environment, joyful crowds. I am not really a night out freak but I have asked around among my friends who live in Tulum what are the cool places to hangout. This is the reply.
In the Beach zone you want to go to the Gitano and Casa Jaguar, mainly. Casa Jaguar is also a great restaurant ( see above section) and they are both party places, open every night, although they also have their own special night, the one that you can’t miss. Gitano is on Friday and Casa Jaguar on a Thursday. In Casa Jaguar also on a Tuesday night the restaurant has entertainment for their guests after dinner.
Saturday nights are for Papaya Playa which is actually an hotel, but very popular for its parties on the beach on Saturdays and on the full moon.
In down town ( el pueblo) also you will find interesting places to go and hang out, with great music and fun environment.
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