I remember one of the things we looked forward to when we were on vacation to Tulum, was all the great restaurants. Thinking about the authentic Mexican food we couldn’t get living in the states. After coming here for so long and now living here, I’m going to touch base on a few places to eat. There are many to chose from in Tulum and the surrounding area, but I will start with a few of my favorites. Some are on the higher price side of a budget and then there is a couple that are on the lower price side of a budget.
First, I will start with the higher price side. These are the restaurants that are along the beach road. Most of these restaurants are attached to a hotel. There are many places to eat on the beach, but several are owned by the same company, Colibri Boutique Hotels Corporation, and they give a 20% discount card to residents. If you have your resident card, you can go to any of these restaurants and show them your card and they will give you a discount card that you will show every time you eat at one of their restaurants. I took my wife to Mi Amor on Mother’s Day. Our bill was a little under 50 usd. I had a couple of mimosas and food and he had a bloody mary with his. So, that wasn’t bad at all for our bill.
The restaurants on the card are Mezzanine, El Pez, La Zebra and Mi Amor. Most of these restaurants serve local cuisine and contemporary food. Mezzanine, on the other hand, has contemporary food, but focuses more on Thia cuisine. These are all great places to eat and are situated right on the beautiful beach of Tulum. Let’s face it, there is just something special about sitting, eating and having a drink on the beach that is calming.
Next, lets move into town to La Coqueta. This means “flirtatious one” in Spanish. I will say, this is my favorite place to eat. It is situated on the corner of the main highway and the coba highway, across from the Super Aki Grocery Store. It is a small little place, but still plenty of seating. The owner’s name is Erica and she is the best. Always very attentive to her customers.
This place is mostly Mexican food and it is great. If you are a shrimp person, they have the best shrimp everything. They make a homemade honey sauce that is to die for. There is a full-service bar and they make a pretty good Margarita. You can get out here spending 25 usd for two people and that is with a couple of drinks for each person. La Coqueta, also, just recently opened a site at the Casa Tortuga Cenote. Beautiful cenote. You can go there and get the best of both worlds.
Next, I will share a hidden gem in the heart of Tulum. It is a Food Court. It has 13 booths, a bar and a playground. There is Mexican Food, Thai Food, Hamburgers, Brats, Sandwiches, Pizza, BBQ Meats, Smoothies, Desserts and Cafes. Every time I go there, I just walk around figuring out what I feel like having to eat that night. It has a very relaxing atmosphere about it and everyone there is so friendly. One thing that is also a plus, it is always dog friendly with your dog on a leash .
Since this is hard to explain where it is, I did a screenshot of a map and its location. I hope this helps you find it a little easier. It is one block off the Av Kukulkan, on the jungle side. It is on the corner of Av Kukulkan and Xcaret.
The prices here vary. Hamburgers are 80 pesos. An order of fries large enough to share are the same. That is under 5 usd. I think the highest priced booth is the BBQ Meats. They get up to around 250 pesos. A little over 10 usd. And if you think about it, that really isn’t expensive at all.
My spouse and I live in Los Arboles, which is about 12 km in the jungle out of tulum. We found a small pizzaria right off the the coba highway in Macario Gomez called Ammore Mio.
We found that they make pretty good pizza and pasta dishes. The pizzas average 5 dollars usd and they are about medium size. The lasagne is baked and served perfectly with a slight crispiness to it. The margaritias are made from scratch. For the price, you can’t go wrong here. For us here in Los Arboles, it is just a little closer to go to Marcario Gomez to get food, if we want to make a quick trip and not spend too much.
The owner, Christen and his server Carlos are so kind and very attentive to everyone when they are there. Some nights they have bands that come and play or they even will set up special events on TV to watch. The restuaurant has seating on the inside and the outside. Nice jungle setting with wooden tables and café lights for the evening.
These are just a few of the many. I will share more with you on a different day and blog. I hope you enjoyed this info and hopefully you will visit and enjoy these places as much as I do.