Our Top 5 Favorite Restaurants in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

La Fragata 

  • Address: 26th Street between 5th & 1st Ave
  • Hours: Daily 7:00am – 10:00pm
  • Cuisine: Mexican, French, Seafood
  • Recommended Dishes: Everything
  • Comments: Jacques Pépin named this as his pick for best restaurant, period. It’s truly delicious.

Yaxche

  • Address: 5th Ave & 22nd Street
  • Hours: Daily noon-midnight
  • Cuisine: Mayan
  • Recommended Dishes: Papadzul, Euxiquia, and Cochinita Pibil
  • Comments: Popular choice for delicious regional food in temple-inspired décor.

La Cueva del Chango

  • Address: 38th Street & 5th Ave
  • Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sunday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Recommended Dishes: Fresh made juices and smoothies, Chilaquiles
  • Comments: Breakfast is a must at this out-of-the-way spot with a lush garden setting. Rick Bayless and Jacques Pepin eat here.

La Bodeguita del Medio 

  • Address: 5th Ave & 34th Street
  • Hours: Daily 1:00pm – late
  • Cuisine: Cuban
  • Recommended Dishes: Ropa Veja, Mojito(s)
  • Comments: This franchise was founded in 1942 in Havana, Cuba. They are famous for creating the mojito and for being one of Ernest Hemingway’s hangouts. In order to open a new Bodeguita under the chain, the chef, lead bartender, and all the musicians must be Cuban.

Carboncitos

  • Address: 4th Street & 5th Ave
  • Hours: Everyday 7:30 am – 11:00 pm
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Italian, American
  • Recommended Dishes: Tacos al Pastor, Pepita salsa, Pozole, Enfrijoladas, and Chilaquiles
  • Comments: Although they’ve begun catering more toward American tourists, the food is still quite good, particularly if you stick with some of the recommended items.
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