If it’s your first trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico you might find the choice for food a bit overwhelming. There are restaurants galore and people calling out to you telling you that their restaurant is “Of course the best food in town” – but how do you know for sure? You only have a certain amount of vacation time and you want to eat the very best…..
That’s why we’re here…..
We spent some time eating the best and worst that Playa Del Carmen has to offer, in the name of research of course! So here’s our choice of the Top 4 Ultimate Foodie Spots in Playa Del Carmen
1. El Fogon
El Fogon is a household name in Playa Del Carmen, it was even given a shout-out in the hit Netflix series “Master Of None”. Their Al Pastor tacos are an absolute must try if you are looking for an authentic taste of the region. You’ll recognise El Fogon by the line of hungry people outside every night waiting for a table (yes it’s that popular) and the rotating trompos which is similar to the rotating meat you would expect to see in a kebab or shawarma shop, except the meat on here is noticeably red as it’s marinated in the local achiote chile…and incredibly delicious. We recommend ordering the Alambre mix which gives you a nice taste of many of the food options available at El Fogon….trust you you’ll want to eat here every night it’s so good.
address: El Fogon, 30 Avenida Norte, Centro, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
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2. Las Hijas de la Tostada
If you are wanting to find a tasty meal on Playa Del Carmen’s famous 5th Avenue then Las Hijas de la Tostada is the place to go. This hip, easy to find restaurant, offers tortillas with a twist. Rather than the traditional soft tacos that you may know and love tostadas are a flat toasted tortilla that is topped with amazing local fresh seafood. Try the Shrimp tostadas or the Spicy Raw Tuna for something a bit more exciting.
address: Las Hijas de la Tostada, Calle Quinta Avenida, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
3. Los Aguachiles
You can’t visit Mexico and not have the famous Fish Tacos! And one of the best places to grab a fresh fish taco and a refreshing Mexican craft beer is Los Aguachiles. This place is super trendy and popular with both tourists and locals. They also have an amazing supply of local sauces on every table for you to try on some tortilla chips, or to add some zing to your tacos. Also, make sure you try out one of Mexico’s tasty craft beers. The craft beer scene is steadily growing in popularity in Mexico and you can find some really great brews. We personally love a crisp IPA, but give them all a try and see which one is your favorite.
address: Calle 34, Centro, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
We love Mexican food – but we also like a break every now and then…especially a pizza break!
4. Don Chendo
If you are a lover of a great Chicago style deep dish pizza then Don Chendo is the place for you. The owner is a New York born chef with a love of deep dish pizza. He even had the pizza trays made especially for the restaurant so that he could perfectly replicate the flavors of a traditional Chicago deep dish pizza. They also have other Italian specialties on the menu including spaghetti and meatballs, and some desserts that are to die for.
address: Don Chendo, Av. 30, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R.
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