Heading to Tulum, and have no idea which – of the many – restaurants to pick? And if you’ve only got a few days here, it’s not worth spending any time or money in just an average place.
So here are my fave spots on the beach, for brekkie, lunch, dinner & drinks – ranging from acai berry smoothie bowls, to amazingly cheap but tasty tacos, dinner in the jungle, and mezcal-flavoured ice-cream in the quirkiest Mexican bar.
Note: As I’m veggie, all the photos below are of veggie dishes – but all the lunch & dinner spots do serve meat if that’s what you’re after.
The Real Coconut should be called The Real Deal. It really is close-to-perfection.
One for the health conscious yogis out there, with a menu free from gluten, dairy, meat, grain & refined sugar. I literally wanted everything.
It is slightly more expensive – my plantain toast & homemade spreads was 205 pesos (roughly 11 USD) – but I stayed here for hours which made it worth it.
A colourful collection of hammocks, smoothie bowls and coconut milk lattes, this boho chic cafe is the perfect spot to relax and reenergise, post morning yoga.
Or cool down from the Tulum heat, with their dreamy frappuchino; a blend of organic coffee, coconut milk, cacao, cardamon, cinnamon, and honey, with ice.
Set on it’s own private beach, so breakfast was accompanied by the clear blue sea, casually sitting behind our eggs. Super tasty, relaxing and dreamy.
Looking for accommodation? This is where we stayed – and I would HIGHLY recommend it. We had our own private beach hut, with a swinging bed in it. Swinging! Plus a welcome cocktail, and their own private beach. We got an incredible deal on Booking.com.
A tiny little spot on the road, where these guys put so much passion into making their fresh juices. I downed my apple, cucumber, spinach and lime – with some zingy ginger – in about two sips.
Banging tacos & tunes, with chilled out vibes – encouraging everyone to just “relax & eat some fucking tacos”.
Everyone’s so laid back here – literally because of the huge comfy mattresses on the sand – and because there’s nothing pretentious about it.
Plus, it’s super cheap with tacos starting at 20 pesos (just over 1 USD), and 2-for-1 cocktails.
Possibly the most Instagrammable place I’ve ever been to. Round every corner is a different surprise, kitted out with kitsch decorations.
The food’s yummo too; Italian-inspired but using locally sourced ingredients. My fave thing was the complimentary basket of bread, which was a selection of herbed focaccias and pickled cauliflower.
Mezcal bar meets jungle – lit only with tea lights, a disco ball and a load of trees, it’s pretty unique.
It really is quite hard to see anything in here, but the food is bloody good. We shared the following dishes, which were all so mouthwateringly sumptuous, they blew my socks off:
- Smoked sweet potato, with cinnamon, cacao & local cream
- Grouper ceviche with young coconut & zucchini
- Grilled avocado, with aromatic salt, ponzu & almonds.
The Ice-Cream bar. Aka – I Scream Bar.
This place was rowdy AF!
Serving only beers and mezcal flavored ice-cream, it was anything but wanky. Dancers were on the bar moving to the beats of the funky disco tunes. The vibe was verging on a little bonkers.
The barmen chanted “ICE CREAM BAR, ICE CREAM BAR!” every time anyone walked past, which made pretty much everyone come in. That’s how we ended up here.
Possibly one of the most diverse crowds I’ve ever met, which included a ‘serial hugger’ who hugged every single person that passed the bar, including the police.
For something a bit different, you can also learn the secret of Mayan Cuisine on a cooking class with Lia at Mayan Immersion here.
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