Diverse. Eclectic. Downright delicious. While in Rome, do as the Romans, but while in Mexico you're best to eat like the Mexicans. A fare as colorful as the country's folklore and every bit as rich, Mexican food is to be savored and sanctified in each and every scrumptious bite.
Of course, quality Mexican food can be found throughout Playa del Carmen. Here are a few of our fave spots for authentic Mexican culinary treats...
Location: Calle 41 Sur and the corner of Diagonal 70 (right in front of Centro Maya)
Tacos are an art. An ancient tradition passed down from generation to generation, today they are at the heart of Mexico's culinary identity. Serving up to 15 different stews a day, which can also be eaten as a quesadilla or gordita, El Gran Taco is a true taco (and flauta) heaven. On the weekends you can also order some Mexican barbacoa, paella or even Xcatic (pronounced ISH-ka-teek), which are mild chili peppers stuffed with creamy shrimp.
34th between 5th and 10th
Not many people outside of Mexico are aware of the incredible variety of dishes and flavors which exist in this country, much less the amazing array of native ingredients. La Perla Pixan specializes in authentic Mexican fare. Experience the tantalizing taste of this wonderful cuisine, and don't forget to wash it down with a splash of mezcal or pulque!
30 Ave & 6th / 30 Ave & Constituyentes / 30 Ave & 32nd
Tacos, Tacos, Tacos. The ultimate taco joint. This is a local place for real Mexican food so if you want real food that real Mexicans eat - come to El Fogon. Great value for money, many different types of tacos and everything is very reasonably priced.
34th Street between 5th & 10th Avenues
Axiote Restaurant is the embodiment of quality Mexican cuisine, and a testament to how wonderfully rich and diverse this fine fare really is. Graced by the creations of the talented Chef Xavier Pérez Stone, Axiote will surprise your senses with the fascinating spices and flavors of Mexico. Special lunch menus available daily.
5th Avenue between 14th and 14 bis.
This is one of the most romantic restaurants in Playa del Carmen. Set in a garden setting surrounding a cenote, the ambiance is wonderful. The food is gourmet Mexican and delicious! Try the jicama tacos. They are open breakfast, lunch and dinner. Read our review of Aldea Corazon.
Located on 4th street between 5th and 10th avenues on the ground floor of the El Cielo hotel.
Authentic Mexican flavors and home cooking. Carboncitos is known for delicious food and great service. Repeat winner of TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence award. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
10th Avenue between 2nd and 4th Streets
The two most common words associated with this popular Mexican restaurant in Playa del Carmen are the following: fantastic and authentic. When your guests freely offer up some generous adjectives to describe your food, you know you're doing something right. And you know what? The reviews are spot on with their praise, though the food is more Tex-Mex than authentic Mexican cuisine, which will please many people used to the Tex-Mex flavors.