When it comes to the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen is definitely the best place to go for excellent cuisine. Chefs from around the world have been drawn to Playa del Carmen real estate, which is less than an hour south of Cancun, bringing a fantastic variety of sleek, sophisticated, eccentric and chic eateries that are sure to please even the most discerning palate.
Located on 30th Avenue at Constituyentes St. just a few blocks from the foodie heaven of Fifth Avenue, La Ceiba is a laid-back, open-air dining spot featuring traditional Mexican breakfast items and fabulous custom-made juice drinks. It is attached to a grocery store that sells produce, flowers, herbs, spices and other items.
Situated at the newer northern end of 38th Street between Fifth Avenue and the beach, La Cueva del Chango is typically packed with locals during breakfast on the weekends, which is always a good sign.
Fusion Beach Bar & Grill is situated at 6th Street at the beach and is a true Caribbean-style eatery with a palm roof and beach umbrellas in the sand, serving calamari, frosty cervezas and other beach-worthy delicacies.
The Hotel Básico Veracruzan seafood restaurant is perched on the terrace of the attached contemporary, industrial-style hotel on Fifth Avenue, which only features 15 rooms and is made of mostly recycled materials.
The colorful Los Aguachiles is located at 34th Street at 25th Avenue and was designed to look like a local taco joint, but serves up colorful, artfully garnished plates of tacos and other local favorites, with nine homemade sauces to choose from.
Chef Raúl Pineda’s interesting take on traditional Mexican cuisine makes Luna Maya an exciting choice for any evening. Situated on Fifth Avenue, the tables line a picturesque balcony overlooking the street.
Reservations are required at Cenacolo, a tiny but noteworthy Italian restaurant on Fifth Avenue, which has a deceptively informal setting and boasts amazing, high-quality dishes in a setting that is infused with drama.
Opened in 2011 by a respected local family of restaurateurs, Fifth Avenue’s Aldea Corazón boasts a stylish interior design and a lush garden out back, complete with fountains, ficus trees, candles and torches, with cuisine that draws inspiration from areas throughout Mexico.