Even though Tulum often gets overshadowed by its larger, mega-resort infested, party-child sibling; Cancún, this destination can hold its own in every category. We quickly discovered that there was no shortage of delicious fare for food connoisseurs from all walks of life. Here, we have our foodies guide to Tulum. If you’re heading to this gorgeous yet sleepy town, we hope that this sparks some ideas for your next meal.
Breakfast & Brunch in Tulum
La Estanancia Jujena $– This pastel dream is a steak house by night, but during the day the quaint ambiance teleports you to a tranquil ranch somewhere in Argentina.
The atmosphere alone will make you want to stay from breakfast until dinner… but the food is in a category all its own. Using a traditional Argentinian clay oven, the pre-fixe menu here had a rustic flavor unlike anything we’ve ever tasted.
La Coqueta $– If you’re looking for hearty breakfast food served up Mexican style, this is your place. Yes, you’ll find the usual juevos rancheros type dishes on the menu. But make no mistake, La Coqueta does not just throw out lackluster Mexican fare.
This restaurant is easy to get to with vibrant outdoor seating, flavorful options and that Mexican comfort food that will start anyone’s day off right.
Del Cielo $– With simple and healthy breakfast creations, Del Cielo is a great spot for a fresh break from all of the tacos and tequila you’re indulging in.
Tulum is a foodie’s heaven, but you might be hard-pressed to find options that respect certain dietary restrictions. Whether you’re vegetarian or gluten-free, you’ll find something divine on this menu.
El Pez $$– Simply put, if you’re venturing through Tulum, Sunday brunch at El Pez can not be missed. Live jazz musicians set the scene in the interior while the crashing waves get the job done for the patio seating.
The Brioche French Toast was mind-blowing. We literally had to hold ourselves back from ordering another round. Mind you, this was after ordering loaded avocado toast, fresh-pressed juice, smoothies and coffee.
Foodies Guide to Tulum: Snacks & Coffee
Tulum Art Club $– The climate in Tulum can quickly become sweltering. Take a break and grab a rich brew within the exposed décor of the Tulum Art Club.
Serving up delicious drinks and snacks with avant-garde creations displayed on the walls, this place has a unique vibe that is worth checking out.
Camponella Cremerie $– Stop. Don’t even think twice. Buy a made-to-order waffle with a side of gelato and you can thank us later.
We really didn’t try an ice cream here that we didn’t fall in love with, and believe us we sat and tried out most of the flavors. At any time of the day you will see overheated Tulum travelers sitting out front of this creamery indulging in the crème de la crème of frozen treats.
Antojitos La Chiapaneca $– The sight outside of Antojitos La Chiapaneca slightly deterred us from eating here. But once we saw that this place was literally packed wall to wall with guests, all sitting at plastic tables and chairs.. we knew there had to be something special here.
If you are looking for a taco spot where you can get 10 delicious tacos for about 2 USD.. this is your place. You might see the occasional tourist walking into the restaurant bare footed. But what more do you expect from this little hippie getaway?
La Nave $– What list would be complete without a pizza joint? On our last day in Tulum we were really just looking for something, anything to fill us. We didn’t know we would find such a hidden gem.
With a colorful list of pizzas, pastas, and smoothies, you could say we were in heaven. Our top choice, the Margherita with arugula! Fresh mozzarella, a perfectly golden crust and the distinct flavor notes of arugula kept us coming back for more. We even saved a little bit for our road trip back home!
Posada Margherita $$$ – Ah the crown jewel of the beachside restaurants in Tulum. Aged wood, mismatched candles and perfectly curated decorations create an unbelievable feeling that surrounds this Italian restaurant.
We sat here all night, munching on fresh focaccia, sipping delectable wine and eating every last bite of our perfectly al dente pasta.
Oh and how could we forget.. the view! The private beach attached to this restaurant made for the perfect backdrop to a romantic dinner next to the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Are there any hotspots you think we should add to the list?