Where to Eat in Tulum: Restaurant & Food Guide
I covered this in my Tulum Mexico Travel Guide, but Tulum is actually composed of two sections. There’s Tulum town and Tulum beach. Locals and budget travelers are found in town while the high-end, boho resorts are on the beach strip.
Best Restaurants in Tulum Beach
There are so many good restaurants in Tulum it’s hard to narrow this list down! If you want incredible food and decor, stay on Tulum beach. I recommend Be Tulum, a five star resort at the end of the Tulum Beach strip with access to the calmest and most beautiful part of the beach (the farther north, the rockier the waves and sand). Even if you don’t stay here, come around sunset for cocktails and sit at the bar swings! You can check current rates for Be Tulum at Booking.com here (free cancellations). Or read more reviews on TripAdvisor here.
Here are the best Tulum restaurants that I’ve narrowed down, based on top notch decor, good vibes and of course, good eats:
Casa Jaguar | Local ingredients, jungle decor and fresh seafood each day. What’s not to love?
Gitano | famous for its mezcal bar. Come here for dinner when all the candles are lit up and you can drink the night away.
Hartwood | probably the most famous spot in town so you need to book insanely early. Hartwood blends Mexican and American dishes and was started by local chefs from Brooklyn
Posada Margherita | amazing Italian food overlooking the beach with gorgeous rustic decor
Tulum Raw | if you want amazing raw vegan food in Tulum you absolutely must come here. The small cafe is located on hotel property so just ask a helpful staff member to point the way, as its a bit hidden. I loved the Montezuma’s revenge drink and raw chocolate cake. Lots of hammocks and swing seating too – seriously amazing!
Best Restaurants in Tulum Town
Now, if you want authentic Mexican food done right by the locals, head into Tulum town as that’s where the best Mexican food is to be found. A great, inexpensive yet chic hotel is Ginger Tulum located conveniently right in the center of town with free breakfast, a cute outdoor seating area and good wifi. If you stay at Ginger, you can also access their sister property on Tulum Beach and experience the best of both worlds. Because it’s not on the beach strip, Ginger Tulum is much cheaper – check the latest room rates here. Additional TripAdvisor reviews can be read here.
At night, tons of small street carts set up shop in Tulum town and make the most amazing tacos al pastor, slow cooked pork on a spit shaved off directly onto the taco. Top it off with a slice of cheese and fresh pineapple and it’s absolute heaven. I had this every night after I tried it for the first time.
Antojitos la Chiapaneca | probably the most famous spot in town. Local waiters don’t speak English so try to brush up on your spanish. Order your tacos and then head to the middle of the restaurant to add your own toppings (guacamole, spicy sauce, radishes, lettuce, etc)
El Asadero | a booming restaurant with outdoor and indoor seating. I liked this spot since they give you chips with salsa and guac when you sit down as well as a great mix of fun sauces and dips!
Tulum Art Club | an art space slash coffee shop with free wifi and good small bites. This space is huge!
De Cielo | an amazing bakery and cafe with fresh smoothies and organic ingredients. Get the fresh baked pain au chocolate and veggie sandwiches.
And there you have it! My top recommendations for the best restaurants in Tulum, Mexico. Have you been? Let me know in the comments below if you have additional suggestions!
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