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The 18 Essential Tulum Restaurants

Where to go for cochinita pibil, tacos al pastor, and wood-fired everything

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It’s nearly impossible to stroll down the sandy, palm tree–populated road that connects Tulums Hotel Zone — the areas eco-chic properties scattered along the street that separates lush jungle from turquoise ocean — without catching rustic signage peeking behind leaves advertising yoga and fresh juice. Those are just early suggestions of the wellness-centered ethos and bohemian vibe that have earned the beachy resort town a following.

About an hour and a half drive south from Cancún, along the Yucatán Peninsula coast and at the tip of the Riviera Maya, Tulum is paradise of ingredient-driven, wood-fired cooking heavily influenced by its crystal waters and tropical environs. Here, theres no power grid, instead hospitality projects run on generators or solar power, which explains many restaurants intensely simple approach to cooking, both in the hotel zone and in downtown Tulum.

Here now, and in geographic order, Eater contributor Kat Odell offers an overview of dining in what has become an epicenter of hipster tourism. A catalog that embraces regional specialties like cochinita pibil and ingredients from corn to cacao, below, the 18 places that define dining in Tulum, Mexico.

June 2017 Update

As always, some places must leave the list to make room for others. Here's the run down:

Added: The Real Coconut, Kitchen Table, Chamicos

Dropped: Cetli, Restaurare, Simple

Price per person, excluding alcohol
$ = Less than 200 pesos (less than USD $10)
$$ = 200 - 380 pesos (USD $10 to USD $20)
$$$ = 380 - 570 pesos (USD $20 to USD $30)
$$$$ = More than 570 pesos (more than USD $30)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hartwood

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Tulum Beach Road, Tulum
Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico
If you’ve heard of one restaurant in Tulum, chances are it’s Hartwood. American chef and owner Eric Werner clocked hours at New York City restaurants Peasant and Vinegar Hill House prior to opening this earthy, wood-fired shrine to the flavors of Mexico with Mya Henry. It’s has commanded long lines since its debut in 2010 — for years, the only way to nab one of the shadowy, outdoor tables was to line up at 3 p.m. and make a reservation in person for later that night. But in the last few months, the restaurant has stepped up its reservation game, and now fish fans can secure a via email — if there’s room, of course. Every night, Hartwood displays a chalkboard that lists the evening’s dishes, most of which involve locally-caught seafood, either simply grilled or prepared as ceviche, plus beef and local vegetables. Remember, there’s only solar power here, which explains Werner’s grill-centric approach to cooking. [$$$$]
Excerpted from Hartwood by Eric Werner and Mya Henry (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Gentl & Hyers.

2. Gitano

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Beach Road Km. 7, Boca Paila
QRO, Mexico
If you’re looking for a night out defined by pretty people and creative cocktails, Gitano is it. The lush outdoor lounge takes on a magic feel with its canopy of twinkling lights, making it the ideal locale to see and be seen. Sure, there’s a full menu of fresh, modern Mexican plates like basil guacamole and truffle mushroom tacos, but what you’re really here for is the bar’s fruit-forward cocktails — most of which incorporate Mexico’s signature smoky spirit, mezcal. There’s no shortage of local flavor from Kisses in the Car with mezcal, passion fruit, tangerine, and habanero or in the the house mojito remixed with mezcal, rum, hibiscus, and mint. [$$$$]

3. Mezzanine

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Carretera Tulum Boca Paila Km 1.5, Tulum
Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico
+52 1 984 131 1596
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Should you need a break from tacos and tostadas, consider Mezzanine, located within a hotel of the same name. Skip the Mexican breakfast, and instead opt for the fusion-ish Thai fare that’s on offer during lunch and dinner, like chicken tequila dumplings, plus more traditional plates of chicken satay and pad Thai. Perched on a deck overlooking the beach, expect a killer ocean view, and two-for-one margaritas daily from 1-4 p.m. [$$$-$$$$]

4. Safari

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Punta Allen, Tulum
Q.R., Mexico
+52 984 745 2340
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Before opening Safari in 2015, owner Luis Aguilar commanded the kitchen at Manhattan taco chainlet Tacombi. Now back on home turf, Aguilar has opened an outdoor restaurant along the hotel-dotted beachside strip equipped with a vintage 1971 silver Airstream, which he uses as a kitchen. Here, the chef is serving a concise menu of what he calls “campfire food,” since most dishes which require heat are cooked on a small wood-fired pit beside the vehicle. While the menu might read a bit like Mexican fusion (think yuca truffle fries, crème brûlée), the tacos here — like the pork pastro — are some of the best in the area. Alongside, opt for a variety of fresh juices (which can be spiked with mezcal), craft beer, and a slew of house cocktails. [$$]
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5. El Tabano

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Carrettera Boca Paila Km 5, Tulum
Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico
+52 984 134 8725
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There’s no host stand at El Tabano. Instead, patrons seat themselves at wooden tables in the rustic garden patio — a large palapa doesn’t do much to keep out the heat. Take note of the massive chalkboard by the kitchen which lists the day’s fare: contemporary Mexican with an exotic twist, made with seasonal and local ingredients. Serving from breakfast through dinner, dishes stay on the menu only as long as ingredients remain, meaning many plates sell out on a daily basis. Do check out the wine list, which is almost entirely devoted to Mexican-made bottles. [$$]

6. Posada Margherita

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Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 4, 5, Tulum
Quintana Roo, Mexico
+52 984 801 8493
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Posada Margherita, Tulum’s most famous Italian number, is situated within a beachside hotel of the same name. To fully soak in the unobstructed ocean view, try dropping by before sunset — whether for lunch or an early dinner. While you’ll want to try Posada’s great assortment of focaccias, served with Parmesan chunks and pickled cauliflower, save room for the housemade pasta, often dressed with local vegetables and seafood. Protip: Posada Margherita doesn’t accept credit cards, so pesos are required. [$$$]

7. Le Cocina de Corina

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Boca Paila
km 4.5, Hotel Kin-Ha
+52 (1) 984 127 78 64
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The South American-Mexican-Mediterranean mashup on offer at beachy, open-air La Cocina de Corina (situated within the Hotel Kin-Ha) is the outcome of friendly chef team Corina Bari and Adriana Zuliani. Another picture perfect beachside spot, here highlights from the small, seafood-focused menu include grilled prawns and house-made fettuccine with pesto. It's open from breakfast through dinner, so those nursing a hangover can indulge in a green juice while those continuing the party can reach for one of Corina’s fresh fruit cocktails served in a coconut or hollowed-out pineapple. [$$]

8. Casa Jaguar

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Tulum
Quintana Roo, Mexico
+52 998 222 2749
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Rustic wood-fired proteins and veggies, along with ceviches and salads, are the name of the game at Casa Jaguar, a restaurant and bar with a jungle feel. Another bohemian-chic number, Casa Jaguar is prime grounds for pre- or post-dinner drinks. Just grab a stool and one of the house-special cocktails, or choose your own adventures simply by selecting ingredients readily displayed on the bar.Looking for more drinking action? Beat the beach and head into town, where Casa Jaguar management opened a newer bar, Todos Santos, which also offers an excellent selection of fresh fruit, mezcal-laced tipples. Seat yourself at the dimly-lit bar fading away under a cloud of burning palo santo, knock back one of the many mezcals behind the bar, or pick a drink flavored with coconut, guanabana, or mango. [$$$$]

9. La Tropicana

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Tulum
Quintana Roo, Mexico
La Tropicana is sort of like a juice bar on wheels. While street vendors in major U.S. cities tend to sell beverages like soda and water, in Tulum you're just as likely to see green coconuts. Just cruise up and down the beachside hotel strip and you’ll eventually run into La Tropicana, a cute, bicycle-powered cart selling freshly hacked coconut. But it doesn’t stop there. Want a shot of mezcal or three? La Tropicana will pour the goods into the fruit, adding additional flavorings like mango or ginger should you so desire. [$]

10. El Canastón

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Satélite Sur, Tulum
Q.R., Mexico
Off Tulum’s main downtown drag sits El Canastón, another makeshift taco and fresh juice vendor that’s especially vegetarian-friendly. Steamy baskets of cheap tacos are filled with barbacoa chicken or potatoes and chorizo, plus many vegetarian options like spinach and egg, and mushrooms in red mole. Beyond juice, there are simple coffee beverages, too, as this is more of a breakfast or lunch place, which shuts down at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday). [$]

11. Cochinita Pibil at Taquería Honorio

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Av. Satélite, Tulum
Q.R., Mexico
Locals will tell you that Tulum’s best breakfast tacos can be found about a 10-minute drive from the hotel strip at Taquería Honorio, a divey, sort of makeshift place with serious cochinita pibil — a fragrant regional Yucatán pork dish that’s slow cooked with orange, achiote, and other spices like cumin, cinnamon, and allspice. In plain view, cooks throw wads of masa onto flat tops, yielding thick, rustic tacos which they slap with proteins (pork or beef). Keep in mind, though, that this is a breakfast spot, and the day is done at 1:30 p.m. [$]

12. Mayan Breakfast at Don Cafeto

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Tulum
Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico
+52 800 505 1713
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One of Tulum’s oldest restaurants, Avenida Tulum stalwart Don Cafeto offers a quintessential Mexican dining experience: large portions of good quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, and other Mexican staples at low prices. But insiders know that the meal to have here is breakfast. Follow the locals' lead and order the open-air restaurant’s Mayan breakfast, which includes fried eggs over tortillas, topped with cheese, salsa, peas, and ham. Pro tip: Don Cafeto is also near Ki' Bok, which serves the best coffee in the city. [$$]

13. Campanella Cremerie

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Av. Tulum, Tulum
Quintana Roo, Mexico
In Tulum you’ll find a rainbow of paletas (try Flor de Michoacan a rainbow of fruity ice pops) and sugar-free, vegan ice cream (try the retro Las Bolas de Posture), but for the city’s best scoops, Campanella Cremerie is the move. Part coffee house, part gelateria, Campanella offers a medley of gelato and sorbet in flavors like dulce de leche, pineapple-basil, and yogurt with strawberries. Beyond cups and cones there’s a whole list of composed ice cream bowls, a slew of waffles decorated with fruit, coconut, and nuts, and a couple of savory sandwiches. [$]

14. Tacos Al Pastor at Antojitos La Chiapaneca

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Tulum Municipality, Quintana Roo, Tulum Municipality
Quintana Roo, Mexico
+52 1 984 114 6386
When in Mexico, spit-roasted meat is a must. And the tacos al pastor from streetside-seller Antojitos La Chiapaneca might just be the best in town. Thanks to its short menu of tacos at seven to 10 pesos a pop (about 50 cents), in addition to a few other inexpensive Yucatán snacks, this cheap eats stop in Tulum Pueblo fills up quickly and stays open late — until midnight every day except Monday. [$]

15. El Camello Jr

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Saliendo del centro, Tulum
QROO 77780, Mexico
+52 984 871 2036
El Camello — a bustling, unfussy eatery about a 10 minute cab ride from the hotel strip — is where locals go for generous portions of inexpensive, fresh seafood, from shrimp nachos to octopus ceviche to fish tacos. This isn’t so much a place for cocktails (though they do offer a decent selection of spirits) as it is for Mexican beer or a michelada. [$-$$]

16. The Real Coconut at Sanará

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KM 8.2 Boca Paila - Tulum Beach Road, Tulum
Quintana Roo, Mexico
Tulum offers no better wellness-centered breakfast than at the Real Coconut, a breezy bungalow at Sanará hotel perched directly on the beach. Here, owner Daniella Hunter serves bowls of coconut yogurt and a great rendition of ranchero eggs made with coconut-cassava tortilla chips. In fact, Hunter’s coconut chips have become so famous that she recently launched a line of them sold at some Whole Foods locations. While the menu is entirely devoid of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar, you’ll still find proteins including fish and poultry, plus one of Tulum’s most intense juice and tonic menus, with hot and cold beverages ranging from house-made almond milk-spiked lattes to fermented coconut kefir. [$$]

17. Kitchen Table

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Tulum
Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico
Fans of Hartwood’s minimalist wood-fired cookery will want to explore Kitchen Table, which follows a similar culinary directive. Located further down the hotel zone across from Mezzanine, one large palapa shields a smattering of wooden tables at which diners sample a concise list of five simply grilled local proteins from the land and sea. Start with the excellent huitlacoche quesadilla plus a seasonal fruit cocktail, then move on to charred octopus and beef. [$$$]

[Note: Closed for construction from June 5 - 15, reopens June 16.]

18. Chamicos

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Punta Soliman
77780 Tulum, Mexico
More of a locals' secret, Chamicos is about a 25 minute drive north from town, plopped on Soliman Bay. This entirely unfussy and unpretentious daytime beach shack sports plastic lawn furniture and offers up massive plates of cheap, super fresh, locally-caught mariscos, some prepped over a wood-fired grill. After your meal, grab a crisp, icy Corona, and take a siesta in one of the scattered hammocks. [$]

1. Hartwood

Tulum Beach Road, Tulum, Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico
Excerpted from Hartwood by Eric Werner and Mya Henry (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Gentl & Hyers.
If you’ve heard of one restaurant in Tulum, chances are it’s Hartwood. American chef and owner Eric Werner clocked hours at New York City restaurants Peasant and Vinegar Hill House prior to opening this earthy, wood-fired shrine to the flavors of Mexico with Mya Henry. It’s has commanded long lines since its debut in 2010 — for years, the only way to nab one of the shadowy, outdoor tables was to line up at 3 p.m. and make a reservation in person for later that night. But in the last few months, the restaurant has stepped up its reservation game, and now fish fans can secure a via email — if there’s room, of course. Every night, Hartwood displays a chalkboard that lists the evening’s dishes, most of which involve locally-caught seafood, either simply grilled or prepared as ceviche, plus beef and local vegetables. Remember, there’s only solar power here, which explains Werner’s grill-centric approach to cooking. [$$$$]
Tulum Beach Road, Tulum
Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico

2. Gitano

Beach Road Km. 7, Boca Paila, QRO, Mexico
If you’re looking for a night out defined by pretty people and creative cocktails, Gitano is it. The lush outdoor lounge takes on a magic feel with its canopy of twinkling lights, making it the ideal locale to see and be seen. Sure, there’s a full menu of fresh, modern Mexican plates like basil guacamole and truffle mushroom tacos, but what you’re really here for is the bar’s fruit-forward cocktails — most of which incorporate Mexico’s signature smoky spirit, mezcal. There’s no shortage of local flavor from Kisses in the Car with mezcal, passion fruit, tangerine, and habanero or in the the house mojito remixed with mezcal, rum, hibiscus, and mint. [$$$$]
Beach Road Km. 7, Boca Paila
QRO, Mexico

3. Mezzanine

Carretera Tulum Boca Paila Km 1.5, Tulum, Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico
Should you need a break from tacos and tostadas, consider Mezzanine, located within a hotel of the same name. Skip the Mexican breakfast, and instead opt for the fusion-ish Thai fare that’s on offer during lunch and dinner, like chicken tequila dumplings, plus more traditional plates of chicken satay and pad Thai. Perched on a deck overlooking the beach, expect a killer ocean view, and two-for-one margaritas daily from 1-4 p.m. [$$$-$$$$]
Carretera Tulum Boca Paila Km 1.5, Tulum
Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico

4. Safari

Punta Allen, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Courtesy of Safari
Before opening Safari in 2015, owner Luis Aguilar commanded the kitchen at Manhattan taco chainlet Tacombi. Now back on home turf, Aguilar has opened an outdoor restaurant along the hotel-dotted beachside strip equipped with a vintage 1971 silver Airstream, which he uses as a kitchen. Here, the chef is serving a concise menu of what he calls “campfire food,” since most dishes which require heat are cooked on a small wood-fired pit beside the vehicle. While the menu might read a bit like Mexican fusion (think yuca truffle fries, crème brûlée), the tacos here — like the pork pastro — are some of the best in the area. Alongside, opt for a variety of fresh juices (which can be spiked with mezcal), craft beer, and a slew of house cocktails. [$$]
Punta Allen, Tulum
Q.R., Mexico

5. El Tabano

Carrettera Boca Paila Km 5, Tulum, Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico
There’s no host stand at El Tabano. Instead, patrons seat themselves at wooden tables in the rustic garden patio — a large palapa doesn’t do much to keep out the heat. Take note of the massive chalkboard by the kitchen which lists the day’s fare: contemporary Mexican with an exotic twist, made with seasonal and local ingredients. Serving from breakfast through dinner, dishes stay on the menu only as long as ingredients remain, meaning many plates sell out on a daily basis. Do check out the wine list, which is almost entirely devoted to Mexican-made bottles. [$$]
Carrettera Boca Paila Km 5, Tulum
Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico

6. Posada Margherita

Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 4, 5, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Posada Margherita, Tulum’s most famous Italian number, is situated within a beachside hotel of the same name. To fully soak in the unobstructed ocean view, try dropping by before sunset — whether for lunch or an early dinner. While you’ll want to try Posada’s great assortment of focaccias, served with Parmesan chunks and pickled cauliflower, save room for the housemade pasta, often dressed with local vegetables and seafood. Protip: Posada Margherita doesn’t accept credit cards, so pesos are required. [$$$]
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 4, 5, Tulum
Quintana Roo, Mexico

7. Le Cocina de Corina

Boca Paila, km 4.5, Hotel Kin-Ha
The South American-Mexican-Mediterranean mashup on offer at beachy, open-air La Cocina de Corina (situated within the Hotel Kin-Ha) is the outcome of friendly chef team Corina Bari and Adriana Zuliani. Another picture perfect beachside spot, here highlights from the small, seafood-focused menu include grilled prawns and house-made fettuccine with pesto. It's open from breakfast through dinner, so those nursing a hangover can indulge in a green juice while those continuing the party can reach for one of Corina’s fresh fruit cocktails served in a coconut or hollowed-out pineapple. [$$]
Boca Paila
km 4.5, Hotel Kin-Ha

8. Casa Jaguar

Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Rustic wood-fired proteins and veggies, along with ceviches and salads, are the name of the game at Casa Jaguar, a restaurant and bar with a jungle feel. Another bohemian-chic number, Casa Jaguar is prime grounds for pre- or post-dinner drinks. Just grab a stool and one of the house-special cocktails, or choose your own adventures simply by selecting ingredients readily displayed on the bar.Looking for more drinking action? Beat the beach and head into town, where Casa Jaguar management opened a newer bar, Todos Santos, which also offers an excellent selection of fresh fruit, mezcal-laced tipples. Seat yourself at the dimly-lit bar fading away under a cloud of burning palo santo, knock back one of the many mezcals behind the bar, or pick a drink flavored with coconut, guanabana, or mango. [$$$$]
Tulum
Quintana Roo, Mexico

9. La Tropicana

Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
La Tropicana is sort of like a juice bar on wheels. While street vendors in major U.S. cities tend to sell beverages like soda and water, in Tulum you're just as likely to see green coconuts. Just cruise up and down the beachside hotel strip and you’ll eventually run into La Tropicana, a cute, bicycle-powered cart selling freshly hacked coconut. But it doesn’t stop there. Want a shot of mezcal or three? La Tropicana will pour the goods into the fruit, adding additional flavorings like mango or ginger should you so desire. [$]
Tulum
Quintana Roo, Mexico

10. El Canastón

Satélite Sur, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Off Tulum’s main downtown drag sits El Canastón, another makeshift taco and fresh juice vendor that’s especially vegetarian-friendly. Steamy baskets of cheap tacos are filled with barbacoa chicken or potatoes and chorizo, plus many vegetarian options like spinach and egg, and mushrooms in red mole. Beyond juice, there are simple coffee beverages, too, as this is more of a breakfast or lunch place, which shuts down at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday). [$]
Satélite Sur, Tulum
Q.R., Mexico

11. Cochinita Pibil at Taquería Honorio

Av. Satélite, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Locals will tell you that Tulum’s best breakfast tacos can be found about a 10-minute drive from the hotel strip at Taquería Honorio, a divey, sort of makeshift place with serious cochinita pibil — a fragrant regional Yucatán pork dish that’s slow cooked with orange, achiote, and other spices like cumin, cinnamon, and allspice. In plain view, cooks throw wads of masa onto flat tops, yielding thick, rustic tacos which they slap with proteins (pork or beef). Keep in mind, though, that this is a breakfast spot, and the day is done at 1:30 p.m. [$]
Av. Satélite, Tulum
Q.R., Mexico

12. Mayan Breakfast at Don Cafeto

Tulum, Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico
One of Tulum’s oldest restaurants, Avenida Tulum stalwart Don Cafeto offers a quintessential Mexican dining experience: large portions of good quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, and other Mexican staples at low prices. But insiders know that the meal to have here is breakfast. Follow the locals' lead and order the open-air restaurant’s Mayan breakfast, which includes fried eggs over tortillas, topped with cheese, salsa, peas, and ham. Pro tip: Don Cafeto is also near Ki' Bok, which serves the best coffee in the city. [$$]
Tulum
Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico

13. Campanella Cremerie

Av. Tulum, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
In Tulum you’ll find a rainbow of paletas (try Flor de Michoacan a rainbow of fruity ice pops) and sugar-free, vegan ice cream (try the retro Las Bolas de Posture), but for the city’s best scoops, Campanella Cremerie is the move. Part coffee house, part gelateria, Campanella offers a medley of gelato and sorbet in flavors like dulce de leche, pineapple-basil, and yogurt with strawberries. Beyond cups and cones there’s a whole list of composed ice cream bowls, a slew of waffles decorated with fruit, coconut, and nuts, and a couple of savory sandwiches. [$]
Av. Tulum, Tulum
Quintana Roo, Mexico

14. Tacos Al Pastor at Antojitos La Chiapaneca

Tulum Municipality, Quintana Roo, Tulum Municipality, Quintana Roo, Mexico
When in Mexico, spit-roasted meat is a must. And the tacos al pastor from streetside-seller Antojitos La Chiapaneca might just be the best in town. Thanks to its short menu of tacos at seven to 10 pesos a pop (about 50 cents), in addition to a few other inexpensive Yucatán snacks, this cheap eats stop in Tulum Pueblo fills up quickly and stays open late — until midnight every day except Monday. [$]
Tulum Municipality, Quintana Roo, Tulum Municipality
Quintana Roo, Mexico

15. El Camello Jr

Saliendo del centro, Tulum, QROO 77780, Mexico
El Camello — a bustling, unfussy eatery about a 10 minute cab ride from the hotel strip — is where locals go for generous portions of inexpensive, fresh seafood, from shrimp nachos to octopus ceviche to fish tacos. This isn’t so much a place for cocktails (though they do offer a decent selection of spirits) as it is for Mexican beer or a michelada. [$-$$]
Saliendo del centro, Tulum
QROO 77780, Mexico

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16. The Real Coconut at Sanará

KM 8.2 Boca Paila - Tulum Beach Road, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Tulum offers no better wellness-centered breakfast than at the Real Coconut, a breezy bungalow at Sanará hotel perched directly on the beach. Here, owner Daniella Hunter serves bowls of coconut yogurt and a great rendition of ranchero eggs made with coconut-cassava tortilla chips. In fact, Hunter’s coconut chips have become so famous that she recently launched a line of them sold at some Whole Foods locations. While the menu is entirely devoid of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar, you’ll still find proteins including fish and poultry, plus one of Tulum’s most intense juice and tonic menus, with hot and cold beverages ranging from house-made almond milk-spiked lattes to fermented coconut kefir. [$$]
KM 8.2 Boca Paila - Tulum Beach Road, Tulum
Quintana Roo, Mexico

17. Kitchen Table

Tulum, Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico
Fans of Hartwood’s minimalist wood-fired cookery will want to explore Kitchen Table, which follows a similar culinary directive. Located further down the hotel zone across from Mezzanine, one large palapa shields a smattering of wooden tables at which diners sample a concise list of five simply grilled local proteins from the land and sea. Start with the excellent huitlacoche quesadilla plus a seasonal fruit cocktail, then move on to charred octopus and beef. [$$$]

[Note: Closed for construction from June 5 - 15, reopens June 16.]
Tulum
Quintana Roo 77780, Mexico

18. Chamicos

Punta Soliman, 77780 Tulum, Mexico
More of a locals' secret, Chamicos is about a 25 minute drive north from town, plopped on Soliman Bay. This entirely unfussy and unpretentious daytime beach shack sports plastic lawn furniture and offers up massive plates of cheap, super fresh, locally-caught mariscos, some prepped over a wood-fired grill. After your meal, grab a crisp, icy Corona, and take a siesta in one of the scattered hammocks. [$]
Punta Soliman
77780 Tulum, Mexico

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