The Mexican cuisine is known for its varied flavours and the great variety of spices and ingredients that are used, most of which are native to the country. Many of the recipes are based on a tradition that dates back thousands of years, passed on from generation to generation. The Riviera Maya is a hot spot for the up and coming restaurants, the latest foodie trends and new cuisine. Playa del Carmen is a vibrant district with its own style and flavour serving as a hub for Riviera Maya’s nightlife, shopping and dining scene.
The cuisine at Oh Lala is a refreshing change from that of other, more conventional restaurants. Guests are treated like good old friends in a relaxing atmosphere coupled with personalized service and good food.
Address: 14th North Bis Street, between 10th av. & 15th av. #147
Opening hours: 18:30 – 23:00 hours
Phone: +00521 9841274844
La Cueva del Chango
Serves natural Mexican food from breakfast to dinner and all juices are made from fresh fruits. The restaurant is located in a tropical garden with abundant vegetation and trees.
Address: 38 Street Between Fifth Avenue and the Beach
Opening hours: 08:00- 23:00 hours.
Phone: +52 (1) 984 147 0271
Maiz de Mar
Famed Mexico City chef Enrique Olvera has partnered with Grupo Kampai to open Maíz de Mar. The restaurant takes inspiration from the popular cuisine of Mexico’s coast. Maíz de Mar extends Olvera’s culinary philosophy where quality takes precedence over luxury and where the highest quality local ingredients are essential, all amid a specially designed ambience that brings to mind everything you love about restaurants at the beach.
Address: Plaza Cacao 5a Avenida between 30 and 32. Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo.
Opening hours: tuesday to sunday from 12:00 hrs to 24:00 hours
Phone: 01 (984) 803 1808
More Info: Info@maizdemar.com
Imprevist is a Catalan word which means the “Unexpected“. Dining here and experiencing these wonderful dishes will be surprisingly unexpected every time. The restaurant is situated in a quaint street in the Heart of Playa del Carmen. After several years of experience and learning from European chefs, Chef Juan Diego Solombrino is well known for his incredible combination of Mediterranean and Asian inspired cuisine. Preparing dishes of unique flavour, creating art within each presentation. He personally hand picks the products, focusing on the menu to provide a wide variety so that everyone can enjoy their meal, from vegetarian options to oriental, excellent sea bass or steak, ending with the delight of a chocolate fondant berry sorbet.
Address: 1 Avenida Norte Entre Calle 14 Norte y 16 Norte Bis SN
Phone: 984 141 66 25 or 984 168 70 26
This magical piece of Mayan culture sets itself in a sacred garden located right on the 5th Avenue yet invisible from the outside. Whether you would like to enjoy the view at 5th Avenue while savouring a frozen cocktail, or be surrounded by dream catchers, tropical greenery, old leaf trees and underground cenotes. Pamper the most discerning palate by enjoying mouth-watering dishes of fresh local fish with hibiscus flower sauce or a tender beef fillet filled with huitlacoche (Mexican corn fungus) covered with spicy poblano chile sauce. Aldea Corazon serves a fusion of Mexican cuisine with a Mayan twist.
Address: 5ta Avenida entre Calles 14 & 16
Opening hours: 8 am—12 am, Mon—Sun.
Phone: 01 984 803 1942
More Info: facebook.com/aldeacorazon
Award winning restaurant that serves Maya- Fusion food combining ancient and cosmopolitan ingredients.
Address: 5th Avenue Corner 22nd Street, Playa del Carmen
Phone: +52 984 87 33011
Divino by Glassbar offers delicious Italian food and an extensive Italian wine list.
Address: 5th Avenue, corner 12th Street, Playa del Carmen
Phone: +52 984 80 31270