Last updated on November 26th, 2023 at 05:30 pm
Welcome to Playa del Carmen, a sun-kissed ocean paradise nestled on the Yucatán Peninsula in the Mexican Caribbean. Prepare to embark on a culinary journey like no other, as this vibrant city is teeming with delectable delights at every turn.
The heart of the city’s culinary scene lies in Centro and the North End, where an array of outstanding restaurants awaits. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with the best that Playa del Carmen has to offer. Join us as we uncover the top restaurants in this food lover’s haven.
Playa del Carmen’s Top Neighborhoods for Dining
CENTRO: Immerse Yourself in Culinary Delights
Step into Centro, the bustling heart of Playa del Carmen, where a vibrant tapestry of shops, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs await. The best part? Everything is within walking distance! Wander along La Quinta 5th Ave, adorned with vendors, tour shops, talented performers, and inviting tequila tasting rooms. From Ave. Constituyentes to Calle 1 (1st Street), Centro is the go-to spot for fantastic food and endless fun.
THE NORTH END: Discover Serenity with Easy Access
As you continue your journey along the beach from Centro, you’ll find yourself in the tranquil North End after passing Ave. Constituyentes. This residential area is peppered with Airbnb rentals and condos, offering a quieter ambiance while still providing convenient walking access to Centro. If you’re seeking a villa rental for a large group, this up-and-coming area is sure to pique your interest.
PLAYACAR: Embrace a Laid-Back Vibe
For a more relaxed atmosphere, venture south of Centro to Playacar, a sprawling residential development. Here, you’ll find pristine beaches, a handful of hotels and restaurants, and an overall serene ambiance. Golf courses, parks, and shopping centers define this charming “suburb” of Playa del Carmen, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a laid-back and leisurely dining experience.
Indulge in the diverse flavors of Playa del Carmen as you explore these top neighborhoods, each offering its own unique culinary delights.
$$ – $$$, Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
If you want to change it up and try some Spanish food, head for a unique dining experience at Patanegra, in the North End. This restaurant serves up delicious tapas and more Spanish favorites. You can’t go wrong with the paella and croquetas. On Saturdays, you can even catch a live flamenco show with your meal!
$$ – $$$, Mexican, Caribbean, Latin
$$$$, Mexican, Seafood, International
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The Traveler’s Table
$$$$, Mexican, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
The Grill at 1-26
$$$$, Steakhouse, Seafood, International
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