I simply can’t write about Playa del Carmen without dedicating some space to the food. GAH! So delish! As mentioned in my previous post, there are tons of places to dine and drink along 5th Ave. One of our fave spots is Las Hijas de la Tostada! I’m fairly certain you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, though I can’t confirm since I haven’t eaten everything – YET. I had the spicy tuna tostada and it was INCREDIBLE! Super fresh with chunks of tuna, avocado, mango and bell pepper, it required no sauce/dip as it was flavorful on its own. Andrew and I shared guacamole and coconut shrimp, and I am pretty sure we won’t find better shrimp anytime soon! The guac was pretty damn tasty; but the SHRIMP! Omg we were so full we just couldn’t bring ourselves to leave any left. We ordered spicy margaritas with our meal, but they weren’t all that great honestly. We’ll stick with the usual beer or typical margarita when we go again.
We also noticed a bar/restaurant near our hotel that was super packed one night after a stroll, Cervecieria Chapultepec. We wanted another meal out, so we decided to give it a try. And ummmmm everything is 21 pesos – legit everything!! The food is so-so, and employees don’t speak much English; but because it’s so cheap, we just ordered whatever we thought might be good to try. Definitely the best strategy. The vibe is loud and fun, and a lot of locals frequent it. I highly recommend if you’re looking for a cool place to hang out and have a drink.
If you’re looking for a gorgeous spot to have a drink, then you definitely need to visit Catch, located on the rooftop at Thompson. Catch has a separate entrance on 12th street, and it’s pretty easy to spot. We go there at least once every time we’re in Playa del Carmen, and we’re always seated immediately. For such a beautiful space, it is never crowded around 9-10ish. It’s pricey for Playa though, so we typically stay for two drinks, max.
Another fabulous spot for a drink is also one of the most unique. Alux Restaurant is located in a cave that is more than 10,000 years old. We didn’t eat here because it was suuuuper humid when we went, and it’s (obviously) not air conditioned. That said, it was an excellent place for a drink as you could walk past the restaurant space and explore some of the cave. One very important note – there are bats. I don’t know why I went in thinking there wouldn’t be, but like a dum-dum, I did. Needless to say, it was not the best surprise, but neither was it terribly frightening.
I truly haven’t even scratched the surface in terms of places to eat and drink in Playa del Carmen. The best recommendation I can give is to ask a local – you’ll want to specify that you’re not looking for typical ‘tourist’ spots or that’s what you’ll get. You can’t go wrong walking around to see what piques your interest. I also recommend avoiding the “fancy” steakhouses as they’re overpriced and have been disappointing in my experience. Lastly, just GET OUT of your hotel and your comfort zone – there’s so much deliciousness to try!