If you are a foodie, you can't expect to visit a new place without trying some of the absolute best food in the area. But you don't just want posh restaurants or meals that are catered to tourists. You want something local, distinct, and unique.
Playa Del Carmen is full of restaurants like this. They have all sorts of Mexican cuisine, and some cuisine from other countries as well. Whether you want fresh seafood as you sit on the beach, a light snack, or drinks to wash down your meal, there are plenty of options in Playa Del Carmen.
Pescaderia Y Cokteleria El Pirata
If you want to eat as the locals do, then you should check out El Pirata. It is where many locals go when they want something easy to eat. Since it isn't aimed at tourists, the prices are affordable.
It definitely isn't up-scale, with a simple table setting, but the food is fresh and full of flavor, with seafood you won't be able to get anywhere else. It specializes in lunch and is usually packed, but you can come for an early supper so long as you arrive before they close at seven PM.
If you want something that is more than just a Mexican restaurant Playa Del Carmen, you'll be happy to know that there are plenty of other options. One great restaurant to break up the day is Afrodisiako. It is an Italian restaurant that also offers a cocktail bar.
It is a more relaxed setting, with music, drinks, and lots of flavor. If you are wanting something for a light breakfast or something different for dinner, it is worth checking out.
Want some live music, fresh food, and a beach scene? Zenzi is the best place to visit. It is a Mexican seafood restaurant, with dishes like sesame-crusted tuna, radish salmon, and octopus in guajillo being some of its menu options.
They have a menu online, so you can plan your food in advance. Their live music list is also available online so you can see what kind of music you can expect throughout the week. Since it caters a little more to tourists, you can breathe easy knowing that a lot of the menus are in English and it is fairly easy to order there.
They have a bar as well, with tropical drinks to complement your beach experience. Go during sundown to watch a sunset while enjoying a fresh meal and a fruity cocktail.
Of course, you can't visit Mexico without having a taco or two. Don Sirloin has some of the best tacos in Playa del Carmen. There are technically four of these restaurants, all located in the city. Their one on 10th Avenue tends to be the most popular, but others may be closer to where you are visiting.
They offer tacos with a wide range of flavors, including chorizo, chicken, al pastor, and sirloin. The food is also cheap, with tacos being right about a dollar a piece. You can have your fill without spending a lot of money.
If you don't want tacos, there are other options as well, such as fajitas, arracheras, gringas, and alambre. The meat is cooked right over a spit and is packed with flavor. They also have drinks and desserts, so you can enjoy a full meal and relax for a while.