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A Foodie’s Complete Restaurant Guide to Tulum

A Foodie's Complete Restaurant Guide to Tulum

If you’re a foodie at heart, then I can guarantee one thing: you’ll LOVE visiting Tulum. This place is a paradise for food lovers, and even after a full week of eating my way through the area I still feel like there’s so much more to try next time I go back! From authentic Mexican taco spots to homemade Italian pasta to raw vegan joints and everything in between, there’s really something for everyone in this chic, coastal town. Well, except if you’re looking for a McDonalds. You definitely won’t find one of those here ūüėȬ† Keep reading for my full restaurant guide to Tulum and make sure to reference the map below during your next trip so you don’t miss a spot!

MY TOP 5 FAVES

A Foodie's Complete Restaurant Guide to Tulum

Charly’s Vegan Tacos

You’ll notice quite a few vegan and plant-based spots in Tulum, but what I love about Charly’s is that it doesn’t feel overtly vegan. Anyone can go here and enjoy chef Charly’s healthier take on authentic Mexican cuisine in this open air setting. Order the taco trio to get a taste of multiple¬†unique flavors!

A Foodie's Complete Restaurant Guide to Tulum

Macondo at Nomade

This Instagram-worthy spot inside the Nomade Hotel will give you all the Moroccan feels and leave you feeling satisfied in the healthiest way possible. Focusing on organic and superfood ingredients, Macondo is a great place to get everything from from nutrient packed smoothies to delicious veggie sushi and quinoa bowls.

A Foodie's Complete Restaurant Guide to Tulum

Posada Margherita

This is one of the most beloved restaurants in all of Tulum, and for good reason! They make all of their pasta fresh on site and everything is so, so delicious. I love that they also hire many Italian staffers, so you really feel like you’re in Italy!

Rosa Negra

One of the few places in Tulum that takes reservations, Rosa Negra, is a must for dinner during your stay in the area. Everything has a bit of a wow-factor — from the Latin American flavors to the creatively presented cocktails and large portion sizes. This is a great place for large groups, birthday/bachelorette parties and for trying a bunch of dishes and sharing!

A Foodie's Complete Restaurant Guide to Tulum

Maresias at Be Tulum

Considered by many to be the best hotel to stay in Tulum, Be Tulum is also a great place to go for an al fresco lunch if you can’t necessarily afford the $500+ per night price tag. The menu is to die for — I especially loved the octopus tacos.

MORE TULUM RESTAURANTS YOU CAN’T MISS

A Foodie's Complete Restaurant Guide to Tulum

Raw Love

Located within the property of the Ahau Hotel, this is simply one of the best spots in Tulum for all vegan, raw, healthy foodie lovers. Pick a hammock and eat your heart out.

Hartwood

I sadly didn’t get to dine here during our stay as they are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and there is typically a long queue to get in, but word around town is that if you’re willing to wait in line (for potentially two hours or so) then it’s worth it. According to their website, they take dinner reservations the month prior by email only, so if you’d like to walk in it’s recommended to go early around 5:30 pm and be willing to wait!

Gitano

I also didn’t have the chance to dine here (although I did come for drinks and loved the ambiance), but it receives consistently rave reviews, although unlike Rosa Negra across the street, prepare to be served much smaller portions of food for a similar price tag.

Kitchen Table

This restaurant is located on the opposite side of the beach from¬†most of Tulum’s popular spots, but it’s worth the taxi ride if you’re not staying nearby.¬†Kitchen Table has been built right into the jungle so it basically feels like you’re eating in a treehouse. They do accept reservations here but only for 6pm or 9pm time slots and only¬†maximum one week in advance. If you need to make same-day reservations they will accept by phone only.

Humo

One of the most upscale restaurants in Tulum town, Humo, is located a bit away from the main strip but boasts a really nice ambiance and delicious food. Definitely a must try if you’re¬†staying away from the beach or headed into town for a night of exploring a more local scene.

A Foodie's Complete Restaurant Guide to Tulum

Del Cielo

I almost thought I was back in Venice Beach at Del Cielo, it was just too cute! They have delicious pancakes, healthy breakfast bowls and green juices. This is a great healthy option in town for brunch.

Burrito Amor

Famous for their — you guessed it — BURRITOS, this spot creates quite a queue for dinner as tourists line up to snag a table in the restaurant’s small palapa-like space.

Antojitos La Chiapaneca

Hands down the best place for the most authentic local tacos in Tulum. This taco stand is located on a busy corner in Tulum town and might take a minute to find a seat — but it’s worth it. If you’re on a budget, this is the place to go. I had three tacos here for a whopping $2.13 USD.

 

BEST SPOTS FOR SWEETS

A Foodie's Complete Restaurant Guide to Tulum

I Scream Bar

To satisfy your sweet craving without the guilt, head to the I Scream Bar which whips up homemade vegan ice cream¬†in a hipster bar setting made from bus parts. As the name might suggest, this spot is also a bar, so it’s a great place to sit for awhile, enjoy a cold one and do some people watching.

Origami

Located directly next to the I Scream Bar, this is a more guilt-inducing alternative and is probably the best gelato in Tulum.

 

BEST PLACES FOR GREAT COCKTAILS

A Foodie's Complete Restaurant Guide to Tulum

Kin Toh at Azulik

Built on stilts above the jungle, Kin Toh is a¬†must visit if only for one overpriced cocktail. This is more for the ambiance than the drinks themselves as you’ll feel like you’re in a treehouse made completely of bamboo. It’s a sensory experience to say the least and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Make sure to head there right at sunset for one of the best views in Tulum.

Gitano

For some of the best mixology in Tulum, head to Gitano, which also happens to have the coolest Friday night party, kicking off around 11 PM.

El Batey

Known as the best mojitos in Tulum, El Batey is located on the most popular tourist strip in town and often hosts live music to accompany its rum-infused concoctions.

Pasito Tun Tun

This mezcal bar is a bit unassuming at first glance, but don’t miss the opportunity to order up one of their delicious cocktails and enjoy some live music on their back patio. Their Guavahazelnut cocktail was probably the best drink I had all week! So unexpected but so yummy.

Rosa Negra

Back on the list for cocktails as well — see above!

 

BEST FOR COFFEE

A Foodie's Complete Restaurant Guide to Tulum

Matcha Mama

Probably one of the most popular Instagram spots in Tulum, Matcha Mama is the perfect place to start the morning with a cold brew coffee and a healthy smoothie or acai bowl. Camp out on one of the swings and take in all the jungle vibes while you fuel for the day ahead.

A Foodie's Complete Restaurant Guide to Tulum

Ki’Bok

Considered the best coffee in Tulum, this spot is located in town and is the perfect pick me up to kick off a long day of adventures.

Loved this restaurant guide to Tulum? Have some favorite spots in Tulum that I missed? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Mlyn Pe March 21, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Hey! Love your blog.
    Did you only visit Tulum?
    What activities do you suggest?
    Where should we stay?

    Thanks

    • Michelle March 23, 2018 at 2:04 am

      Thanks so much ūüôā I have several more blog posts going live next week about Tulum with more information so stay tuned!

      • Mlyn Pe March 23, 2018 at 2:15 am

        We are actually thinking of doing mexico city (4 days), tulum (5 days) and cuba (6 days). How long would you stay in Tulum versus Cuba? Thanks!

        • Michelle March 23, 2018 at 2:27 am

          I think you’ve set it up really well! Tulum is quite small and all pretty condensed, so you’ll spend most of your days eating and hanging by the beach or visiting cenotes/ruins during the day (which aren’t far). Cuba takes a bit more travel time between places so you’ll want to allot time for that!

          • Mlyn Pe March 23, 2018 at 2:29 am

            Great thanks so much! Lastly… Did you buy a internet card in Cuba? How does it work? & How much is a salsa class?

            Cannot wait ūüôā

          • Michelle March 23, 2018 at 3:33 pm

            We bought internet cards for a couple days but if I recall they only last a few hours at a time and you have to sit in the square to get the wifi. It may have changed by now but it’s easy to ask the locals. Salsa lessons cost 15 CUC for us — same as $15 USD ūüôā you MUST do salsa lessons. Such a highlight!

      • Mlyn Pe March 24, 2018 at 5:56 pm

        Do you know the best way to travel from Cancun’s airport to Tulum & Tulum to Cancun’s airport? How much does it cost?

        Thanks!