Cancún Restaurants

Large breakfast and brunch buffets are among the most popular meals in the Zona Hotelera, with prices ranging from MX$165 to MX$338 per person. Most local restaurants open for lunch around 2 pm and generally stay open until midnight. When choosing one, be aware that those lining avenidas Tulum and Yaxchilán are often noisy and crowded, and gas fumes make it hard to enjoy meals alfresco. Many of the finer options are on Avenida Bonampak. Eateries in the Parque de las Palapas, just off Avenida Tulum, serve expertly prepared Mexican food. Deeper into the city center, you can find fresh seafood and traditional fare at Mercado Veintiocho (Market 28). Dress is casual in Cancún, but many restaurants do not allow bare feet, short shorts, or bathing suits. Even at the fanciest places, suggested attire is "resort elegant," meaning long pants, collared shirts, and closed shoes for gentlemen. For women, a dress or skirt and blouse with chichi sandals or heels will suffice. Upscale resorts in the Zona Hotelera typically purify their tap water; however, ask in advance whether it's safe to drink.

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  • 1. Labná

    $$ | El Centro

    Yucatecan cuisine reaches new and exotic heights at this Mayan-themed restaurant, with fabulous dishes prepared by chef Elviro Pol. The papadzules (tortillas stuffed with eggs...Read More

  • 2. 100% Natural

    $$ | El Centro

    Start the day at this open-air restaurant with a signature omelet and a bebida inteligente ("intelligent drink") which combines fruit juice with ginseng. Sandwiches, soy...Read More

  • 3. Babel Odissea Culinaria

    $$ | Zona Hotelera

    Overlooking the Nichupté Lagoon, Babel has created a new type of dining experience with one of the prettiest sunset views in all of Cancun. This...Read More

  • 4. Café con Gracia

    $$ | El Centro

    This adorable downtown café with an outdoor garden is a local favorite for breakfast. They serve an extensive selection of coffees alongside yummy pancakes, crepes,...Read More

  • 5. El Oasis

    $$ | El Centro

    This aptly named eatery is a welcome respite from El Centro's busy streets. House specials include grilled seafood with rice, fish fillet with coconut cream,...Read More

  • 6. Rolandi's Pizzeria

    $$ | El Centro

    This Cancún landmark since almost the beginning draws crowds with its scrumptious wood-fired pizzas. The most popular, Pizza del Patrón, is topped with tomatoes, prosciutto,...Read More

  • 7. Santos Mariscos

    $$ | Zona Hotelera

    This unglamorous cantina, marked by a string of Christmas lights dangling over the patio, is a tribute to masked wrestling champion El Santo. Its reasonable...Read More

  • 8. The Surfin' Burrito

    $$ | Zona Hotelera

    A truly local joint that seems out of place in the Zona Hotelera draws the crowds in the morning for its smoothie bowls and later...Read More

  • 9. Downtown

    $$ | El Centro

    This urban bistro brings a touch of New York into the heart of El Centro. Warehouse meets Zen in the informal yet sophisticated dining room,...Read More

  • 10. Roots Jazz Club

    $$ | El Centro

    Locals and tourists mingle here to enjoy contemporary jazz and flamenco music (piped in during the afternoon but live at night). The performances are the...Read More

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