Playa del Carmen, the second largest city in the Riviera Maya and the most popular vacation spot, is full of wonderful surprises. This city boosts beautiful beaches, affordable vacation homes and boutique hotels in a cosmopolitan atmosphere not found anywhere else on the coast.
The international influences that shaped this destination is what makes this city different. Foodies from all over the world love to seek out national chefs, fusion flavors, and traditional Mexican dishes that define the culinary landscape. GMO free local produce, freshly caught fish, Central American spices and chilis make Playa a culinary paradise on your vacation.
The small fishing village known as Playa accidentally became an international destination and its reputation as a foodie destination was just as unplanned. Many moons ago, the basic flavors that define Mexican cuisine were the only flavors found in the city. Cueva de Chango was one of the original Playa restaurants that offered Mexican dining instead of just Mexican roadside tacos. Today, Cueva de Chango is still serving authentic and traditional Mexican dishes for breakfast lunch and dinner.
As more visitors and expats came on the scene, new flavors emerged. Thai, Japanese, American, Argentinean, French, and Italian restaurants added to the eclectic food community that was defining Playa. Visitors are hard pressed to try all the exotic and traditional flavors found in over 700 restaurants in the city. Even Indian cuisine is represented in this town.
If you want to dive into local coffee and organic chocolate, Ah Cacao is the most popular coffee cafe in the city. Home-made desserts, ice cream and their famous Mayan hot chocolate makes this coffee cafe a great place to start your foodie adventure in Playa del Carmen.
Planning your food adventures in Playa del Carmen requires as much care as your eco-tours and cultural activities. There are so many flavors to try, so many great chefs to check out, and so many cool little places found off the beaten path.
Check out restaurants located up and down the coast in the Riviera Maya. You will not regret it!