Riviera Maya Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Its not always easy to know where to find good quality and value while visiting a tourist destination. Your best option is to ask the locals! Our recommendations are based on our personal experiences and also recommendations by our guests. We obviously cannot guarantee that you will have the same great experience, but we hope that you will. If you feel that we have missed something or would like to recommend a place, feel free to let us know. Enjoy!

Coffee & Pastries - Ah Cacao ($)

Coffee & Pastries - Ah Cacao ($)

You have not been to Playa if you have not had a cup of coffee or chocolate at Ah Cacao! Large selection of hot and cold coffee drinks. Don’t miss the homemade brownies that will melt in your mouth! You’ll also find a nice selection of chocolate and coffee souvenirs to take back home.
Location: Three locations: 5th Avenue and Ave Constituyentes, 5th Avenue and Calle 30 and the recently opened 5th Avenue and 38th Avenue.
Breakfast - Cueva del Chango ($$)

Breakfast - Cueva del Chango ($$)

Artsy breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant with a cozy tropical garden serving authentic Mexican dishes. It’s a fun place to bring kids as they can watch koi fish swimming in small water features within the restaurant. Open Mondays-Saturdays: 8 AM-10:30 PM and Sundays: 8 AM-2 PM
Location: Calle 38 between 5th Avenue and the beach.
Phone: 984 147 0271
Breakfast - Elemento ($)

Breakfast - Elemento ($)

Within the walls of Casona a fabulous custom furniture and interiors design establishment lies Elemento, an organic restaurant that offers delicious dishes prepared with passion and consciousness to Mother Nature. Experience rich and elaborate dishes without the tumult and noise that usually accompanies major cities. At Elemento, art and cuisine merge seamlessly into one space, full of creativity and a unique atmosphere within Playa del Carmen.
Location: 25th Ave and 24th Street
Phone: 984 803 2387
Breakfast - Plank Weekend Brunch ($$$)

Breakfast - Plank Weekend Brunch ($$$)

Awesome Brunch and Savory Dinner- A New Way Of Eating; Plank Gourmet Grill & Patio Bar with partner & gourmet Chef Juan Diego Solombrino prepare and serve every dinner dish on Himalayan Salt Blocks, Cedar, Maple, Hickory and or Mesquite wood planks to infuse each meal with its intricate flavors. A must in Playa. ***** 5 Diamond Awarded 2016
Location: 1st Ave and 16th Street
Lunch - Salade ($)

Lunch - Salade ($)

The best place for a quick and healthy lunch. Salade (previously named Barra Light) is a salad bar where you can customize your salad, choose the base ingredients, proteins, vegetables, seeds and dressing and get your perfect taste! They also offer bagels, baguettes, fresh juices, salads and more. Try the lemonade with mint, it`s a must!
Location: 10 Street and 15th Ave
Phone: 984 112 5340
Lunch - Pizza Rolandis ($$)

Lunch - Pizza Rolandis ($$)

Great attention and great food! The specialty is the brick oven pizza however, main dishes such as pastas, steak and fish are great also. Our favorite is fucilli with shrimp and vodka; dessert and coffee are also mandatory. Enjoy with a glass of wine or a delicious "Sangria" - the best in Playa!
Location: Paseo del Carmen Shopping Mall
Phone: 984 803 4122
Lunch - Casa Sofia ($$)

Lunch - Casa Sofia ($$)

A wonderful place for a casual lunch or dinner. Home made pasta, pizza, calzone and salads with freshly baked bread and a good selection of wine at affordable pricing. It can`t get much better than this!
Location: Aviacion Avenue Paseo Coba Strip Mall
Phone: 984 166 4252
Lunch - Sushi Ken ($)

Lunch - Sushi Ken ($)

If you`re into Oriental Food, Sushi Ken is the best option with very affordable pricing. We love the rainbow roll, bandera roll and the bowls! Don`t miss the Wednesdays 2x1 on all rolls, but get there early to find a table available! They have delivery service, too.
Location: 10th Ave between 12th and 14th Street
Phone: 984 877 0839
Dinner - Babes Noodles & Bar ($$)

Dinner - Babes Noodles & Bar ($$)

Have you ever considered a menu mixing Thai and Swedish food? That`s what makes Babe`s Noodles & Bar so special! Serving the best Pad Thai in Playa del Carmen, Babe`s is now an icon in town. The Swedish meatballs is our second favorite dish. Don`t miss the delicious margaritas in different flavors or if you don`t feel like drinking alcohol, try the mint lemonade for refreshing your evening in warm Playa del Carmen.
Location: 10th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue.
Phone: 984 879 3569
Dinner - Sushiclub ($$)

Dinner - Sushiclub ($$)

This is a chic restaurant serving some of the best sushi in Playa del Carmen. With original combinations, everything from presentation to taste is flawless! Drinks and dessert are a must when you visit Sushiclub for dinner. (oishikatta)
Location: 10th Ave corner with 26th Streeta
Toll Free: 01 800 22 SUSHI (7874)
Dinner - Sur Steak House ($$$)

Dinner - Sur Steak House ($$$)

One of the best Steak Houses in Playa del Carmen is Sur by Grupo Azotea. With Argentinian cuts as a specialty, Sur also offers a wide menu with salads, pasta and international cuisine. They have a great selection of wine and it`s located in one of the best spots in downtown Playa.
Location: 10th Street corner with 5th Ave
Phone: 984 803 2995
Dinner - Frida Kahlo ($$$)

Dinner - Frida Kahlo ($$$)

Honoring one of the greatest Mexican painters of surrealism, Frida Kahlo recently opened its doors offering a menu inspired in Mexican cuisine, with some traditional dishes and some more modern fusion dishes, they are all inspired in Frida`s paintings.
Location: 8th Street corner with 5th Ave
Phone: 984 803 2920
Dinner - La Bodeguita del Medio ($$)

Dinner - La Bodeguita del Medio ($$)

In Playa there is a great affinity of combining a taste of Cuba in Mexico, creating a wonderful combination between two great versions of Latin celebration. La Bodeguita del Medio is a surprising gastronomic experience, serving wonderful traditional Cuban dishes, and sea food. You will not want to miss, each nights transformation of its environment featuring an exceptional live Cuban Band, dance floor and one of the best Mojitos in town.
Location: 5th Ave corner with 34th Ave
Phone: 984 803 3951
Breakfast - Chez Celine ($)

Breakfast - Chez Celine ($)

This authentic French bakery is the new breakfast and lunch place for those craving good croissants, pain au chocolat, omelettes (with fleur de sel) and fresh baguettes with homemade marmelade (blueberry is our favorite). Good selection of sandwiches and salads for lunch (some with organic ingredients).
Location: 5th Avenue and Calle 34
Phone: 984 803 3480
Breakfast - Indigo ($$)

Breakfast - Indigo ($$)

You feel like having a nice oceanfront breakfast? Then Indigo is the place for you!
Location: Calle 14 y la Playa Playa del Carmen, Q.R. Mexico
Phone: 984 803 2222
Breakfast - Hot Baking Company ($)

Breakfast - Hot Baking Company ($)

Famous for the sandwiches, Hot Baking Company is an excellent option for breakfast beyond sandwiches. eggs, omelettes, natural juice and a wide variety of sweets and baking goodies. You won`t regret!
Location: 5th avenue and 38th, Centro Maya Shopping mall, Strip Mall Plaza Inn
Phone: 984 803 9314
Lunch - Los Aguachiles ($)

Lunch - Los Aguachiles ($)

Great casual seafood restaurant where all the hip locals go for lunch. Offers delicious tostadas and tacos with tuna, shrimp and ceviche topped with tasty home-made sauces. Expect to wait for a table during high-season. It’s worth the wait!
Location: Corner of Calle 34 and 25th Avenue.
Phone: 984 142 7380
Lunch - Cinco by Thompson Hotel ($$$)

Lunch - Cinco by Thompson Hotel ($$$)

With fresh ingredients and one of the best possible views in Playa del Carmen. Cinco came to Playa del Carmen to stay! A relaxed atmosphere and creative Mexican cuisine make this restaurant a unique place.
Phone: 984 206 4800
Lunch & Dinner - Papa Charly Pasta Factory ($)

Lunch & Dinner - Papa Charly Pasta Factory ($)

"The main spice we use in our food is love" is Papa Charly`s mantra and it`s true! A small & cozy restaurante serving excellent pizza & pasta!
Location: 30th Street between 30th and 25th Ave.
Phone: 984-1347919 / 984-1086035
Dinner - El Fogon ($)

Dinner - El Fogon ($)

Great “cheap eatery” attracting both tourists and locals serving tacos (we recommend trying the “tacos al pastor”), quesadillas and other grilled Mexican dishes. Good value!
Location: Ave Constituyentes between 25th and 30th Avenues (in front of Mega Supermarket)
Phone: 984 803 0885
Dinner - El Diez ($$)

Dinner - El Diez ($$)

One of the best argentinian restaurants, El Diez offers great food in a relaxed ambiance. Inspired by Argentinian soccer decoration, El Diez best bets are the "churrasco" and the charcoal grilled burgers. Give them a try!
Location: 30th Street corner with 5th Ave
Phone: 984 803 5418
Dinner - Almirante Pech ($$$)

Dinner - Almirante Pech ($$$)

If following trends and meeting people is your thing, Almirante Pech is the place for you! Good music, good food and great ambiance are the trademarks of this always-crowded place. Make a reservation or get there early, you will have great dinner and a great time!
Location: 30th Street corner with 5th Ave
Phone: 984 169 2807
Dinner - Como Como ($$)

Dinner - Como Como ($$)

Mediterranean cuisine is the expertise of this great place for dinner.
Location: 10th Ave between 12th and 14th Street
Phone: 984 859 1646
Dinner - Bovinos ($$$$)

Dinner - Bovinos ($$$$)

Bovinos Churrascaria recently opened its doors in Playa del Carmen and has rapidly become a favourite for both tourists and locals. A wide buffet and great Brazilian meat cuts make this place a unique experience.
Location: 10th Ave corner with 12th Street
Phone: 984 803 0301
Coffee & Pastries - Basic Foodie ($$)

Coffee & Pastries - Basic Foodie ($$)

Close your eyes and imagine a perfect scone, fluffy and tasty...open them and head up to Basic Foodie! An off the path bakery offering home made pastries with organic ingredients and great taste. Do you want to learn how to bake? basic Foodie is also the place! Sign up for one of their classes, you won`t regret!
Location: Carretera Federal - Steren Strip Mall (at the entrance of Playa del Carmen, coming from Cancun right before the local lane starts)
Phone: 984 109 1948