My trip to Tulum was just a month ago but I'm still daydreaming about it daily! There are so many places to eat, shop, and enjoy in this magical town. Today I'm sharing a handful of places for you to visit on your next trip!
Comida, comida, comida!
There are so many food options in Tulum! From tacos and enchiladas, to gelato, and even pizza I promise you won't leave the town hungry.
This steak house is tucked off on a side street off the main street in the heart of Tulum's city. This was our first stop after our 90 minute ride from the airport. The decor is amazing and the ambience is so relaxing (hence the dark photos-- not much lighting at night!). I ended up ordering the chicken and cheese gringas as well as a steak taco and a side of melted cheese. Mind you, it's not queso -- just legit melted cheese! I thought it was funny how my chicken tasted better than my steak, but I must admit I'm a bit biased. Before Our food arrived we were served chips and 5 different salsas! The guacamole was better than any guacamole I've ever had - it was smooth and had a nice jalapeno kick to it. We were also given this chili oil that packed a punch and a fresh pico de gallo salsa as well.
When people think of Tulum, they think of the amazing coastline and Hartwood. We ended up getting in on a complete whim for Aeriel's birthday dinner. A reservation fell through and the hostess was able to give us their table!!! I had emailed 3 months in advance looking to book a reservation for dinner and never heard back so I just assumed we didn't get one. We decided to just go any way and lucky for us it worked out.
Hartwood has no set menu, they just cook whatever they can catch that day! I decided to open up and try something new, so I ordered the ceviche as an appetizer. It was so delicious and had the perfect amount of spice to it. For my main course, I chose the short rib over a red cabbage salad with a fried pork skin on the side. Despite the large portion, everything was absolutely delicious!
We stopped in this quaint little breakfast spot in town before heading to the beach one morning. This little place has this quaint 1920's vibe (not flapper, but more rural) and is the perfect place for a quiet, peaceful breakfast. The fruit (like all of Tulum) was so fresh and I loved the healthy dishes they offered. I'm not too big on fried eggs - I prefer mine scrambled - but they went well with my fresh greens and bread. I curbed my sweet tooth with their freshly pressed green juice but if you prefer something a bit sweeter, try their chocolate croissant!
Panna e Cioccolato
There are a few of these spread throughout town and they have such creamy, delicious ice cream! One of the most interesting flavors I saw was "corn". Yes, corn. I didn't get it but opted for cookies & cream. It's not like most ice cream here in the States - it's much more creamier and almost the consistency of a soft serve. They also offer handmade chocolates if you're wanting to feed your sweet tooth!
El Pollo Bronco
El Pollo Bronco is perfect when you're looking for something quick and easy. Rice, chicken, tortillas, and a Coke was what we had for lunch mid-week while exploring the town. The chicken is perfectly seasoned and you get to select how much you'd like (leg + thigh, wing+leg+thigh, etc.) This little spot reminds me so much of the many little "hole in the wall" institutions we have here in the South. You get to enjoy a good meal, some Latin music videos, and get to watch as they cook the chickens in an brick oven. This is by far the best bang for your buck!
A Few More...
Mateo's Mexican Grill (Beach Hotel District)
We stopped in here after leaving the beach to grab drinks to cool us off. I ended up trying the bartender's special for the day - Cucumber & Mint margarita - and it was delicious. So fresh and light it tasted more like a juice than a margarita! The chili powder around the rim was the perfect finishing touch. They definitely offer more than just margs, so be sure to stop in if you have the time.
Hotel Poc Na (Beach District)
BEST. SHRIMP. TACOS. IN. TULUM.
Seriously, these are the best shrimp tacos I have every had in my entire life. If anyone tries to tell you otherwise, just walk away -- you don't need that negativity in your life. These fresh, warm corn tortillas layered with lettuce, pico, and the freshest shrimp you've ever consumed will change your life for the better. And don't forget to drizzle in lime juice. Go ahead and order that second helping! Don't be shy!
Papaya Playa Project
`You can't beat breakfast on the beach, especially at the Papaya Playa Project. These breakfast nachos are full of flavor - and scrambled eggs! These salsa verde has the perfect bite to it and a sprinkling of cheese and crema serve as the finishing touches. Be sure to drizzle on the salsa they provide and ask for a freshly squeezed juice too!
I strolled almost to the end of town to try this fresh gelato and it was worth it! The flavors are so expressive and potent. I tried a scoop of lemon and triple berry (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry) and it definitely hit the spot. It's a refreshing treat if you're not wanting ice cream or other sweet treats!
I hope you enjoy all these delicious spots on your next trip to Tulum! Feel free to leave any questions you have below in the comment section!
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