Modern Mexican Food in Playa del Carmen
Collected by Bobby Heard, AFAR Local Expert
Av. Juárez Mza. 217, Ejidal, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Named after the mythical Alux drawn from Maya lore, this unusual restaurant is located inside a naturally formed cave. According to legend, Aluxes are the guardians of property and only appear at night. Born in the moonlight, they seek magical...
Zazil-ha, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
"Hipster" meaning awesome modern takes on classic favorites, served up by attractive tattooed young foodies. Playa del Carmen is lucky to have two locations of this taqueria and cevicheria. Los Aguachiles was a local friend's #1 recommendation and...
Calle Flamingo SN, Manzana 7, Lote 4, Av Luis Donaldo Colosio, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
A little off the beaten path, head North on the beach in Playa until you've reach the 30+ small boats anchored on the point to find this spot. Very relaxed vibe that serves up Mexican street food with a modern, balanced twist. You may want to stay...
Quinta Avenida 17 Mz. 27 Lote 14, Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
It may look like an ordinary 5a Avenida restaurant from the outside, but once inside Aldea Corazón, you're transported to an intimate jungle enclave - complete with small cenote and Maya ruins. It's the perfect rendezvous place after a busy day of...
Calle 34 norte #128, Municipio de Solidaridad, Col.Gonzalo Guerrero, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Named for the bright-red paste made from numerous spices that’s used as a rub in southern Mexico (the intense color comes from the achiote seed), Axiote abides by a simple rule: It uses only Mexican ingredients in the dishes it prepares according...
Av Constituyentes Lote 6 entre 25 Norte Y 30 Norte, Col Gonzalo Guerrero, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Always busy with locals, Chiltepin delivers lots of classic seafood dishes. Their speciality is tostadas. This is a lively place withdaily alcohol specials and live sports on TV.
1 Avenida Norte Mz 63 Lt 1, Centro, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Possibly Playa's most inventive menu will require a thorough read. But be prepared to take your taste buds to a whole new world. Try the grilled corn with chamoy mayo and fresh coriander.
Quinta Avenida Manzana 71 Lote 1, Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Owned by arguably Mexico's most famous chef, Enrique Olvera of Pujol in Mexico City, Maiz de Mar marries traditional Mexican with modern flavours for the perfect balance of flavours. You will not get a bad meal here.