Cancun is known for its all-inclusive resorts, but it’s important to escape once in a while in order to experience what else the Hotel Zone has to offer. Cancun is home to world-class activities, shopping, nightlife and restaurants, too.
La Habichuela Sunset, the much younger sister of La Habichuela in downtown Cancun, is one of the restaurants in the Hotel Zone that should not be missed. Here, the rich history of Mexico’s cuisine meets regional specialties like seafood and Mayan and Yucatecan cuisine.
Although the restaurant has only been open for a few years, La Habichuela Sunset’s dreamy ambiance, impeccable service and delightful menu – which is the same as the downtown version – have set it apart from the competition.
True to its name, La Habichuela Sunset features excellent sunset views in Cancun — Photo courtesy of La Habichuela Sunset
The restaurant sits on sparkling Nichupte Lagoon, and it's an ideal spot from which to view Cancun’s breathtaking sunsets. It’s best to arrive right before sunset, when the restaurant’s twinkling lights are turned on, and enjoy a cocktail before dinner, inside and upstairs, where the view of the lagoon is the best.
Skip your usual cocktail and try the tangy mango martini.
When the sun starts to go down, the twinkling lights come on — Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse
It’s important to be adventurous at La Habichuela Sunset. Although all choices will be delicious, instead of just ordering guacamole and coconut shrimp, make the most of the opportunity and order something created in the tradition of Mexican history.
More exotic dishes include the Huitlacoche Crepes (crepes stuffed with black corn truffle and glazed with hollandaise sauce); Chicken Pibil (chicken seasoned with achiote and baked in banana leaves prepared in the pre-Hispanic Mayan tradition); or Relleno Negro (a classic Mayan dish of turkey and meatballs in a roasted chili sauce).
The menu features a key, so you’ll know if the dish you've ordered is international, Caribbean, Mexican or Mayan.
The Seafood Parade can be prepared in three different ways — Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse
For dessert, try a flambee for two, which will be prepared right at your table. The Butterscotch or Caramel Crepes are irresistible.
It goes without saying that the famous La Habichuela Mayan coffee is a must. They invented it.
The Mayan show is haunting and breathtaking — Photo courtesy of La Habichuela Sunset
La Habichuela Sunset is very large, with seating inside or outside on many different levels. If you visit on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, you’ll experience the mysterious Mayan show (at 8 p.m.). For the best view of the show, sit on the lowest level of the outdoor seating area.
One of the dancers will come around and paint a Mayan figure on your face before the show, which is recommended, as it makes for excellent photographs. Be sure to have your picture taken with the dancers after the performance.
On Thursday nights, La Habichuela Sunset features live jazz music.
La Habichuela Sunset is located at kilometer 12.6 of Boulevard Kukulkan in Cancun’s Hotel Zone.