Yummy Breakfast Dining Options Await You in Cancun
By Kristin Busse
Cancún Local Expert
When searching for a place to have a great breakfast in Cancun there are many options, and they run the gamut from fast food or muffins and pastries to elaborate buffets with dozens of dishes to choose from.
Le Natura, located at km 9.5 serves delicious breakfasts with a lot of natural ingredients and offers a wide selection of fresh juices. Starbucks, McDonald's and Burger King are quick, economical options and they all have locations in the Hotel Zone.
If you prefer a more upscale setting El Cafe Mexicano inside The Ritz-Carlton Cancun and O restaurant inside the Hyatt Regency are recommended.
In downtown Cancun, La Creperia and 100% Natural are popular spots for breakfast. La Creperia has typical breakfast dishes like eggs and chorizo (a spicy sausage), as well as Mexican favorites like chilaquiles. 100% Natural offers delicious omelettes, sweet breads and fresh fruit juices, in addition to items like scrambled eggs and pancakes. Marakame, also located in downtown Cancun, offers a scrumptious breakfast-brunch buffet.
Sanborn's, Toks and VIPS are the Mexican equivalents of Denny's or IHOP and all are very popular breakfast spots. They all serve a number of Mexican specialties for breakfast but they also offer American options like pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage.
This internationally-known chain of coffee shops has many locations in Cancun, including four in the hotel zone. There are two locations in La Isla Shopping Village, one in Plaza Forum by the Sea and one in Plaza Caracol. Each of the locations serves a few breakfast items, like waffles as well as pastries, muffins, and biscotti to enjoy with your morning coffee. For a light lunch or dinner, there are several sandwiches and wraps to choose from. If you simply want a sweet treat, this is the place to be. Their desserts and cookies are absolutely delicious. Each of the Starbucks locations, in Cancun, are busy day and night. The two locations at La Isla Shopping Village have outdoor seating, where you can enjoy the sea breeze and do some people-watching while you eat. (1)
9 Hacienda Sisal
Hacienda Sisal - Backstage is a Mexican restaurant located on the grounds of the Royal Sands Resort near the hotel's main entrance at kilometer 13.5 in the Hotel Zone. The restaurant is open for dinner and guests have two dining options. They may opt for ordering off the menu in the main dining room or take in one of the themed dinner shows at Backstage, a large theater-type area with a stage, dance floor and bar. Two shows are featured, a circus theme or a rock show. In addition to having great food and entertainment, Hacienda Sisal also has a large selection of fine tequilas. ((998) 848-8220)
8 Hacienda el Mortero
If you're in the mood for an authentic Mexican fiesta, complete with live mariachi music, Hacienda el Mortero is waiting for you right on the edge of Cancun's Party Zone at Km. 9 of Boulevard Kulkukan in the Hotel Zone. There's also a magician that will do tricks at your table and make balloon figures for your kids. What's the perfect meal at Hacienda de Mortero? How about caesar salad prepared tableside, followed by duck enchiladas, accompanied by an authentic margarita or sangria? To finish, order the caramel crepes, also prepared right at your table. Hacienda de Mortero is part of the all inclusive program at the Krystal hotel but all other patrons are welcome as well. (998 848 9800)
7 Captain's Cove
The portions are quite large here so don't make the all-too-common mistake of filling up on salad before the over-sized entrees even make an appearance. Steak and seafood are the main offerings at this lovely, waterfront restaurant. Save room for one of the mouthwatering desserts. The carrot cake is especially delicious and large enough to share with a few people, although it's so good that you may not want to share it with anyone. Captain's Cove is located at 16.5 of Kukulcan Blvd., across the street from the Omni. They are open daily from noon to 11pm. (998-885-0016)
6 La Pasteleria (La Creperia)
This little restaurant is on one of Cancun's busiest streets, near Walmart and Market 28, yet many tourists pass right by it without having any idea what they are missing. The name of this place can be confusing, as there are two signs over the entrance ("La Pasteleria" and "La Creperia) and some people refer to it by one name and others use the other. The portions are hearty and the presentation of every dish is excellent. The dishes also taste as good as they look. You'll feel like you are dining in a gourmet restaurant, until you get the check and see that the prices are far less than you'd pay in a high-end restaurant. The restaurant's signature dish is crepes...both as a meal or dessert crepes. The salads are fresh and crispy and the soups are also great. Some Mexican dishes are offered too. The menu offers enough variety to make this place appealing to most people. For breakfast, waffles, pancakes, eggs, fruit, pastries and coffee and juices are offered. There is a bakery on-site and the display case is filled to the brim with loads of tasty cakes, candies and pastries. ((998) 884-3420)
5 100% Natural
This restaurant in downtown Cancun is a favorite of locals. The menu is large and consists of page after page of healthy dishes made with natural ingredients. Soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, Mexican specialties and seafood dishes are the main items offered, but there is also a very large drink menu. Fresh fruit juices, teas and fruit smoothies are as popular as they are delicious. Each one is made-to-order so beverage service can be a little slow if the restaurant is busy. There is indoor dining with air conditioning and lots of large plants to give you a sense of being outside and there is an outdoor area in a garden under some large trees that provide shade and a nice breeze. Vegetarians will find quite a few delicious items to choose from. For breakfast, tasty omelettes, scrambled eggs and pancakes are offered, along with fresh fruit and some Mexican specialties. ((998) 884-0102)
Hidden in an upscale neighborhood in downtown Cancun, Marakame is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They even deliver. This indoor/outdoor restaurant is great for an event, like a baby shower or birthday, a family breakfast or a romantic dinner. Thursday-Saturday nights they feature live music outside under the twinkling lights in the trees. Marakame features an extensive menu of pasta, seafood, salads, pizza and a fully stocked bar. The ambiance is welcoming and relaxing. Leave your board shorts and flip flops at the hotel, this crowd is casual but fashionable. To arrive, take the bus, get off at the first stop downtown and then take a 25 peso taxi to the restaurant. (887-1010, 887-0187)
3 Le Natura
Le Natura is located in the heart of the Hotel Zone across the street from Senor Frogs, but once you enter this lush, green environment you'll forget that you are in one of the busiest areas of Cancun. They have an extensive menu geared towards fresh, healthy eating and many vegetarian dishes available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The prices are very reasonable, try the 69 pesos (5.25 USD) breakfast combos or the 95 peso (7.25 USD) lunch/dinner combos. The fresh juices and smoothies are a highlight but don't despair, Le Natura also serves beer, margaritas, daiquiris, etc. etc. This is a restaurant that you may want to visit more than once during your stay. (998 883 0585)
Located in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Cancun, this beautiful restaurant with amazing sea views is only open for breakfast. Diners may choose to order from a full menu or to have the breakfast buffet. The buffet features breakfast standards like eggs and bacon, but also offers some Mexican breakfast specialties. Hot and cold dishes are offered on the buffet. Pastries, fruit, a variety of fresh-baked breads, fresh juices and others tasty breakfast items are also served. When you dine at O, you not only get to start your day with a delicious breakfast, but you also get the added bonus of gazing at the Caribbean Sea. ((998) 891-5555 x4010)
1 El Cafe Mexicano
This beautifully decorated restaurant has lots of windows and excellent views of the pool and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Open for breakfast and lunch, diners may order from the menu or enjoy an elaborate buffet with hot and cold dishes. During breakfast service, there is a Belgian waffle station and an omelette station in addition to the large assortment of other dishes. Lox and bagels, fresh fruit, pastries and traditional breakfast favorites like bacon and eggs are served on the buffet alongside Mexican dishes like refried beans, taquitos and chilaquiles. ((998) 881-0808)
About Kristin Busse
After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001. Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University. Chicago was her home for the next 9 years. Mexico has been good to Kristin, she became a mother and achieved her lifelong dream to become a professional singer. She loves to explore the area on the weekends with her 3 year old son, and she enjoys sharing her experiences and discoveries with others through writing and social media.
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