10 Best Restaurants in Downtown Cancun: Venture out of the Hotel Zone

Kristin Busse

By , Local Expert, Cancún
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Cancun's Hotel Zone is famous for its beautiful beaches, resorts, nightclubs and restaurants. However, at the northern end of the “HoZo” you'll find downtown Cancun, a city of more than 500,000 residents. Escape the Hotel Zone for an evening or two and make the trip downtown or you will miss some of the best and most charming restaurants that Cancun has to offer.

Both Du Mexique and Peter's on Bonampak Avenue are very close to the Hotel Zone entrance. They are easy to find and both run by local families. Peter's has received such rave reviews that it's ranked number 3 on Trip Advisor's list of Cancun restaurants after being...  Read more »

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    Cocina de Autor

    A romantic or business dinner or for families with older children.

    Local Expert Tip: "There is limited seating on the patio so if you wish to dine outdoors reservations are a must."

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    La Habichuela

    Local Expert Tip: "The garden area is lovely. Request a table in that section."

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    Du Mexique

    Local Expert Tip: "Try a Mexican wine with your dinner. Not many people know that Mexico produces some very good wine."

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    Peter's Restaurante

    Local Expert Tip: " Be sure to make reservations as the charming dining room has only 8 tables."

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    Local Expert Tip: "Call ahead and ask which night they will have live music."

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    Locanda Paolo

    Local Expert Tip: "Dress to impress, no shorts or flip-flops here."

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    La Troje

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit on Tuesday for a 30% discount."

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    Local Expert Tip: "Rumor has it that the Prime Minister of Japan once ate here while in Cancun for an international convention. Ask the owners about it during your visit."

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    Local Expert Tip: "Visit on Friday or Saturday evening and sit in the garden, the live music starts at 10 pm."

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    La Parrilla

    Local Expert Tip: "They don't offer a breakfast/brunch buffet, per se, but they do have an extraordinary Sunday lunch buffet. It's definitely worth the trip into downtown Cancun, to check it out."



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