Some people might not consider Cancun to be the "real" Mexico, but the world-class vacation destination is also home to around 750,000 residents, most of whom are Mexican. Many come from other parts of the country to live and work in Cancun, and bring their traditions and their food with them.
Most might imagine, and hope, that their vacation would include long, leisurely gourmet dinners, and of course it should, but why not try some homestyle Mexican food as well? We're not talking nachos and hard-shell tacos, which is actually Tex-Mex food and more popular in the US and along the US-Mexico border, we're talking about authentic Mexican food.
Visitors can try homestyle Mexican food in small, rustic eateries like Tacun or restaurants Hacienda de Mortero in the Hotel Zone. In downtown Cancun La Parrilla and La Casa de los Abuelos both serve traditional Mexican food. If you are looking to try local seafood, El Galeon del Caribe (aka Las Pescadillas) and El Fish Fritanga in the Hotel Zone and El Cejas downtown in Market 28 all prepare the freshest traditional Mexican Caribbean-style seafood dishes. Cheester, a local favorite, has various locations in downtown Cancun and serves huge portions of homestyle pasta. Bovino's Churrascaria is Cancun's favorite place for Brazilian homestyle dishes.
Discover authentic Mexican flavors and more in Cancun's homestyle restaurants.