Beyond Nachos and Tacos: Cancun's Best Mexican Restaurants

If you love real Mexican food, you'll be in heaven in Cancun. Here you'll find everything from taco street stands and budget-friendly beach eateries to fine dining restaurants that serve gourmet Mexican cuisine.  

For upscale Mexican food, Julia Mia offers gourmet cuisine at a reasonable price in a lovely atmosphere. La Parrilla provides a lively ambiance complete with live mariachi music. For a fun meal, visit Perico's. They have live music and encourage guests to join in the fun by dancing, drinking tequila shots and joining the conga line. All three of these restaurants are located in downtown Cancun. In the Hotel Zone, try La Destileria or Hacienda Sisal.

La Habichuela Sunset (and the La Habichuela located in downtown Cancun) serves delicious Yucatecan food and seafood dishes. Labna, located next door to La Habichuela Downtown, also serves Yucatecan cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.

For something that pleases your palate and is very easy on the wallet, try "street food". Taco stands on street corners or the food vendors in Parque de las Palapas downtown are great places to try authentic Mexican street food. Look for the stands with the longest line of locals and eat there. You aren't likely to be disappointed with the flavor or quality of the food, and the prices can't be beat.   

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...  Read More

Hotel Zone

This is real Mexican food at a reasonable price. Tacun is located across the street from Plaza Flamingo on the ocean side of the street at km 11.5 in the Hotel Zone. This is the type of authentic, economical food you would normally only find in...  Read More

When visitors and locals go in search of a festive Mexican meal, they usually end up at La Parrilla. The restaurant features a large salon and terrace, festive colors and fountains, and those wanting a little variety can order a margarita mixed...  Read More

Zona Hotelera
Hacienda Sisal
Photo courtesy of Hacienda Sisal

Hacienda Sisal is a Mexican restaurant, located on the grounds of the Royal Sands Resort, near the hotel's main entrance. The restaurant is only open for dinner but guests have two dining options. They may opt for ordering off the menu, in the...  Read More

The specialized cuisine of the Yucatan is Labna's forte. If you've never had this colorful cuisine before you're in for a treat. The menu is divided into two sections, Yucatecan dishes and Mexican haute cuisine, so be adventurous! Start off with...  Read More

Zona Hotelera

When people think of Mexico, they may picture sunny beaches, haciendas, and sombreros, but the owners of La Destileria have some other images to highlight; excellent Mexican cuisine and tequila. Start with a dish like spiced corn soup or stuffed...  Read More

La Habichuela Sunset and its sister property, La Habichuela, which is located in downtown Cancun, both serve fine Mayan, Mexican, Caribbean and international cuisine. They even have a key on the menu to help you order. Both have lovely garden...  Read More

Julia Mia is a local favorite. Owners Lupita and Irma Chavez, sisters from Guadalara, opened Julia Mia together. The restaurant features contemporary Mexican food, but never forgets to incorporate traditional flavors and ingredients. The...  Read More

Du Mexique is another one of the amazing restaurants on Bonampak avenue in downtown Cancun. This is a lovely place to celebrate a special occasion like an anniversary or birthday. Located in what used to be a house, the divine ambiance, service...  Read More

La Habichuela has been a fixture in Cancun for over 30 years and is located in what was once owner Armando Pezzotti's home. The delightful ambiance which includes sculptures, trees, plants and twinkling lights can be enjoyed in the open air...  Read More


Meet 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....  More About Kristin

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