Japanese Is King in Cancun, But Visitors Can Find Chinese, Thai, Too

Vacationing in Mexico doesn’t mean you'll want to eat Mexican food at every meal or even every day. Well, you’re in luck because Cancun is home to countless restaurants that serve international food for all budgets.

Asian food is especially popular with visitors and locals, and there are many options in both the Hotel Zone and downtown, many of which are owned and operated by Asian expats and their families. You’ll find all of your old favorites on the menu, plus dishes with a Mexican twist. Japanese is king, but there are also Thai and Chinese options.

At Thai in Plaza La Isla in the Hotel Zone you can dine in romantic private cabañas. Sit at a Teppanyaki Table at Mikado in the Marriott CasaMagna, which is also home to the elegant SaSi Thai. Yamamoto on Uxmal Avenue is the oldest Japanese restaurant in town, and it’s still going strong. Hong Kong IS Chinese food in Cancun, it even has a whole shopping plaza named after it. Silk is an Asian fusion option in the Hotel Zone in the ME hotel.

Try one (or more) of these Asian restaurants when you are in Cancun, don’t worry, Mexico won’t mind.

Hong Kong IS Chinese food in Cancun. They have been open since 1984 and were one of the very first restaurants to serve food after Hurricane Wilma hit in 2005. Their main location is a huge restaurant downtown (capacity 500!)which is open from 8...  Read More

Sushi Ken is a local favorite. There are 5 locations in Cancun and the main one is downtown on Palenque. There is also a Sushi Ken in Plaza Outlet that is a nice place to have lunch if you feel like going to the movies or doing some shopping as...  Read More

Hotel Zone

Sasi Thai is made up of small thatched roof pods on different levels with torch-like lighting and loads of ambiance and personality. This romantic Thai fusion restaurant/lounge is located in the Marriott CasaMagna at km 14.5 of the Hotel Zone....  Read More

Zona Hotelera

Silk Asian Bistro is located in the trendy ME by Melia resort at km 12 in the Hotel Zone. Asian Fusion (Peruvian) cusine including sushi, sashimi, the always entertaining Teppanyaki and is served in an nightclub-ish avant-garde space. If you...  Read More

This sushi house is one of Cancun's most popular Japanese restaurants. Located in Plaza Peninsula on Bonampak Avenue in downtown Cancun, locals love Wazaaabi and a few lucky tourists have had the pleasure of dining here. Prices are more...  Read More

This Japanese restaurant and authentic sushi bar is located in downtown Cancun and has been open for over 9 years. It combines Japanese cuisine with a touch of Mexico. This a great place for a family dinner, a business lunch or a meal with...  Read More

Hotel Zone

Although many people consider Hanaichi the best Japanese restaurant in Cancun, it is a bit of a local secret due to the fact that the restaurant doesn't have much of a presence on the Internet even though it has been open since 2002. The sushi...  Read More

While patrons can order Asian staples like fried rice and stir-fried chicken or beef at Yamamoto, the real draw is the sushi. With so many seafood restaurants in the city, it's not surprising that there are quite a few sushi bars in town, but...  Read More

Zona Hotelera

Mikado is a Japanese restaurant located in the Marriott CasaMagna at km 21 in the Hotel Zone. The atmosphere is great, especially for families. They also have Teppanyaki or Hibachi Tables and the chefs put on a great show by tossing chicken,...  Read More

This is arguably Cancun's best Thai restaurant and it happens to be the prettiest too. Actually, it's one of the most beautiful, romantic settings in all of Cancun. People rave about the food, the decor, the service, and the waterfront location....  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