Best Breakfast in Cancún

Yummy Breakfast Dining Options Await You in Cancun

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 in The Ritz-Carlton Cancun and Salt in Me Cancun are recommended. Hacienda el Mortero, Captain's Cove and Hacienda Sisal all offer a fantastic Sunday brunch.  

In downtown Cancun, La Pasteleteria, Belgian Waffle Boutique and 100% Natural are popular spots for breakfast. Marakame, also located in downtown Cancun, offers a scrumptious breakfast-brunch buffet. Chili's in Malecon Americas serves surprisingly delicious a la carte breakfasts.

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.      


Zona Hotelera
Hacienda Sisal
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Hacienda Sisal 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 interior is grand and inviting. Hacienda Sisal is open for happy hour from 2 pm to 5pm daily, and for dinner from 7 pm to 10:30 pm. The focus here is gourmet, traditional Mexican cuisine. On Sundays they host a popular brunch with Mexican and American dishes from 8 am to 12 pm. Hacienda Sisal also has a large selection of fine tequilas and if you order two shots of their artesanal mezcal, the third is on them.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Hacienda el Mortero offers a "Brunch Dominical" (Sunday breakfast-brunch buffet)every week from 8 am to 12 pm.

Susan's expert tip: This restaurant is only open for dinner everyday except Sundays. On Sunday, they serve and incredible brunch buffet, from 8am until 2pm and it is a real crowd-pleaser.

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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.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Marakame features a lovely breakfast/brunch buffet and the ambiance can't be beat.

Kristin's expert tip: Visit on Friday or Saturday evening and sit in the garden, the live music starts at 10 pm.

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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. Their Sunday brunch is 9am - 12 pm.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Hacienda el Mortero offers a Sunday brunch with both Mexican and international dishes.

Kristin's expert tip: If you enjoy your dinner, return for Hacienda el Mortero's scrumptious Sunday Brunch.

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La Pasteleteria
Photo courtesy of Susan R. Vincil

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 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.

Recommended for Breakfast because: La Pasteleria serves quality food and the bakery items are out of this world.

Susan's expert tip: Try their now location in Malecon Americas.

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Zona Hotelera

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. Captain's Cove Sunday brunch (8am to 2pm) is a favorite of both tourists and locals.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Captain's Cove has been open for 30 years and it is a Cancun dining institution.

Susan's expert tip: Sit on the terrace. The view of the lagoon is nice (especially at sunset) and you might even catch a glimpse of Pancho and Willy, the crocodiles that frequent the area.

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100% Natural
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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.

Recommended for Breakfast because: 100% Natural is a Cancun institution. They serve fresh dishes made with natural ingredients.

Susan's expert tip: Try the fresh juices, fruit smoothies, or other natural beverages, like Jamaica (pronounce ha-MIKE-a), which is a tasty hibiscus tea.

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Belgian Waffle Boutique serves well, Belgian Waffles, but they also serve French toast, hot cakes, crepes and chilaquiles, plus lunch and dinner. Very popular with locals, there are two locations in downtown Cancun, but the easiest one to get to is in Malecon Americas mall. The restaurant is quite small but charming. This is a great place to have a meal or just coffee and conversation with a friend. Belgian Waffle Boutique gets pretty busy on the weekends, and there may be a wait, so try it during the week.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Belgian Waffle Boutique serves the best waffles in Cancun and a lot of other delicious dishes.

Kristin's expert tip: This is the place to go if you are craving something sweet for breakfast.

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Hotel Zone

Le Natura is located in the heart of the Hotel Zone across the street from what used to be 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 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.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Le Natura serves delicious, nutricious, fresh food at an economical price for the Hotel Zone.

Kristin's expert tip: Make your way towards the back of the restaurant to sit closer to the beach.

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Hotel Zone

Salt is located in the Me (by Melia) Cancun. This upscale restaurant serves Mediterranean haute cuisine in the evening, but in the morning, an extensive breakfast-brunch buffet is available. With both Mexican and American options, there are made-to-order omelets and smoothies available, fresh tropical fruit and juices, waffles, pancakes, french toast, bagels and lox, cereal, coffee and tea, tamales, breads, mufflins... shall we go on? You do not have to be a guest at Me Cancun to dine at Salt. Even though this buffet isn't exactly economically priced, the ambiance is casual and relaxed.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Salt offers an extensive breakfast-brunch buffet and a bright, cheerful atmosphere.

Kristin's expert tip: Don't miss the "queso french toast"!

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El Cafe Mexicano
Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

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.

Recommended for Breakfast because: It's the Ritz-Carlton. It doesn't get much better than this.

Susan's expert tip: To try a variety of delicious breakfast dishes have the breakfast buffet rather than ordering from the menu.

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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