Israel, Mexico, Asia and More Represented in Playa del Carmen's Best Restaurants

Playa del Carmen, affectionately refered to as "Playa" by locals, was once just the small fishing town where you could catch the ferry to Cozumel. However Playa has rapidly grown into a bustling, yet still charming beach town that tourists from all over the world visit. No matter how big Playa gets, it never loses it's bohemian small town feel.

Like it's residents, many of whom are expats from other countries, Playa del Carmen's cuisine is international, and you'll find upscale fine dining and small "hole in the wall" eateries that serve tempting creations from all over the globe. Pedestrian walkway 5th Avenue is an obvious choice for a meal in Playa del Carmen, but many of Playa's best restaurants are off the beaten path (the path being 5th Avenue).

For a true international experience in one place, Playa del Carmen's best restaurant, Oh Lala!, offers just nine tables, so it's best to make a reservation. A taste of Israel can be found at an economical price at Falafel Nessya.

At Imprevist, Asian fusion cuisine is prepared by a Guatemalan Chef, and at Don Chendo, diners will find the only Chicago-style pizza in Playa del Carmen.

Babe's Noodles serves delicious Thai dishes (and yummy mojitos), while Sushi Lalo Wey offers fresh sushi in a bustling food market. La Tarraya has served seafood on the beach since 1968, and Blue Lobster is known for steak and well, lobster.

Try a different type of cuisine each evening in Playa del Carmen's international restaurants.



For an authentic Mexican experience, stop by La Perla Pixan Cuisine & Mexcal Store. Adored by locals, La Perla Pixan incorporates flavors from all over Mexico and serves them with their own special twist. Just say no to Jose Cuervo and try...  Read More



Don Chendo serves Playa del Carmen's only Chicago-style deep dish pizza, and it is delicious. The owner Russell is from New York, but worked at Uno's Pizzeria in Chicago. If that isn't reason enough to go, they also serve spaghetti and...  Read More



La Cueva del Chango is one of "Playa's" most popular restaurants and has been open for over 15 years. This "cave" actually makes you feel like you're picnicking at a secluded jungle spot. Waterfalls, a fishpond, exotic birds and natural wood and...  Read More



Sushi is a little different in Mexico, in a very good way, and Sushi Club, located on 26th Street between 5th Avenue & 10th Avenue, does sushi well. With an upscale, romantic, chic ambiance and a DJ, patrons can settle in and enjoy rolls,...  Read More



Breakfast, lunch or an early dinner on the beach? Si por favor! Lido Beach Club provides everything from live music and a great staff to yummy food and drinks at good prices, all on the shores of the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea. Loved by...  Read More

Blue Lobster


This romantic fine dining establishment offers indoor white linen dining, as well as terrace tables for those warm evenings. Popular menu items include steaks grilled to order, such as the juicy t-bone. Assess your appetite and choose a lobster...  Read More

Babe's Noodles and Bar


This fun restaurant is decorated with a retro 40s and 50s hipster motif. Thai fusion food is the main fare, but that doesn't stop the chef from experimenting with other international favorites on occasion. Vegetarians love this spot for its...  Read More



Imprevist is another spectacular restaurant in Playa del Carmen that is not located on 5th Avenue. Open for Sunday-style breakfast and brunch from 7 am to 2 pm and dinner from 6 pm to 11 pm (they are only open for lunch on Sundays) this popular...  Read More



Falafel and hummus in Mexico? Si senor! This hip little "hole in the wall" eatery which is tucked away off 5th Avenue is owned by an Israeli woman. The three menu selections are fresh and economical and pickled salad options have a Mexican...  Read More



Oh Lala! opened in 2011 and quickly became a favorite of both tourists and locals. With only nine tables, it's best to make a reservation, maybe even before you arrive in Playa del Carmen. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available. Oh Lala!...  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