Best Healthy Dining Options in Downtown Cancun and the Hotel Zone

We all like to splurge a little when we are on vacation and we often drink and eat more than usual. Cancun offers many restaurants where you can drink and eat to your heart's content, but for those of you that prefer to watch your waistline while on vacation, have no fear, Cancun is also home to eateries that offer delicious, healthy food.

Vegan Planet, located in downtown Cancun, is beloved by local vegans and non-vegans. 100% Natural, also located downtown, has been open for many years and is frequented by both tourists and locals. Healthy eaters can also find La Troje and La Pasteleria downtown. For an upscale experience try Les Cepages, Du Mexique or Peter's Restaurante.

In the Hotel Zone, Le Natura, located at km 9.5 of Blvd. Kukulcan, serves fresh smoothies, breakfast, lunch, dinner and even has a vegetarian menu. Order grilled fish at El Fish Fritanga. Fantino in the Ritz-Carlton Cancun serves cuisine prepared with the finest ingredients and they are happy to oblige vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free diners.

Other healthy vacation choices include, saying no to the tortilla chips served with your ceviche or skipping the buffets and sticking with ala carte restaurants.

La Pasteleteria
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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 name of this place can be confusing, as there are two signs over the...  Read More



This cozy restaurant in downtown Cancun has only been open for a few years, yet it's one of Cancun's most popular eateries. The restaurant is staffed by a family, the owner Peter, his wife Claudia and their son Eder. Dishes include shrimp, fish,...  Read More



French contemporary restaurant Les Cepages just celebrated its 4th anniversary. They serve imaginative dishes made with the freshest, high-quality ingredients. This is fine dining at a much lower price than you will find in the Hotel Zone. Don't...  Read More



La Troje (The Shed) is tucked in a upscale neighborhood near Plaza Las Americas in downtown Cancun. The restaurant has a sidewalk cafe feeling and they serve delicious salads, pasta, crepes, baguettes, pizza, fondues, beer and it's a...  Read More



This casual seafood restaurant is located smack in the middle of the Hotel Zone but it's a local favorite. El Fish Fritanga's restaurant is open daily from 11 am to 11 pm but their taco stand is open from 7 am until 1 am. This is a great spot...  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

Zona Hotelera


Fantino is located in the Ritz-Carlton Cancun and is a AAA Diamond Award-winning restaurant. Traditional Mediterranean dishes are perfectly executed with a contemporary touch. Service is exceptional yet warm and inviting. Men are required to...  Read More

100% Natural
Photo courtesy of Susan R. Vincil


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 and wraps, Mexican specialties and seafood dishes are the...  Read More

Hotel Zone


Le Natura is located in the heart of the Hotel Zone across the street from 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...  Read More



If you're a vegetarian or vegan this is your restaurant in Cancun, and even if you're not, you should still give Vegan Planet a try. Chef Miguel Bautista not only prepares amazing food completely free of animal components but also incorporates...  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