Cenacolo Zona Hotelera, located at km. 12.6 of Blvd. Kukulcan in the la Europea building, serves upscale Italian dishes and beautiful views of Nichupte Lagoon. The main focus here is seafood, and all of the pasta is handmade and homemade every day. Service is excellent, their wine list includes 100 wines and portions are large. The decor is chic, light and modern, which in combination with Cancun's unparalleled sunsets over the lagoon, creates a lovely ambiance. There is another Cenacolo restaurant located in Marina Town Center. Dress up and leave your flip-flops at the resort for this fine dining experience.
Recommended for Vegetarian because: Cenacolo offers many vegetarian options in both their Hotel Zone and Marina Puerto Cancun locations.
Susan's expert tip: Plan your dinner around sunset and sit on the terrace. Have your hotel concierge make a reservation for you so you'll be sure to get a table.
Taste of India is an authentic Indian restaurant in downtown Cancun. Located on Bonampak Avenue in Plazy Nayandei, Taste of India serves fresh, authentic Indian food. Prices are reasonable and portions are generous. Owner Gulab Singh Rana founded Taste of India with 'the intention of delighting palates by bringing the scents and flavors of quality authentic Indian food to Cancun.' All of the chefs are "imported" from India and prepare traditional typical dishes. The spice "masala" is used, which is essential in Indian food. Their naan bread is delicious and the menu features a large vegetarian offering.
Recommended for Vegetarian because: Taste of India serves authentic Indian food in the heart of the Caribbean, and offers many vegetarian dishes.
Kristin's expert tip: Order extra and take it to go if you can't make it back to this place...it's that good.
Cheester is one of Cancun's most popular restaurants despite the fact that they don't take reservations and they don't deliver. What they do however, is serve delicious pasta, pizza, salads, crepes and breakfasts at a very reasonable price. Their biggest location is in Plaza Outlet but their original location in Supermanzana 31 is still open and they just opened a new location in Parque las Palapas. All three locations are in downtown Cancun. Locals can't get enough of Cheester and rave about their pasta dishes like Atenas, which features spinach, black olives, onion, tomato and feta cheese. Portions are huge and take out is available.
Recommended for Vegetarian because: Cheester is a local favorite, and many of their menu items are meatless or can be prepared without meat.
Kristin's expert tip: Although Cheester isn't a vegetarian restaurant, their menu features many meat free options.
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 wine...so it's a wonderful place for lunch or a light dinner. Try the extremely popular Ensalada Margarita (Margarita Salad) which features shrimp and asparagus. From the hotel zone take the R-27 Bus and get off downtown on Tulum avenue just in front of Sports City then walk through Sport's City front entrance and parking lot. When you reach the next street La Troje is to the left.
Recommended for Vegetarian because: La Troje serves light, delicious meals and various vegetarians dishes are available.
Kristin's expert tip: Visit on Tuesday for a 30% discount.
This tiny, open-air restaurant is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and they are always serving delicious food. Any time, day or night, you can order made-to-order burritos and tacos, nachos, taco salads, quesadillas, ceviche, and a few appetizers. After 11:30am, they fire up the grill and start serving barbecue beef ribs, hamburgers, barbecue garlic chicken, jerk chicken, and grilled chicken wings. There is also a full bar, so you can get a beer or cocktail at any hour. For breakfast, there are no traditional American breakfast favorites offered, but they do serve breakfast burritos and tacos, which have spicy Mexican sausage and beans inside them. It's a tasty option for breakfast so don't knock it until you try it. This place has low prices, with most dishes coming in at well under $100 pesos (so less than $10 US dollars). The breakfast burritos and tacos are $49 pesos, which is quite a bargain, since the burritos are huge.
Recommended for Vegetarian because: The Surfin Burrito is a Cancun favorite, and the menu features various meatless items.
Kristin's expert tip: All seating is outdoors so be sure to wear sunscreen on sunny days and take an umbrella or raincoat on rainy days because you will be exposed to the elements here.
If you crave Indian cuisine while in Cancun, Elefanta is the place to go. It is the sister property of the highly-praised Thai restaurant, as well as its neighbor, so you can be sure that you'll receive an amazing meal at Elefanta too. Chef Basant Kumar Mishra was born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India. Eat early and watch an amazing sunset over Nichupte Lagoon, or dine later and enjoy the warm lighting, vivid colors of the decor and the rich tastes and smells of Indian spices which make this a restaurant that shouldn't be missed.
Recommended for Vegetarian because: Elefanta is one of Cancun's best restaurants and they offer various vegetarian dishes.
Kristin's expert tip: Do not request a table by the water if you have small children in your party. There is no railing and little ones could easily fall into the lagoon.
This is one of the best places in Cancun to go for a sandwich. Fresh baguettes or croissants are piled high with meats, cheeses, and vegetables. The garlic mayonnaise served on these sandwiches makes them highly addictive. The restaurant opens early, for breakfast, and stays open until 10:00 pm. At most times of the day, there is usually a crowd of people waiting near the counter to pick up get their take-out order. Breakfast offerings (only in some locations) consist of croissants, boiled eggs, coffee, cappuccino, espresso, hot chocolate, tea, fruit juice, or sandwiches. The most popular item on the menu is the Economica, an economically priced baguette sandwich. The sandwich consists of salami, cheese and peppers on a baguette. Other popular items are the Italian Sandwich and the Vegetarian Sandwich is an option for diners that don't eat meat. If you prefer your sandwich on a croissant instead of on a baguette, croissants can be substituted for a few pesos more. The delicious food and the low prices make this place a huge hit with locals and tourists alike.
Recommended for Vegetarian because: Ty-Coz is a Cancun institution and they offer a vegetarian baguette sandwich.
Kristin's expert tip: Vegetarians will love the aptly name "Vegetariana" baguette sandwich. It is piled high with sliced cucumbers, carrots, onions, tomatoes, and cheese. Vegans can order the sandwich without cheese or the garlic mayonnaise that is automatically put on every sandwich, unless you specify that you do not want it.
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 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. It's worth the wait though. There is an 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, on the menu. For breakfast, tasty omelettes, scrambled eggs, and pancakes are offered, along with fresh fruit and some Mexican specialties.
Recommended for Vegetarian because: 100% Natural serves healthy food loaded with fruits and vegetables at a great price.
Kristin'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.
Le Natura is located in the heart of the Hotel Zone about 50 meters from the Party Zone, 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 prices are very reasonable. Try the breakfast combos or the lunch/dinner combos. 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 Vegetarian because: Le Natura has a huge menu offering healthy choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Kristin's expert tip: Make your way towards the back of the restaurant to sit closer to the beach.
This hidden gem is perfect if you need a break from the all-inclusive buffet. The Pink Coconut is a vegetarian, vegan, health bar located in Cancun's Hotel Zone where you actually feel good after eating. This tiny cafe has a peaceful terrace overlooking Nichupte lagoon where visitors can enjoy their healthy, and most importantly, delicious, juices, smoothies, and light vegetarian and vegan food, like tacos, acai bowls, ceviche, vegan pizza, veggie burgers, falafel wraps, guacamole and more. Don't miss the ginger turmeric shot. Take out is available. If you are not a vegetarian or vegan, you might become one after eating at The Pink Coconut!
Recommended for Vegetarian because: Vegan Planet is THE vegan restaurant in Cancun and they feature a very large menu.
Kristin's expert tip: Keep your eyes peeled for passing crocodiles.