48 Hours of eating in Tulum, Mexico.
Tulum has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico and once you go there you’ll realise why. This chic and hip little coastline on the Mayan Riviera is packed with great things to eat, see and do. Check out my little food guide below for my top picks on dining out in Tulum.
1. El Tabano:
This place rules! Perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner.
The food is fresh and the menu is quirky – you absolutely must try the jalapeños stuffed with banana and chicken, it’s their speciality so it would be rude not to.
Other winners on the menu are the soft tacos stuffed with habanero buttered sea bass and the coconut prawns. They make a great selection of cocktails too but we opted for some juicy water – a blend of mint, cucumber and lime giving us the refreshing hit we needed in the heat.
Like the majority of food joints in Tulum the restaurant has no walls and most of its seating is outdoors. This place has the perfect, relaxed vibe that you crave when choosing somewhere to dine in Tulum.
2. Burrito Amor:
We stumbled across this gem and were so impressed it’s become the first proper feature on my site.
Everything here is so fresh yet so simple.
Burrito Amor is situated in Downtown Tulum and is a bit out of the way of the main tourist area. Yet it most definitely caters for the Tulum hipster tourists fuelling their coconut water and chia pudding addictions.
Fresh juices, strong coffee and mexican eggs set us up for our day of exploring Mayan ruins.
A great little brunch spot for anyone staying in Downtown Tulum, and I would even say it’s worth making the journey from the Tulum coast into town to try out.
3. El Camello:
Ceviche lovers look no further for this might just be the best quality and best value ceviche you’ll ever have.
At el Camello it’s very much an in-and-out kind of experience as the line of people waiting for a table can extend round the corner.
We ordered the medium sized ceviche and were astounded when it arrived. It could have easily served 6 people. It was so fresh and delicious and was a little devastating not being able to finish it. The grilled octopus soft shell tacos were another winner here. All washed down with a cold beer.
El Camello has an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare the ceviche as you sit at your table. An overall fun and tasty experience.
4. Posada Margherita:
After dining here I now understand why an Italian restaurant kept cropping up in my search for places to eat in Tulum.
The menu changes daily depending on their local suppliers and isn’t an extensive list of options. However, this was never going to be an issue as our waiter insisted that we have the homemade pasta. He was so enthusiastic about how delicious it was that it would have been silly to opt for anything else.
I had prawn and courgette linguini whilst my other half opted for the mushroom and broccoli dish. They were both divine and perfect with these juicy pinapple cocktails.
Posada Margherita have both indoor and outdoor dining. We spent the evening inside due to a big storm. It felt cosy and safe as we could hear the wind and rain pelt against the fabric walls. Definitely an option on one of Tulum’s rare rainy days.
5. Antojitos La Chiapaneca:
This hole in the wall sells tacos from $1. Don’t judge the quality on their price because these are some of the most delicious tacos I’ve ever tried.
Make sure you double up on toppings for a couple more pesos – because who doesn’t want extra cheese and meat? Grab and beer and have a seat on the sidewalk and take in the bustling avenue in Downtown Tulum. Always a winner.
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