Playa Del Carmen was such a wonderful trip, and we were especially lucky to find some awesome food to eat. We loved our hotel, the Thompson Playa Del Carmen, and while the food there was good, we especially enjoyed eating in interesting, unique environments. Mexico is more than just ceviche on the beach (though I won’t deny that that sounds amazing). From jungles to pools, here are 3 cool spots for great food in a great city.
In a Jungle
Okay, so “in a jungle” is an exaggeration… but, this restaurant is as close to actually eating in a jungle as I’ve ever been. Plus, the food here was so amazing that this is my top suggestion on this list. It’s “The Monkey Cave,” La Cueva del Chango.
We went here for breakfast and had the Chilaquiles, and it was out of this world good. They brought around conchas, which is like sugary Mexican sweet bread, and it was delicious. We also had fresh juice (okay…mine had tequila in it…) which was lovely as well. I can’t wait to go back here when we return to PDC, and I can’t suggest strongly enough that you check it out if you’re in the area.
In a Cave
We had a very nice dinner in a cave in Playa Del Carmen, Alux. It wasn’t like a dirty, wet, filthy cave, if that’s what you’re thinking. It was quite a nice spot, though a bit touristy for us. Everyone eating there seemed like a tourist, and the cab ride cost a ridiculous amount, which I’m willing to bet was the “tourist fee”, but oh well.
The food was good, I had the duck and it was very nice. Plus, I’m willing to sacrifice a bit of my pride and eat at a touristy spot if it’s also located in a cave. It’s just a cool environment.
In the Pool
This one is a bit of a cheat, since it was in our hotel, but you’ll have to deal with it since our hotel was amazing, and plus, you can go there even if you’re not staying there. Head to the rooftop at Thompson Playa Del Carmen to check out the food scene at Cinco, the restaurant on the roof.
You can have your food (and drinks!) brought to you right in the pool. They serve brunch all day, but choose something refreshing, like ceviche and a margarita if you’re roasting in the sun all day. Don’t forget sunscreen if you’re sitting in the pool in the booth! That sun really reflects off the water.
Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever eaten? Tell me in the comments so I can add it to my bucket list!