Food Spots #8 – Tulum
Who says Mexico, says fresh fruits. On our first morning in Mexico, we decided to try Matcha Mama’s famous smoothie bowls. There are two Matcha Mama locations: one on the beach, and the other one in the city centre. We personally visited the one in the centre.
The food was good, but not incredible. I ordered a mango smoothie bowl while my boyfriend ordered the acai. My mango bowl was very good but the acai one was tasteless. Quite surprising for a place that has fresh fruits, huh? The reason is that instead of using fresh fruits and adding ice cubes, they use frozen fruits + ice cubes, which melts very fast with the outside temperature and kills the taste of fresh fruits.
Matcha Mama – QROO 15 470 Zona Hotelera • 77780 • Tulum, Zona Hotelera, 77780 • Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Every time I was mentioning my Tulum trip, people would just say “you HAVE to try Burrito Amor, it’s delicious!”. So on my first day in Tulum, I went there as it was located next to the bus station. I have the say, the food was quite good. I ordered the vegetarian burrito and it was full of delicious flavours. The only thing that surprised me, was the fact that there were only tourists at the restaurant so I figured it wasn’t very local. A few days later, I decided to try a real Mexican burrito but was more than disappointed by its taste and fat.
Burrito Amor – Av Tulum Pte Mz 3 Lote 5 Local 1, Av. Tulum, Centro, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
El Canaston serves the best tacos I had. These are not original tacos per se, but they were absolutely delicious. They serve vegetarian, vegan and standard options so I had a lot of choices. I ordered tacos with fish, cheese and some vegetables and everything was super tasty. The restaurant is actually located in the owner’s backyard and it’s very nicely decorated and very cosy. Don’t miss out on El Canaston if you’re in Tulum!
Av. Satélite, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Arca is a fancy restaurant located on Tulum’s beach. My boyfriend took me there for a date night and it was just incredible. Arca is a fine dining style restaurant that serves Mexican modern food. You can share several dishes and taste the unknown flavours of Mexico. Also, make sure to try their delicious homemade cocktails!
Arca – Av. Boca Paila, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Farm to Table
Farm to Table was our breakfast HQ! We went there three times during our stay as they served the best smoothie bowls so far. Their speciality is also the avocado taco, which was delicious! The first time, I ordered their pancakes made out of Maya special flour and I have to say that I didn’t like it that much, while my boyfriend finished my plate. Farm to Table is located in the city centre of Tulum and I highly recommend it for a perfect breakfast!
Farm to Table – Av. Tulum 7, Centro, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Co. Conamor is another breakfast spot we tried on our last day, before heading to the airport. I loved the concept of homemade food served with organic products, superfoods and super healthy ingredients. I also loved the decoration: you eat in the garden and everything is boho style. About the food: my boyfriend ordered a smoothie bowl and he didn’t like it as it was “too” healthy. This means, no added sugar, too many superfoods (Curcuma, ginger) and weird flavours. As for me, I was craving for something more European/American and I ordered their homemade waffles with fresh fruits and agave syrup and they were absolutely delicious. This was exactly what I was craving for!
Co. Conamor – Calle Polar Pte., 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
As mentioned in the name, El Vegetariano serves vegetarian and vegan food exclusively. We ordered one guacamole (loads of good reviews on the internet about it) and a vegan burger. Everything was homemade and very tasty! We were very happy to find this vegetarian restaurant in the centre of Tulum!
Calle Sol Ote., 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Antojitos la Chiapaneca
If you’re looking for the most authentic tacos in Tulum, head straight to Antojitos la Chiapaneca. They serve the most traditional meat tacos, with sides and salsas. I don’t really recommend this place if you don’t eat meat as they don’t serve any fish tacos and they only have one vegetarian option. Knowing the fact that you need to eat 3 to 4 tacos to be full, it’s not really fun to eat the same 4 tacos for dinner without any diversity. The vegetarian taco was however very tasty. Be aware of their red salsa though, it’s VERY spicy!!!! 🌶
Fun fact: there are big jars of salt on every table. If your tongue is burning because of the spicy salsa, put some salt on it and you’ll feel better.
Antojitos la Chiapaneca – Av. Tulum, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Last but not least, Cetli was recommended by a local guide of ours. He said that Cetli serves Mexican food, but not the taco/guacamole/burrito kind. At Cetli, you’ll taste homemade cheese, fish filets with chocolate sauce and stuffed peppers with high-quality meat. Also, at this restaurant, we tried insects for the first time in our lives. Stay tuned to watch my Tulum vlog and learn more…
Cetli – Carretera 109 Tulum Coba Km 2.5, Villas Tulum, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico