Spiritual and tropical Tulum has a wide arrange of hotspots. From unique vegan and raw cuisines to the best fresh burritos and fine sea front restaurants. We selected our favorites in pueblo and at the beach.
This beautiful place sits on the jungle side of Tulum, between the shades of the palmtrees. The owner, Roberto, had a vision during meditation that he had to move to Tulum and has never regretted his decision since. The dishes are inspired by his grandma’s recipes. You will feel like you step into his home when you visit Restaurare, because all the dishes are inspired by childhood memories where the kitchen was the heart of the home. Definitely try the mushroom ceviche and the taco’s.
If you want to have a romantic dinner at the beach with your bare feet in the sand, La Zebra is the perfect place. La Zebra is nestled within a historic former coconut plantation and the setting is beautiful. The food here is a culinary pleasure, with creative Mexican dishes of a talented chef from central Mexico. Order yourself a cocktail (the Mojito is recommend because it’s their specialty) or a Mexican wine and be ready to be pampered at this top restaurant with it’s amazing service.
The Real Coconut
This is the place to be for a healthy breakfast, lunch or even cocktail. The dishes on the menu are unique and unlike any place else in Tulum. The dishes are created by the owner Daniella, to boost your energy and health. All dishes are inspired by the paleo diet, are gluten and grain free and can be served completely vegan. Definitely try out the coconut cheese and coconut tortillas, as a coconut freak I absolutely adored them. Nourish your body and soul all the way down to cellular level at the Real Coconut right at the beautiful beach of Tulum.
If you like raw vegan food you have to visit Raw Love. The place is tucked away between the main road en the beach, but once you find it you won’t regret it. Get an energy boost with their food pharmacy shots, sip on a coconut latte or get healthy with one of their superfood smoothies. We recommend the Portobello burger or the Zucchini pasta. The dishes are free of sugar, dairy, wheat, soy, preservatives and animal products. The coconut milk is made fresh every day from local coconuts.
Papaya Playa Project
Papaya Playa is a creative haven nestles on the coast of Tulum. Sustainability prevails at the beachbar, club and restaurant. The menu is based on Mayan and Mexican recipes and there is a good local wine list available. The full moon parties with live gigs and barefoot dancing on the beach are a must visit.
Inspired by Chef Maya’s childhood in Mexico and a cooking career in San Francisco, Arca’s menu reflects a classic California cuisine, using local, seasonal products with a farm-to-table philosophy. The menu features fine ingredients from the local beaches, gardens and farms, all lovingly prepared with modern cooking techniques and a contemporary global sensibility. Arca is open Tuesday to Sunday from 6PM.
Just opened and set in a serene garden is hip and healthy eatery Flow. The chef Manuel just moved to Tulum from Ibiza where he was (and still is) a private chef for the many celebrities that visit the glamorous gypsea party island. Manuel cooks food with love from all the countries he visited during his travels. Thai, Mediterranean, Indian and off course Mexican are among his favourites. 80% of the dishes are vegetarian slow food and most ingredients are bought from local farmers. Up for a good coffee, homemade lemonade, clay oven freshly baked bread or a fast Wi-Fi connection Flow is your place.
Open from Monday to Saturday.
This was one of our favorite restaurants in town. The great atmosphere and delicious taco’s make you want to come back here. Their menu has something delicious for everyone from handmade coconut tortillas, tapioca custard, chia puddings, vegan burritos, vegan salads, rib eye burritos, seafood burritos and coconut cocados. They have paleo friendly, gluten free, dairy free and grain free options.
It’s all in the name, this colorful place serves healthy vegetarian food. The atmosphere is great in this Tulum deco styled place. Everything is homemade with love and local ingredients are used. They serve creative combinations of vegetables and Mayan dishes. Choose from the homemade dishes like the aubergine pasta, the vegan coconut icecream or the brownies. They serve breakfast, lunch and diner.
Co Con Amor
This hidden gem in Tulum is a vegetarian friendly place with vegan and gluten free options. The place is small and eclectic with unique seating options and plants all over. Old sofas and tables are standing under trees and it looks a bit like an outdoor living room in a very nice hippie-style. You can sit at the big communal table where it’s easy to meet like minded people.They also have a shop next door where you can stash up on your superfoods.
Tulum Art Bar
This is the perfect place in town to sip on a delicious coffee or to get some work done, because the Wifi here is super fast. Tulum Art Club offers a variety of roasts and coffee-based drinks with organic artisanal coffee from Veracruz, refreshing smoothies and a selection of mexican dishes in a unique environment surrounded by culture and the creative energy of local artists that decorate this spacious place.
Hostal Maya Yoga
A chilled Mayan café with great healthy juices, good coffee and delicious sandwiches. Either you pick a local Mexican breakfast or toast with eggs any style and mashed avocado, you’ll have a great start of the day! Also available a wide range of super foods to top of your fruity smoothie.
Pictures by Lotte & Iris