The Four Most Unique Restaurants in Playa del Carmen

by | Jan 17, 2018

Everyone knows 5th Avenue is the coolest place to hang out in Playa del Carmen. The storefronts are lit up and the restaurants spill out into the streets. The vibe is relaxed and there’s so much to do and see. However, after awhile in Playa del Carmen the meals can start to blur together. Are you looking for something different? If so, here’s my list of the four most unique restaurants in Playa del Carmen! Enjoy!

 

The Rooftop Pools

These are some of my favorite places to hang out, because they’re completely free! All you have to do is buy a certain amount of food and drink, and you can spend the day in paradise. If you want to eat lunch or dinner poolside, or grab a few cocktails, Be Playa and The Palm at the Playa are both great options.

 

girl in pool, be playa hotel, rooftop pool, playa del carmen

 

At Be Playa, you can drink at a table right in the pool, and order from their extensive sushi menu. We tried the chicken and noodle wok bowl and it was delicious. Here, you only need to spend 200 pesos per person to spend the day relaxing by the pool.

The Palm at the Playa also has a gorgeous rooftop pool with beds, a jacuzzi, sky bar, and ocean view. Here, you need to spend 300 pesos per person on food and drink from Mon – Fri, and 500 per person the rest of the week. They also have a free open bar for ladies on Friday from 8 – 11pm! These rooftop pools are definitely a unique place for lunch in the sun, dinner, or drinks with a view.

 

bowl of chicken and noodles, be playa food and pool

 

 

Alux Cave Restaurant

If you’re visiting Playa del Carmen, you’ve surely heard of cenotes. They’re the underground rivers and cave systems that the Yucatan Peninsula is famous for. While most people go snorkeling or diving in the cenotes, did you know you can actually eat dinner in one as well?

 

girl standing the front of a wall of stalactites underground

 

The Alux restaurant is built into a huge underground cavern. It’s just spectacular to wander around in, and one of the most unique restaurants in Playa del Carmen. The food is a bit on the pricey side, but if you’re like me and still want to see it, go for a drink at the bar. You have to pay 150 pesos each, and you get your choice of white or red wine, a rum cocktail, or soft drink. Then we sipped it and wandered all throughout the caves taking pictures and enjoying the dark twists and turns. Its seriously such a cool and romantic place! During your stay in Playa del Carmen, a visit to Alux is a must.

 

Lit up sign that says "Alux Bar" and surrounding alcohol

 

Calle 38 Restaurants

The next unique restaurants on my list are on Calle 38, just south of 5th Avenue. Here, the street transforms into a lush, green jungle, and restaurants are hidden inside it. You can visit La Cueva del Chango, an outdoor Mexican restaurant set in beautifully lit gardens, or the stunning Trujillos restaurant and bar for a hip night out with a super unique twist.

Walk down the street checking out the menus at the six or so restaurants who line this forested drive, and enjoy the ambiance as you choose your favorite. You really can’t go wrong on Calle 38.

 

Seafood Truck and Tiki Bar

This is such an amazing hidden gem I feel lucky to have discovered. Visit my favorite beach, Playa Esmeralda (you can access it on Calle 88) for an amazing experience. I may be a bit biased cause I live right by it, but I truly think Playa Esmeralda is the most underrated beach in Playa del Carmen because its the perfect mix of lively, but not too crowded.

 

seafood truck and tiki bar, playa del carmen, playa esmerelda

 

To get to the food truck, turn left when you enter the beach on Calle 88 and walk for about 15 minutes until you get to the tip of the small peninsula sticking out into the sea. Here is the Seafood Truck and tiki bar. It’s not connected to any resort, and has an amazing relaxed and secluded feel. Order some shrimp or fish tacos for only 90 pesos, and wash it down with a LITER of beer for only 80 pesos (thats a great deal!)

You can also rent a sun bed here to enjoy the view. Grab a shaded pair for 500 pesos, and 400 of that will go toward food and drinks for the day. The Seafood Truck is one of the most unique restaurants in Playa del Carmen because its on the beach but not an overpriced, loud, or giant resort club. This place is so off the beaten path I can’t even find their website or Tripadvisor page (although you can see their menu and driving directions here.) If you want to get away from the resort feel and eat with a stunning blue ocean view, the Seafood Truck and tiki bar is a must.

 

shrimp tacos, seafood truck on playa esmerelda

 

So, these are the four most unique restaurants in Playa del Carmen. Rooftop pools, beachside food trucks, dinner down in the caves, and romantic jungle retreats are all on the list. Which one are you going to try first?

All my love,
Di

 

 

 

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