Heading to Tulum, and have no idea which – of the many – restaurants to pick? And if you’ve only got a few days here, it’s not worth spending any time or money in just an average place.

So here are my fave spots on the beach, for brekkie, lunch, dinner & drinks – ranging from acai berry smoothie bowls, to amazingly cheap but tasty tacos, dinner in the jungle, and mezcal-flavoured ice-cream in the quirkiest Mexican bar.

Note: As I’m veggie, all the photos below are of veggie dishes – but all the lunch & dinner spots do serve meat if that’s what you’re after.

Breakfast

The Real Coconut

The Real Coconut should be called The Real Deal. It really is close-to-perfection.

One for the health conscious yogis out there, with a menu free from gluten, dairy, meat, grain & refined sugar. I literally wanted everything.

Where to eat Tulum beach - Real Coconut

It is slightly more expensive – my plantain toast & homemade spreads was 205 pesos (roughly 11 USD) – but I stayed here for hours which made it worth it.

Where to eat Tulum beach - Real Coconut

Homemade gluten and grain-free plantain bread, toasted with sumptuous homemade spreads: raw chocolate hazelnut spread; almond butter; blueberry chia jam; local raw whipped honey. Mmmmmmmmmm.

Raw Love

A colourful collection of hammocks, smoothie bowls and coconut milk lattes, this boho chic cafe is the perfect spot to relax and reenergise, post morning yoga.

Or cool down from the Tulum heat, with their dreamy frappuchino; a blend of organic coffee, coconut milk, cacao, cardamon, cinnamon, and honey, with ice.

Where to eat Tulum beach - Raw Love

Acai berry, blueberries, strawberries, banana, maracuya, coconut milk

Where to eat Tulum beach Raw Love

Diamante K

Set on it’s own private beach, so breakfast was accompanied by the clear blue sea, casually sitting behind our eggs. Super tasty, relaxing and dreamy.

Where to eat Tulum beach Diamante K

Mexican fried eggs with spicy tomato; veggie scrambled eggs with spinach & mushroom – with fresh juice and unlimited coffee

Where to eat Tulum beach Diamante K

Looking for accommodation? This is where we stayed – and I would HIGHLY recommend it. We had our own private beach hut, with a swinging bed in it. Swinging! Plus a welcome cocktail, and their own private beach. We got an incredible deal on Booking.com.

Mid-morning juice

Monkey’s juice bar

A tiny little spot on the road, where these guys put so much passion into making their fresh juices. I downed my apple, cucumber, spinach and lime – with some zingy ginger – in about two sips.

Where to eat in Tulum beach - Monkey bar

Making friends with the owner from Monkey

Lunch

La Eufemia

Banging tacos & tunes, with chilled out vibes – encouraging everyone to just “relax & eat some fucking tacos”.

Everyone’s so laid back here – literally because of the huge comfy mattresses on the sand – and because there’s nothing pretentious about it.

Plus, it’s super cheap with tacos starting at 20 pesos (just over 1 USD), and 2-for-1 cocktails.

Where to eat Tulum beach - Tacos La Eufemia

Shrimp & fish tacos – covered in all the spicy and herby sauces, mmm

Where to eat Tulum beach Tacos

Dinner

Posada Margherita

Possibly the most Instagrammable place I’ve ever been to. Round every corner is a different surprise, kitted out with kitsch decorations.

The food’s yummo too; Italian-inspired but using locally sourced ingredients. My fave thing was the complimentary basket of bread, which was a selection of herbed focaccias and pickled cauliflower.

Where to eat Tulum beach - Posada Margharita

Where to eat Tulum Beach - Posada M

Even the loos are a hoot.

Gitano

Mezcal bar meets jungle – lit only with tea lights, a disco ball and a load of trees, it’s pretty unique.

Where to eat Tulum Beach gitano jungle

Photo credit: Gitano @ gitanotulum.com

It really is quite hard to see anything in here, but the food is bloody good. We shared the following dishes, which were all so mouthwateringly sumptuous, they blew my socks off:

  • Smoked sweet potato, with cinnamon, cacao & local cream
  • Grouper ceviche with young coconut & zucchini
  • Grilled avocado, with aromatic salt, ponzu & almonds.

Where to eat Tulum beach Gitano

Drinks

The Ice-Cream bar. Aka – I Scream Bar.

This place was rowdy AF!

Serving only beers and mezcal flavored ice-cream, it was anything but wanky. Dancers were on the bar moving to the beats of the funky disco tunes. The vibe was verging on a little bonkers.

The barmen chanted “ICE CREAM BAR, ICE CREAM BAR!” every time anyone walked past, which made pretty much everyone come in. That’s how we ended up here.

Possibly one of the most diverse crowds I’ve ever met, which included a ‘serial hugger’ who hugged every single person that passed the bar, including the police.

Where to eat Tulum beach Ice Cream Bar

Ice cream bar by day

Where to eat Tulum Beach Ice Cream bar

Ice cream bar by night – with the DJ on the right, pumping the tunes

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