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Culture

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Welcoming to foreigners? Yes LGBTQ friendly? Yes. Mexico offers greater legal equality than most countries in the Americas.

Etiquette tips

If you are in a group, when your meal arrives, make sure to say “Buen provecho” before you start eating.

How to great people

Handshakes and embraces are both acceptable. Greet each person individually if you encounter a group of friends.

Tipping norms

15-20% (tipping is optional)

section type iconFood

No matter where you travel in Mexico, you're guaranteed to have amazing food.

National dish

Tacos, of course!

Tacos
© Krisztian Tabori

Must try local food

1
Pozole
Pozole

This rich soup is made with pork, hominy, and red chiles along with extra toppings like avocado, lime, and salsa.

2
Chiles en nogada
Chiles en nogada

Poblano chiles stuffed with picadillo topped with a creamy walnut sauce.

3
Chilaquiles
Chilaquiles

Traditional breakfast with fried corn tortilla chips simmered in sauce and topped with eggs and avocado.

4
Concha
Concha

Mexican sweet bread with you can easily find in panaderias (or bakeries).  

1
Pozole
Pozole

This rich soup is made with pork, hominy, and red chiles along with extra toppings like avocado, lime, and salsa.

2
Chiles en nogada
Chiles en nogada

Poblano chiles stuffed with picadillo topped with a creamy walnut sauce.

3
Chilaquiles
Chilaquiles

Traditional breakfast with fried corn tortilla chips simmered in sauce and topped with eggs and avocado.

4
Concha
Concha

Mexican sweet bread with you can easily find in panaderias (or bakeries).  

1
Pozole
Pozole

This rich soup is made with pork, hominy, and red chiles along with extra toppings like avocado, lime, and salsa.

2
Chiles en nogada
Chiles en nogada

Poblano chiles stuffed with picadillo topped with a creamy walnut sauce.

3
Chilaquiles
Chilaquiles

Traditional breakfast with fried corn tortilla chips simmered in sauce and topped with eggs and avocado.

4
Concha
Concha

Mexican sweet bread with you can easily find in panaderias (or bakeries).  

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Restaurants to visit

Restaurant recommendations from nomads & locals. 4.0+ rating, great atmosphere and good food guaranteed.

Vegan
1
Fresco Hábito
4.6 stars
4.6 stars
Vegan
Vegan
$$
$$
Fresco Hábitoopen link

A vegetarian restaurant with delicious food made from fresh ingredients.

2
Lido Beach Club Restaurant
4.6 stars
4.6 stars
$$
$$
Lido Beach Club Restaurantopen link

Great food and amazing views of the sunset on the beach.

3
El Fogón
4.0 stars
4.0 stars
$
$
El Fogónopen link

Heads up this is everyone's favorite taco place so it can get busy in the evenings!

4
Las Hijas de la Tostada
4.5 stars
4.5 stars
$
$
Las Hijas de la Tostadaopen link

This one is for seafood lovers! Try their ceviche, it's excellent.

1
Fresco Hábito
4.6 stars
4.6 stars
Vegan
Vegan
$$
$$
Fresco Hábitoopen link

A vegetarian restaurant with delicious food made from fresh ingredients.

2
Lido Beach Club Restaurant
4.6 stars
4.6 stars
$$
$$
Lido Beach Club Restaurantopen link

Great food and amazing views of the sunset on the beach.

3
El Fogón
4.0 stars
4.0 stars
$
$
El Fogónopen link

Heads up this is everyone's favorite taco place so it can get busy in the evenings!

4
Las Hijas de la Tostada
4.5 stars
4.5 stars
$
$
Las Hijas de la Tostadaopen link

This one is for seafood lovers! Try their ceviche, it's excellent.

1
Fresco Hábito
4.6 stars
4.6 stars
Vegan
Vegan
$$
$$
Fresco Hábitoopen link

A vegetarian restaurant with delicious food made from fresh ingredients.

2
Lido Beach Club Restaurant
4.6 stars
4.6 stars
$$
$$
Lido Beach Club Restaurantopen link

Great food and amazing views of the sunset on the beach.

3
El Fogón
4.0 stars
4.0 stars
$
$
El Fogónopen link

Heads up this is everyone's favorite taco place so it can get busy in the evenings!

4
Las Hijas de la Tostada
4.5 stars
4.5 stars
$
$
Las Hijas de la Tostadaopen link

This one is for seafood lovers! Try their ceviche, it's excellent.

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PlayFood festivals & markets

La Ceiba Park — An open-air market happening every Saturday, it’s a hub of art and culture with local vendors in Playa del Carmen. If you are looking for local markets in Playa del Carmen you can head to Calle 54 on Sundays.

Food delivery apps

Rappi (Android | iOS) Te Hago el Paro (Android | iOS) Uber eats (Android | iOS)

section type iconArt & music

Where to listen to live music

Theatre & film

Movies in Playa del Carmen are normally in their original language with subtitles in Spanish, although kids' movies tend to be dubbed.

Visual art

Museo Frida Kahlo Playa Del Carmen
© Museo Frida Kahlo Playa Del Carmen

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