If you are a self-professed foodie at heart, then you must absolutely make an effort to visit Tulum, Mexico at least once. Tulum is a foodie’s paradise; you need at least three visits just to fully appreciate half of what the city has to offer. Ask anyone that has been to Tulum before and they will tell you that it is almost impossible to take a stroll down the palm-tree lined roads without running into an eatery.
From authentic Mexican taco joints and assortments of homemade Italian pasta to vegan restaurants and everything in between, this laid-back coastal town of Tulum has everything for everyone. The cuisine in Tulum is heavily inspired by the fresh ingredients that grow in the dense Mexican jungles. The Caribbean Coast, on the other hand, takes care of the seafood. For a tiny beach town in Mexico, the restaurants in Tulum have done very well for themselves. To ensure that you get the most out of your time, here is a foodie’s complete restaurant guide to Tulum:
Burrito Amor is not your typical Mexican burrito stand; for one, Burrito Amor believes in clean and healthy eating, which is probably what helps them stand out among all the other burrito joints in Tulum, of which there is no shortage. All the ingredients that they use are sourced fresh. They also use coconut oil in place of other high cholesterol alternatives available, as well as other superfood ingredients like raw honey and chia.
For anyone gluten-free, there is even a burrito option for you that is handmade using coconut tortilla. Another thing that helps Burrito Amor to set itself apart is that its if fully owned and operated by two Australians from Bondi named Paula and Cameron Davis. While there, be sure to get the steak burrito with a rib-eye on a flour tortilla with onions, rice, beans, tomatoes, and an array of salsas to choose from.
A large number of restaurants are situated beachside, and for good reason- there is nothing better than enjoying your meals during the sunny daylight as the waves crash right in front of you. However, if you are looking for a more upscale dining scene, Unico definitely has everything that you are looking for. Located in a modest building along Tulum’s main strip, this quaint but sophisticated restaurant is ideal for a quiet classy dinner without having to leave the town gates. The menu at Unico is eclectic and varied serving up selections that include fried goat cheese and pasta, as well as tuna burgers and chicken empanadas.
Loco Tulum is Idan Lifshitz’s brainchild and is one of the best places to eat in Tulum. Lifshitz specializes in creating unique Mediterranean dishes that combine color and flavor to provide you with the authentic Mexican dining experience that you are after. When you enter Loco Tulum, one of the very first things that you will notice is the friendly and inviting staff that will welcome you warmly. If you are lucky, your welcome might even include a few shots of tequila to get you in the dining mood, thanks to Patricia, the ever-gracious manager of the establishment.
The ambiance at Loco Tulum is extremely inviting and chill to match the beachy atmosphere. The must-tries include tacos made with special tahini and yogurt sauce, fish tacos, and fish spaghetti. Loco Tulum also serves a variety of pizzas that are deliciously tasty, thin and come with a flaky crust. If you are looking for a night of laughter, great service, delicious food and an incredible atmosphere, then you must make it a point to stop over at Loco Tulum while you are still in town.