Welcome to Playa Del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is a sunny ocean paradise on the Yucatán Peninsula in the Mexican Caribbean. You can find mouthwatering food everywhere you go in this vibrant city. The vast majority of the city’s restaurants are in Centro (downtown) and the North End (the area just north of Ave. Constituyentes). Here are our choices for some of the best restaurants in Playa del Carmen, so get ready to start your food adventure!
Where to Eat
The Top Neighborhoods
Centro is the “downtown” neighborhood and is the liveliest tourist area. Shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs and more envelope you here and everything is walkable. The primary pedestrian street is the broad La Quinta 5th Ave which is lined with vendors, tour shops, performers, tequila tasting rooms and everything else you’d imagine. Stretching up and down the beach from Ave. Constituyentes in the north to Calle 1 (1st Street) in the south, Centro is where the action is.
THE NORTH END
Following the beach north from Centro, you’ll enter the North End after passing Ave. Constituyentes. This residential, Airbnb and condo area is quieter but still provides easy walking access to Centro. If you’re renting a vacation home for a large group, this is a popular area as it’s fairly hip and on the rise.
Playacar is a large-scale residential development south of Centro. Great beaches, a few hotels and restaurants and a quieter, more laid-back vibe. Golf courses, parks, and shopping centers define these “suburbs” of Playa del Carmen.