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Renowned for its archeological sites, sugar white sand beaches and mystical cenotes, the Riviera Maya is just as famous for its multi-cultural community, embracing  travelers and their distinctive cuisines from all over the world. Nowhere is the affect of these diverse influences more evident than in the kitchens of our talented local chefs.

Taste of Playa promotes the unique cultural perspectives that fuel the passions and creativity of chefs in the Riviera Maya and offers the community a wonderful opportunity to sample their signature dishes. Taste of Playa is a fresh approach to community oriented events, one that brings positive exposure to local area restaurants and promotes Riviera Maya tourism. 


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List of Participants 2011

Follow the smell of freshly baked bread and find an authentic French bakery on the 5th Avenue. Chez Céline offers typical French products like Baguette bread, croissants, pastries, sandwiches, quiches and salads. Try their specials of the night, to pare with a glass of wine: cheese and cold meats platters, terrines, vol-au-vent and their savory & sweet crepes! Natural products, 100% homemade, high quality ingredients and lots of love... ! Open from 8am to 11:30pm/Closed on Mondays.

5th Ave between 
32 & 34



Dirty Martini Lounge is a stylish cocktail lounge and popular gathering spot in the heart of Playa del Carmen that offers a mature and relaxing atmosphere. The Martini list is impressive and mixologist Karen has developed some unique signature cocktails, always surprising guests with new ingredients and clever twists on the old classics.


1st Ave. 
10 & 12



Locals and visitors know that Carboncitos at Hotel El Cielo serves some of the tastiest, most authentic Mexican cuisine in town. Every tantalizing morsel is prepared from scratch; and Carboncito's passion for service, quality and value are evident in every meal it serves. Open daily 7:30am - 11:00pm.


Calle 4
5th& 10th




Mom's Bar is a casual and unique place offering a fully stocked bar and daily dinner specials. Mom's is a great place to relax and meet friends, enjoy a game of pool and a satisfying home cooked meal, just like Mom used to make. Open Monday - Friday 4pm - 11pm. Come and join the fun at Mom's Bar: Where something good is always cooking!


Ave. 30 & Calle 4


 Mahekalresized    Aventura Restaurant by Mahékal Beach Resort is a thatched roof palapa restaurant located in front of the Caribbean Sea offering daily varied buffet-style breakfast and a delicious a la carte menu for lunch with Mexican and International dishes Open daily from 1oam to 2pm.  


Calle 38 on the Beach



 ElBistro   The head chef at El Bistro, originally from Veracruz, draws upon his international influences and travels for the French focused menu and restaurant. Located in Hotel La Tortuga, the restaurant has carfully and with intention picked their menu and wine list to provide a positive experience for all their customers  

 La Tortuga Hotel Ave. 10 at Calle 14



 zenzi   This beach club with many faces and flavors serves beach lovers from morning to night, serving up a varierty of cool and catchy meals.The theme at Zenzi Beach Club and Restaurant is beach but beautiful beach, delicious beach with ceviches, fresh fish and unique presentations for the foodie in all of us.  

Calle 10 and the beach



 Fusion_Logo   Fusion is a beach front hotel and beach club with a top quality Bar and Grill Restaurant that offers international recipes with the touch of Mexican flavors, live music and beautiful ambiance of vibrant and dynamic experience you don't want to miss.  

Calle 6 and the beach



 Ula_Gulalogo   Ula Gul Bar & Restaurant with a Twist offers a deliicous combination of Asian and Mexican cuisine, served in a casual atmosphere. the bar boats an extensive drink menu, specializing in Martinis. Daily specials includes 2x1 Sushi, 2x1 Martinis, Ladies' Night and more. Live DJ every Friday night.  

5th Ave and Calle 10



casa_del_agua    La Casa del Agua - Since 2001 offering a select menu of international dishes, specializing in seafood. In a cool atmosphere enjoy European flavors with Caribbean flair. Select from over 140 wine lables from 12 countries.  

5th Ave and Calle 2



tq_barrel_logosmall Tequila Barrel Bar and Grill - Over 10 years in Playa del Carmen. The largest selection of Tequila in town. Live Sports Betting, 18 big screen TVs and 1 jumbo screen, airconditioned. Open daily from 9am to 2am. Come join us!

5th Ave between
Calles 10 & 12



logocanibal   Located on the beautiful beach of Coco Bay in Playa del Carmen, Canibal Royal is a place to enjoy a retro styled beach club, with an unusual touch of classic and funk! The eclectic menu features dishes that are the favorites of coastal regions from around the world. Mediterranean, Brazilian, Peruvian, Caribbean, African and of course Mexican. Canibal Royal is where the true essence of "La vida de la playa" comes alive!  

Beach Calle 48 & Ave Flamingo



logo_losaquachiles   Located well off the tourist path, Los Aguachiles is one of the best kept secrets in Playa. Serving a variety of seafood tacos and tostados, Los Aguachiles is known for their fresh ceviches and the delicious sauces and salsas that accompany them. Watching your figure? Try the healty "Figurines", fresh seafood wrapped in lettuce leaves.  

Calle 24 and Ave 25



 logo_diablochachacha   Diablito Cha Cha Cha serves an exquisite fusion of Asian and Mexican flavors using a variety of meats and seafood. The bar chef recommends and serves cocktails which compliment each course throughout the meal. Situated in the heart of Playa del Carmen's exciting club zone, just one block from the beach, Diablito Cha Cha Cha is funky, retro and cool and is a great place to see and be seen.  

1st Ave and Calle 12



SaporidiCasa A true Italian Deli and more! Sapori di Casa offers top quality speciality meats and cheeses like mortadella, prosciutto di parma, grano padano, fontina and mozzarella. There is also a tantalizing arrey of homemade and prepackaged Italian pastas, as well as traditional dishes like melanzana, pesto sauce and tiramisu. Everything you need for your own authentic Italian kitchen at home!

Ave Constituyentes
between 15th and 20th



la_ranita_logo People come from far corners of the world to come to Bar Ranita to enjoy a cool draft with the locals, which creats an incredibly fun and enjoyable atmosphere. So wether you live here in Playa del Carmen or are visiting from another part of the world, come to Bar Ranita and you will creat memories for a lifetime.

Calle 10 between Ave.
5th and 10th



Tropical Café Tropical's motto is "A different way to eat" and wether you arrive for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you are sure to find bold flavors created with the freshest ingredients. Take a seat downstairs on the terrace and take in all the excitement on  5th Avenue or watch the talented chefs at work in the open kitchen. Upstairs, the tropical Palapacovered dining room is perfect for large groups or parties.

5th Ave. between
Calles  8 & 10 


Lol-ha_logo Lol-Ha Restaurant (meaning water-lily in Mayan) on Akumal Beach has three dining areas, the Palapa Bar, the Pizzeria, and the main dining room. Specialities include lobster, steak and an ever changing nightly buffet that showcases the culinary diversity of the chef. Lol-Ha also presents two dinner shows weekly, a folkloric show and a flamenco show.

On the beach Akumal Bay



sabrinaresized A Taste of Italy in downtown Playa del Carmen, Sabrina Pasteleria Italiana offers a wide array of artesanal baked goods, including authentic Italian bread and a nice selection of homemade pizzas and sandwiches. Start your day with a hot espresso or cappucino along side delicious traditional pastries made fresh daily.

Ave. Constituyentes
between 15th and 20th




Curry Omm is a one of a kind restaurant offering authenic Indian cusine. >All our dishes are prepared with freshly made Garm Masala, (12 different spicies sourced from all over) and using the finest produce available. A great selection of curries which will satisfy all tastes from a flavorful mild Tikka Masala or Butter Chicken to a Lamb or Chicken Vindaloo. We also offer a wide choice for vegiterians from Veggie Somosas, Papadums & home made Mango chutney to curries and Rotis. You can enjoy your meal with a selection from our full bar offering Beers, wines and cool Lassis or real Indian Chai and Masala coffee. We are open Mon to Sat from 1.00 pm to 10.00 pm.

We look forward to welcoming you to Curry Omm soon..

Ave. 10th between
Calle 3 and 1
Plaza Antigua


logodeliplaya Deli Playa offers an extensive selection of fine seafood. From succulent shellfish like fresh and cooked shrimp, octopus, lobster, scallops, and mussels to salmon, mahi mahi, fresh tuna and smoked marlin, all Deli Playa products are processed in strikt compliance with all requirements of health and hygiene, and packed fresh to order helping you and your family to eat and live healthy! Enjoy the delights of the sea.

Ave. 10th between
32 and 34


TurtleBayBakery Turtle Bay Café and Bakery offers a large selection of fresh baked goods each morning and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Using the freshest ingridients available, everybody can find something that pleases their appetite. Come in and chill with an espresso or smoothy, check you email on the free Wifi, order food to go or relax in this "one size fits all" restaurant.

In the center of Akumal
Plaza Ukana 1



2 Since 1996, Tirami...su is serving fresh wild seafood, homemade pasta, tender filet mignons and scrumptious desserts like our signature Tiramisu, Chocolate Caprese and tangy Key Lime Pie. Top off your night with a flaming Mayan Coffee at the edge of the Dolphin Marina in Puerto Aventuras. A perfect choice for romance...or celebrations of all kinds including birthdays and weddings!

At the Marina in Puerto Aventuras



La_Mission_Playa The popular Cozumel Restaurants Casa Mission, La Mission and Parilla Mission have brought their concept to Playa del Carmen. La Mission offers generous portions of seafood, steaks and Mexican specialities at affordable prices. And their "If you don't like it, you don't pay it" slogan is hard to beat. Proof of this is the preference of locals and visitors ranking us #2 restaurant in Tripadvisor.

10th Avenue between Ave. Juarez and 2nd street



Tierra_Espaa The authentic taste of Spain -- discover Tierra España -- the Tapas Bar and Spanish Restaurant in Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya. Our traditional tapas and pella menus are fantastic to enjoy with friends -- simply perfect with our delicious Spanish wines, sangria and chilled beers. Specials on Tuesdays & Fridays: Noche de Trova, Saturday: Noche de Flamenco.

Ave. Constituyentes between Ave. 20 y 15



logo_cookinplaya_rosa Co. Cos Culinary School & Catering offers weekly Mexican, Mediterranean and Asian cooking classes, and one day courses in Mexican cuisine. We also offer courses for children on Saturdays and courses of cocktails and tapas on Friday night. We cater for all types of events and we offer a home chef service. Come and see us! Learn, have fun and enjoy good food in Co. Cos, cosmopolitan cuisine.

Ave. Cozumel between
Calle 26 and 28



xocologo Xocolatier is an elegant restaurant & bar offering exlusive high quality products at affordable prices. Enjoy breakfasts, paninis, croissants, salads, the house speciality eggs Benedict, and the incomparable omelletes from Xocolatier. But Xocolatier has to offer more: an open air terrace, air conditioning and there is a 2nd floor if you need privacy. Open Monday to Sunday 7am to 5pm.

5th Ave. between
38 & 40th street



LOGO The restaurant La Lunita de Akumal offers contemporary Mexican cooking with quality ingredients. Our cuisine, at once classic and cutting edge, combines effort with beauty in order to provoke enduring emotions and sensations for your guests. Located in North Akumal in Half Moon Bay (Bahia de Media Luna), we are open from Monday to Sunday from 11 am to 11 p, and offer daily specials in addition to our traditional Lobster Friday.

Hacienda La Tortuga 2 y3




las_hojaldras_de_la_abuela Las Hojaldras de la Abuela offers puffpastry snacks (Bocadillos) both plain and sweet. Choose between rich yet simple bocadillos like Jarocha, chicken with ole, tradicional, Toluqueña, tuna, hawaiian, meat,  chicken tinga, spinach and mushroom. Or select a sweet (puffy pastry) bocadillos like Philadelphia Creme Cheese, apple, cajeta, chocolate an nutela. Mmmhhhh....

Ave. 20 entre 1 Sur y Ave. Juarez


logo_terra_baccus_copia Terra Baccus wine distributors, located in the city of Cancun, Import and Bottles and Distributes wines from great vineyards of Spain (La Mancha) and Chile (Valle Central). We offer an excellent wines at an unbeatable price. Terra Baccus is the result of years of successful marketing and sales processes of products specially designed for the hospitality industry and restaurant business throughout Mexico Southeast.



Baremar offers delicious seafood cuisine using ingredients of only the highest quality at competitive prices. The original concept of Baremar makes our restaurant the perfect place to bring together all your senses of the sea. Here, you can enjoy anything from a light snack to a gourmet seafood meal while enjoying a cocktail from our extensive bar.

Plaza VIA 38
5th Ave. & Calle 38


El Racó is a one of a kind place in Playa del Carmen that combines great food, comfort and ambience. El Racó offers a complete breakfast menu complete with natural fruit shakes. El Raco also offers gourmet lunches with a weekly changing menu where you can choose from 4 different starters and 4 main courses for a fixed price. We also serve great coffee and desserts. You can now visit us in 2 locations: Avenida 25 between Calle 26 and 28 (in Casona) and Calle 34 between Avenida 5 and 10.

Avenida 25 between Calle 26 and 28 (in Casona) and
Calle 34 between Avenida 5 and 10.


Bubble Corner, a new and fun way to drink your beverage! You can find all kinds of flavors and combine them with tapioca pearls or popping bobba. Tapioca is a root starch derived from the yucca plant, rich in potassium and calcium with a chewy sensation. It has a neutral taste and makes a great combination with something sweet. Popping bobba are fruity pearls that pop in your mouth with a burst of flavor. Come and discover your favorite at Bubble Corner by el Racó!

Avenida 25 between Calle 26 and 28 (in Casona).

Located on the shores of the Caribbean, Wicky´s Restaurant and Beach Club brings a sophisticated and elegant dining experience to the beach with a focus on fresh seafood and prime USDA steaks.
Calle 10 at the Beach

El Restaurante Mr. Chile ofrece la mas alta calidad en especialidades de comida mexicana en la Riviera Maya. Ubicados en el corazon del Playa del Carmen servimos finos cortes de carne y arracheras, platos frescos del mar, botanas mexicanas y deliciosas especialidades de comida yucateca.

 Calle 10 Norte esq. Ave. 10 



PACHAMAMA cocina con amor, un agradable restaurante con un ambiente romántico donde te sentirás como en casa.

El menú incluye elementos de la cocina internacional combinados con el  recetario mexicano, la conciencia de la alimentación  saludable,  la  seguridad de que lo increíble nace de la sencillez y el amor por el arte  culinario dan como resultado algo fuera de lo común con sabores que te  sorprenderán.

Ave. 5ta entre Calles 38 y 40



LOGO_KARMA_BAGELS_EN_CURVAS Delicious Bagels in all kinds of flavours is the speciality of Karmabagels. Also on the menu: sandwiches, salads and much more. Enjoy a view to 5th Avenue while eating with friends or family. Also delivery available.

5ta Ave. & Ave. Constituyentes



logo_3 Hector Escobedo is not only well know in the Riviera Maya, he is also the President of the Association of the Chefs of the Riviera Maya. Events, Catering, Buffets and much more is his passion and his creations are delicious and have style. Hector is available for your "Fiesta" and speaks English & Spanish.

Ave. Colosio Santa Fe



logo-01 The restaurant/bar Kartabar is famous for its Mediterranean and Lebanese Cuisine, signature martinis and cocktails and its sophisticated atmosphere. Come experience at Kartabar the excitement of Playa del Carmen's bustling 12th Street!

1 Ave. and 12th Street