Emily (Editor-in-Chief)
Mar 4, 2019
How to Dine Like a Local in Cancun

Cancún – it’s an absolutely lovely destination with its white sand beaches, restaurants filled with seafood a-plenty, and fabulous clubs boasting insane nightlife. The city has so much to offer first time tourists and returning visitors. In fact, many people love it so much that they return a second, third, and fourth time! There’s more than you can possibly see, do, and dine at in one trip, and I’m sure you’ve heard more than one friend say, “If I could do it again I would…”

Well, lucky you first-time visitors, you’ve got us, ID90 Travel! And what do we have? Insider insight on the hottest spots in the city. We’re not talking over-crowded, over-done places; we’re talking first hand experienced under-the-radar gems. Last time we helped you find the city’s best all-inclusive resorts. This time? We’re going for a bit of a tastier look at the city with 5 top suggested restaurants, ranging from downtown Cancún to the hotel zone (Zona Hotelera). So let’s dig in. Shall we?

#1. Julia Mia Restaurant

Location:

Conveniently located in downtown Cancún in between Itzel and St. Tropez and near Mup Palas/Esmex-Dialogo Climatico.

Experience:

This alternative restaurant is a little more modern than local restaurants and serves authentic Mexican dishes with an updated modern twist.

Allure:

Enjoy live music and chef Juan’s incredibly creative dishes with unique flavors you won’t find anywhere else. This culinary adventure is a treat for the palate and the senses. The service is attentive and friendly, and the atmosphere is stylish. Our favorite part about this place is the free round-trip transportation. That’s right! They’ll pick you up from your hotel and return you at no additional cost.

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#2. Puerto Madero Restaurant

Location:

You’ll find this restaurant conveniently located in the Cancún hotel zone with a fantastic view of the Nichupté lagoon.

Experience:

This Argentinian fish and steak house, situated waterside is a tribute to the original Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires. The perfectly balanced dark woods, brick, and glass complement the classy ambiance of the yacht-like atmosphere.

Allure:

It’s no wonder locals and tourists flock here, Puerto Madero’s charcoal grilled meats and seafood are unforgettable. The superior service, option of both indoor (with A/C) and terrace seating, and wide menu selection makes this restaurant an instant Cancún classic.

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#3. Bandoneon Restaurant

Location:

Bandoneon is located at the entrance of the hotel zone, across from Plaza Las Américas. Shopping and dinner anyone?

Experience:

The downtown version of the famous Combalache restaurant, Bandoneon mixes a classy cosmopolitan ambience with a bit of glamor to form their restaurant’s atmosphere.

Allure:

Enjoy wonderful service, an incredible selection of wines, and low prices (even for big eaters!). This beautiful building comes complete with two-story high ceilings, massive wine storage columns (holding 600 bottles each), an open kitchen (with their “flavor-enhancing grill”) and a covered terrace.

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#4. Hacienda El Mortero Restaurant

Location:

You can find Hacienda El Mortero Restaurant surrounded by many of Cancún’s best night clubs as it’s located in the hotel zone. Dine in then walk to Coco Bongo (or other nearby bars) for a night on the town.

Experience:

At Hacienda El Mortero you’ll experience one of the best authentic Mexican culinary adventures of your vacation! Enjoy live Mariachi music in a traditional-meets-edgy, brightly colored Mexican hacienda.

Allure:

According to our sources, this restaurant is a must visit for Cancún travelers. The lively atmoshpere, experienced staff, mouth-watering traditional Mexican dishes, and distinguished name will make this historic restaurant an unforgettable part of your vacation. Oh, they also offer brunch. (Right? We can hear your jaw dropping from here.)

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#5. La Habichuela Centro

Location:

La Habichuela Centro is located in downtown Cancún, adjacent to the Parque Las Palapas. If you’d rather stay near the water check out its sister restaurant, La Habichuela Sunset, in the Zona Hotelera next to the Nichupté lagoon.

Experience:

For 30+ years the Pezzotti family has welcomed diners into their home’s lush Mayan garden. Here you’ll enjoy a romantic evening under twinkling stars and hanging lights, at candle-lit tables.

Allure:

Surround yourself with comfort in this cozy atmosphere, complete with reproduced Mayan artifacts, fountains, a colorful fish tank, and more. The service is superb, and the menu original – composed of personal creations that features Caribbean seafood, Mexican cuisine, and top choice cuts of beef. Every last detail is taken care of here, making this spot one of Cancún’s best hidden gems.

More on La Habichuela Sunset…

If La Habichuela Centro is life-changing, then La Habichuela Sunset isn’t far behind in reputation. This sister restaurant has all the warmth and creativity of the original plus a view of the water. The food is equally as excellent and the service equally as warm. Check it out for a taste of the original by the sea.

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Is your mouth watering yet? Ours is! We hope this article, paired with our other features on Cancún, have made you run to book your ticket. And I mean, with the deals y’all get we can’t believe you’re not there 24/7. It sure has made our staff want to ask for some extra days off! Until next time Interliners, safe travel and keep your eyes on the skies!

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