Dining in Cancun Mexico

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Food in CancunEating in Cancun is a real treat. There is such variety – everything from fast food joints serving burgers and fries to elegant dining rooms offering pheasant under glass. Due to its international population, Cancun has restaurants offering French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican and American cuisine. Some of the finer restaurants combine elements of French and Italian cooking with Mexican to create fusions menus that are truly scrumptious. With so many restaurants, making a choice may be the hardest work you do while on vacation. 

Aside from the all-you-can-eat buffets and fast food outlets, there aren’t many inexpensive restaurants in the Hotel Zone. Prices range from moderately expensive to very expensive. If you are on a budget, and want to eat cheap, look for the downtown restaurants where the locals go to eat. They are located off Av. Tulum and in the local markets. Don’t be fooled by the inexpensive prices – some of the best meals are found here. 


Large breakfasts or brunch buffets are the latest Cancun trend. A number of hotels and restaurants in the Hotel Zone have started offering all-you-can-eat affairs. They can be a good value, especially if you eat late in the morning. (So you won’t be hungry again until dinner!) 

If you head Downtown you can find the two kinds of breakfasts enjoyed by Mexicans. "Desayuno" is an early breakfast usually with a sweet roll, oatmeal, coffee or milk. A late breakfast or early lunch is called "Almuerzo" (sometimes desayuno as well) and usually consists of eggs dishes; "huevos a la mexicana" (scrambled eggs with chopped tomato, onion and chile) and "huevos rancheros" (fried eggs on a tortilla covered with tomato sauce) are the most popular. Pancakes, fruit salads and yogurt are also favorites. In smaller restaurants coffee is often instant Nescafe (you are given the jar and pick the strength) while larger restaurants have fresh brewed. Orange juice is always freshly squeezed. 


Many of the restaurants in the Hotel Zone are closed until dinnertime. Those open for lunch offer menus that include sandwiches, salads, soups or pasta. Often, the lunch menu is the same as the dinner menu. Lunch downtown is more traditional. Known as “Comida”, this is the biggest meal of the day for Mexicans. Many shops and businesses, still keeping traditional hours, close between 1 pm and 4 pm in order to enjoy a leisurely lunch, and local restaurants get very busy at this time. There is usually some kind of daily special called “comida corrida” which varies from place to place. It’s usually the cheapest thing on the menu with more food on your plate than you can eat. Don’t be shy about trying some of the local delights. The Yucatan is famous for its cuisine. For the more cautious, there are still plenty of American style restaurants serving hamburgers, pizza and pastas. 


The evening meal is called "Cena" and for the locals this means a light meal with the same types of lunch dishes, soups and desserts. But for tourists, the evenings are strictly gourmet’s delight. You can find just about anything to eat with any kind of ambience. Many of the restaurants have live music and décor that, when combined with the cuisine and excellent service, makes for a memorable dining experience. The hardest thing is making up your mind. So many flavors, so little time. 

Contact the CANIRAC

Camara Nacional de la Industria de  Restaurantes y Alimentos Condimentados



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