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Playa del Carmen: The Ultimate Food Guide

My foodie adventures in Playa del Carmen were… a little bit stressful, mainly because I tend to get stressed out very easily but also because I DIDN’T HAVE PROPER YELP OR CHOWHOUND.  I had TripAdvisor instead.  I don’t know if any of you use TripAdvisor but this was my first time using it intensely for food.  Here are examples of what TripAdvisor reviewers write:

  • “This is the BEST TACO place in Playa del Carmen!!!!!!!!!!!!!” – person who has only been in PDC for a day
  • “My hubby and I loooove this place so muchhhh.  We even got to take pictures with a Mexican man in a sombrero hat after!”
  • “The fish was soooo fresh and I loooved the truffles and everything was sooo cheap! So affordable!!” – person who ate at a $$$$ place

Basically, TripAdvisor food reviews are not very helpful but hey, you gotta take what you can get.  I essentially spent hours looking up the “must eats” on the World Wide Web, then the “bests” on TripAdvisor, and finally had to cross reference these “bests” with what some other bloggers have written about.  After meticulously putting a list together with almost all our meals planned, we ran into a few bumps in the round.  There were a couple of times where the restaurants I wanted to visit simply didn’t exist anymore.  Other times the restaurants were just… not good (when TripAdvisor says the seafood is fresh, don’t believe them).  Below is a list of places I tried and my general thoughts about them.  I hope this is helpful for anyone who decides to visit!

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