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Your Essential Guide to Cancun Cuisine! 7 Cancun Restaurants Every Foodie Should Try

A Cancun vacation is one epic adventure that just can’t be missed. There’s so much to see and do in this amazing city that you’re sure to be busy as soon as you step off your plane. 

One big draw is the incredible variety of Cancun cuisine.

With so many options, you’ll need a guide to Cancun food to get the most out of your time. We’ve got seven fantastic Cancun restaurants you need to try by price so you can plan for your budget before arriving at the RGV International Airport.

Affordable Eats

If you want to try out Cancun cuisine without breaking the bank, there are some great options. They tend to be pretty popular with the locals too, so you know you’re getting a taste of Cancun beyond the tourist traps. 

They’re also easy to fit in between all the sightseeing.

Parque de las Palapas

Once the sun goes down, this park fills up with food stands. Hop between stands to find local favorites, like marquesitas. You can also find local twists on classics like elote or tacos.

El Paisano del 23

El Paisano del 23 is an old market best known for its slow-cooked pork leg. Order this tasty treat in a taco or torta to see just why the locals love it. Like most other great spots, it tends to get pretty busy later in the day so be sure to head there early to beat the crowds!

Huelic Tortillería

If you want to see a real neighborhood tortillería, be sure to check out this spot. They offer a huge range of dishes. Anything corn-based will be top-notch and be sure to try the classic tortilla made with heirloom corn.

Average Prices With Above Average Taste

If you want modern takes on traditional Cancun cuisine, expect to pay just a bit more. But it’s definitely worth it, so make sure you hit up at least one of these unique restaurants during your vacation!

Mar de Miel Café y Cocina

This “kitchen with charm” offers breakfast and lunch that is sure to satisfy. Their bakery also offers a huge variety of goods from cinnamon rolls to conchas. Don’t miss their twists on classics such as the huitlacoche omelet on their breakfast menu!


If you’re looking for plant-based takes on local fare, don’t miss Herbívoro! Everything on the menu is free from animal products but sure to satisfy any diet. The nuggets made with sweet potato are a top pick.

Axiote Cocina de México

This is the place to visit if you want something proudly local in Playa del Carmen. The dishes are a mix of local and national favorites, like smoked marlin with burnt habanero salsa. They also have some of the best tequila in town. Prefer wine? This eatery also offers a selection of wines from all across Mexico.

World-Class Dining

No guide to food in Cancun is complete without mentioning its world-class dining establishments. The following location regularly ranks on lists of the best restaurants in the world, so be sure to treat yourself!

Puerto Madero

This elegant restaurant offers truly spectacular views of the lagoon from the deck and dining room. The menu matches up with choices for everyone, though the seafood isn’t to be overlooked. This is easily one of the best restaurants in Cancun. Don’t miss it!

Take a Nonstop Flight to Cancun

Harlingen International Airport is your gateway to Cancun and the rest of the world. Just fly Sun Country nonstop to Cancun and fulfill your foodie dreams. Don’t forget to pack your bags and your appetite!

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