We spent six days soaking up the sun in Tulum in March, just as the COVID-19-craze was making its way to the US. This beachside, bohemian community helped us briefly escape the reality back home and enjoy a true “foodie” vacation.
Why you should go
Tulum is made up of boutique hotels along the beach (we recommend the Nomade) and excellent bars and restaurants in the nearby jungle. The food is fresh, the drinks enticing and the people hospitable. While Tulum is much less commercialized than Cancun (just 1.5 hours away), we bet its popularity will grow significantly in the coming years – so make a visit sooner than later!
Where to eat and drink
- We visited over 25+ acclaimed Tulum bars and restaurants. This is a selection of our favorites based on quality of food and drink, service and atmosphere.
- Hartwood: famed spot in the jungle that lives up to its reputation. Fresh, creative yet simple food in a vibrant, hustling atmosphere. Tip: make a reservation.
- Arca: similar in concept (and right by) Hartwood yet a bit more of a complex menu. Great for small share plates, and to watch the staff cook on an open fire.
- kitchen table: laid back, outdoor restaurant with fresh cocktails and inventive food.
- Ka’an Tulum: located in the Sian Ka´an Biosphere Reserve, this remote, beach-side restaurant gives you a true feel of authentic Oaxacan cooking – with an unreal view.
- Casa Jaguar: great late spot for a craft cocktail at the beautifully decorated bar. The crowd is abuzz and the bartenders move quick.
- Gitano: hip scene with some very talented bartenders; great for a late night or pre-dinner cocktail (or three!).
- Kin Toh at Azulik: nestled above the tree line in yes, an actual tree house, this is a memorable spot for grabbing a sunset cocktail with a group, albeit pricey.