We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Best places to eat authentic Mexican

Level Contributor
14 posts
5 reviews
Save Topic
Best places to eat authentic Mexican

So, me the missus and our daughter are returning to gbp coba in 4 weeks time for our second visit and for 3 weeks this time.

We all loved it here and fell in love with Mexico, but what I want to know is where we can go to eat real authentic Mexican food and a few really decent restaurants off of the resort. Has to be kid friendly ideally although she is a star when in restaurants.

Any ideas greatly appreciated, and any ideas on a really good beach that has bars etc as only really did the coba beach last time round and want to explore more this time.

Cheers 🍻

Mentioned in this post
Mexico
Mexico
North America
La Buena Vida
₱₱ - ₱₱₱, Mexican, American, Bar
Tequilaville
₱₱ - ₱₱₱, Mexican, Bar, Seafood
12 replies to this topic
Saginaw, Texas
Level Contributor
3,076 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Best places to eat authentic Mexican

This could be fun. "Authentic" means different things to different people.

For us, "authentic" is Imelda's Restaurant in Akumal. Good and super cheap.

Mentioned in this post
Akumal
Akumal
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Vancouver
Destination Expert
for Akumal, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Puerto Morelos
Level Contributor
45,244 posts
Save Reply
2. Re: Best places to eat authentic Mexican

Try Palapas in the small town of Chemuyil

A few noted in Top Questions

From the Akumal Destination Experts

Restaurants outside of your resort

Have a favourite place or share a secret - tells us

Akumal restaurants

Akumal restaurants ... (more)

Great new restaurant called Taverna Pizzeria and Risotte

A few doors north of the White Arches in Akumal ... (more)

La Palapa just south of Bahia resort

Under new management - excellent food ... (more)

Mentioned in this post
Akumal
Akumal
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Taverna Akumal
Taverna Akumal
505 Reviews
Akumal, Mexico
Vancouver
Destination Expert
for Akumal, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Puerto Morelos
Level Contributor
45,244 posts
Save Reply
3. Re: Best places to eat authentic Mexican

Also check of local Yucatan / Mayan (not Mexican) recipes

https:/…

or for Mayan recipes

yucatanadventure.com.mx/cookingrecipes.htm

Some of my favourites are:

Chilaquiles

Sopa de Lima

Pollo Pibil

Tikin Xic Grilled Fish

Mentioned in this post
Mayan Palace at Vidanta Riviera Maya
Mayan Palace at Vidanta...
4,526 Reviews
Playa Paraiso, Mexico
Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
179 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Best places to eat authentic Mexican

Agree with what was said before about "authentic". For authentic cuisine for the region, I would point people to Taco maya in Akumal Pueblo (great carnitas), Tequillaville for empanadas, Cueva for simple grilled seafood or I like their chicken fajitas, Naty's for carne asada (only lunch) in Akumal Pueblo, La Palapa for lunch or dinner in Chemuyil. There are other OUTSTANDING restuarants in the area but I would call them authentic to those cuisnes I mentioned above. Of course, if you can find a abuelo type place (grandma cooking from her kitchen), then you will find tamales, huaraches, panuchos, etc.

Imelda's is also great on the Playa side (as mentioned above). Have fun!

Mentioned in this post
Akumal
Akumal
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Vancouver
Destination Expert
for Akumal, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Puerto Morelos
Level Contributor
45,244 posts
Save Reply
5. Re: Best places to eat authentic Mexican

Here is a list of some of the places to start

As Jnole mentioned, explore the Akumal pueblo

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurants-g4994…

Mentioned in this post
Akumal
Akumal
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Level Contributor
14 posts
5 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Best places to eat authentic Mexican

Thanks for the replies, looks like I’ve got some homework to do then!

And is it possible to get a taxi from resort direct to these places? Didn’t really adventure too much last time but really want to venture out more this time!

Thanks again

Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
179 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Best places to eat authentic Mexican

GPB is right between Akumal and Chemuyil so a taxi would be fine. I have no idea on cost though, or what it SHOULD cost. Yes, they should know all the places.

Mentioned in this post
Akumal
Akumal
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Level Contributor
14 posts
5 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Best places to eat authentic Mexican

Nice one. Lastly then, the same question that’s been asked a thousand times, dollars or pesos? I have a stack of pesos and will be getting more currency but don’t know wether to get dollars now and take 50/50 split? Cheers

Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
179 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Best places to eat authentic Mexican

Pesos. Especially if you are eating local. Restaurants pick their own exchange rate so you will probably not get the most for your buck. If you weren't leaving the resort, then I would say it doesn't matter.

Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
1,192 posts
27 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Best places to eat authentic Mexican

VSD: Has La Palapa in Chemuyil reopened after the fire a while back? Also, was a likely cause ever reported? If La Palapa is open, it's a great place for an excellent and reasonably priced meal with your family.

Edited: June 22, 2018, 3:45 am
Reply to: Best places to eat authentic Mexican
Get notified by e-mail when a reply is posted
Get answers to your questions about Akumal