Where To Eat in Tulum, Mexico
Tulum mexico is a wonderland of incredible restaurants. Each place we ate at was unique from the next, and had it's own style of cooking. It was always interesting to read the menus, because most of the time I had no idea what any of the ingredients were because the chefs used local indigenous ingredients to make their dishes.
If you're planning a trip to Tulum, keep reading to discover the best places to eat.
Ocumare is the in-house tapas restaurant at the BE Tulum Hotel. The name Ocumare comes from the 'name of a foreign cocao seed whose fineness and quality surpassed boundaries & changed the Mexican cacao culture forever, attributed to its genuine character and nature,' which I find so rad. We arrived at sunset, and this place was glowing. The first thing I noticed was how absolutely gorgeous the bohemian decor is. I fell in love with the unique chairs and the mauve tones that decorated the table. Small touches like the geometric candles and the rectangular blocks of wood that the silverware rested on really set the tone for the evening. Fabio, the restaurant manager, took care of us the whole evening and made us feel right at home. His menu recommendations were on point. To start, we tried the most delicious cocktails (Johnny had one custom made for him!) and I got a fruity drink with hibiscus. We tried the "Pork Rose Meat" as our shared entree, and I highly recommend this one! We also tried "Sushi Ingredients" which was basically undone sushi, and was incredible.
To end the evening, we sipped on espresso and munched on the "Rustic Chocolate Cake." (which was to die for!)
I am such a sucker for anything coconut. I had the pleasure of dining at The Real Coconut located at Sanara, and they serve the BEST coconut chips + guac (which, THANK GOD, are available at Whole Foods here in the states). I ordered the shrimp tacos, and I have to say that they were some of the best I've ever had. We finished off our meal with a green smoothie, and were ready for a beach siesta. Luckily we were only steps away from a cabana :)
A little background on The Real Coconut:
"Sanará’s beach restaurant The Real Coconut is dedicated to all that is conscious living and follows our foundational health & wellness philosophy that plants form the key to our vitality and that gut health and digestion are paramount to optimum well being."
I am in full agreement with the way they do things over at The Real Coconut, and I highly recommend stopping by if you're in town, even if it's just for one of their incredible frappachinos.
Nu Tulum is such a breath of fresh air. We enjoyed a candle lit dinner for 2 right in the middle of the jungle! Talk about magical. Nestled amongst the trees right off the main road, we were surrounded by nature and the most kind people in the world. We started the night off with some cocktails and coffee. But these are not your typical cocktails and coffee; I tried the Roasted Green Tomato Martini, and immediately fell in love! Johnny swears by their authentic Mexican coffee flavored with sugar cane + orange, which is the chefs grandmas recipe and is served with home made cookies. We loved this coffee so much that we had it twice throughout the meal. As an appetizer, we ordered the highly recommended vegetable + rice casserole with garlic aioli, and I honestly could have ordered 5 of these, it was that delicious. For the main course, we shared their fire grilled chicken and vegetables. I couldn't get enough of them! Their home made bread + dipping sauces were also incredible. I honestly feel like Nu exemplifies Tulum as a whole, and if you only have one night to eat in town, this is where you need to go.
If you need a little pick me up, I highly recommend getting some matcha at the cutest roadside hangout, Mama Matcha. Johnny and I got the "mamacita" and the "papacita" which were both delicious! They also have açaí bowls that are out of this world!
cutest set by WYLDE