In this foodies guide to Tulum, we've rounded up all the best restaurants that not only serve up delicious plant-based bites, but also provide an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere! Quick honest note that most of these places are not your typical Mexico prices for food, but more so on the California price range from about $10 USD - $20 USD per plate. If you’re looking for the cheapest places to travel to in Mexico, Tulum isn’t going to be at the top of that list but it's definitely worth checking out if you've never been before!
If you're trying to save money, we recommend eating at local cafes in town like Don Cafeto. You will pay 1/3 of the price than you would eating along the beachside where most of these restaurants below are located. It really just depends on the experience you're going for! Most of these restaurants are also organic and have a lot of gluten-free, vegan options which are a bit harder to find at local places in town.
If you want to save money on eating out, we highly recommend shopping local at Gypsea Market where they have lots of organic fruits, vegetables, and other goodies.
Visit Raw Love at Ahau Hotel along the beach or their location in town. The menu consists of only raw dishes, from smoothie bowls to raw Pad Thai to medicinal lattes to indulge in. Loved the raw brownie!
This place has the best smoothie bowls ever! It's a cute little coffee/matcha bar that is great for a breakfast stop. They have 2 locations, one in the town of Tulum and one along the main beach road. The smoothie bowls are surprisingly really filling and worth the price.
Just look for the disco ball amongst the palms and you know you’ve found the right place! Gitano is known for their amazing food and mezcal cocktails. Their juices are hand made daily with local seasonal fruits an herbs. The mushroom tacos and roasted cauliflower were to die for! If you are in town on a Friday night, make sure you plan to swing by Gitano because they usually have a DJ who starts spinning at 10pm on Friday nights!
This was one of our favorites! Their burritos come wrapped in a banana leaf and their coconut gluten-free tortilla is delicious. This was the perfect place to stop for a late lunch after exploring cenotes. The nopales (cactus) in their veggie burrito is mouth-watering good! Burrito Amor is also committed to being eco-friendly by using recyclable biodegradable containers and they also have 100% biodegradable straws made with agave fiber!
THE REAL COCONUT
This place isn't cheap, but it is sooo worth it! The menu was created by Daniella Hunter, known for her “The Real Coconut” chips that are available at Whole Foods across the US! Her recipes reflect digestive well being and good nutrition, and are free from refined sugars, gluten, grains and dairy. The beautiful beach view makes this experience worth every penny. You can spend the whole day here after you're done eating just hanging and lounging at the beach.
Arca is known for their fire to table concept and seasonal menu. The ambiance is simple and romantic with candles burning around you as you dine in the open air and share delicious small plates.
BONITA BURGER BAR
Bonita is a hidden gem. Their vegan burger is AMAZING! It's on a side street in the middle of town, actually right next to La Hoja Verde. They make their own vegan cheese which is incredible and tastes so good. The ambience is casual and lovely to enjoy on a warm Tulum evening.
LA HOJA VERDE
This place totally exceeded all expectations! It was super affordable and the food is divine. They have an extensive list of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, and the staff are super friendly. This is the place that is right next to Bonita Burger Bar, right off the main street!
This list doesn’t even put a dent in all that Tulum has to offer but hope you are now inspired to try some of these places! Which of these Tulum restaurants are you most excited to try? :)