Best Local Restaurants in Cancun

Looking for the best local restaurants in downtown Cancun? You've come to the right place, we are born and bred Cancunenses with a love for food and we're going to show you where we find the best food in Cancun. Our Cancun Food Tours will give you a taste of the best of Mexico in one fabulous downtown Cancun excursion.

Now, don't get us wrong, Cancun hotel zone restaurants are world-class, with elegant fine dining and international cuisine, but we want to show you where to eat in downtown Cancun for a true Mexican culinary adventure. We'll pick you up at your hotel or Cancun AIRBNB and bring you to the very best food in Cancun. You bring your appetite and we’ll do the rest!

Cancun downtown restaurants offer a huge range of authentic Mexican food from around the country, from tacos on plastic plates to fusion haute cuisine served by tuxedo-clad waiters. Local dishes from the Yucatan are a highlight of course, with restaurants like "Emara" and "Labna" serving up the very best tamales, "relleno negro", "poc chuc" and of course the famous "cochinita pibili".

The seafood in Cancun is some of the freshest you'll ever taste and downtown Cancun restaurants like "Marbella", "Kiosco Verde" and "El Cejas" will satisfy your desires for fish, shrimp, lobster and more! Try the local fave "tikin xic fish", firm white fish in achiote spices, wrapped in banana leaves and slowly cooked in a wood fire, this is a must eat in Cancun!

For an elegant evening of Cancun fine dining with Mexican cuisine, La Habichuela Cancun is a long-time fave for locals with its fairy light gardens and exquisite dishes. For a dynamic night out of typical Mexican dishes and entertainment, La Parilla on Yaxchilan Avenue is MUST, strolling mariachis and the BEST margaritas in Cancun.

What’s our best tip for choosing a local restaurant in Cancun? Book a Cancun food tour with us of course or go where the people go! Some of our most incredible Cancun foodie experiences are found by following the crowd to the plastic tables and chairs in hidden corners of the city. It doesn’t have to be fancy to be delicious!

Discover the best food in Cancun, book your "Flavors of Mexico" or "Cancun Taco Tour" today!

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