Where to Find the Best Tacos in Playa del Carmen

March 26, 2019 0 Comments

Pretty much every Mexican restaurant in town serves tacos but in this post I’m sharing where to find the best tacos in Playa del Carmen.  While all of these restaurants are downtown, none are located on Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue, which makes them all the more authentic. 

In the United States, we are accustomed to Tex-Mex style tacos consisting of flour tortillas filled with seasoned meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and sprinkled with shredded cheese.  While these are tasty, authentic Mexican tacos are prepared much differently.  There are many different styles of tacos in Mexico but they basically consist of a corn tortilla topped with meat and chopped onion and cilantro.  They are then accompanied by an assortment of sauces and sprinkled with lime juice.  Different but muy delicioso!  

El Ñero is definitely my favorite taco restaurant in Playa del Carmen.  In my opinion, they serve the best tasting tacos al pastor (pork schwarma style meat with pineapple).  They are only open at night so it is more of a late night spot but it’s definitely worth the trip for dinner or after a night out.  It’s a very laid back spot with red plastic chairs and it’s always very crowded with locals.
best tacos in playa del carmen

LOCATION

Downtown – Avenida Juarez & Avenida 45

HOURS

Daily from 5:00pm – 2:00am (closes at 12:30am on Thursdays)

PAYMENT METHODS

Cash only.

FAVORITE MENU ITEM

Tacos al pastor.

DON SIRLOIN

Don Sirloin is another one of my favorite taco restaurants.  While I don’t love their tacos al pastor, their sirloin tacos are the best I have had in Playa.  The sirloin is cooked on a schwarma style skewer similiar to the al pastor tacos which makes it tender and flavorful.  They have a few different locations downtown so it’s a convenient spot for lunch or dinner.
Don Sirloin

LOCATION

Downtown – Avenida 10 between Calle 12 & 14
Downtown – Constituyentes & Avenida 25
Downtown – Avenida 30 between Calle 32 & 34

HOURS

Avenida 10: Daily from 2:00pm – 6:00am
Constituyentes: Daily from 12:00pm – 4:00am
Avenida 30: Daily from 6:00pm – 2:00am

PAYMENT METHODS

Cash and credit cards accepted.

FAVORITE MENU ITEM

Sirloin tacos.

EL FOGÓN

El Fogon
El Fogón has consistently been a top contender for the best tacos in Playa del Carmen.  I personally like El Ñero better for al pastor tacos but the Gringa Tacos (flour tortilla with cheese) are very tasty and extremely filling.  Also their central location makes it a little easier for daytime or late night tacos.

LOCATION

Downtown – Constituyentes & Avenida 25
Downtown – Avenida 30 & Calle 6 Bis
Downtown – Avenida 30 & Calle 32

HOURS

Constituyentes: 1:00pm – 6:00am
Avenida 30 & 6: 1:00pm – 11:00pm
Avenida 30 & 32: 6:00pm – 3:00am

PAYMENT METHODS

Cash and credit cards accepted.

FAVORITE MENU ITEM

La Gringa Tacos.

LA FLORESTA

In my opinion, La Floresta has the best seafood tacos in Playa.  They are only open during the day and are a little harder to get to but the trip is definitely worth it.  The shrimp tacos are perfectly batter fried and are so delicious.  When the tacos come out they will just be a corn tortilla with the fried pieces of shrimp so be sure to add sauces and toppings to your liking.
La Floresta

LOCATION

Calle 14 Norte & the Highway

HOURS

Daily from 10:00am – 5:30pm

PAYMENT METHODS

Cash only.

FAVORITE MENU ITEM

Shrimp tacos.

These are my picks for the best taco restaurants in Playa del Carmen.  These are all great options after a day of shopping or visiting the beach in Playa del Carmen.  For more recommendations, check out my favorite Playa del Carmen restaurants

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