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Cheap Eats in Playa Del Carmen-Under 100 Pesos!

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Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen are not the cheapest since it is a tourist town. Playa Del Carmen is booming with tourist so the prices of rent have been going up and that means prices for food have been going up as well. There are still some cheap restaurants in town though. There really should be more inexpensive Playa Del Carmen restaurants because the average person in Playa Del Carmen makes 150-400 pesos a day, that means eating out three times a day can eat up all your money.

If you are looking for other restaurant information in Playa Del Carmen, see links at the end of this article for many more of our guides.

Playa Del Carmen Restaurants that are cheap

We have complied this list of places to eat for those looking for an affordable meal while in town. This should give you a good range of choices.

Our criteria was:

  1. Under 100 pesos.
  2. The places needed somewhat of a consistent quality.
  3. In a location that people can easily get to.
  4. The price would be for food and most likely a drink. Some drinks and smoothies can run 40 pesos so it might not be available to eat for under 100 all the time at each place on the list, but close to it.

We will try to update and keep adding here when we find new places. As it goes with cheap places, they tend to open and close faster then other places.

If you eat at one of these places, mention you saw them here. Not that we make any money off this list in any way, but it is nice to hear feedback from restaurants that the list we provide is helping support small restaurants and helping people find good deals and good restaurants in Playa Del Carmen. It is also good for restaurants to know how people find them because so many of then spend precious resources advertising. Some restaurants pay for advertising when they may not actually get much in return. Help small businesses keep prices low and help them find the best ways to reach people.

Happy cheap eating everyone!!!

Our Video of Cheap Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen

Here is just a short video we made about some of these restaurants. Sometimes seeing things and actually being able to explain them in person is the best way. So we wanted to make this short video for you.  See the whole list of Playa Del Carmen restaurants below.

Playa Del Carmen Restaurants Map

We made this interactive map for you so you can find these great cheap eat restaurants in Playa Del Carmen. This map can make it easy for you see what is near to where you are staying. If you love one of these make sure you let us know in the comments below.

Cheap Restaurants in Playa Del Carmen

Chez Celine

We were really surprised to find out that this popular restaurant with good French quality has a menu each day that includes drink for under 100 pesos. Chez Celine is located on 5th Avenue and 34th St. Everyone knows this place as a great breakfast spot but now you can have lunch here as well on a budget.

Papa Charly Pasta Factory

This place is one of our favorites for lunch and offers an awesome combo meal deal. It is a little out of center but so worth the walk. You can have a drink of the day, salad or pasta dish, main plate and a desert for under 100 pesos!

El Jardin Restaurant

The place has a menu of the day for 90 pesos that includes drink. Not only is this a great price it is also great quality and this makes this one of the best on this list to eat at! You will be treated like you are at a nice restaurant and feel like it too but only pay a little. You do have to go before 5:00pm though because they are only open weekdays 9:00am-5:00pm. Find this hidden Playa Del Carmen restaurant and enjoy a good meal here!

La Jungla de la Rivera

This small place is in Colosio neighborhood and offers some healthy cheap eats. They have juices and sandwich style food. Menu items are about 50-60 pesos each and with a juice that makes it about 80 pesos to eat here. They have a nice outside seating area. This is on 10th Avenue between 68th Street and 70th Street. Open daily from 7:00am-1:00am.

La Mission Restaurant

This is on the south end of town on 10th Avenue near Juarez Avenue. This is normally know as a seafood restaurant but they also do a menu of the day for only 65 pesos. This is from 2:00pm-6:00pm daily. What is different about this place is they offer a lot of options. This is their way to make the restaurant affordable to everyone.

El Arbolito Taqueria

This simple and really homemade taco restaurant in Playa Del Carmen will make you want to eat tacos all the time. We first found them in Puerto Aventuras and now they have brought their tacos to Playa. You can choose from 25 types of filling and you get hand made tortillas. Each one is just 12 pesos. You can really eat here on a budget.

El Arbolito Taqueria is on 8th Street between 10th Avenue and 15th Avenue.

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El Arbolito Taqueria Playa Del Carmen.

Burrito Majadero

This is a new place that just opened up. They have some of the best burritos in Playa Del Carmen! Best of all they are just 69 pesos. Add a drink and you are still under 100 pesos. This  small corner restaurant is open Wednesday-Sundays 1:00pm-11:00pm. Burrito Majadero is on the corner of CTM Avenue (aka 46th Street) and 20th Avenue. Look for the turquoise front.

Robin Bagels

Handmade bagels and sandwiches that are a great value can be found here. This restaurant is out of the center of Playa Del Camren but a great find and pilgrimage if you want to go. You can get sandwiches here from 40 pesos and drinks for under 20 pesos. For more on this restaurant in Playa Del Carmen see our article here.

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The smoked salmon sandwich at Robin Bagels.

Chimi Churri

This is a taste of Argentina in Playa Del Carmen. The lomito sandwich is a really good and don’t forget to add chimi churri sauce. They also serve up empanadas. Sandwich prices are 50 pesos. This place is located on 6th St between 10th and 15th Avenue. Open from lunchtime until late in the evening. This place is small so keep an eye out for it. It is on the south side of the street in the middle of the block.

Primer Plato

This is an Italian restaurant/café that has handmade pasta for under 100 pesos. You can get a dish for 50 pesos and drink for 75 pesos. Considering the clean and friendly place plus the fact they hand make everything, that is a great deal. This is a lunch spot and is located on 15th Avenue on the south end of town between Juarez Avenue and Calle 1 Sur.

Antico Empanadas

You may think of empanadas as more of a snack but they have big empanadas and they are the BEST in Playa Del Carmen. This small restaurant is tucked away on 2nd Street between 10th Avenue and 15th Avenue. They are only about 18 pesos each and they also have baguettes here for 60 pesos. This restaurant is clean and a excellent value.

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Empanadas at Antico Restaurant

Café Guajira

This is a family run little restaurant on 6th St between 15th and 20th Avenue. They have been a staple Playa Del Carmen restaurant for some time now. They offer breakfast and lunch items. Open from 8:30am-5pm Monday-Saturday. They offer a range of sandwiches and burgers for about 40-55 pesos and will usually have a promotion of the day. You probably have seen the delivery guy for this place. He rides a bike all around the city delivering their food. They do deliver only in the central downtown Playa Del Carmen area. If you want to order their number is 147-1265 (local land line number).

Rincon Yucateco

This is an authentic Mexican restaurant that serves regional food from the Yucatan. Each day there is a special for 73 pesos (drink separate). This restaurant has an open air palapa and serves up some of the best Yucatecan food in Playa Del Carmen. Open Mondays-Saturdays 8:00am-5:00pm. For more on Rincon Yucateco Restaurant see our article here which includes a video.

Rincon Yucateco Restaurant Playa Del Carmen Yucatecan food.

A true tasting meal of food from the Yucatan.

Guacamoles Restaurant

It is located on 10th Avenue between 8th and 10th Street. This festive Mexican place offers daily specials for under 100 pesos. This block has a few places on it that are on this list so you can look around and pick which one you want. This restaurant is also popular with the late night crowd for eating.

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Guacamoles Restaurant in Playa Del Carmen

Dona Paula’s Restaurant

By popular demand we are adding the Dona Paula Restaurant to the list. There is no sign so just look for the blue building set back from the street on 6th Street between 10th and 15th Avenues. This has been a long time staple in Playa Del Carmen and gets construction workers and budget seekers for the Mexican cooking. The women working here are very sweet and cook like they are at home. Prices are listed on neon paper signs out front. Most prices are about 40-60 pesos for a meal with drink. It is not the cleanest place but authentic and a neighborhood restaurant. Open all day and late until about 10pm.

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Dona Paula’s Restaurant in Playa Del Carmen

Mi Kfe

Looking for Venezuelan food? Mi Kfe is a tiny place on 10th Avenue between 6th and 8th Streets that served up arepas Venezuelan style. This tiny café makes everything to order so it is not fast food but you will never get a bigger smile from the woman working there. Prices run from about 40-75 pesos plus cost of drink. They also sell bags of coffee from the local roaster Kaawa just in case you want to buy some good coffee.

Brochetas Restaurant

This restaurant is close to Mamitas Beach on 28th Street so it is a great place to grab something before or after the beach. Brochetas has skewers with fries or broccoli. It taste great and can be healthy for you. They also have mini burgers now. Combos start at about 80 pesos and with drink add 15-20 pesos.

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Delicious food at Brochetas Restaurant

Euro Grill

The Euro Grill is about the only place on 5th Avenue you can eat for under 100 pesos. This place offers a variety of sausage. This price is 65 pesos now. Located between Constituyentes and 20th. St on the east side of 5th Avenue.

Antojitos Playa Del Carmen

Salbutes are a very Yucatecan food that uses a fried tortilla with toppings. They are really yummy! Antojitos Playa Del Carmen is a local favorite spot for salbutes. It is located on 30th Avenue between 2nd and 4th St. on the east side. The sign is not visible from the outside so you can see more photos of the place in our article about salbutes in Playa Del Carmen. These delicious items for 7-12 pesos each. Most people can eat 2-5 per sitting. They have really good fresh juices here as well. Sitting is inside at picnic tables. You can get them to go if you want to enjoy them in another place.

Tortas Santa Fe

This convenient sandwich shop has huge tortas (sandwiches) for only about 48-60 pesos. They are make them fast and fresh! The fresh waters like lime and chia are a liter for only 20 pesos and will help wash down that huge torta.

This sandwich shop is on the corner of 30th Avenue and 16th Street right across from Mega grocery store. Make sure you get here before 6:00pm because they are only open during the day. If you read the comments below, people really like this place! This is one of the most popular cheap eat restaurants in Playa Del Carmen.

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A huge sandwich at Tortas Santa Fe.

Cheap Chinese

People in Playa Del Carmen know that Asian food is a little hard to come by and quality Asian food even harder to find. Here is a cheap Chinese food restaurant in the center of Playa Del Carmen. You know you feel like something fried something salty and something with grease sometimes. Prices are based on the amount of sides you get but you can eat for as little as 32-48 pesos plus cost of drink. The location is right next to the AKI supermarket in the same building located on 30th Avenue and 12th Street.

Kiwis Restaurant

 This local favorite is not called by it’s name (Kiwis) and people just know it by location. It is located on 10th Avenue between 8th St and 10th St. This place is what you might call a greasy spoon. You cannot beat the 25 pesos super torta they serve up. They have a selection of burgers and sandwiches. Their big smoothies are good too and cheaper then some other well know places in Playa Del Carmen. Seating is limited to the counter inside or the few tables. It can be pretty hot during the day here. This place is always open and is popular with the late night crowd that has been out drinking and wants a greasy burger to soak up the alcohol.

Asadero El Pollo

This is a long running roast chicken restaurant in Playa Del Carmen. They offer good value and meal packages. Here they offer packages for 60 pesos which include cut up roast chicken, rice, tortillas, salsas and a drink. The also have large packages for 110 pesos that can feed two or three people. That package does not come with a drink though. This is one of our favorite places to get chicken. This place is located on 20th Avenue and 2nd street on the corner.

You can see our video on YouTube here about this restaurant.

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Asadero El Pollo

La Brocherie

This Playa Del Carmen restaurant is a French roast chicken place actually run by a French chef. They have good value herbed chicken packages starting around 60 pesos to 75 pesos which includes a drink. Paninis are served here as well. They are located on 15th Avenue between 4th and 6th St. Closed Sundays. Open Monday-Saturdays from around 10:30am- about 10pm or later depending on business. This location offers an enthusiastic tri lingual chef and a nice café feel all for a small price. Make sure you save room for dessert.

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La Brocherie chicken meal.

El Pechugon

There is a good chicken place on Juarez Avenue located at the corner of 10th Avenue called El Pechugon. This walk up restaurant with limited seating offers roast chicken with great mini roast potatoes. Meal packages go for about 49-70 pesos. This place is a good place to pick up something before going to the beach.

Tacontenedor

Seafood tacos in Playa Del Carmen can be found at a good price at Tacontenedor. This small place just off 5th Avenue offers up a good taste and quality. Tacos go for about 25 pesos each. Check for their daily promotions like the large marlin fish burrito for 50 pesos. You can find specials listed on their Facebook page. This place is located on Constituyentes Avenue between 5th and 10th Avenue. This place was listed for best seafood tacos in Playa Del Carmen by us.

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Tacos at Tacontenedor

Tacos de Barba-Birria

This place is worth a mention because it is very good and something different. This taco restaurant is on 30th Avenue near the corner of 38th Street. Look for the orange awning. See our video here of this small Playa Del Carmen restaurant.

Taqueria Borrego Loco

Want some lamb tacos? Soft, tender barbacoa style meat with chopped onion and cilantro toppings. Tacos are 15 pesos each and they have some combo specials with soup but you have to ask, this place has no menus. It is a real local place and poplar on Sundays. Only open 6am-3pm so don’t go late. Located on the highway road just north of Constituyentes Avenue on the east side. For more on lamb tacos in Playa Del Carmen you can read our article.

El Fogon

This taco place is the quintessential taco restaurant in Playa Del Carmen. They have two locations that are easy to get to in Playa Del Carmen. One on 30th Avenue between 6th and 8th St. and one on Constituyentes Avenue between 25th and 30th Avenue. We do like the first one the best though. Tacos go for 7-15 pesos. Try the local favorite drinks of horchata and Jamaica.

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Don Sirloin Restaurant

Don Sirloin has two locations in the center of Playa Del Carmen. One on 10th Avenue between 12th and 14th St. and one on Constituyentes Avenue and 25th Avenue. Both serve up the same things and most people go for the tacos. Tacos go for 7-15 pesos each. The location 10th can be entertaining at night because it is close to all the nightclubs. They are open late into the night to serve the party crowd and open in the day to serve those looking for cheap tacos.

Tacos De Canasta

Have you tried tacos de canasta? That translates to tacos in a basket because they pre-make the tacos and stack them in a basket. The nice thing is that the flavors get soaked up in the tortilla. This place serves up different types of tacos. Known as just the taco de canasta place, it is located on 30th Avenue between 20th and 22nd St. Don’t pay attention to the sign with hours, they are open everyday from about 8:30am-3pm. Although don’t go to late because they run out sometimes. Tacos are 8 pesos each.

Taco Cart

This local taco cart is run by a sweet woman names Juana Cortez. She opens Monday-Saturday 8am-2:30pm. The serves up three types of tacos 10 pesos each, chilies rellenos for 20 pesos(which are a stuffed poblano pepper) and starting soon burritos for 30 pesos. She is located on 14 Bis Street (14 1/2 St) between 30th and 35th Avenues. Near Mega grocery store.

Kuni seafood taco cart

The small taco cart is on 14Bis next to Mega Grocery Store. Tacos are 20-25 pesos each. Everything is fried. They have a range of salsas which is good because the tacos are not that savory by themselves.  Try their passion fruit water or lime with chia seed.  They are open Monday-Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm.

Las Quekas

This is practically an institution in Playa Del Carmen. They are a real Mexican quesadilla place that makes handmade and ready to order quesadillas for you with a range of fillings. They do have a few other things on the menu as well. The taste is fresh and salsas are good. There are multiple locations in Playa but here we list the two most accessible ones. One is located on the corner 30th Avenue and 14 Bis St. and another one is on the corner of 10 Bis St and 15th Avenue. Prices are about 13 pesos for each quesadilla and they are a decent size and filling. They have inexpensive drinks as well. This is a good late night places since they are open till late.

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Las Quekas menu.

Las Quecas

This is an old favorite of locals right on 6th St between 10th and 15th Avenues. It is authentic quesadillas made to order. You can even get some very Mexican fillings like the fermented corn. The quesadillas are large. Prices are 22 each and a liter of drink is 23 pesos. Open very late till about 4am.

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Tamales

Don’t forget this very Mexican of foods. There is a street corner stand that sells tamales everyday. Tamales are 14 or 15 pesos depending on the kind you get. They are open from afternoon until about 1 am. They are located on the corner of 12 Bis St. and 30th Avenue (next to the fabric store). There is no seating really so plan on getting them to go. They are a good size and very filling. Try the sweet ones as well. Their red salsa is homemade and unique. For more on these tamales in Playa Del Carmen check out our story.

Hot Restaurant

Hot Restaurant is on the north end of 5th Avenue between 38th and 40th streets.  This is  café/Sandwich shop with juices and coffee  you can get a nice toasted sandwich for 68 pesos and a drink for 28 pesos. Check them out during the week for 2×1 specials on either drink or food.

Hot restaurant Playa Del Carmen

Hot Restaurant Playa Del Carmen

Mama Mia Pizza

Pizza is always a cheap option. We named Mama Mia Pizza on 2nd. St the best street pizza in Playa Del Carmen. Prices range from 15-27 pesos a slice. They do have multiple locations in Playa. Our favorite is on 2nd St. between 10th and 15th Avenue. Another convenient location is on 10th Avenue between 8th and 10th Street.

Nuestra Senora De Carmen Mercado De Playa

This  food market in Playa Del Carmen has small food stalls and some options to choose from. There are tacos, sandwiches, and more. It is located on 10th Avenue between 8th Street and 10th Street.

Mercado Paseo del Carmen

This is another food market on the south end of town with similar options of eating and most places are budget oriented. This market is on 10th Avenue about two blocks south of Juarez Avenue.

Our other guides for Playa Del Carmen Restaurants

If you liked this guide to cheap restaurants in Playa Del Carmen, also be sure to check out our other guides like out our huge Restaurant Guide to Playa Del Carmen, Where to Eat in Playa Del Carmen in one week guide, Breakfast Guide to Playa, Bakery Guide and Coffee Shop Guide to Playa Del Carmen. Our lunch specials guide is great to because you can often eat a three course meal for under 100 pesos at some good restaurants in Playa Del Carmen.

Did you enjoy this list of cheap Playa Del Carmen restaurants? What is your favorite cheap eat place? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

75 Comments on Cheap Eats in Playa Del Carmen-Under 100 Pesos!

  1. Great list! Any idea which have seafood/vegetarian options?

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 3, 2014 at 11:55 PM // Reply

      Tacontededor is a good seafood option. They serve seafood tacos and burritos. None of the restaurants listed are exclusively vegetarian.Las Quekas makes quesadillas and Mi kfe has arepas that are vegetarian. I will continue to look for options and we will be writing a guide to vegetarian restaurants as well in the future. Thanks for reading.

  2. Bill Barton // July 8, 2014 at 8:44 AM // Reply

    Cheap Eats … I love this place: http://el-hongo.com

  3. Mr Cancun // July 8, 2014 at 7:34 PM // Reply

    Gotta love some tacos from Don Sirloin, especially that white cheese they use !!

  4. Great list!!
    I agree that all the best places are mostly off 5th avenue. What about dona mary?
    Mr kiwi used to be my go to place when i first arrived here 3 years ago-i dont do too many drunken nights anymore but I passes by for a smoothie and dissapointed to find out they put up the prices. I paid 35pesos for what was more of a “medium”. The bigger cups like normal are now a higher price. So it makes them the same price as the more famous place 🙁

  5. Mariana Henson // September 30, 2015 at 9:37 PM // Reply

    great list with a vast variety of choices.
    will try a few by the end of the year when visiting that beautiful area of Mexico.

  6. Thanks for the suggestions! On our recent trip to Playa we ate at Chez Celine every morning, the eggs were perfection! We ate at El Jardin and really enjoyed the homemade tortillas. We also ate at La Brocherie the desserts were amazing! Thanks again!

    • So glad you got to eat at some of our favorites! We will keep updating everything so when you return there will be fresh list for you to try! Also look for our upcoming videos of all the restaurants so you can see them more before trying them. Come back soon!

  7. Thanks so much for this restaurant list. I love finding this small restaurants that offer good deals. Your guides are super helpful and we used your website for planning a lot of our vacation. I think we ate at 5 or 6 of these restaurants when we were in Playa Del Carmen. Keep up the good work and thanks again.

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 2, 2016 at 8:54 PM // Reply

      Thank you Nate for your comments and we are glad you found our website helpful. We are always working hard here on the ground to bring you new things and we always update all the articles so you can find things. We are glad we could help you save some money with this list of restaurants. We hope you come back soon to Playa and if so, we will be ready for you with more information.

  8. Thanks for the list of cheap places to eat in Playa del Carmen. We love coming to check out your guides and stuff. We ate at several of these restaurants and really liked the taco cart on 14th st by Mega.

  9. Hello! I’m at checking out your website for the first time! We are doing a backpack trip from Cancun to Panama so we are on a budget. This article is a good resource for us to print our and save.
    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog. I find the details good and
    and look forward to read more for our trip to Playa Del Carmen! Keep up the outstanding work!

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 4, 2016 at 7:38 PM // Reply

      We love helping people find all the good things here in Playa Del Carmen like cheap restaurants. Everyone needs something different so we try to provide a good service for all our readers. The good thing is, we update all the articles so when you come you will know that all the listed restaurants are here and open. We hope you have a great time down here. You also might want to check out our top 5 Hostels article if you are looing at hostels in Playa.

  10. Chester Milling // June 4, 2016 at 6:51 PM // Reply

    We went to Tortas Santa Fe in front of Mega that was on your list of cheap eats restaurants. We LOVED it. The people were so fast and the sandwiches are such a good deal. We actually saw your video first and the chipotle sauce sold us. We hope you make more videos about good finds in Playa. We are always looking for new restaurants to check out when we come down. You seem to have the biggest selection of restaurants on your website and we like your recommendations. Thanks again.

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 4, 2016 at 7:50 PM // Reply

      We are so glad you found this restaurant. We love Tortas Santa Fe also. We usually get the chicken breast sandwich and we ask for pineapple. That is just a little extra fee. We will work on finding more low cost restaurants as well as adding more restaurants to the hundreds already on the site. Thank you for reading the site.

  11. My friends that go down to Playa told me about your site. I found the cheap eats guide really good since I like to eat in a budget. I always say if you travel for half the money you can go twice as much! Your website has helped me eat good and affordable. Thank you.

  12. Lamar Billings // June 5, 2016 at 12:55 AM // Reply

    Another cheers to Tortas Santa Fe! We found them on your guide here to cheap restaurants. We went and had several of their sandwiches. We liked the combinations and the juices were great along with the prices. We wish we could go back and have some more there for the beach. Thanks for all the work you put into the site. It is very detailed especially the restaurant guide.

  13. Greetings! Very useful suggestions on where to eat for cheap in this article! We got to try a few of the places on this list. We also went to some of your restaurants on the Restaurant Guide to Playa Del Carmen. We have to say that we love Papa Charlys was so yummy for breakfast!

    Thanks a lot for sharing!

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 5, 2016 at 8:25 AM // Reply

      We are glad you found the list and some other good restaurants in Playa Del Carmen. Papa Charly is on our best lunch specials list and just thinking about the French toast right now is making me hungry! Good thing we live here so we can go often! Thanks for reading the site.

  14. Betto Mendoza // June 5, 2016 at 8:11 AM // Reply

    We went to try Brochetas Restaurant off this list. It was perfect for eating at before going to the beach. The food was fresh and tasty. We did get the pie so it took us over the 100 pesos and we did not mind! Great place and really recommend it to other travelers.

  15. Thanks so much for list and guides like this. We follow your site all the time to plan our vacations to Playa Del Carmen. Your website always seems to find the best little things around and you put them in complete guides that make it easy for us to plan on where we want to go to eat and where we want to go. Thanks again!

  16. Sarah Bishop // June 6, 2016 at 10:52 PM // Reply

    I know Dona’s Restaurant on 6th Street is bad looking form the outside and it is a greasy spoon but I love the empanadas there. I always sit with a lot of locals and construction workers looking for a cheap meal.

  17. Thanks for all your cool guides on the site. I like yours the best of all the Playa Del Carmen websites. This food guide was helpful because I am here on a budget for two weeks while I learn Spanish. I am traveling though central American after this and am trying to make the best use of my time.

  18. Luisa Mulvan // June 8, 2016 at 4:46 AM // Reply

    What ever happened to that taco cart by Mega? They had great tacos and they were a good price too. I have not seen there in a while.

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 8, 2016 at 6:09 AM // Reply

      That taco cart was called El Rey and they were a good cheap eat in Playa Del Carmen. They are not there any longer or have any location in Playa Del Carmen. We are sad to see them go. There is a new taco cart by Mega in their place but it is not the same. We will keep on the lookout for new places for you.

  19. Vivian Merks // June 8, 2016 at 9:05 AM // Reply

    I really liked the tortas at Tortas Santa Fe! Such a good find in Playa Del Carmen. So cheap too. I think everything on the menu was under 50 pesos and the drinks are only 15 pesos. I took your suggestion to get pineapple on the chicken sandwich and it was delish! Thanks for the suggestions.

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 8, 2016 at 9:11 AM // Reply

      Yes, Tortas Santa Fe is a good find. It is such a simple restaurant but they are fast, nice and good priced. Plus the size of the sandwich is good. We even like how they pick out the extra bread out of the rolls so you do not have too much bready sandwich. The owner speaks English too if you need something. He is the older guy with long greyish hair.

  20. Gilbert Meddin // June 8, 2016 at 3:27 PM // Reply

    La Brocherie on 15th Ave is such an amazing deal for gourmet chicken! I saw it on your site and went there. It was surprising how good it is and Fabian is so passionate about food that he makes the experience even better. They keep adding to the restaurant as well. It is nice there are some foodies in Playa del Carmen.

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 8, 2016 at 5:35 PM // Reply

      Yes La Brocherie is a good find in Playa. He soaks the chicken in pineapple juice and then adds the herbs of provence before roasting it. the meat is so tender. Also be sure to check out the desserts here. They have a great selection of mini desserts!

  21. Hello. I really like your guides on the site. I used them on my last trip down. I took your suggestion to the Tortas Santa Fe for a quick bite. So cheap and good. We will be down in 5 months and looking forward to more of your finds in Playa del Carmen.

  22. Your map makes it easy to find all the cheap restaurants in Playa Del Carmen. We heard about EL Jardin Restaurant from some frineds that saw it on your site. We are surprised they have a lunch special so cheap. We have to go check that place out. It looks great.

  23. Belinda M. // June 9, 2016 at 6:53 AM // Reply

    I read about the restaurant Brochetas on the site and wanted to try it before going to the beach. My girlfriend and I got take out and sat on the beach eating our skewers. So yummy! Great place and good food. Spot on recommendations.

  24. Great list of places. I enjoy your out of the norm places to eat. We went to Antijitos Playa and got salbutes! So good. The place looks like a whole in the wall and we would of never gone in there but there were a lot of locals. The fruit juice was amazing and the salbutes were the best we have had. We will be going back there for sure!

  25. Adel Midrigal // June 10, 2016 at 7:52 AM // Reply

    Thanks so much for this list of cheap restaurants in Playa and all your other guides. We were just in Playa del Carmen and had a great time. We stopped by Brochetas on our way to the beach and we used your bar guide to and found Dirty Martinis bar. Your website was a godsend and we had a blast due to the great finds! Thanks guys!

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 10, 2016 at 9:33 AM // Reply

      We are so glad you had a good time here in Playa Del Carmen and found some of the good stuff on our list. We will work even hard to make it easy for you to find restaurant and more local finds. We hope you come back soon!

  26. monica Carmello // June 10, 2016 at 10:39 AM // Reply

    I just found your website because we re planning a trip to Playa del Carmen in August. It has been so helpful finding restaurants and stuff to do. We like how you review things and give an independent take on what things are actually good. Thanks and we look forward to trying some of these cheap eats! Saludos

  27. Chris Pratel // June 10, 2016 at 11:19 AM // Reply

    We went to El Jardin restaurant on this list this past week. It was so good and the location was super good. I loved the fresh squeezed OJ. I will go back here and recommend it to other people.

  28. Mary Hagen // June 10, 2016 at 2:13 PM // Reply

    so many places to choose from! Thanks for this restaurant list. We tried La Perla for lunch on their lunch specials and Brochetas. That was fun and right off the beach near Mamitas. We also went to a greasy spoon restaurant on 30th Avenue that locals told us to go to. It was pretty good and we were eating with the locals. It was cheap too, we only spend about 140 pesos for two of us. I forgot the name but it was blue and near 28th? Street.

  29. Chrissy Baldova // June 10, 2016 at 3:37 PM // Reply

    What’s up! We just got to Playa Del Carmen and our hotel shared your guides with us. They are a great resource. We look forward to checking out some of these restaurants. Good work!

  30. Maxine Martin // June 10, 2016 at 8:25 PM // Reply

    Hello. I have a group of 12 that want to go out to dinner and maybe eat Italian. Where do you think is a fairly cheap restaurant to feed a group this size?

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 10, 2016 at 10:19 PM // Reply

      Hello Maxine. Thanks for your questions. We have to ask is it for dinner or lunch you are looking for a restaurant? Many Italian restaurants in Playa Del Carmen are closed during the day and you will have more options in the evening. Piola and Zero Zero restaurants are good because they do pizzas and are open for the lunch or dinner. If you did pizzas it would be a cheaper option. You can see our articles with reviews and videos so you can see if these are good options for your group. we hope have a great time!

  31. We just got back to Nevada and are thinking about all the good restaurants we ate at in Playa Del Carmen. Thanks to you we found a lot of them. Keep up the good work with your guides!

  32. Kyle Blackman // June 12, 2016 at 12:06 PM // Reply

    We checked out some of the cheap eats this week and had fun going through the list. We wanted to go to the chicken place that is French but it was closed today, so maybe this week. Good list.

  33. We stopped by Tortas Santa Fe today to get a cheap bite to eat. The tortas were one mean sandwich! They made them so fast and the chicken with pineapple, your suggestions, was a great combo with the spicy chipotle sauce. We really enjoyed it!

  34. Eldon Park // June 14, 2016 at 7:10 AM // Reply

    Yes! tortas Santa Fe is a good place to get sandwiches before the beach even though it is on 30th ave. So cheap and yummy. We are going back again tomorrow because the people were nice and food good and inexpensive.

  35. fun guide to cheap eats, thanks.

  36. Gilbert Briller // June 21, 2016 at 4:34 AM // Reply

    Really appreciate your guides on the site. My family likes to save money on vacation when eating out but also like to have good options. Some of these restaurants are very good.

  37. Antwan Watrima // June 22, 2016 at 3:56 AM // Reply

    Wonderful options for places to eat! Thanks for all the options. I think I will go to Tortas Santa Fe since so many people talk about it.

  38. Heather Moore // June 23, 2016 at 1:34 PM // Reply

    This list is fun and I like all your guides of restaurants.

  39. Jacky Morris // July 4, 2016 at 1:58 AM // Reply

    Very good information. Lucky me I ran across your website. I like how your articles are indepth and show the real side of Playa Del Carmen.

  40. Alice Roush // July 5, 2016 at 9:12 AM // Reply

    Greetings, Thanks for this guide. We used it for eating in Playa del Carmen and tried a lot of these restaurants. wonderful site!

  41. Jermain V. // July 6, 2016 at 4:40 PM // Reply

    What’s up, I was looking for something for other restaurants as well. Do you have a guide for regular restaurants in Playa Del Carmen?

  42. Pretty! This was an incredibly find. I like discovering unique restaurants and will be in Playa Del Carmen next week. Saving money and eating cheap is good on vacation. Many thanks for supplying this info.

  43. Broderick Hartin // July 20, 2016 at 2:13 PM // Reply

    Thanks for mentioning all these cheap restaurants. It was just what I was looking and I found some of these and the restaurants were just how you described them.

  44. I am a local in Playa del Carmen and hate to admit it but I don’t know where to go to eat in Playa. I read your website for ideas and love to try new places. I have already been to some of these cheap eats restaurants and will continue to get to know the restaurant scene through you.

  45. courtney Cranswick // July 25, 2016 at 5:41 AM // Reply

    We stayed in a hostel on the south end of Playa Del Carmen and checked out some of the cheap eats like Mama Mia pizza. The lunch specials guide was great too since there are good deals around town. It sure saved us money.

  46. Vickie Dickens // August 2, 2016 at 5:34 PM // Reply

    We went to Tortas Santa Fe, We love the cheap eats in Playa. This cheap sandwich was perfect.

  47. Peter Higgens // August 11, 2016 at 11:30 AM // Reply

    I went to Tortas Santa fe yesterday and the sandwiches are really good for only 48 pesos, the drinks have going up to 20 pesos now but still a great deal. The break as actually bigger then before. I don’t know if Mega is making them bigger now for them or I was a fluke.

  48. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on restaurants in Playa
    Del Carmen. Regards

  49. Thanks for adding a few more restaurants in Playa del Carmen for this list. The taco place and burrito place sound good. I will have to go check them out. Thanks for all the hunting you do for places.

  50. What’s happening. I am new to Playa Del Carmen and came across your article on restaurants. Great picks for cheap eats here. I look forward to seeing your other guides.

  51. Bryce Bothwell // August 18, 2016 at 10:36 AM // Reply

    Appreciate this post. I want to try some of these restaurants out.

  52. Adriene Weeks // August 31, 2016 at 12:39 PM // Reply

    Hello friends, I just ate at Tortas Santa Fe and cannot believe how good the sandwiches are there. It was only like $2.40 USD. It was huge and super good. I got the one in your video. It was the chicken sandwich. I think it could of fed two people. The is a great cheap eats restaurant in Playa. Thanks for the tips.

  53. We were staying at the hostel on 30th Avenue and saw that the Tortas Santa Fe was close. We ate there all the time. Such good value and a great restaurant in Playa Del Carmen for a cheap bit to eat.

  54. Didn’t see a single American at the Parque Leona Vicario…that’s where the local eat for 10, 15 pesos….and it’s good.

    • Yes this park on the corner of 15th Avenue and Juarez does have some food carts. This can be a good place to get a cheap bite to eat. We have not found one cart that offers exceptional food but we will keep going so we can recommend one that really offers some good finds. Thanks for mentioning it to our readers. We hope you had some good food here.

  55. Greetіngs! Very useful advice on places to eat in Playa Del Carmen. I will check some of these out.

  56. Melba Coulston // November 7, 2016 at 5:46 PM // Reply

    Great eats guide. I was in Playa del Carmen and saw a lot of this places just like you said. It is good this is up-to-date!

  57. Great tips on restaurants not only the cheap ones but all the guides on your site. Super helpful. Thanks.

  58. I was just looking at your Cheap and Good Playa Del Carmen Restaurants. Cool information. I know with the inflation it must be hard for these restaurants to keep up with prices. I also notice you update things very often, that gives me a lot of trust in the fact you know what you are doing and care about tourist coming to the area.

  59. Falafel Nessya is a great vegetarian spot for lunch. Food and drink for less than 100 pesos. If you go there tell Josue, Jake from Canada recommended it!

  60. Just wanted to say that I stopped by the taco cart on 14 bis. Lovely people and great tacos. Will be going back.

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