Are you looking for some good authentic Mexican tacos in Playa Del Carmen? Here is our Everything Guide to Tacos! We have some great places for you to try that are in the center or near to it. This can be a tasty meal and also a cheap one. Tacos are one of the most Mexican things you can eat and they come in an amazing range of combinations between salsas and ingredients. After reading the article see what is our #5 Top favorite places to eat tacos at! Before we talk about the places to go, here are 7 rules to tacos.
The Best Restaurants for Tacos in Playa Del Carmen (taquerias)
Now where to get tacos in Playa Del Carmen. We will mention what each eatery is know for: beef Tacos, seafood Tacos, fish tacos, shrimp tacos, pork tacos, barbacoa (lamb) tacos, or pastor tacos. These restaurants are in no particular order. What is the best taco restaurant in Playa Del Carmen? Well it really will matter on what type you like and what you like on your tacos. We will mention what is good at each place.
The 7 Rules of Tacos in Playa Del Carmen
1) Tacos are supposed to be on corn tortillas or “maiz ” in Spanish. Most Mexicans think it is weird to use flour tortillas and actually prefer corn tortillas. The ultimate tortilla is handmade. This is an ancient tradition but something you don’t see too much in Playa Del Carmen these days.
2) Salsas are always available to put over your tacos. Always ask which is the spicy one before you pour it on. Usually there is one spicy and one more mild. Just because one is green and one is red does not mean it is always the same between spicy and not spicy.
3) A sign of a good “taqueria” (Spanish for restaurants that sells tacos), is one that serves tacos with a double tortilla. Not only is this more filling and sturdy, you can also use the second one to pick up anything that has fallen out.
4) Traditionally cheese is not used on tacos. A few places offer it here but the meat, salsas and other ingredients are supposed to be the main highlight.
5) Limes are usually a condiment to squeeze on your taco. The lime juice gives it a special flavor and is very traditional. Cilantro and white onion are the second and third most common thing added. In fact many places ask if you want “cebolla y cilantro” (Spanish for onion and cilantro) on your taco when ordering.
6) Never eat tacos with silverware. This is a hand eaten food (except in parts of western Mexico like Ensenada, Mexico).
7) Tacos can be eaten for all three meals but tend to be more of a later in the day meal item. You might find it culturally hard to eat at breakfast with the traditional fillings but locals do it.
This is a favorite in Playa Del Carmen for many because it has two restaurants and serves up delicious and beautifully presented food. The main theme of this restaurant is seafood tacos. Los Aguachiles definitely has a gourmet flair and has nice combinations of seasoning and flavors. We even love the tortilla chips with four different salsas they bring you when you sit down. This restaurant is first class and not an expensive meal. Some would even call it very trendy. Expect a mix of tourist and locals eating here and getting an English speaking waiter should not be hard especially in the central Playa location. (The photo below is not tacos but rather tostadas, but you get the idea of the quality of food)
Los Aguaschiles has two restaurant locations in Playa. We prefer the one on 34th Street and the corner of 25th Ave. but the other restaurant is good too right off 5th Avenue on Constituyentes Ave. between 1st and 5th Avenues.
Asadero El Pollo
This restaurant is famous for their roast chicken which is done in the Mexican style of western Mexico in Sinaloa State. The whole chickens are seasoned and then roasted there. When you order they chop up the chicken and give you a package of tortillas, pickled onions, rice, tomato salsa, and green salsa to go with your chicken. You make your own tacos here. You can eat in or take out. A package for one person with drink will cost 60 pesos. This is by far the best place to get chicken tacos!! Reminder though it is a lot of finger licking and assembly but worth it for the taste.
The restaurant pictured above is on the corner of 2nd Street and 20th Ave. You will recognize the open air restaurant and smoke stack from roasting the chickens. Your nose might find this place before your eyes because it has the best smell coming from it! There I a second location on 30th Avenue and CTM Avenue but it is smaller then the first one and does not have the same atmosphere we like.
Open everyday from 10:00am-6:00pm but the best time is lunch time because you get the atmosphere and freshest made stuff.
Tacos de Barba-Birria
This place serves up a style of tacos from Jalisco, Mexico. The slow cook the meat in adobo spices and finely chop it. The tortillas are also dipped in the sauce and then heated on the grill. This gives you a full flavor taco and something that is not often found in Playa Del Carmen. For more on this place you can see the article here.
Open everyday from 8:30am-10:00pm
This place is on 30th Avenue almost near the corner of 38th Street. It is across from the Pemex gas station. East side of the street, look for the orange tent.
We named this restaurant as the best place for tourist to get a taco. We say this because they have two easy locations, decent prices, large menu to order off of, some English speaking staff usually. The best thing here is either beef or pastor tacos. This is not the most local of places but you will feel like you accomplished getting an authentic Mexican Meal.
El Fogon has two restaurants in Playa Del Carmen. One is on Constituyentes Avenue on the north side between 25th Avenue and 30th Avenue. The second restaurant is on 30th Ave. between 6th Street and 8th Street. Both restaurants are just about equally good so it does not matter which one you go to.
This is kind of a chain restaurant that serves up tacos and does it so much that they do it good. Beef tacos and pastor tacos are the two biggest sellers here. This restaurant is very similar to El Fogon and has a large menu.
Don Sirloin has two restaurants as well. One is on 10th Avenue between 12th Street and 14th Street. The other restaurant is on Constituyentes Avenue the corner of 25th Avenue. We prefer this one because it is newer and cleaner. It also gets people looking to sit and enjoy a meal rather then just a bite to eat and go out to a club, like at the other location.
Note: April 2016- This cart has not been open lately and we will update you when it comes back.
This is a street cart that parks daily in Playa Del Carmen. We named this food truck the best tasting street food in Playa Del Carmen with good reason! The arrachera beef tacos are what to order here! Don’t feel intimidated by the fact that this is a food cart. It is very popular with tourist and locals and since they are always busy, the freshness factor is always tasty. They have several bowls of condiments to add to your meal. Nopal cactus is a great Mexican addition and something you don’t find everywhere! If you don’t want to stand around and eat under the stars you can ask to get them to go. If you are lucky there might be live music since performers come by the play for tips.
The best time is late in the day since they are open 4:00pm-12:00 midnight.
This cart is parked between Mega and Aki supermarkets which are on 30th Avenue. The cart is on 14 Bis Street (which is like 14 1/2 St.). Look for the crowd of people and you will find it.
Seafood tacos is the specialty here. The creator wanted to bring a taste of Ensenada, Mexico to Playa Del Carmen. They have a small menu to keep you focused on the basic seafood theme but they have a great range of salsas to make a more unique experience for you. Have you ever had beet or carrot salsa? You can have it here! Make sure you ask what is spicy and what is not so you don’t over spice your food.
The atmosphere is a small outdoor space with umbrellas and string lights. It is a little trendy garden experience with music.
This restaurant is just off 5th Avenue on Constituyentes Avenue between 5th Ave. and 10th Ave. It faces the side of Quinta Alegria Mall.
This restaurant is the grandfather of seafood tacos in Playa Del Carmen. This is a long running restaurant that has a lot of character and Caribbean flair. It is a superb place to get shrimp tacos and fish tacos. Midday is the best time to go here and expect to pay 20 pesos each for a taco.
El Oasis restaurant is located along the 307 Highway on the west side. It is on the corner of 22nd Street but remember the numbers of the streets on both sides of the highway don’t line up. On the east side it would be 12th St. This is. a short taxi ride from the center of town.
This is a seafood taco place that opened in 1994 in Playa. It has been a popular spot since. There is a basic menu here and that makes it easy to order. The shrimp and fish tacos are fried here which you may or may not like. Since Oasis and La Floresta restaurants are so close in both location and what they serve, we do recommend more Oasis but some do prefer this even more local feeling place.
Open daily from 8:30am-6:00pm.
La Floresta is on the west side of the highway access road by 14th Street.
This is a small seafood taco restaurant on the south end of town. they do offer lamb but it is mainly seafood tacos that people get here. This is a budget option restaurant and good for young people staying in the nearby hostels to go to.
Wichoos is on 4th Street between 15th Avenue and 20th Avenue.
Taqueria El Borrego Loco
Lamb tacos are a real treat and different taste. The meat is slow cooked until it falls apart, this is what is referred to as barbacoa style. This place has a limited menu but what more do you need then lamb tacos and soup, by the way the soup is excellent.
This restaurant is most popular on the weekend when people make the pilgrimage here for lamb tacos. It is open from 6:00am-3:00pm just incase you want an early morning taco.
Taqueria El Borrego Loco is on the 307 Highway road. It is on the east side just north of Constituyentes Ave.
Las Karnitas is one of the local eateries where locals love to go and they have their own traditions at this restaurant. Pork is the meat of choice here. They have a really cool machine that rolls corn masa and cuts them automatically into circular tortillas. Then they take them and cook the tortillas fresh for you!
If you want to try this local pork taco place you have all day to do so. They are open from 6:00am-12 midnight everyday.
This restaurant is on the 307 Highway road on the west side. This is just south of Constituyentes Avenue. Look for the pink pig sign.
Chiltepin is a restaurant for seafood tacos. This is like eating in a Mexican families back yard since there is a small pool that kids can swim in while you eat and there are umbrellas on the back patio. This restaurant is like Los Aguaschiles, just not as trendy and a little more north Mexican feeling. Don’t plan on eating here too early because they don’t open until 1:00pm but the good news is you can come late because they are open until 1:00am everyday. If you are staying on the north end of Playa then you should check out this place.
Chiltepin Restaurant is on 34th Street at the corner of 20th Ave.
And now our # 4 Top favorite places to eat at from this list!
All of the locations in this guide are delicious and you should try what you think is good for your taste.
- Los Aguaschiles because it has consistent quality, great taste combinations, nice atmosphere and a good selection of menu items to make everyone happy.
- El Rey Tacos because it has great beef tacos with all the toppings and is always consistent in quality. Meat fresh off the grill is always good and even though it is a food truck, nothing says you are in Mexico then eating tacos with locals in the street.
- Asadero El Pollo. While this is a more a roast chicken restaurant where you make your own tacos, it is still always good. It is always consistent and very local feeling. It is not gourmet but your stomach will be happy.
- Tacontenedor is a unique taco eatery in Playa. They don’t copy other places and have the largest range of salsas of any place. It is also is right in the center and easy to get to with a nice setting.
- Tacos De Barba-Birria because they are unique in their style. The meat is soft and full of flavor. We love he fact they dip the tortillas in the sauce and heat them.
We hope you enjoyed this guide for Playa Del Carmen eating. Look on our site for other guides and Everything else in Playa! Happy discovering everyone!
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