If you are visiting Mexico, then you are certainly looking forward to enjoying some authentic and delicious tacos.
And for those visiting Tulum, we have some very excellent news, as the one thing you can find in Tulum is delicious food.
We have been visiting Tulum for the past 6 years, and we are always on the hunt for the very best tacos in town. And Tulum boasts a few hidden gems for those looking for amazing tacos, ranging from small taco stands and cheap eateries to fine dining.
So, while your lack of Spanish accent might make ordering those tacos a little challenging, we have put together for you a list of our favorite Tulum taco joints for a rewarding and authentic Mexican experience that will satisfy any appetite:
Taqueria Honorio is a family-run little hole-in-the-wall taco stand that serves the most genuine tacos in town. The tacos here are delicious, and the ingredients are super fresh. Tacos also come loaded with toppings that will remind you of the streets of Mexico City.
All tacos here are delicious, but the place is known for its amazing Cochinita Pibil (their hallmark dish -pork), filled with delicious Yucatan-style jerked pork.
Taqueria Honorio has become very popular in recent years, so expect to pay a little more here than at other taco stands in Tulum Pueblo (though it’s still super cheap). Open from 6:00 a.m. until they run out of food, usually around 1-3 p.m. It’s usually packed as sitting is very limited (so expect a queue outside at any time of the day). But believe us when we say it’s well worth the wait! Cash only.
2 | La Zebra Beach Restaurant and Bar – Beach – $$$
La Zebra is a stunning hotel right next to the turquoise waters of Tulum. The hotel restaurants offer one of the very best and most authentic dining experiences in Tulum, and the tacos here are just epic. The tacos here are super fresh, prepared with the best local produce and international ingredients, and made with modern techniques that respect authentic recipes.
And did someone say unlimited tacos? Yes, you heard right. If it’s Thursday night and you’re starving, head over to La Zebra to taste taco varieties from three distinct regions of Mexico.
Taco Thursdays are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., so if you’re in the neighborhood, swing by La Zebra. You will not regret it!
This taco stand is located on the main avenue of Tulum Pueblo, and their tacos are simply legendary. Here you can taste some of the most authentic, delicious, and perfectly seasoned tacos in Tulum. Antojitos la Chiapaneca is a true gem and is very cheap also (around $1 USD per taco). They offer a variety of meats that are cooked on the spot, and it’s a great place to stop when you’re hungry or just want to taste some really good authentic food.
There is limited covered or open-air seating available; however, most evenings, you will be eating your tacos standing. Antojitos also serve drinks to help quench that thirst while you enjoy your meal. Hours are not tightly enforced, but the business usually opens after 5:00 p.m. Cash Only.
Another favorite in Tulum Town is Tacos Y Tortas El Tio. This street tacos and tortas joint makes some of the most authentic, fresh, affordable, and tasty tacos in the Yucatan. It serves tacos with a range of fillings from roasted pig and Chorizo to hanger steak and others. The cart is only serving food at night and mainly during the weekends, and the hours aren’t really defined. This is a very popular joint with just 5 chairs outside the food truck so make sure you order to go. El Tio is parked right in front of the Oxxo convenience shop on Avenida Tulum. Only Cash is accepted.
If you’re searching for true street-style tacos, stop by this small stand for the perfect late-night snack and a cold drink or beer.
Loco is just a fabulous restaurant that tops every Tulum culinary list. And the tacos here are a specialty. Seafood is the specialty of the Restaurant, so make sure you try some shrimp and fish tacos. The location is also stunning as you are dining right next to a picture-perfect stretch of white sandy beach. Service is excellent, and the ingredients are some of the best and freshest in Tulum.
El Carbonicito serves the best al pastor tacos in Tulum. If in doubt, just head to Tulum Pueblo to give them a try and tell us in the comments below if you agree with us. The Chorizo and beef tacos are also delicious. Try the jamaica sweet hibiscus tea or the sweet cinnamon horchata with your tacos. This is a very popular place, so you need to come early to secure a table. Expect a line outside during most times of the day. Cash Only.
Some of Tulum’s best tacos in Tulum also happen to be some of the cheapest tacos in town, starting at 10 pesos each ($1 USD). Add cheese, and you are looking at 15 pesos. In the more expensive restaurants, expect to pay 5-10 times as much for one taco. But the taste, ambiance, and service should make up for that price difference.
How much money do I need per day in Tulum?
Tulum is not a cheap destination. You should budget to spend around $1,500-2,000 Mexican pesos ($75-100 USD) per day. This is based on the average spending of travelers in Tulum in the past 3 years. The breakdown is $450 pesos ($23 USD) for meals and $350 pesos ($18 USD) for transportation per day.
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