Playa del Carmen is a bustling tourist town on the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan state. Known for its white sandy beaches and incredible nightlife, it also has a wealth of vegan food for you to try. If you’re looking to grab a nice meal or have a pizza delivered, check out the list of options that Playa del Carmen has to offer!
Unfortunately, the video above was filmed before the start of COVID-19 and some of these businesses are now no longer open. La Senda, Ta’Consciente, and Hola Bangkok were some of the best food we’d had in Playa del Carmen and they will truly be missed.
The Pitted Date
If you’ve only got time to try one restaurant on this list, forget everything else and come to The Pitted Date. This all-vegan restaurant is a bit off the beaten path but is well worth the visit. Boasting a wide variety of items on their menu such as french toast, pancakes, chilaquiles, and more, there’s enough to ensure everyone is satisfied.
If you’re looking for more of a breakfast item, you have to try the Croque Monsieur. This grilled sandwich is stuffed to the brim with ham, cheese, and eggs. This lush sandwich is then completely covered by a thick gravy and topped with crispy cheese. All of this leads to a rich, complex flavor that will have you scraping every last bite off the plate!
However, if you’re looking for more of a lighter fare, check out the Baja-style fish tacos. These are tempura cauliflower, stuffed into the most delicious corn tortillas, and then topped by a beautiful slaw and avocado. Make sure to smother the entire taco with the divine sauce, which has a little bit of a kick to it, but helps round out all of the flavors. This is easily the best thing on their menu!
If you’re in the mood for pizza, look no further than Jonny Como. Almost every one of their signature style pizzas can be made vegan by swapping out for vegan cheese, and they even have some nice additions such as vegan chorizo! The best part about this? You can get it delivered pretty much anywhere in the main area of Playa del Carmen which makes it the perfect dinner when you just want to relax.
Thai food is always super easy to veganize and the folks who run Po Thai will be happy to create an incredible dish for you. You can choose veggies and tofu as an option for nearly any of their dishes and it will come out as one of the most beautifully plated meals you’ve ever seen. They also have an assortment of curries, just double-check with them that there is no hidden fish sauce (there shouldn’t be, but always good to ask anyway.) To end the meal, try their incredible mango sticky rice- it’s delicious!
Does it get any better than an option to create your own buddha bowl? Fresco Habito is almost entirely vegan, except for a few drinks that contain honey, so you’re bound to find something incredible that tickles your taste buds. From smoothies, salads, bowls, sandwiches, and a rotating menu of specials, this restaurant will be one you don’t want to miss. Make your own bowl to create your own personal masterpiece that is full of flavor and creativity.
On the more healthy side of the stops on the Playa del Carmen vegan food tour is Bio Organicos. Not only do they have a substantial menu, but they also have a shop on site where you can get items such as TVP, Dr. Bronners, oat milk, and many more vegan items! Their huge list of smoothies will have you coming back each morning to try a different one as they range from green and fruity to a chocolate protein power drink.
Their food options are just as incredible as their smoothies and you can feast on Vietnamese rolls, which are packed full of cucumbers, carrots, and basil before being topped off by both a mango and soy sauce. Not only are they incredibly fresh, but they are super filling as well.
To try something more traditional, get the deliciosos papadzules veganos, which are a Mayan dish similar to enchiladas. They are stuffed with potatoes before being smothered in a green curry sauce and topped with a pumpkin sauce and pumpkin seeds. Before you know it, you’ll have devoured the entire plate wishing there was just one more bite left!
Another restaurant on the healthier side, Clorofila also has its own little shop on site although it’s not nearly as large as the one at Bio Organicos. But that doesn’t mean you should skip this little gem. The menu here ranges from breakfast to pizza to sushi to artisanal cheese plates and everywhere in between!
The cheese plate is definitely worth checking out as they create all of their own cheese in house. The cashew-based cheeses are super spreadable and pair nicely with the crostinis that come with the platter. But it’s not just cheese that you will be sampling, the plate also comes with a fantastic arrangement of sauces, jams, and toppings to add as well. Each of the cheeses has its own unique flavor but all of them are incredible.
Mamita’s Beach Club
While not necessarily a place you need to go out of your way for, if you’re wanting to spend some time on the beach, soaking up the sun, enjoying a few beers/cocktails, but be assured you will have something to eat, then look no further than Mamita’s Beach Club. It is definitely recommended that you reserve a chair with an umbrella as the Mexican sun can be punishing, especially as you are sipping away on drinks throughout the day. The burger isn’t the most mind-blowing thing you’ll ever try, but it is delicious and will keep you going throughout the day!
If you’ve come all the way to Mexico and thought, “I could go for a chicken sandwich and a milkshake” then you’ve come to the right place. Comet 984 boasts that it is the first, all-vegan, 50’s diner in the world. They’ve got everything that you would expect out of a 50’s diner, including, hot dogs, hamburgers, cheese dogs, milkshakes, and more. They’ve even got bacon cheddar fries! Definitely, a different fare when you’re in Mexico, but sometimes you just get that craving.
Playa del Carmen Vegan Food Festival
If you get a chance, you should make your way over to the Playa del Carmen Vegan Food Festival. This festival, which began in 2020, pulls in vendors from all over the Yucatan peninsula. You can find products like Kombucha, vegan mayo, fresh-made foods like burritos and omelets, and even clothing. Vendors from restaurants and animal rights organizations are available and you’ll find no shortage of things to try while you’re there. Try to get there first thing so you can catch the opening welcome blessing with offerings and traditional instruments!