Where to Get the Best Street Food in Tulum

Tulum ruinas Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
Tulum ruinas Yucatan Peninsula Mexico | © directphoto.bz / Alamy Stock Photo
Stephen Woodman

Whether it’s delicious street stand tacos, gorgeous fruit juices or refreshing ice pops, Tulum is one of Mexico’s top street food destinations. Although Oaxaca and Baja California are still heralded as Mexico’s major culinary hubs, Tulum offers a great gateway into a culinary tradition that was officially recognized as a UNESCO cultural heritage in 2010. Here are the very best spots to sample street food in this majestic beach paradise. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

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Taquería Honorio

Never far from the top of any local’s recommendation list, Taquería Honorio offers the best breakfast tacos in the region. The traditional cochinita pibil – slow-roasted pork marinated in ground achiote seeds and orange juice – is the stuff of legend in Tulum. The thick, rustic masa tacos combine perfectly with the flavorsome meat and there are a broad range of spicy sauces to choose from. The stand opens at six in the morning and closes when the food runs out, so make sure to get an early taco start.

Antojitos la Chiapaneca

This street joint is always full, a sure sign that the tacos on offer are truly delicious. The menu offers beef, chicken or al pastor (spit-grilled meat) tacos. The last of these is the undoubted standout – the juicy, flavorsome meat roasts gently for hours. Antojitos la Chiapaneca also offers plentiful spicy red sauce and guacamole. As busy as the place is, the service is always incredibly quick and the restaurant stays open until 1am every day of the week except Monday.

Origami Gelato

Don’t try the pistachio gelato if its colour is anything brighter than a dull green-brown

Escape from the heat and humidity of daytime Tulum at this legendary ice cream shop on Tulum’s beachfront strip. Origami offers a broad variety of flavors, including coconut, pistachio, passion fruit, chocolate, vanilla with biscuit and raspberry. The ice cream portions are both generous and delicious. Excellent hot and iced Italian coffee is also served here and the venue offers comfy outdoor seating.

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