For the finest breakfast, brunch and lunch, visit Suculenta Bacalar Restaurant, on Calle 8 at Ave. 5 just one block from the Costera and lake. Full kitchen, freshly prepared specials every day, economical home-style meals, drinks and snacks served in airy open seating. Open 8 am to 3 pm, closed Tuesdays. Phone 983 117-3869 Info

La Parroquia Bar and Family Restaurant – a pioneer in Bacalar — is just one block from the Parque Central on 7th Ave. Serving delicious cerviches and seafoods, tacos, tortas plus Yucatan specialties from 10:00 am until late into the night Monday through Saturday. Full bar plus meal and drink packages. Phone: 983 834-2038 Info

Visit “Los Seis Hermanos” Restaurant and Bar Familiar on the Costera in Bacalar, overlooking beautiful Laguna Bacalar just opposite the balneario ejidal. Open seven days a week from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm (open at 7:00 am during holidays) serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. From eggs and fresh fruits to seafood, chicken, pork as well as regional specialties, ice cold beer and a full bar. Call 983 130-4063. Info

Cool, fresh, thirst-quenching and healthful: grab a smoothie at Papaya Maya on the Costera opposite the Parque Ecologico. Sit and enjoy a cold smoothie and a snack or hit the road with your food to go. Always made with fresh ingredients and prepared just for you. Vegan options. Phone: 551 965-6639 Info

Unlike most everywhere else, at La Tartaleta we take the time to bring out the essense of good bread. We say, “La Tartaleta is flavor, tradition, and trust” All natural products like multigrain baguettes, almond croisants, smoked salmon (and other) paninis, apple tarts, and much more. Just one block north of the Central Park on 5th Ave. Call at 983 165-2064 or Facebook

Mexa is a coffee-house and bakery restaurant surrounded by nature and relaxing plants, serving only home-made products, as good as they are healthful. Burgers made in our kitchen, a selection of international options, and always vegetarian and vegan. Bakery treats, complete breakfasts, natural juices, fruit preserves, bagettes, white and whole grain breads, and more to go. Phone: 983 102-8051

Taco Regio is a traditional Mexican taqueria – charcoal cooking the best tacos, burritos, artesanal ‘burgers, and fine meats plus guacamole, vegan options and complete bar. For the heat, try the very cold beers and specialty margaritas while enjoying a video or some cool music. On 7th Ave. between 24th and 26th, just two blocks from the park. WhatsApp: 983 116-3922 open Tues through Sunday 6:30pm a 11:30 pm.

Yaya Coffee House and Restaurant is your best option for a delicious breakfast or lunch, fresh coffee, traditional Mexican “grandmother’s” recipes plus healthful, vegetarian fare. Aside from fresh-made fruit drinks and home-made dishes, we have a diverse selection of reading materials to entertain you during your visit. Open 8 am until 3 pm; closed Tuesdays. Phone 983 192-3232 Info

Madre Masa Bakery and Restaurant

Expect fresh, fresh, fresh baked goods, local ingredients, and artesanal cooking every day. Madre Masa Bakery and Restaurant is open every day with croisants, bagels, baguettes, breads, rolls, sweet rolls, sandwiches, gorditos, juices of the season, great coffee and lovingly-made meals for all ages. Vegans and vegetarians welcome; open from 8am until 9pm on the Costera three blocks north of the Zocalo. Phone: 554 797-5287.

Mescal and music – what could be better? Artesanal mescal and live music overlooking beautiful Laguna Bacalar at Damajuana! No better place for cocktails, open 5 pm until midnight. Phone to reserve for large parties or to learn about the week’s music: 333 102-7035.  Info.


This open-air Japanese dinner restaurant overlooking Laguna Bacalar offers a selection of sushi, sashimi, tempura, rolls, soups, and a variety of other Japanese dishes. Plus NAO shares the space with Damajuana, so full bar and music too. Open Thursday through Tuesday, 5pm to midnight, kitchen closes at 11. To reserve phone 961 658 3060.  Info.

Barba Negra Taqueria and Cantina offers a variety of traditional and specialty items — breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus home-made desserts, beer, wine, full bar all only steps from the main square. This is the place for great specials (meals and desserts – think COOKIES) , plus the always available tacos al pastor, shrimp, fish, chicken, beef and vegetarian. Open every day 8 am to 11 pm. Live music. More info call 983 688-2027. Facebook.

Finding something healthy to eat while you travel can be a challenge. Fuente de Vida – just steps from the Bacalar bus station – makes life a little bit easier. Enjoy a good breakfast at the restaurant, then take a drink or meal with you in your travels. Lots of fresh fruit juices, sopes, tacos, sandwiches, soups and more.

Open from 8am to 3pm and just one block from the square, Enamora is the place to go for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Fresh-baked breads, cakes, cookies, tarts, and other treats – right out of the oven. Organic coffee (cappucino, latte, etc.), smoothies, fruit drinks, sandwiches, omelettes, desserts, gluten-free breads and sweets, and more. Eat in the restaurant, under the shade trees or take it out. Call 983 184-0207 or Facebook.

mango-chile-logo-siteHealthy and delicious 100% plant-based burgers, tacos, donuts, shakes, smoothies and organic coffee. Mango y Chile has a garden and terrace with a great view of the lagoon, plus WiFi. All disposables are biodegradable and organic. Open Wednesday to Monday from 13:00 to 21:00; on the Zocalo next to the Fort; phone 983 688-2000. More info.

Looking for Italian food, pizza, and a drink? Check out Restaurant and Pizzaria Bertilla on Ave. 5 at Calle 20 on the corner of the Zocalo.The Giacomella family runs the restaurant and has more than 45 years experience making pizzas, breads, desserts, and more. Nothing comes from a can. Open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday) from 4 pm until 11 pm. Extensive menu (vegetarian) including beer and wine. For info email: or call 983 136-8525. Take out available — no deliveries.

nueva-playita-logo-110x76_La Playita — a place on the lake to eat, swim, and spend time in beautiful surroundings with nice music, a few hammocks, a good bar, and an unbeatable turquoise view. The Time: Today. La Playita is famous for serving quality Argentine-Mexican fusion, seafood, regional dishes, pizzas, salads, juice and smoothies, plus cocktails, draft beer, and wine — all under an enormous rubber tree on the lake shore. Open 1:00 pm until 10:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday; families and children always welcome.  More info

manati-logo-smallEl Manatí Bacalar has freshly prepared breakfasts and meals (vegetarian and not vegetarian), mainly sourced with local produce as well as artisanal and fair trade products, biodegradable sunblock and mosquito repellent, handmade swimwear and clothing. Visit this fair trade, eco-friendly shop on Calle 22 between Avenida 5 y 7. Visit El Manatí on  Facebook for more info and news.  MENU

taqueria-alhambre-rev2-smallEnjoy a free soft drink while your favorite meal is prepared for you at Taqueria Alambre. Authentic Yucatecan and other regional dishes made fresh with tasty homemade tortillas and delicious desserts. Eat in our comfortable dining room with full bar or take out if you are in a hurry. Parking right off Highway #307 on the east side between Calle 22 and Calle 24. WiFi, facturas, Visa, Mastercard, open seven days from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm. Email:

Taquería Christian offers delicious carne al pastor in tacos and sandwiches. Corn or flour tortillas, bottled soft drinks and water, plus tasty sauces. Open seven days a week from 6:30 pm until mid-night. On Calle 18, right around the corner from 7th Ave just two blocks from the church, we’re easy to find. Just look for our “potted plant jungle” on the sidewalk.

Cocina Orizaba — regional Mexican fare, delicious cooking, economical prices. Open every day from 8:00 am until sometime between 5 and 10:00 pm, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, pizza, fruit drinks and sodas. Owner Señora Ena Escobar takes pride in her varied menu (including comida corrida) and fresh foods. Stop in for a meal, you’ll come back! Avenue 7 between streets 24 and 26. Phone 983 834-2069.

At Micheladas Frank grill and store, find everything you need to enjoy an afternoon or evening. Super micheladas, cheladas and more from a selection of beers plus hamburgers and other sandwiches from the grill: tuna, mushroom, chicken and all the toppings. Feeling hungry? Try the combo: sandwich, soda and fries. Liquor, wine, snacks too. Open 12:00 to 9:00; Sundays 11:00 to 4:00. On the Costera — stop at the Punto Modelo sign for a fill up.

Looking for something interesting to do or see tonight? Galeon Pirata Cultural Center is the place to be for live music, readings, dance, theatre, rocking DJs, and more. Check Facebook for our monthly calendar of events; it’s rich in options and often includes talented live performers from around the planet. Enjoy a drink and a meal as you enjoy the performances. More info: 983 157-7558