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.

Ojitos La Catrina is a great place for fun with friends enjoying cold drinks and good food in a relaxed atmosphere. Full bar, full menu, conscientious kitchen, Happy Hour 6:00 to 7:30, live music most nights at 10:00, and International Movies Night makes La Catrina a great place to spend time and meet people. On the Costera 50 steps past La Playita. Facebook.

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.

savora-logo-smallWith a beautiful view overlooking the town square, fort, and lake, guests find Savora Bakhalal a great location for a relaxing meal. The menu is extensive, with fish, pastas, seafood, salads, chicken, beef and full bar including decent wine selection. Daily Special with drink and dessert $99. Open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. Info.

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.

Barrill-logo-small_Want to enjoy Mexican craft brews or international beers with your delicious grilled meal? Stop at El Barrill Grill on 7th Ave. Tue – Sun (983 839-2816.) Even if you’re not a beer fan, you’ll be a fan of Johan’s home-prepared dinners. National beers (including two from Quintana Roo) as well as a nice selection of imports make it fun to quench your thirst. Regional and international menu covers vegetarian, pork, beef, chicken and more — all cooked on the grill to order.

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 Italian food, pizza, and a drink? Check out Restaurant and Pizzaria Bertilla y Luciano 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 or call cel 983 136-8525. Take out available — no deliveries.\

la-higienica-small_Want fresh-made tortillas? Try Tortilleria La Higienica conveniently located at the entrance to Bacalar on 7th Avenue and the corner of 30th Street. From 5:30 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon you can get hot tortillas by the kilo – as many as you want. Owned and operated for nine years by Dalia Un Chimal, Tortilleria La Higienica uses only the best-quality ingredients to produce some of Bacalar’s tastiest tortillas.

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