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Where to go in Isla Mujeres, Mexico (The Best Bars & Restaurants)

Isla Mujeres has so many great bars and restaurants, that I certainly can’t name them all. If you’ve never been, Isla Mujeres is an island off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. You can travel here by taking a 20-minute ferry ride from Cancun. It’s a popular tourist destination, and Playa Norte (North Beach) is known as one of the best beaches in Mexico.

The downtown area known as El Centro is on the north part of the island and if you’re wondering where to go or what to do, here are a few of the best bars and best restaurants in this area for great tostadas, tacos, cocktails and more.

Tarzan Bar & Grill

Best Beach Bar to Watch the Sunset on Playa Norte

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Best Beach Bar Isla Mujeres: Tarzan Bar & Grill
Tarzan Bar & Grill, Isla Mujeres

This small bar and beach club is right on Playa Norte (North Beach). It’s not fancy, but I love grabbing a few beers here and watching the sunset.

Lola Valentina

Best Brunch & Cocktails

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Best Restaurants Isla Mujeres: Lola Valentina
Lola Valentina, Isla Mujeres

I’d say hands down the best cocktail menu on the island. But prices are also higher than most other places. Although I didn’t include in this video, they also have some of the best brunch and dinner options too (the cochinita pibil eggs benedict and chili relleno are two of my favorites) www.tasteofisla.com/lolavalentina

Fish & Gin

Great Seafood Tostadas and Cocktails

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Best Restaurants in Isla Mujeres: Fish & Gin
Fish & Gin, Isla Mujeres

I love this place for its great gin cocktails and seafood tostadas. The lobster tacos are also great… really everything is though. And thanks to Adam for letting me video him while making my drink! www.tasteofisla.com/fishgin

Olivia

Best Beach Mediterrannean Restaurant

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Best Restaurants Isla Mujeres: Olivia

With all the Mexican restaurant options around (FYI, there is also a lot of Italian) sometimes you want to mix it up. The Moroccan style fish and the chicken with olives are my two favorite dishes. I also suggest starting with the Moroccan Tapas (babaganush, tabule, Moroccan carrot salad, and matbuha) If you need a break from tacos, ceviche, or whatever else then come here. You shouldn’t be disappointed. www.olivia-isla-mujeres.com

Fredy's

Best Pork Chop

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Fredy’s sign says they have a “world famous porkchop.” I can’t attest to how famous it is, but it’s definitely worth getting. If you start talking to him, don’t be surprised if Fredy will just pull up a chair at your table and start talking to you. There’s a god chance he’ll bust your chops a little bit too (there I go again with the terrible dad joke!)

Best Breakfast Restaurants

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Cafe Mogagua

This is a very popular cafe with a large breakfast menu that includes American fare and also some local Mexican dishes like chilaquiles and molletes.

Q’Bravo

Right on 5th Ave and has live music most nights

Loncherias at the Mercado

The market on Av Guerrero has three loncherias that serve authentic breakfast and lunch.

North Garden

This is a nice setting just steps off North Beach. Great prices for brunch cocktails.

Best Bars for Live Music Bars in Isla Mujeres

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El Patio

This is perhaps the most popular live music venue in Isla Mujeres. They will typically have an acoustic guitar or keyboard player on the roof before sunset, and then a full band downstairs at night.

Tres Mentiras

Usually a solo singer playing keyboard or guitar most nights

Fayne’s

Plenty of outside tables with rock music and salsa. Has a large area for dancing so it’s one of the liveliest spots at night

Xantolo

Great spot for happy hour and then live music later at night

Other Great Restaurants in Isla Mujeres

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There are too many great restaurants on Isla Mujeres to name them all. Although the above are some of my favorites, I recommend you walk all around all of El Centro and explore. Don’t just stay on Hidalgo! You can find some of the best tacos at Los Tacos de Humo, a great dinner at Mahache, and churros at the street carts.

The island keeps growing in popularity, and so it changes often. To keep up, I highly recommend downloading the Map Chicks App before coming to Isla Mujeres. This app does a great job listing many bars and restaurants, their open hours, and even linking to menus when possible. Plus, it has other great information for tours, accommodations, and medical services.