Playa del Carmen Mexico Brunch

Best Breakfast in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Playa del Carmen is filled with great restaurants. But my favorite meal isn’t Italian, seafood, or even tacos (gasp!). My favorite meal is breakfast, and luckily there are many great breakfast spots in Playa del Carmen to choose from. If you have never had Chilaquiles, then you must try this traditional Mexican dish. Or you can find things like huevos rancheros, huevos motuleños, or huevos divorciados (2 eggs on tortillas – one covered in red salsa and the other in green salsa). But with visitors and expats from all over the world, you can find many types of breakfast options.

These are some of the best breakfast restaurants in Playa del Carmen that are more centered around the main tourist areas, with some a bit further out

Top Breakfast Picks in Playa del Carmen

La Cueva del Chango (Top Pick)

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Breakfast Chilaquiles at La Cueva del Chango
Chilaquiles at La Cueva del Chango

La Cueva del Chango is my top pick for best breakfast in Playa del Carmen’s main tourist area that gives you a taste of Mexican cuisine. It is located on the prettiest street in Playa del Carmen (Calle 38) and tucked away in the trees. Most tables are outside in the courtyard, but they have some that are covered in case of rain. Try the one of the several varieties of chilaquiles: fried tortillas made with different chiles and red or green sauce, molletes (traditional open-faced sandwich with fried beans, and cheese), huevos rancheros, or huevos Motuleños (fried eggs with peas, ham, and tomato sauce).

I also recommend their sister restaurant Amate 38, right across the street. 

El Hongo (Top Pick)

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Breakfast at El Hongo Playa del Carmen
El Hongo

If you want to venture further out of the downtown area, you can find some restaurants that are hidden gems. But you might need a car or to hail a taxi, as some places are a bit of a trip or hidden on quiet streets within small neighborhoods. Both are the case with El Hongo, although if you’re staying in the Playacar neighborhood you could potentially walk here. It’s a colorful little spot with some of the same items you’ll find elsewhere, but also has Mexican dishes like chicken tostadas, gorditas, or come back at lunch for some great mole.

Bonus: It’s not breakfast, but about a block away from El Hongo is a place called Anafre, which is a top dinner pick to get away from the busy 5th Ave area.

Uptown Breakfast Spots

Que Huevos

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Breakfast at Que Huevos Playa del Carmen
Chorizo Breakfast Tacos at Que Huevos

I had breakfast here more than any other place in Playa del Carmen. Sure, that’s partly because I lived a block away… but I assure you I wouldn’t go if I didn’t love it. It’s a casual and reasonably priced breakfast restaurant, and I could probably eat the egg and chorizo tacos or the Mexican scrambled eggs with a side of tortilla chips every morning. Que Huevos is in the very north of the downtown area, just past Av. CTM so it is a little further from most hotels. The area has is a mix of foreigners living here longer term and locals.

Capitan Sandwich

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Breakfast at Capitan Sandwich Playa del Carmen
Ham & Egg Tostada at Capitan Sandwich

Right next to Que Huevos, is Capitan Sandwich. It has a small menu of egg dishes, chilaquiles, and you guessed it…. sandwiches. My favorite is the ham and egg tostada, which is essentially an open-faced sandwich. But their best-known dish might be the giant stack of hotcakes which are served with jam, fruit, Nutella, and syrup.  Good luck trying to finish them on your own!

French Bakeries

Chez Celine

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Breakfast at Chez Celine Playa del Carmen
Avocado Toast at Chez Celine

Chez Celine is one of the most popular breakfast spots in Playa del Carmen, and so it will be busy almost every morning. It’s also conveniently located right on 5th Ave. You can find an assortment of homemade sweet pastries inside and tables outside for full food service. They have a full menu of hot and cold coffee drinks. And then the large menu includes everything from omelets, to quiche, crepes, and really almost anything. Prices are in line with spots that cater to tourists.

Choux Choux Cafe

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Breakfast at Choux Choux Cafe Playa del Carmen
Choux Choux Cafe

Despite its smaller menu and pastry selection vs the other two French Bakeries, Choux Choux Cafe could be my favorite of them. It’s only a few blocks off the main strip on 20th Ave, and typically has a young crowd because of good WiFi for digital nomads. Weekend brunch will be busy, and there will usually be digital nomads working at the back tables during the week. I’m a big fan of the quiche Lorraine, breakfast tacos, and salmon benedict.

LaBrioche

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Another great spot on 38th Street is LaBrioche. They have an assortment of breads and pastries in addition to a full typical breakfast menu with things like scrambled eggs, omeletes, and eggs benedict.

Breakfast West of 5th Ave

Bajo Cafe

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Breakfast at Bajo Cafe Playa del Carmen
Bajo Cafe

Bajo Cafe is a coffee shop and breakfast spot in Mercado 30, a small market with several other small food counters. You’ll generally find digital nomads spread throughout the outdoor market working on their laptops. They are often people living in town for an extended period of time rather than people on vacation for the week.

Cafe Orange

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Breakfast at Cafe Orange Playa del Carmen
Cafe Orange

Cafe orange is a small local spot with both Mexican breakfast and non-Mexican dishes. Because it’s a few blocks off 5th Ave, the prices are much better.

Breakfast in Downtown and Playacar

Madrez! Cafe

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Breakfast at Madrez Cafe Playa del Carmen
Egg & Chorizo Gorditas at Madrez Cafe

What started in 2010 as a small shack selling antojitos (small street snacks) has now serves up some of the best breakfast in Playa del Carmen. Their burritos and gorditas are what originally made this place popular, but they have now expanded to a larger menu. And a few years ago, they even expanded into the U.S., opening a 2nd location in Flagstaff, Arizona. I haven’t been that that one yet, so someone let me know how it is!

Recommendation: the egg and chorizo gorditas are my favorite

Lara & Luca

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Breakfast at Lara & Luca Playa del Carmen
Avocado and Egg at Lara & Luca

Lara & Luca advertises themselves as a French inspired cafe, so you will find many great egg dishes, muffins, pastries, and coffee here. It’s located along the edge of the Playacar neighborhood behind the airport.

Local Breakfast Places

La Ceiba de la 30

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Once you get as far west as 30th Avenue, you will start getting a much more local crowd. There will still be tourists and expats (or longer-term visitors) but you will find that few seem to venture past this avenue. One spot I like here is La Ceiba de la 30. It is attached to a small fruit and vegetable market. They have eggs, several varieties of chilaquiles, and an array of tropical juices.

El Huerto

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Breakfast menu at El Huerto Playa del Carmen
Menu at El Huerto

It’s hard to find a place that feels more local than El Huerto near downtown. In a small green and orange building, it has just a few tables and a handful seats at the outside counter where you can watch your breakfast being made. Egg breakfasts are around $3 USD and tostadas and flautas are the equivalent of $1.25 USD each. This could be the best breakfast in Playa del Carmen if you’re on a tight budget.