Isla Mujeres, Mexico has many hidden gems that you can’t miss. These bars and restaurants are a little harder to find, but are some of the best bars in Isla Mujeres. This video shows you where to find live music, a mezcaleria, and a place where you can find a Juicy Lucy like they have in Minnesota that also has an art gallery! Don’t miss an of these hidden gems on Isla Mujeres.
Madera Food & art
If you are staying in the northern part of the island, you’ll want to rent a golf cart. Because about halfway down the island facing the Caribbean Ocean, lies one of Isla Mujeres’ best hidden gems. Madera Food & art has a small menu, but that allows them to focus on making each item great. Try the tuna lettuce bites, or one of the rice bowls. But the main attraction is their Juicy Lucy burger. This type of burger was created in Minnesota, which makes sense because that’s where the owner Nick is from. And it has the cheese inside the patty. This is commonly recognized as the best burger in Isla Mujeres. As the name suggests, there is also an art gallery on site.
A short walk from El Centro along the Malecon on the eastern side of the island will take you right to Tiny Gecko. This is a place for local Isleños and tourists to meet up together while enjoying drinks, food and live music. This is my favorite happy hour spot on Isla as the music starts early and the seaside views showcase great sunset (yes, the sunset here is somehow great even though it sets on the other side of the island).
Mezcaleria Bandidos del Maguey
Mezcaleria Bandidos is on the 2nd floor above what seems to be a small shop. You must walk through here into the back yard and then up a staircase to get into the bar. It’s almost like an Isla Mujeres version of a speakeasy. But when you find it, you’ll be rewarded with what could be the best cocktails on the island.
Walking into La Lomita feels like walking into your grandmother’s house for dinner. The owner will make you feel welcome as they cook up some classic Mexican and Mayan dishes. I like the ceviche and chicken mole, but the enchiladas are a hit with regulars.