A Day on Playa del Carmen's Beautiful 38th Street

A Restaurant Guide for Playa del Carmen’s Beautiful 38th Street

38th Street (Calle 38) is likely the most beautiful street in Playa del Carmen. It leads right to the beach, has several of the best restaurants in Playa del Carmen, plus a beautiful cocktail bar.

I decided to spend an entire day on this street and document the bars and restaurants here on 38th St.

La Perla Pixan

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La Perla Pixan: Restaurant on 38th St Playa del Carmen
La Perla Pixan, 38th St Playa del Carmen

La Perla Pixan specializes in pre-Hispanic food. If you want to try Chapulines (grasshoppers) you can get them here. But should also try the pulque (traditional alcohol from the region) and the Chile Relleno is fantastic.

La Cueva de Chango

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La Cueva del Chango: Restaurant on 38th St, Playa del Carmen
La Cueva del Chango, 38th St Playa del Carmen

One of the favorite restaurants on 38th Street. Despite the large outdoor courtyard, weekend brunch will often have a wait… And for good reason. They have great chilaquiles among other things. www.lacuevadelchango.com/en/

Trujillo's Cantina De Selva

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Trujillos: Best Bar on 38th St, Playa del Carmen
Trujillos, 38th St Playa del Carmen

This could be the best most beautiful, cocktail bar in all of Playa del Carmen. They mix in local alcohols to their drinks, like Pox. www.trujilloscantinadeselva.com

Mariskinky

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Mariskinky, 38th St Playa del Carmen

They advertise themselves as Funky Beachfood. But they also have one of the best happy hours in town. Mariskinky Facebook

Amate 38

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Amate 38: Restaurant on 38th St, Playa del Carmen
Amate 38: 38th St, Playa del Carmen

Specialize in dishes from around the Yucatan Peninsula. The chochinita pibil is my favorite, but you can’t go wrong with anything here. Their homemade salsa is also probably my favorite in all of Playa. Also, their brunch is underrated. I clearly have some good things to say about this retaurant! www.amate38.com/en/

Labrioche

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Labrioche: Bakery on 38th St, Playa del Carmen
Labrioche: 38th St, Playa del Carmen

Great French bakery and brunch spot.

Other Spots

Piola: an Italian restaurant that shows sports on TVs at the bar piola.com.mx

Vagabunda: casual Mexican restaurant near the beach. They have live music and cold beer.