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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.

Below are the places within El Centro (downtown) that are highlighted in this video

Bech Bars to Watch Sunset on Playa Norte

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Tarzan Bar & Grill

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.

Best Cocktails & Brunch

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Lola Valentina

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)

Best Cocktails & Seafood Tostadas

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Fish & Gin

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!

Restaurant with the Best Pork Chop

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Their 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 Restaurant for Mediterranean Cuisine

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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.

Best Bars for Live Music

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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.

Biker Burrito Bar

Small restaurant in the front but has an open backyard where they feature more heavy rock style bands on the weekend.

Tres Mentiras

Right on 5th Ave and has live music most nights

Other Great Restaurants in Isla Mujeres

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Others that didn’t make it into this video but that I also highly recommend:

Cafe Mogagua: Great breakfast/coffee spot with reliable WiFi. I worked on my laptop many mornings here.

North Garden: Another great breakfast spot near North Beach. They have Mimosas, Mojitos, and Bloody Marys at good prices.