38th Street (Calle 38) is likely the most beautiful street in Playa del Carmen. It leads right to the beach, and with several restaurants that serve great local cuisine and also a beautiful cocktail bar, I decided to spend my entire day on just this street.
LaBrioche: Great French bakery and brunch spot.
Amate 38: 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 clealry ahve some good things to say about this retaurant! www.amate38.com/en/
La Perla Pixan: Specializes in pre-Hispanic food. If you want to try Chapulines (grasshoppers) you can get them here. You should also try the pulque (traditional alcohol from the region) and the Chile Relleno is fantastic. La Perla Pixan Facebook
La Cueva de Chango: 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/
Mariskinky: They advertise themselves as Funky Beachfood. But they also have one of the best happy hours in town. Mariskinky Facebook
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.
Trujillo’s: 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