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Nightlife in Cancun

NIGHTLIFE Nightlife as it’s known in Cancún today was kicked off some years back by American and Canadian college kids who were seeking a “south of the border” alternative to Spring Break in South Florida. A number of hangout spots in Cancún virtually made their names in catering to such partygoers. Nowadays, there are nightclubs […]

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Paloma Bonita

Paloma Bonita (Dreams Cancún Resort & Spa, Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 9, Punta Cancún, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) — This is one of the best places in the Hotel Zone to get real Mexican cuisine. Traditional items like moles enchiladas (stuffed corn tortillas covered with thick chocolate and chile sauce) is admired here. For those unfamiliar with […]

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Labná

Labná (Av. Margaritas 29, Sm 22, El Centro, Cancún) — Yucatecan cuisine reaches new and exotic heights at this Mayan-themed restaurant, with fabulous dishes prepared by chef Elviro Pol. The papadzules (tortillas stuffed with eggs and covered with pumpkin sauce) are a delicious starter; for an entrée, try the poc chuc (tender pork loin in […]

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Yamamoto

Yamamoto (Av. Uxmal 31, Sm 3, El Centro, Cancún) — As the oldest Japanese restaurant in Cancún, Yamamoto has some of the best sushi in downtown Cancun. In addition to sashimi, there’s a menu of traditional Japanese dishes like chicken teriyaki and tempura for those who prefer their food cooked. Large groups can order combination […]

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Thai Lounge

Thai Lounge (Plaza la Isla shopping center, Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 12.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) –– Expect a truly unique dining experience from the moment you walk into this garden oasis. After all, not many restaurants have a dolphin aquarium in the bar area. The individual huts with thatch roofs provide an intimate setting to sample […]

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Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero (Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 14.1, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) — Modeled after the dock warehouses that have been converted into modern restaurants in the famed Argentine port city Puerto Madero, this steak-and-seafood house gets rave reviews from locals. It’s the small touches that make this an unforgettable dining experience, like fresh bread served in leather […]

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Perico’s

Perico’s (Av. Yaxchilán 61, Sm 25, El Centro, Cancún) – this is a restaurant for those wanting a Mexican partying vibe. Waiters dressed as banditos serve flaming drinks and desserts, while mariachi and marimba bands play in the background. With a standard Mexican menu of tacos, fajitas, kebabs and seafood, patrons still come here to […]

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Locanda Paolo

Locanda Paolo (Av. Bonampak 145, on corner of Calle Jurel, Sm 3, El Centro, Cancún) –– Flowers and artwork lend warmth to this sophisticated restaurant, and the staff’s attentive without being fussy. The Italian cuisine includes linguine with lobster and angel hair pasta with seafood, and a list of meat and fish specials. Despite the […]

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La Troje

La Troje (Av. Acanceh, Sm 15, Mz 3, Lote 3, El Centro, Cancún) — From the moment you enter the garden patio, you’ll feel as if you’ve stumbled onto a local hideaway. Potted ferns hang from wooden beams in this charming setting that’s fashioned around oak trees that pierce through the bamboo roof. A brick […]

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La Parrilla

La Parrilla (Av. Yaxchilán 51, Sm 22, El Centro, Cancún) — With its flamboyant live mariachi music and energetic waiters, this place is a Cancún classic. The menu isn’t fancy, but it offers good, basic Mexican food. Two reliably tasty choices are the mixed grill (chicken, steak, shrimp) and the grilled Tampiqueña-style steak. Combining entertainment […]