Wonderful food is Mexico's gift to the world, and the Mexicans take cooking and eating very seriously.
There are hundreds of restaurants in Cancun with a wide range of cuisine from Italian to Japanese and, of course, authentic Mexican. Due to the international blend of people calling Cancun home and visiting, you are able to find everything from the finest fresh seafood and steaks to a simple burger at McDonalds.
The Hotel Zone, Cancun offers something for everyone's taste, but prices tend to be higher than you would expect. Aside from the all-you-can-eat buffets and fast food outlets, there aren't many inexpensive restaurants in the Hotel Zone. Prices range from moderately expensive to very expensive. If you are on a budget and want to eat cheaply look for those downtown restaurants where the locals go to eat. Don't be fooled by the inexpensive prices because some of the best meals are found in the less expensive places.
Large breakfasts or brunch buffets are the latest Cancun trend. A number of hotels and restaurants in the Hotel Zone offer all-you-can-eat from around 7a.m. until about 11a.m. with enough variety in food that it can be truly be considered "brunch". For those wanting tranditional Mexican, head Downtown, and you will find the two kinds of breakfasts enjoyed by Mexicans. "Desayuno" is an early breakfast usually consists of a sweet roll (pan dulce), cereal or oatmeal, coffee or milk, and fresh juices. A late breakfast or early lunch is called "Almuerzo" (sometimes desayuno as well) and usually consists of eggs dishes: "huevos a la mexicana" (scrambled eggs with chopped tomato, onion and chile) and "huevos rancheros" (fried eggs on a tortilla covered with tomato sauce) are the most popular. Pancakes, fresh fruits, cereals and yogurt are also favorites. In smaller restaurants coffee is often instant Nescafe, but you fix it from the jar at the strength you like, just like home! The larger restaurants will serve fresh brewed coffee, even caffine free. Orange juice and many other flavors are always freshly squeezed and natural. .
Many of the restaurants in the Hotel Zone don't open until dinner, but you will find more restaurants opening for lunch as time goes by. Typically you can find sandwiches, salads, soups or pasta. You will always be able to find burgers, dogs and pizzas! In many of the International Chains the lunch menu is the same as the dinner menu.
Lunch in Centro is more traditional. Known as “Comida”, this is the biggest meal of the day for Mexicans. Shops and business which still keep traditional hours close between 1p.m. and 4p.m. to enjoy a leisurely lunch, and you may find that the local restaurants (especially those known for the quality and quantity of food!) are very busy during this time. The “comida corrida” or daily special, varies from place to place but must be tried! It’s usually the cheapest thing on the menu, but the plate arrives with more food than you can normally eat. This is the time to experiment and try something different. Don’t be shy about trying some of the local delights.
The evening meal is called "Cena", and for the locals this means a light meal with the same types of lunch dishes, soups and desserts. But for tourists, evenings are become a gourmet’s delight! Foods and flavors from all over the world combine and offer unlimited selections. Many restaurants also have live music and décor befitting the class and type of food chosen, and when combined with the cuisine and excellent service you are sure to find, dinner becomes a memorable dining experience. .
With so many choices and so little time, the most difficult decision you may face while visiting is where to eat next!