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Gluten Free in Tulum

Ziggys Beach Bar – Tulum Beach

We chose this place because Ninja Grandma’s name is Ziggy ! It ended up being one of our favourite places in Tulum as we returned several times. A “posh” hotel with a bar & restaurant on Tulum beach, they have various areas you can eat; at the beach bar, under the wooden cabana or down on the sand. All the dining chairs are comfortable, modern wicker, they also have big, white daybeds on the sand for a great siesta under the palm trees with the sea lapping at your toes.

  • Strawberry & Banana Milkshake (with ice-cream) + 1 glass Sauvignon Blanc
  • Guacamole & Corn Chips
  • Octupus & Shrimp Ceviche
  • Mahi Mahi & Shrimp Tacos
  • Tequila Shrimp Tacos
  • Blackened Tuna Salad
  • Breaded Coconut Shrimp (not gluten free)

Cost: $400MX ($27 USD) each – which for Mexico is “expensive” but totally worth it for the fantastic food, location & atmosphere.

Zamas Beach Bar – Tulum Beach

A beach cabaña hotel & restaurant right on the beach. Fantastic views of the sea from the colourful terrace.

  • Home-made Limeade & a Pacifico beer
  • Shrimp Tacos
  • Mahi Mahi Tacos

Cost: $300MX ($20 USD) each

El Camello – Tulum Town

Where the locals go for dinner & watch football, Mexican fish restaurant. Service is slow and food may or may not arrive. I forgot to take photos as each dish arrived in dribs & drabs over2 hours, by then Id had a couple of delicious frozen Margaritas to appease my annoyance, one mango & one strawberry !

Cost: $200MX ($13 USD) each

Los AguaChiles – Tulum Town

In Tulum town, a funky, open sided restaurant with cool mexican decoration, especially the tiles on the floor and in the bathroom 🙂

  • Grilled Octopus – marinated in spice & coriander with a spicy bean salsa
  • Mixed SeaFood AguaChiles – like a spicy ceviche on a bed of lettuce & cucumber
  • Mixed Seafood Ceviche – delicious but a bit vinegrary

Cost: $300 MX ($20 USD) each – with a drink

Charlies – Tulum Town

A funky, hippy, Mexican restaurant with a beautiful patio/garden out the back with mosaic tables & palm trees. A nice, quiet place for lunch away from the noise of the town.

  • Guacamole & corn chips
  • Chorizo Empanadas
  • Mexican Scrambled Eggs & Chorizo
  • Mexican Tomato & Onion Salsa Omelette

Cost: $200MX ($13 USD) each

El Asador – Tulum Town

An Argentinian style Mexican BBQ restaurant. Slightly more gentrified that most places in Tulum town. Comfortable chairs and subtle lighting in the evening. The best place we found for full-bodied Argentinian wines, a great Malbec.

  • 2 glasses of Malbec & 2 home-made Lemonades
  • BBQ steak & Spanish Chorizo – with roast onion & a vicious jalapeño !
  • BBQ Salmon – with jacket potato

Cost: $300 MX ($20 USD) each


Gluten Free in Puerto Juarez, Cancun

Casa Mexicana – Puerto Juarez

The guys from this family run business go deep sea fishing to catch what they BBQ in their restaurant, you eat what they caught. I almost feel bad about eating the beautiful Mahi Mahi in the photo but it was one of the tastiest fish Ive ever eaten !

  • Mexican Breakfast – eggs & bacon
  • Guacamole & Corn Chips
  • BBQ Tuna Steaks
  • BBQ Mahi Mahi Steaks
  • Fresh Coconut

Cost: Breakfast $70MX ($5 USD) & Dinner $300MX ($20 USD) each (BYO drinks)


Mandingas – Puerto Juarez

This is a very local, Mexican restaurant on the beach in Puerto Juarez, we went for Sunday Lunch which seemed to be the favourite place for the locals. ZZ was invited to play football on the beach with the local boys – Mexico vs España

We forgot to take photos of the food here ! We were both so hungry we’d finished before we remembered 😉

  • 1 Pacifico beer & a litre of home-made Limeade
  • Grilled Octopus, rice & guacamole
  • Fish Tacos & guacamole

Cost: $200MX ($13 USD) each

Marbella – Puerto Juarez

A local Mexican restaurant in Puerto Juarez, Cancun where the locals have lunch.

  • 1 Corona & an Orange/Carrot/Beetroot Juice
  • Rice & Banana
  • Rice & Egg
  • Chicken & Beef Fajitas
  • Shredded Beef

Cost: $150MX ($5 USD) each

Los Jarochos Mercado 28 – Cancun Town

This the bar/restaurant in the middle of the arts & crafts market of downtown Cancun. We were expecting it to be a spit & sawdust kind of place (based on the crates of beer piled up in clear sight) but we actually had the BEST ceviche so far ,and we’ve tried a LOT of ceviche !

  • 1 Pacifico beer & 1 7 UP
  • Mixed Shrimp, Fish & Octopus Ceviche
  • Guacamole & Corn Chips

Cost: $150MX  ($10 USD) each

MiraMar – Isla Mujeres

This beach cabaña is just along from where the ferry docks, eat inside or down on the sand amongst the palm trees.

  • 1 Victoria beer & 2 fresh pineapple juices
  • Shrimp & Octopus Ceviche
  • Mango Shrimp
  • Coconut battered Shrimp (yummy but not entirely sure it was gluten free)

Cost: $250MX ($16 USD) each

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