TULUM, Mexico – Tulum, often dubbed the gastronomic mecca of Quintana Roo, is a place where culinary delights abound. Whether you’re starting your day or seeking a hearty brunch to fuel your vacation adventures, we’ve got you covered. Here at The Tulum Times, we’ve scoured the town to bring you our top five breakfast recommendations: Botanica Garden Cafe, DelCielo, Italdo, Molinillo, and Sanará. These establishments not only offer a relaxed and modern atmosphere but also serve up dishes that will leave you licking your fingers.
Most of these breakfast hotspots are conveniently located in the heart of Tulum, with one nestled within a boutique hotel in the hotel zone. What unites them is a commitment to showcasing Mexican and international cuisine using locally sourced, fresh, and high-quality ingredients. Sustainability, support for local producers, and community integration are at the core of their culinary philosophy, harmonizing with the natural environment.
Botanica Garden Cafe
As the name suggests, Botanica Garden Cafe is characterized by its lush interior courtyard adorned with various plants and trees, as well as outdoor seating. It’s a place where you can leave the stress of everyday life behind and unwind through conversations and laughter. During the week, it’s not uncommon to see people using the space as a co-working spot. We recommend trying the omelet with vegetables, goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, and truffle oil, paired with a Brown smoothie featuring cacao, peanut butter, dates, and banana.
DelCielo boasts a charming terrace at the entrance, an indoor dining area, and a small wooden amphitheater where you can relax while waiting for a table. Children and even furry friends are delighted here, as it’s a pet-friendly establishment. Don’t miss the chilaquiles with homemade tortilla chips, plantain chips, fresh cheese, avocado, sprouts, and sunny-side-up eggs. For a drink, try the Wild Forest smoothie with berries, banana, house-made coconut milk, and melipona honey (and don’t forget to add spirulina as an extra ingredient!).
The chef and owner of Italdo, hailing from Italy, arrived in Tulum several years ago with a concept of rich and healthy bakery and pastry offerings. Here, you’ll find vegan and gluten-free options, sourdough bread and pizzas, organic coffee, fermented beverages, and gourmet-style desserts. We recommend the açaí bowl with bananas, dates, goji berries, candied hazelnuts, chia, grated coconut, and seasonal fruit. Also, indulge in the activated charcoal croissant with guacamole, cilantro, onion, tomato, and goat cheese, and wash it down with the Yucatecan lime and ginger carrot juice.
At Molinillo, you’ll feel like you’re at your grandmother’s house, where traditional flavors pamper and delight the senses. Chef Gerardo Rivera exudes passion and technique in preparing these Tulum breakfasts, evident with every bite. Try the huarache with beans, cactus salad, and pressed pork rind, or the hotcakes with ginger honey, apple, and butter, and pair it with a cup of coffee brewed in the traditional way.
Another top contender for the best breakfast in Tulum is found at Hotel Sanará, a wellness-focused boutique hotel with a healthy culinary offering. The menu showcases nutritious, organic, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free vegan options for improved digestion and overall well-being. Sample the parfait with red berries, chia in coconut milk with vanilla, and probiotic yogurt, or savor the plantain hotcakes with organic eggs and decaffeinated Rooibos tea.
These five breakfast spots in Tulum not only serve delicious food but also embody the spirit of the town, where nature, sustainability, and community are at the forefront. So, whether you’re a traveler or a local looking for a scrumptious way to kick-start your day, these culinary gems have you covered. Enjoy your breakfast journey in Tulum!