We spent three months eating and drinking our way through Mexico’s Pacific Beach town, Sayulita. At first the options were overwhelming, the small town dense with restaurants and bars. But we soon whittled out the great from the average, and now I can confidently share my foodie guide to Sayulita with you!
Juice Stand – There are lots of locations around Sayulita that serve fresh juices. Our favourite is a small stand run by a small group of women who set up opposite the OXXO and Chili Rellenos in the centre of town. They charge 30 pesos for a green juice, and 25 pesos for a fruit, yoghurt and granola cup. Take your own flask for your juice, or return the plastic ones to them and they’ll reuse them.
Organi-K – If you want more of a boost with your morning juice, Organi-K offer all sorts of superfoods such as Maca, Spirulina, and Hemp, along with Smoothie bowls.
Most places charge less if you take your own reusable cup, and many have a no-straw policy.
Miscelanea – Hand brewed coffee. Try the iced coffee with Canela (Goat’s milk caramel). A gorgeous, quiet, upstairs venue. Perfect for working or escaping for a while.
The Anchor – A cute little coffee shop, great for working.
ChocoBanana – Good iced coffee with espresso ice cubes, or try their signature blended iced coffee.
Paninos – The best coffee in town. They sell it too, so you can take it home or back to your hotel to make your own instead of getting it to go every day.
Naty’s – simple and tasty Mexican breakfasts in the heart of Sayulita.
Paninos – See ‘Caffeinate’ for mention of their coffee. Also an excellent breakfast spot (and great ocean-view location). Their smoked salmon bagel is my favourite.
Coffee on the Corner – Cute little brunch spot near the beach, you’ll notice it from their pretty wall mural.
Chocobanana – A tourist spot who offer American breakfasts such as bagels, omlettes and club sandwiches. Good for hungry mornings.
Tierra Viva – Good all round place, whatever time of day. Sit upstairs on the terrace and try their great brunch menu. Their shrimp Eggs Benedict is delicious.
Ivan’s Taco Stand – 13 pesos tacos. During busy seasons they have two locations.
El Itacate – Cheese wrapped burrito (not for the faint hearted!) Try their potato bowls – so good!
Estrella del Mar Mariscos – Good ceviche, amazing cheesy shrimp taco creations.
Casa del Chile Relleno – Their signature chile relleno is excellent, as is their mole.
Los Corazones – Romantic spot with excellent shrimps “Los Corazones” style. Foodies will love this place for their simple and tasty menu.
Mary’s – Simple, delicious traditional food. Very small and always busy.
Rustica – Great pizzas and seafood. Good for Brunch, too. This spot is always busy, and has a separate bar area as well as a family-friendly restaurant.
Miranda’s Pizza – Their “Spanish” pizza is good. Quick, reliable delivery.
Yeikame – Traditional Mexican food, cute colourful tables.
Aloha – Amazing tuna tataki and ceviche. A nice place to stop for a cocktail.
La Esperanza – Veggie thai curry. Organic ingredients. Beautiful interior.
Veggie Land – Fresh, local, veggie food. You’ll find this place tucked away next to the Hippie Market.
INO – Organic, well prepared, food. Very cute boho interior, perfect for date night.
Falafel & Friends – Although offering meat too, this little Mediterranean place is a veggie heaven, with excellent falafel and hummus.
Mexicolate – Chocolate shop. Their chocolate smoothie is delicious, made with raw cacao, honey, dates, and banana. They also make brownies, mousse, and individual chocolates.
Ice cream – The ice-cream stand on the “flag” street has delicious ice cream, I love the Ferrero Rocher flavour.
Palettas – On hot days, nothing beats a fruit paletta. Wakika has two locations: next to Rustica restaurant and another next to the Evoke studio. You can get Boozy ones at El Patio.
Atico – Our favourite hangout with swinging chairs, great margaritas, and live music.
Bar Le Zouave – A Moroccan-inspired hangout that we loved. The best glass of wine I had in Sayulita, and the hubby enjoyed trying their Raicilla.
El Patio – The trendiest spot on the beach. Perfect for watching the surfers whilst sipping a mimosa.
Bar La Isla – Our favourite place to escape for a while. Walk up the beach and nestled back behind the palm trees is this little getaway, offering a great happy hour and fresh seafood.
El Conejo – A new spot in town offering small plates and tequila based cocktails, all in an Instagram-worthy setting.
Aaleyah’s – The best wings and beer spot, perfect for game fans (or WAGS of, who must accompany their other half.) They do gigantic plates of nachos too.
Escondido – A pretty bar and restaurant just off the main plaza, great for a date night glass or two.
Latitude 20 – Good drinking hole with great happy hour specials and tasty BBQ food.
Thanks for reading the Luxury Backpack foodie guide to Sayulita. Which was your favourite spot?
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