Where to Eat in Tulum?

Tulum is full of cool, hipster places where you can get great food, both vegan and non-vegan. I could easily stay one more week so I could try out more of their vegan restaurants. Being 5 people traveling together, where half the group is vegan and the other half are meat eaters we needed to find somewhere everyone would be happy to dine. Luckily Tulum had plenty of options… I was in doubt if I should make a whole blog post dedicated to Bonita Burger because it was that good, and I could talk about it forever. BUT let’s control ourselves and stick to the plan. Here is the list of my favorite places to eat in Tulum:

I. Bonita Burger 

My favorite place we went to was called Bonita Burger, and oh my, the food there was insanely good. It was actually the favorite place for everyone in our group. They had both vegan and non-vegan options there. 

Fabiola and I ordered the vegan nachos, guacamole and garlic fries. The vegan cheese on the nachos was literally giving me life! It’s one of the best nachos I’ve ever had, still dreaming about it.

It was actually a lot of customers there when we got there, but we ended up sitting until they closed because the boys ordered burgers 2 times because it was so good lol. You can see some of the items they offered on the menu above, but they had a lot more to offer. And the best part, a lot of it items could be made vegan and the prices are good!

I got to meet the owners of the restaurant, Miquel and Vida. They must be the cutest couple ever! Bonita Burger is a new restaurant in town, so I highly recommend you go and check them out, they need all the support they can get! If you’re lucky, Vida might give you the recipe for the vegan nacho cheese ♥

Address: Calle Beta Sur S/N, Tulum Centro, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

II. NU Restaurant 

Their website describes their vibe and talent pretty good: “NÜ’s goal is to make you discover the richness of the modern Mexican cuisine through flavourful and original recipes. NÜ is run by 7 talented Chefs lead by Cesar Castañeda, who was elected as one of Mexico’s 10 best Chefs under 30 by Gourmet Magazine.”  (NU serves vegan and non-vegan dishes.)

We got recommended to go here by several people, so we had to check it out. It’s, of course, a bit more on the pricey side since it’s a high-end restaurant. Was it worth the hype and price? In my opinion yes! Fabiola and I ordered the vegan rice casserole, and it was amazing. They also have amazing cocktails that you have to try out.

Ohh, and did I mention the cocktails?!

The staff was very nice and knowledgeable about all their items on the menu. A super cute place to go for a date, or bring all your friends if you want to get wasted on fancy drinks.

Address: Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila KM 8.7, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

III. Farm to Table

So this restaurant also got recommended to us by multiple people! It’s not rocket science to understand that this is a great place to eat. One quick Google search and you will immediately see their great reviews. They have 52 reviews on Trip Advisor, where 51 of them left a 5-star review. (Farm to Table serves vegan and non-vegan dishes.)

I ordered the mango smoothie bowl and pineapple juice. It was filling and all their fruit was super fresh ♥

The place is literally cuteness overload, they have painted all these fake little houses on the wall. You immediately start smiling when you walk into their backyard. It’s a great place for breakfast/brunch. Prices are a bit higher than other places, but it’s totally worth it if you’re the mood for a really good smoothie bowl. I was in the mood…

Address: in front of ADO bus station, Av. Tulum 7, Centro, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

IV. HUMO 

This is a new place my friend Dustin recommended to us. Humo is another Mexican contemporary restaurant, with an amazing atmosphere and staff. We went there the first night we got to Tulum, so we were very hungry… Luckily we were all pleased with our meals. They had the most amazing guacamole I’ve ever had here. I was so tired I forgot to bring my camera, so I only have these two pictures. Fabiola and I got a vegan mushroom salad, and I actually hate ordering salads when I’m out, but the chef told us to try it. And man was he right, it was so tasteful and amazing. (Humo serves vegan and non-vegan dishes.)

Address: Av Carrillo Puerto-Tulum M-31 | Lot 2, Tulum 77760, Mexico

V. Fruto Mistico 

I was not sure if I wanted to include this place or not, because the service was pretty bad and most of the food we ordered was not good at all. BUT it was literally the cutest place to eat, it was cozy, the music was perfect and a lot of the tables had like a private bungalow feeling to it. The place has great reviews, we might just have been unlucky. Fruto Mistico is a pre-hispanic, plant-based restaurant inspired by the Mayan tradition. (So yeah, they only serve vegetarian and vegan dishes)

We ordered a bunch of things on the menu, the pizza, enchiladas, guacamole, and Yakimeshi. The Yakimeshi was actually really good, I would come back just for that one dish. It’s rice and lentils sauteed with ginger and garlic, mixed with carrots, mushrooms, cranberries etc, plus topped with avocado tartar and sunflower seed cream.

But I mean, look at this place. I love places like this, where you have to sit on pillows on the floor. It kind of forces you to be more social, you don’t want to steer into your phone when you are at a place like this. I really wanted the food to be good, but as I mentioned above, it might have just been a bad day.

Address: Calle Beta Norte 11, Centro, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Other places I got recommended to go to but did not have time to check out:

Charlys Vegan TacoAddress: Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km 10.5, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Raw Tulum – Address: Carretera Tulum Boca Paila KM 7.5 77760 Tulum, Quintana Roo Mexico
Casa Banana – Address: Carretera Tulum Boca Paila Km. 8.5, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Ahau Tulum – Address: Carr. Tulum a Boca Paila Km. 7.5, Zona Costera, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Posada Margherita – Address: Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, Tulum, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico


I hope this guide will help you chose a place to eat when you are in Tulum! And again, I really can’t recommend Bonita Burger enough, the food and service are so good. It’s not as fancy as for example NU or HUMO, but it has a charm. Anyways, all the places I mentioned are worth checking out if you are in Tulum. Let me know if you go to any of them, I would love to know what you think. Also, what’s your favorite place to eat in Tulum? 

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House Tour – Tulum AirBnb

Where: Tulum, Mexico.

This was the Airbnb we stayed in for a week when we were in Tulum. We paid around $1000 for 6 nights, so $200 each. By the look of it, you would think it was perfect right? But, it had a few flaws, like there were ants everywhere and other small insects. Also, the electricity would go on and off several times a day, which was very inconvenient for Jon and me since we were working. And lastly, they had a lot of construction going on right outside our window every morning. And they were painting the whole front side of our apartment, so we would step in paint and get it on our shoes and clothes everytime we walked in and out. But except that, it was a nice looking apartment with a good kitchen and nice bedrooms and bathrooms.

See the full house tour in my latest YouTube video at the end of the post. 

This was me and Jons bedroom. It was huge and looked really nice. I loved to wake up to that view every day ♥

We had 3 nice bedrooms, this was my sister Fabiola’s room.

The last bedroom belonged to my little sister Charlotte and her boyfriend. Also, super nice view!

Our pool was nice, and we had it to ourselves the whole time.

Conclusion: This apartment did have a great potential to be a 5-star place to stay. But with the price we paid and all the flaws, I only want to give it 3+ stars. And yes, I know you have to expect things like this when you are in another country. But we have all traveled a lot, so our “complaints” have a solid background. But anyways, we had a great time in Tulum and did not spend too much time inside so everything worked out.

Stars: ∗∗∗(+) 

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Antigua Travel Guide

Disclaimer: This is more of a “What we did in Antigua” recap than a travel guide.

First and foremost, if you are considering going to Guatemala, DO IT! I can’t speak for all of Guatemala since we were only in Antigua, but oh my what a beautiful city that was. Antigua has a lot to offer, volcanos, good food, rich culture, lakes, and beaches etc. We were only there for 5 days so we didn’t have time to explore it all, but I was really happy with the stuff we did. I hope reading this guide will give you a better understanding if you should visit Antigua or not ♥

Antigua is a small city located in the southern part of Guatemala, surrounded by tall and majestic volcanos. The population here is only 45,669 people. It’s supposed to be one of the best preserved Spanish colonial cities in Central America. Make sure you get a piece of that culture, eat with the locals, walk around and look at all the old cathedrals and houses, and make sure you go for a hike to one of the lookout points to get the best view of the city.

1. How did we get to Antigua?

– We left from New York. It’s a little hard to say exactly how much our tickets cost because we booked a package deal with a bunch of flights all the way to Bangkok. But when we looked at individual tickets, they were not that expensive. You can get tickets from $350 for a round trip from New York to Antigua.  There are also a bunch of different airlines flying this route, United, American, and Spirit are just some of them. We flew with Spirit to Fort Lauderdale, then had a layover there for about 1 hour, then we flew to Antigua. The total length of our trip was 7 hours, but there are direct flights that will get you there in about 4 hours. We landed in Guatemala City, then we took an Uber from the airport to our Airbnb in Antigua. That car ride took approximately 1 and a half hour and cost 231 Quetzal, which equals $30.

2. Where did we stay? 

– After some research, we decided on an Airbnb rental. However, Antigua has a lot of nice and cheap hostels, but we figured since we were 5 people with valuable luggage we needed our own place. When it came to picking between a hotel or an Airbnb, we had to factor in price, size, and location. Basically, Airbnb was cheaper than a hotel, and you pay less for a bigger place, so it made sense to book an Airbnb.

I found an Airbnb in the heart of Antigua (see the house tour here: www.fashion-cam.com), it was located right next to the main market and cathedral. Our Airbnb host Ricardo was super nice and the staff of housekeepers was so friendly. The only downside about our Airbnb was the slow/ intermittent wifi.

Our Airbnb cost $310 total for 5 days. So when you divide that among 5 people it’s only $62 each ($12 a night), which is a pretty good deal if you ask me. Here is the link to the listing: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/11015758

Regarding prices for hotels and hostels, it starts at $15 to $100 per night. They have a lot of cheap options, so it all depends on what you prefer. To be clear, the plane and housing accommodations are pretty affordable, it’s living expenses that can quickly become expensive.

3. Where to eat in Antigua? Vegan and non-vegan options. 

– The food was a big part of our trip, and we all left a few pounds heavier. But man was it worth it! The food in this city is so incredibly good. I could write about this for a long time because I’m such a hardcore foodie. But I will try to keep it short and precise for you guys.

I. Cafe EstudioAddress: 2da Calle 4ta Avenida # 2-A 2 Calle 4 Avenida Norte Antigua Guatemala. 

This is where we got coffee every morning. Since Jon is a former barista, he’s very picky about his coffee. So after finding this place, he was very happy, and my sisters were pleased too. Even if you don’t drink coffee, it’s worth a visit. The staff is really nice, and the coffee is super good.

When you walk out to the backyard of the coffee shop, you will immediately enter a beautiful garden. Since I don’t drink coffee, I was mostly hanging out here taking pictures.

II. Wachuma – Address: 5a Avenida Norte 9, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

This was our favorite vegan place in all of Antigua! Mex the owner is super welcoming, knowledgeable and nice. He let me try the new desserts they were putting on the menu and let me just say, I’m still thinking about that taste. Their food is super fresh and very tasteful, and they also have a lot of gluten free options. We had the crackers, with tofu and mushroom, cheesecake, sourdough toast, and chia seed pudding. It definitely took my taste buds on a wild adventure! I can’t recommend it enough ♥

IIILos Tres Tiempos – Address: 5a Avenida Norte, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

This was also one of my favorite places we ate. I mean, just look at the food! The atmosphere was cozy and warm with a Latin twist. They have live music once a week, unfortunately, we missed that. I think it’s on Wednesdays. Anyways, the food here was really good, and the staff was super smiley and helpful. They also had a few vegan options on the menu, like corn on the cob, guacamole, enchiladas, and some other stuff. I, of course, ate too much, you can see my 3 plates in picture number 6 below…

IV. La Cocina de Paula – Address: 3a Calle Poniente 31, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

– If you want some cheap local food, go here! Eating here was a fun experience in itself, it was only old locals and us. The food does not look amazing, but the boys said it was good. For $3 you can get a full authentic meal. It was a bit hard to find it because like most places in Antigua, they’re not allowed to have outdoor signage.

V. Samsara Restaurant – Address: 6 Street West # 33, Antigua 03001, Guatemala

– Samsara is Wachuma’s sister restaurant, so yes this is a vegetarian place too. Samsara is one of the largest vegetarian restaurants in Antigua. Their menu is out of this world, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a vegetarian menu that big. They also had a lot of vegan and gluten-free options, so again I ordered way too much. I forgot to take pictures of the food because my sister and I were too hungry to think about anything else.

VIFrida’s – Address: 5a Avenida Norte #29, Arco de Santa Catalina, La Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala 03001.

– This is where we went for Fabiola’s birthday after we had hiked Volcan de Pacaya! You can only imagine how hungry we were after that hike… My sisters Fabiola and Charlotte LOVE tacos, so we went to Frida’s. Their kitchen was about to close when we got there, so we were only able to taste the tacos and guacamole, but it did not disappoint! They also had live music on the second floor.

4. What did we do in Antigua? 

– As I mentioned above, there is so much cool stuff to do in this city, but we had to be smart with our time since we only had 5 days or 3 full days and 2 travel days. The main thing I knew I wanted to do was to climb a volcano, I did not care which one, I just had to see one up close, and if it had lava, then sign me up. We also had an awesome market and some of the main attractions right by our apartment.

I. Volcán de Pacaya – This hike was the highlight of our trip! I made a blog post and a vlog about this experience, so click here for my video https://youtu.be/HyCKhks-O0M. The total length of the hike was about 8 hours including transport. It took about an hour and a half to drive to the meeting point, then 2 hours up and 2 hours down and then back home. The very start of the hike is pretty steep/exhausting, which seems to be on purpose so that they can sell you a horse ride to the top, so be prepared. Our guide was very nice, and he made a lot of stops for us so we could catch our breath.

We used an agency called Ecotour travel agency. We literally just went to the closest hostel next to our apt and asked them about the tour, and it cost about 400 Quetzales per person, which equals 50 dollars.  We got picked up in a minivan and driven back and forth.

II. Viewpoint Cerro de la Cruz –  This is one of the main lookout points in Antigua. The trail starts at a hill not far away from the main market, it’s very easy to find. You can see the viewpoint from a lot of places in the city center. There are steps most of the way up, and it’s really not a hard hike. But I’m in such bad shape that I struggled lol. It took about 15 ish minutes to walk up, and the view at the top is breathtaking, it’s totally worth the hike.

Advice: They say you should not hike there after 6 pm because of high crime in the area. We, of course, did not know this and were hanging out there a bit after 6. It was mostly just us, a few tourists, and locals packing up their things they had been selling that day. When we got back down around 7 pm, the police was standing by the entrance gate making sure nobody else went up. So to be safe, just go a little earlier ♥

III. The Market – We literally had the market right outside our door. It was a beautiful market they had set up early in the morning, I think it’s there every Sunday. But even if you don’t make it to this exact market, there are a lot of similar ones all over Antigua. It’s where the locals sell things they have made themselves or bought for a good deal. You should try to bargain on everything they sell because some of the prices they give you are just way too much. I’m guessing some tourist don’t bargain, so they can say whatever price they want and people will by it. I mean, good for the locals, they get more money, but some things are not worth as much as they say. I’m not saying, “not to buy anything”, you should always support the local businesses, just make sure they don’t rip you off.

IV. Arco de Santa Catalina – If you have ever seen pictures from Antigua, then you’ve probably seen this archway. It’s the iconic yellow “clock tower” that dates back to the 1600s. It has some beautiful architecture and you need to see it if you are there. It’s almost a bit hard to miss it because it’s right in the city center, where the markets and the cathedrals are.

V. El Carmen Church Ruins – I’m not sure why the yellow arch is the most famous landmark in Antigua when this gorgeous ruin is a 5 minute walk away. It was built in the 17th century but was destroyed in an earthquake a century and a half later. There’s not much to see inside, but the surviving facade is a gem, and there is a great street market out front on Sundays.

Conclusion: It’s pretty affordable to fly here from New York, and to book a place to stay. The thing about Antigua is that you can choose how expensive you want it to be. We had a good mix of cheap local food and more expensive restaurants. Since we were only staying there for 5 days we did not pay too much attention to how much things cost. But If you are staying there longer, you definitely need to keep control of your spendings. Most of the restaurants and corner delis have the same prices as in New York, which means pretty expensive.

As I mentioned above, there is so much more to see and explore, we just didn’t have enough time. But next time I return to Guatemala I really want to check out Semuc Champey, Lake Atitlan, Tikal ruins, more volcanos, and Guatemala City.

Had you heard of Antigua before?

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Sundown in Antigua

Dress Forever 21 | Bag Zaful | Shoes FitFlop | Watch Guess | Necklace Mango | Earrings Saks 5th Avenue | Sunnies Ebay

I love how the light looks at sundown in Antigua. The way the colors from the sky reflects onto the old buildings is just stunning. Anyways, I bought this dress in New York, right before leaving so I never got to use it until now. As I mentioned in my latest outfit post, Antigua is a very colorful city so I wanted to wear a neutral color, but dressy at the same time. I love the off shoulder look these days, so I guess it’s a good thing I don’t have to deal with fall weather this season.

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Volcán de Payaca – Spitting Lava

The beginning of our hike was all rain, fog, and steep trails. The first part of the hike was super hard, and they also chase you with horses to make you go faster.  Honestly, I almost wanted to give up after a while. It was raining a lot, and this was our view at the first lookout point, I was sure we wouldn’t see anything at the top because of the fog. So yes, I was questioning if it was worth it… But man was I wrong!

After walking for another hour, we finally saw the tip of the volcano and flowing lava in the horizon. It was so motivating to see that, so I (almost) started running up the hill. The joy I felt the closer I got is indescribable, it was such a surreal feeling!  

You can’t see it that well in the picture, but it was so steep where we were sitting. It was sooo scary and freaking hot, the heat from the lava almost melted our faces. You get a better visual of the flowing lava in my vlog below. Ohh, and the dog sitting next to me followed us all the way up and down the mountain. Our guide told us they are stray dogs, and they follow the tourists in hope that they will get some food at some point. 

I’m not sure if kissing on top of a volcano can categorize as cliche… Anyways, now I can cross that off on my bucket list.

First of all, this is seriously one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my whole life. I was terrified, exhausted, and the happiest I’ve been in a long time. When I was very little I had two big dreams, walk on a volcano with lava, and see dinosaurs. As I grew up I understood that hanging out with dinosaurs was out of the picture… But my fascination for volcanos stayed with me until now. They say “Dreams don’t work unless you do…”, so after booking our trip to Antigua I immediately knew I had to fulfill this dream. And gosh, what an experience! I can’t stress it enough, if you’re ever in Guatemala you need to visit a volcano. They have over 37 volcanos to chose from. Although, all the locals said we were super lucky, not a lot of people that visit get to see the flowing lava.

Quick info: Volcan de Pacaya is 2552 meters high, and we climbed all the way up to 2300 ish meters (7545ft). Pacaya is a very active volcano that has recently formed fresh lava flows, but it first erupted 23000 years ago. It’s also known as “one of Guatemala’s most active volcanos”.

Have you ever hiked a volcano? ♥

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Mexican-style Lace in Antigua

Lace dress Forever 21 | Belt Top Shop | Bag Zara | Sunnies Ebay | Earrings Saks 5th Avenue | Shoes FitFlop

I love this dress so much. It’s a little extra, yes I know.. But I felt like I couldn’t not wear it in while in Latin America. Something about it makes me think of Salsa dancing and Frida Kahlo, I think the lace patterns and flounces were meant to convey that. Antigua is such a colorful city, so I figured I it could use a splash of white.

But let’s talk about these pictures, how cute are the locations?! Antigua is FULL of Instagram worthy places. Every little house has a cute door or a pretty color. It must be one of the most charming cities I’ve ever been to.

What’s your favorite city?

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