Tulum isn’t like any of the other places in Mexico just like how Austin isn’t like the rest of Texas, it’s effortlessly hip and bohemian with a youthful spin on the country’s traditions. And like all cool boho places, it’s fostered a rising culinary and cultural scene with bustling restaurants, bars, and hotels, and these are the best of ’em.
Start your day at the Ki’Bok Coffee Shop where they serve espresso drinks and fresh fruit bars made from scratch daily in a vibrant palm tree lined courtyard before swimming at any of the 3 swimming pools of Casa Malca, which also has a private collection of original pieces by iconic artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. For dinner, experience “the pinnacle of Mayan cuisine” at Hartwood, known for its menu that changes nightly based on what fish were caught that day, with locally sourced ingredients from nearby farms and markets. After, head to Gitano for dancing and drinks, a happening mescal bar that twists up classic and innovative cocktails alike, though be sure to order anything mixed with their special house-made mescal. Bomb.
Explore the full list of places to eat, drink, and stay at via Travel + Leisure here.