Two Hours in Tulum

During the recent French Master Chef Conference (Maîtres Cuisiniers de France/MCF) in Playa del Carmen, Mexico we had a free (rainy) afternoon and decided to go to lunch in Tulum.  The Grand Velas arranged transportation for us, and it took about an hour to get to Tulum from the hotel.   Our driver was great and waited for us while we had lunch, making for a super nice and easy afternoon.

We really liked the vive of Tulum.  Of course you hear so much about Tulum these days and how it really is on the “culinary map”.  We only wish he had more than two hours to discover what all the fuss it about.  Driving into Tulum reminded us of years ago when Playa del Carmen was only one small (almost dirt) road.    There were lots of small cute local open air shops, bars and restaurants en route to our final lunch location.



We took the suggestion of one of Xavier’s counterpart French/Mexican Master Chefs and went to lunch at La Zebra.  La Zebra is a boutique beach hotel and restaurant and I would imagine would be the perfect beach escape.  Here is their website: “here”

Since it was raining we sat inside with the doors open to fantastic view of the ocean and colorful beach bar and seating area.  I love the colors of red and turquoise and the cute set up they have created.


We loved the staff at the restaurant.  Everyone came by to say hello and introduce themselves and made sure we were happy and comfortable.  Since we had been eating SO MUCH at the planned conference functions we just decided on tacos (of course I had fish tacos!!) which are made from all fresh and local ingredients and the seafood caught daily.  The red taco was made from beets and the green was made from spinach – they were DELICIOUS!   The salsas were all house made and varied in degrees of spiciness.


It was a nice quick lunch and we would love to go back to Tulum.  Who knows, maybe we will stay at La Zebra if we don’t rent an Airbnb….

We saw this on our way out – could be interesting for a return trip to Tulum for a future food adventure!


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