Being celiac or having gluten intolerances on top of a potential language barrier makes many travelers nervous, and rightfully so. However, having dietary restrictions shouldn’t stop one from having the time of their lives on vacation.
Here are 5 gluten-free friendly restaurants in Playa del Carmen and a handy tool to bring with you on your next Mexican Caribbean adventure to help prevent miscommunication when ordering your meals.
Pro-Tip: Get a Detailed Gluten Free Restaurant Card
You can purchase incredibly detailed restaurant cards that explain your allergies and intolerances in Spanish, like these ones. They talk about your specific needs as well as educate a little bit on cross contamination, ingredient substitutions and an apology to the chef/staff for the potential inconvenience. These cards will also use familiar local names for foods that have been verified by Spanish fluent folks with celiac disease and have an English version printed on them as well.
Check out this ultimate gluten free guide to Mexico for a very descriptive list on foods common in Mexican cuisine that are safe and substitutes to ask for if need be.
Rated 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, La Cocina is well loved for their outstanding breakfast, their Mexican cuisine with an international touch with gluten-free options. Located in the lovely Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen resort, this restaurant transforms into a terrace at night that has an inviting and casual atmosphere.
Address: Located in the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort
Cuisine Type: Mexican, Latin, International
Breakfast: 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Lunch: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM to 10 PM
Located in Plaza del Karma, this 4.5 star option is considered #22 out of over 1,100 in Playa del Carmen. With healthy choices in mind, there are plenty of gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian options to choose from.
Address: Located in Plaza del Karma – 10 Avenida Nte., Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Cuisine Type: Healthy, International, Fusion, Medicinal foods
Hours: 8am-11pm 7 days a week
Po Thai Restaurant
Also in the top 20 of all restaurants in Playa del Carmen, Po Thai is a definite fan favorite in the region when it comes to having gluten-free options on the menu. They have super fresh ingredients with a lot of flavor and a very affordable price range.
Address: North Avenue 10 Down Town Between 14 and 14 Bis, Playa del Carmen 77710 Mexico
Cuisine Type: Asian, Thai, Healthy,
Hours: 2:45pm- 10:00pm 7 days a week
The Pitted Date Vegan Restaurant Bakery & Cafe
This vegan restaurant has a really tasty looking menu, is rated 5 stars on TripAdvisor and has become basically a morning ritual for many locals and travelers. They have everything from waffles to acai bowls, omelets and even – Banana sushi!
Address: Avenida CTM entre Primera y Avenida Cozumel Local 6, Playa del Carmen 77710 Mexico
Cuisine Type: Mexican, International, Fusion
Hours: 9:00am- 7:00pm 7 days a week
Rated the #1 out of 4 Peruvian restaurants in Playa del Carmen, Cassa Ceviche is known for its authentic and delicious food. They have a wonderful list of gluten-free menu options and have high class foods for just a little over average prices.
Address: Calle 24 #7 Entre 30 Y 25 77710, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Cuisine Type: Peruvian, Latin, Seafood
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 1:30pm-10:00pm and Sundays 1:30pm-9:00pm
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