A Foodie’s Guide to Sayulita

**Updated May 2017

We’ve been living in Sayulita, Mexico (just outside Puerto Vallarta) for almost a month now, and I’ve been slowly growing my list of favorite bites. A foodie hit list if you will. My friends Valerie and Hope arrive today and I have decided to dedicate this post to them – a Scavenger Hunt of Deliciousness – to ensure they taste every amazing morsel in this magical little Mexican village.

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1. Tacos Mary’s Way

There’s so much to love about Mary’s. The wooden sidewalk lunch counter, the frozen limeade on a sweltering day, the enormous plate of fresh guacamole…but the Tacos de Camarones Mary’s Way don’t mess around. Shrimp, roasted poblano peppers, melted cheese (optional), and fresh avocado. Doctor those bad boys up with an assortment of delightful salsas provided and you’re in business. I’ve heard the chile relleno is amazing too!

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2. Nady’s Agua Frescas

Nady’s is a popular spot, with few places to sit. You can eat on the sidewalk, sit on the corner or take it to go (which you would never do since it’s packaged in styrofoam). Best meal for the value in Sayulita in my book with great options for vegetarians. I’m partial to the tacos with chicken chipotle or pork with squash, but the aqua frescas are to die for. Splurge on the grande, you’re worth it.

3. Falafel & Friends

Because you can’t eat tacos every meal, right? Get the vegetarian falafel, the one in the traditional pita, not the wrap. Somehow the wrap is so subpar it ruins everything in a soggy sort of way. Smother that sucker with tahini and hot sauce, and be sure to get the mint limeade as big as your head.

Falafel & Friends Limeade

4. Spicy Tuna Tostada – El Break

Holy amazingness. This blew my mind. Two tostadas and an order of guacamole para compartir and you’re in heaven. Smoothies are good too (I’m partial to piña, guayaba, banana y agua). I’ve had people stop on the sidewalk to ask me what I’m eating, it looks THAT good. This may be my favorite bite in Sayulita. Coco Frio pairing optional.

El Break Sayulita

El Break Tostada

5. Wakika Heladeria

Popsicle insanity! Fresh, healthy, creative. Pineapple-Basil! Mango-Chile! Or straight up fresh coconut…this place is the bomb. Dozens of flavors to choose from. Milk or coconut water based. I eat one every day.

UPDATE: I’ve recently discovered a rival! Palates la Reinita near the beach, try the Prosecco and Peach. Speechless.

Wakika Heladeria

6. Tacos Ivan – The late night street taco

To be eaten after 10pm with a good buzz. Located in front of the butcher shop right before the bridge on the left. It’s a cart with some tables and chairs. There’s a big slab of pork on the vertical rotisserie, shawarma style. You tell them how many. The guy hacks off some pork into a taco and then with one elegant motion, hacks off a slice of the pineapple above it you didn’t even notice before, leans back and catches the pineapple in the tortilla. BOOM! Sprinkle some onions and cilantro on top. Viva Mexico Cabrones! At 12 pesos a pop (< $1) you’ll go back for thirds.

7. Coffee on the Corner

My daily stop. Best coffee in town. The owner is the sweetest man. Stay for breakfast too!

8. La Princesa Pizza at Rustica

Val and I don’t dig on cow cheese. They made this one for me with goat. Pesto, sundried tomatoes, olives, arugula, balsamic glaze…D-LISH! Pasta’s look good too and waiter’s are super friendly. If you’re in the mood ask for the jalapeño margarita, it won the Public House “Best Margarita” contest last year.

9. Coconut Shrimp Tacos at Pedrito’s

Why nobody thought of this sooner I’ll never know. Coconut shrimp – in a taco! If that’s not tantalizing enough they add mango, avocado, beets, and jicama. I die. If you’re watching your carbs, have the salad version. I get them sin quest. WARNING: These are only available for lunch, at night it’s a different menu.

Pedrito's Coconut Shrimp Tacos

10. Tamales from the Tamale lady

When you’re sitting on the beach and you hear “Tomales?”. Say yes. ’nuff said.

..and then there’s Drinks

Margaritas on the Beach

Las Sirenas Beach Club, best margarita in town in my humble opinion. Relax in a lounge chair and sip this secret recipe that’s perfectly tart while you watch the surfers rip by.

Mojitos at El Patio

Lovely setting, awesome menu (try the ceviche) and beautifully made cocktails right on the beach. I love the classic mojito but the margs are great too. Be sure to try a Paleta at La Reinita on your way!

Drinks on the plaza Public House

Multi-level, great bartenders (tell Estaban we sent you!), lots of locals, great bar menu and right in the heart of it all.

House made Tequila at Cava

My most recent discovery and possibly favorite hole in the wall. Cava is a little strip of a bar with  fabulous house made tequila you can buy in beautiful bottles, and a great vibe.

Craft Beer at Palmar Trapiche

The only beer garden in Sayulita. This tranquil setting boasts the largest craft beer menu in town. They often host drink-for-a-cause to raise money for local schools and animal shelters which I find awesome.

But wait! There’s more…

  • Esperanza’s for breakfast
  • Golden Latte at North Side Cafe
  • Scallop Sushi at Don Pedro’s
  • Ceviche at El Nono
  • Acai bowls at El Fortín
  • Sashimi at Aloha

All I can say is thank goodness I’m as enthusiastic about surfing these days as I am about eating. Sayulita, I love you!

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4 responses to “A Foodie’s Guide to Sayulita

  1. The falafels at Falafels and Friends are great but massive – we could easily of got by on one for the 2 of us:)

    K&S

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