When the Sun Goes Down the Night Shines Bright in Playa del Carmen!

 

Cocktail - Condo Hotels Playa del CarmenThere is no doubt that Playa del Carmen gives you a little piece of every kind of world! And all wrapped into this small big world of Playa del Carmen is the brilliant nightlife that turns Playa into the place to be after dark!

Whether you are searching a quiet spot for a glass of wine and conversation, a live band, or place to let your dancing shoes own the night, it’s all right here in the little town we all know and love!

For those of you who don’t know me I’m just a tad bit over 30! I still enjoy a good party every now and then and every so often find myself in the night club still dancing at 4 am. But in between those every now and then days I love mix it up a bit! So I have compiled my thoughts and recommendations for a good night on the town!

Dance your Little Heart Out!

The 12th street is not just a street, rather an experience that everyone should most definitely do once – even if it’s just for a little while! The 12th street houses the infamous and well known Coco Bongo but also a glorious variety of well-known and reputable establishments such as Mandala, Salsanera, Palazzo, La Vaquita, Blue Parrot, Coco Maya and more!

Here you will find nightclubs ranging from cheaper super party experiences for a younger crowd or a pricier night out highlighting top notch service and an experience worth spending your money on!

Many people get really excited about Coco Bongo as they should! Coco Bongo really makes for a spectacular night out and is a place that everyone should experience just once!

Mandala provides the best service and goes all out to create the best experiences with somewhat more upscale standards! Excellent choices for bachelorettes or bachelor parties, after wedding parties, or any special occasion! Dress up and get ready to dance!

La Vaquita is great for a cheap liter and is great for a younger crowd and a good old fashioned party!

Blue Parrot and Coco Maya are great for dancing underneath the stars with the beach being your dance floor!

La Santanera, previously located on the 12th, has been relocated to 5th avenue with 10th street. This is a great after hour hot spot for those who don’t want to quit once the sun comes up!

The party street starts the music around 10 pm but really comes alive around midnight! Most places will offer the option of open bar which is almost always worth it if you are planning to make a whole night of it (I should mention that most open bars do not feature premium liquors – keep that in minding when preplanning your hangover for the morning)!

Don’t’ be surprised when the music takes you all the way to 5 am making you wonder where the time went!

Caguameria - Condo Hotels Playa del CarmenIt’s Wine O’clock Somewhere!

Sometimes we just need a bottle of wine and a good talk! Two of my favorite places to enjoy a good glass of wine are Off the Vine and Imprevist Resto and Wine!

Off the Vine is a little establishment selling reasonably priced wines by the glass, or by the bottle, accompanied by an elegant tapas menu and entertainment during various nights of the week! Tuesday nights are ladies night which gets you ladies 2 glasses of red or white wine, plus a nice pasta dinner with dessert for only 150 pesos! Great value – great wine – great night out!   They also feature excellent wine pairing dinners on Thursday night and special pizza nights on Fridays – of course with wine included for a special price!

Imprevist Resto and wine is an extremely cozy place to meet with friends either on the patio or in their cozy air conditioned dining room! This experience is casual yet upscale, featuring a beautiful gourmet menu for appetizers or dinners. Imprevist is located on a quaint quiet street which makes a nice setting for a good conversation without disruption! The service is outstanding as well!

Cerveza!

In Mexico beer is found everywhere, but there are some hot spots which provide great settings to chill out and have a casual beer, with or without entertainment.

I love Caguameria located on 1st Avenue with 20th street! The beer is cheap – the service is great – ambiance is cool, and yes they do have a food menu for you multi-taskers! My favorite spot is in on the terrace where you can find neat and comfortable furniture inviting you to relax and let loose!

Fah, located on 5th Avenue is also a great place to stop and have a few beers or drinks with friends! They feature excellent live bands and entertainment daily, always keeping you upbeat and in good spirits!

Tequila Barrel is also a well-known staple in Playa del Carmen – awesome for casual drinks and food! Take a table outside and do a little bit of people watching! The music is always going! And ladies, you can dance on the bar in exchange for strong tequila shot!

Other great suggestions would be La Fe, La Chopperia, or La Ambassad or Club de la Cerveza!

Casual night out with friends!

Nightlife - Condo Hotels Playa del CarmenFor some great cocktails in an environment that is neither too loud nor too quiet there are some great places for that as well.

Sala Rosa is very cozy bar located on 38th street, just off of 5th. I love this place because it has a really comfortable setting, they make great cocktails and the vibe is always good! Come with your friends or just as a couple and you will definitely enjoy!

Plank Patio Bar and Grill also features a beautiful sleek bar, perfect for those who want to enjoy a couple of creative cocktails, a couple of casual apps and perhaps like the idea of getting a little bit dressed up. The environment and music are both trendy and upbeat, providing you the perfect setting for causal meets classy.

La Bodeguita del Medio also serves for a fantastic and fun evening out! They are famous for their mojitos and live salsa nights! Dance or just enjoy the music! But definitely try the mojitos!

The Dirty Martini! Well the name says it all! And the martinis are indeed fantastic! It is a smaller establishment close by to the area nightclubs and is a great place to lavish in creative and classic martinis and other lovely cocktails – either for a full evening or a few drinks before heading out for the night!

Feet in the Sand and the Stars Shining Bright!

The reason why we are all here! The beautiful beach! Both Zenzi and Fusion beach clubs offer excellent nighttime entertainment and a causal beachy environment to enjoy your favorite drink! Both offer dinner service and a variety entertainment ranging from live music to incredible dance shows and even salsa lessons!

Whatever you decide, one thing is for sure – you will never be bored when the sun goes down in Playa del Carmen!

Imprevist Resto and Wine – A Cozy Creative Experience you Shouldn’t Dare to Miss!

 

Imprevist Resto and Wine - Condo Hotels Playa del CarmenLet’s face it! Food is a big part of vacation. Many of us diet strong weeks before taking the flight, just so we can arrive with freedom to ignore calorie counting for several days in a row.   With that being said, if you are going to give yourself some extra freedom, you mines well use it on, not just any meal, but something truly fantastic!

If you are looking for a great spot to enjoy during your vacation I would like to share with you one of the most special little gems in Playa – Imprevist Resto and Wine!

Located on a quaint and quiet street, IMPREVIST invites you to enjoy a real culinary experience that will surely leave you with special feeling.

Imprevist is a Catalan word meaning “Unexpected”! And here you will truly see how the name fits with its true meaning!

There’s something to be said about Small and Cozy!

Their cozy intimate dining room is inviting! The service is warm and attentive! And the food is simply delicious and memorable!

What I love most about this restaurant is that you really feel good while you are there. Whether you are having date night with your honey, enjoying an evening with friends or having a classic family dinner – Imprevist is a place that accommodates a particular at home feel that many can only find in the coziness of their own homes.

Salmon with Mango Sauce - Condo Hotels Playa del CarmenInnovative Menu!

Their dinner menu features classic International cuisine with Chef Juan Diego’s special flare as well as an alternative Asian Fusion menu that will truly give you a twist on the ordinary.

Inspired Culinary Favorites!

My absolute favorites are the chicken risotto, salmon with mango sauce and the chicken Thai Salad (also served with shrimp at your preference). Steak lovers and seafood lovers you are also in for a real treat! And for tuna lovers, let me offer a piece of advice that you will be glad you took – you must experience their famous Tuna Tar Tar which had been a true and unchanged staple on their amazing menu!

Let’s talk Risotto, shall we?

By far the best Risotto I have experienced, not only here in Playa, but anywhere for that matter. Chef Juan Diego has mastered the art of Risotto with sheer grace! The menu features a choice of risottos blending different flavors and using a variety of different meats and seafood to top it off.

The Chef behind all the Magic!

Over the last year I have gotten to get to know Chef Juan Diego Solombrino and have become really interested to understand his style. I can tell you is that Chef Juan Diego puts a lot of love and pride into his kitchen and puts a lot of care in what he brings to the dinner table!

He loves to play with different flavors and aromas which is why you will likely notice seasonal changes in his menus allowing him to take advantage of the seasons freshest ingredients, flavors and colors.

The Best Sunday Style Brunch in the Region!

Really, who doesn’t love a good brunch! Imprevist puts on a great breakfast and bunch social every day! Perfect for early or late risers. The breakfast menu always includes fresh fruit, yogurt and granola, a basket of freshly baked pastries, fresh juice and coffee! For me, this is hands down the best breakfast experience in Playa del Carmen!

Tuna Tartare - Condo Hotels Playa del CarmenWhere to find Imprevist!

You can find Imprevist locate on 1st Avenue between 16th and 12th street!

If you visit Imprevist you will most likely be greeted at some point by Christine, Juan Luis or Chef Juan Diego as they are always there to personally insure the best experience for all of their guests.

Imprevist opens for breakfast every day from 7 am to 2 pm. Dinner is served Monday thru Saturday from 6 pm to 11 pm.

I should also mention that the owners of Imprevist, Juan Diego Solombrino along with Juan Luis Wehncke, have also partnered up to create a secondary amazing experience just down the road from Imprevist, called PLANK! If you have the chance to try both during your trip you will definitely be in for a real treat!

Oh But There IS Good Pizza in Playa Del Carmen! There Really Is!

Many people travel here with the great anticipation of indulging in amazing Mexican food morning, noon and night for their entire stay! But if you are like most normal people, enough will be enough and you will be dreaming of cheeseburgers and pizza!

Well as Miss Liz stated in Eat, Pray Love! “I am in love. I’m having a relationship with my pizza!”

Oh But There IS Good Pizza in Playa Del Carmen! There Really Is! - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

That is probably one quote that I can most relate to in my whole life! I LOVE pizza! I was actually scared to move away from my home in the US thinking that I couldn’t possibly find great pizza here in Playa del Carmen! That and other things! But indeed I have found it all including AMAZING pizza!

I love pizza! All the different things that you can do with sauce, cheese, bread and a multitude of toppings is just amazing to me! And here I am (lucky me!) letting the world know my 2 or 3 cents about where you can find the best pizza in the town that I love the most – Playa del Carmen!

First let me start off by saying that there admittedly are some bad pizza choices in Playa. If you have tried those it may throw you to the assumption that good pizza in Playa is not likely to be found. I’m here to delightfully tell you that there IS wonderful amazing and outstanding pizza here! You just have to know where to go!

Thick Crust Chicago Style Goodness!

Oh But There IS Good Pizza in Playa Del Carmen! There Really Is! - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

I’m going to start off with my current favorite well deserving of getting my number one vote – Don Chendo! A little off the beaten path, on 30th avenue, you will find this hot little Italian American pizza joint serving up the only Chicago style deep dish pizza in the area. The owner is from NY City and learned from the very best to create amazing Sunday Style Sauces and has mastered true Italian cooking with the Bonus of the Deep Dish Pizza! Here I strongly recommend the “Meatball Pizza”! Wow! They do deliver to all residents and hotels in the area as well!

Thin and Perfectly Delicious!

When I am in the thin crust mood I always make my way over to Romeo’s! This little gem can be found not far from the 5th avenue, only two blocks away on 6th street between Avenues 10 and 15! Best classic thin crust pizza in Playa del Carmen (at least in my opinion). So good that even a classic cheese pizza is beautiful enough for me. But if you do want to add toppings I really suggest the Mexican pizza topped with all the good stuff including Jalapeños! YUM!

Culinary Creative and Heavenly!

Oh But There IS Good Pizza in Playa Del Carmen! There Really Is! - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

If you like culinary creativity, which sometimes I do, head over to Plank which is located just around the corner from El Taj on 16th street and first Avenue! There you will find heavenly flatbread selections. My most favorite is the Buffalo Chicken, while my husband is completely taken by a flatbread combination of goat cheese, figs and rocket leaves! There are about 7 different varieties and are all are completely heavenly! If you’ve never tried pulled pork on an artisan flat bread, you absolutely must!

A Playa Del Carmen Fav!

Piola is another great pick for quality pizza and the price is right too! They’ve got a ton of pizza combinations, both typical and creative, or you can create your own. They offer a thin crust style! Dip your crust in their signature spicy olive oil or kick it up a few notches and ask for the Habenera! I LOVE spicy! Piola pizza is fantastic HOT so I would recommend going there to eat it over take out!

Can I have some Guacamole on my Pizza?

Rolandi’s is another great pick as they have a fantastic pizza selection and remarkably tasty pizzas as well! I love the pizza with arugula or try a slightly modified version of the typical margarita pizza – Guacamole Margarita pizza! It’s interesting and fabulous! You can find Rolandi’s at the very end of the 10th Avenue right before the entrance of Playacar.

I Want to Wake up in a City that Doesn’t Sleep!

La Famigla also rings in on my favorite pizza list! While they do sell slices I really think the quality of the fresh whole pizzas is worth spending on! They make delicious NY style large pizzas that will make you wonder what city and it in what country you are really in! My favorite here is the classic pepperoni pizza! My theory has always been that if it’s a quality pizza with the perfect ratio of cheese vs sauce vs crust there is no need to hide it with too many toppings!

I should also note that all of the places I mentioned have wide variety menus and I also rate the rest of the food as being fantastic. So if you are in the mood for pizza and your hunny prefers pasta, salad or even steak you can’t go wrong at any of these places!

Are you hungry yet?

Introducing Plank: Playa del Camen’s hottest new restaurant

I’m very excited to introduce you to Plank, the hottest new addition to the Playa del Carmen dining scene. In partnership with renowned gourmet chef Juan Diego, Condo Hotels brings you a unique culinary experience like no other.

Quality ingredients form the basis of the contemporary menu, with a focus on fresh seafood and high quality USDA beef.

Plank - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Plank combines ancient cooking methods with cutting-edge culinary knowledge, using the natural properties of cedar wood and Himalayan salt planks to infuse flavor into each dish.

Whether you would just like a casual bite in our stylish, contemporary bar area, or a special occasion dinner in our open-sided dining room, you won’t be disappointed with our extensive menu of appetizers, cocktails, main courses and desserts.

Cocktails - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Plank specializes in flatbreads served with delicious, freshly made dips and salsas, or topped with a selection of gourmet ingredients such as goats cheese, smoked salmon and pulled pork.

Flatbread - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

The flavors simply have to be experienced to be believed. Herb flatbread with smoked artichoke dip, fire-roasted tomato puree and hummus is the perfect accompaniment to one of our signature smoked cocktails.

Seafood dishes are served on Himalayan salt planks chiseled from ancient mineral deposits, enhancing the natural flavors of freshly caught jumbo shrimp and sea scallops. Scallops wrapped in bacon with a spicy apple puree sizzle at your table on these heated planks, creating the most wonderful flavors and aromas.

Himalayan salt plank - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Main courses include Himalayan sea salt encrusted whole salmon, a cooking method which preserves the moisture of the fish and enhances its natural fresh flavors.

Salmon and Filet Mignon - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

The filet mignon is cooked to perfection and served on a cedar wood plank, infused with rich smokiness and served with a buttery mushroom sauce – absolute perfection.

The smoked chicken breast with lemon and thyme is moist and delicious. The rack of lamb with sweet pepper and rosemary, roasted on a wooden plank, is beautifully paired with Parmesan potatoes and grilled asparagus.

Beef Wellington has quickly become the house favorite for many of our regular guests.

Beef Wellington - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Family style servings of salads, fresh vegetables and sauces accompany your meal, further enhancing the already delicious flavors of our high quality meats and fish.

Family style meal - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

We recommend you leave room for dessert! Fresh apple pie with vanilla ice cream, decadent chocolate mousse and tangy key lime with fresh cream are the perfect finish to your culinary journey at Plank.

Desserts - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

We also have a fantastic cheese plate for you to enjoy on its own or after a meal as you linger over a bottle of fine wine.

At Plank, we are committed to every detail of your dining experience. From our award winning chefs, knowledgeable staff, beautifully designed dining areas, extensive selection of fine wines and carefully prepared menu of fresh, flavorful ingredients, we know you will have a memorable evening with us.

Dining room - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

There is simply nowhere else like Plank in Playa del Carmen. We have already been inundated with positive comments and glowing reviews from our guests, and we couldn’t be happier with the response.

We look forward to welcoming you to Plank to enjoy this unique dining experience for yourself.

Plank - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Plank is located on leafy 16th street, between 5th and 1st Avenues. Contact your concierge for directions and reservations, and follow us on Facebook for updates on special events.