Around Puerto Escondido
A 5 minute walk down the hill will bring you to La Punta’s main strip and the beach. The beach is nice and sheltered and a good spot for swimming and watching the surf. There are several places offering surf lessons and board rentals. There is also a small market stall with all your fruit and veg essentials and a couple of small convenience stores for other pantry stapes.
Along the short main street of La Punta are several shops and restaurants. Our favourites are:
Pinches Tacos: freshly made ceviche and super cheap tacos, plus one of the best frozen margaritas in town - you can’t go wrong really.
Cafe Ole: great spot for breakfast - good coffee, juices and epic omelettes and crepes.
Moringa: a fantastic health store with grab and go pastries and cakes, a wide selection of oils, butters, organic fruit and veg. They have everything from hemp hearts and chia seeds to the best peanut butter we’ve ever tasted.
Lychee: best and only Thai food in town - with a sand floor, carved wooden tables this spot has a great atmosphere and even better food.
Alivo: new to the La Punta scene and set back a few blocks from the beach but well worth the walk, this is true Italian food with a Mexican twist. The pasta’s are out of this world, the calamari unbelievable and the burritos the biggest we’ve seen. OUR FAVOURITE!
El Lugar: an Australian run restaurant which serves up classics like Aussie meat pies, spaghetti bolognese and an epic greek salad.
The main beach area of Puerto Escondido is lined with bars, cafes and restaurants on either side. It gets pretty rowdy down here over the weekend. There are numerous bars and cafes right on the beach offering a shady spot to watch the surf and enjoy a cold beer - or two! There is also a good yoga studio located above Spiralina restaurant.
Our picks for down at Zicatela are:
Palapita Bar: located right on the sand this bar is famous for its cocktails served in fresh pineapples - 80 pesos and then 20 peso refills! Its always got a relaxed chilled out vibe and great for a late afternoon drink.
Palma Negra: hands down the best ice cream in town - their nutella ice cream is addictive, all homemade and some really great flavour combinations. MUST TRY!
El Sultan: great middle eastern/mediterranean food - think lots of hummus, falafel and chicken shawarma wraps.
Sativa: great cocktails, good food and a great view across the beach. They have happy hour specials so be sure to check them out.
Bar Fly: the main party spot, happy hour starts at 10pm!
Super Chedrauri is the main supermarket, it has a great food selection, cheap imported goods and a massive selection of alcohol (you can pick up a bottle of good vodka for US $5)
Mercado - the main market is located at the top of town and has a beautiful selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, meat and flowers. Its worth a visit just to look around.
Smoked Fish Tacos - a small family run place in the Rinconada area of town, across the street from the huge new church being built. If you’ve never tried smoked fish then its must while your here - the smoked fish tacos are epic and the ceviche is pretty good also