Dining with Children in Playa: It’s a Small World After All

Where in Playa del Carmen can both adults and children eat well, have fun and go home happy?

La Panaderia isn’t your grandmother’s bakery. Although the menu is full of local Mexican dishes, one of my favorites reminds me of a hybrid between a French Croque Madame, English Toad in a Hole, and Dutch “Uitsmijter” = bouncer. Here bread is topped with ham (and spinach) a fried egg and a creamy béchamel type sauce (with diced chorizo). Picture perfect and fun for the little ones at this Calle 14/10th Avenue restaurant with a children’s club in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Here they can create their own dessert and be looked after, while they color and draw to their heart’s content. Count me in.

Imagine sitting in a cute little Mexican restaurant, enjoying a margarita and mouthwatering fresh seafood, while your little ones splash around in a private, not too deep pool. At Chiltepin Marisquillos, this is reality and the kids love it. A favorite taco or burger and a swim … maybe not in that order. Find this venue at Calle 30/20th Ave.

Our friends from Veracruz feel that they experience a taste from home in a family-like environment when they visit La Parroquia de Veracruz, especially because kids seem to be the central focus. Although it is not in Playa del Carmen’s center, but on the road to Tulum, it is worth the short drive. This is the only restaurant we know of that has a jungle gym, keeping the little ones busy, as well as a children’s menu, games, and coloring books. Where was all this when I was younger? The adults are not left out as you have to try their special coffee drinks, ritually poured into your glass.  Instagram-worthy!

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