Epic breakfasts in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

A fabulous breakfast lays the foundation for a perfect day and a healthy lifestyle. Puerto Escondido has no shortage of great spots to begin your morning. And, thanks to my neighbour the rooster  who starts cock-a-doodle-doing as soon the first glimmer of sunlight appears over the Sierra Madre Sur Mountains, I’m ready for breakfast when most people are still fast asleep. Here are some  of my top choices for best breakfasts in Puerto Escondido:

1.  Mozart y Macondo

Breakfast in the garden at Mozart Y Macondo

Breakfast in the garden at Mozart Y Macondo

You’ll love the garden setting, inspiring artwork and super-fresh breakfast selections. This casual restaurant within the garden of the Mozart y Macondo inn features imaginative paintings, murals and sculpture by Santiago Martinez, Claudia Ramos and other Oaxacan artists. Breakfast is included in the room rate but the tasty brunch (served until noon) of fresh squeezed orange juice, eggs as you like ’em, burritos or chilaquiles is deservedly popular among locals who want a quiet retreat after morning classes at nearby Yoga Sofia. Entrance to the restaurant is at the rear of the property. Owners Manfred Rehse and Angelica Eslava  are often on hand to welcome you.  

2. Dan’s Café Deluxe

Fish tacos at Dan's Cafe Deluxe

Fish tacos for brunch? You bet

You won’t find a better deal on pancakes, bacon and eggs than the Surfer breakfasts at  Dan’s Cafe. The coffee is good and strong too, a rarity in town. This breezy corner cafe and restaurant is a mecca for hungry surfers, local business folks and the ex-pat community. If the crowd isn’t at Dan’s Cafe Deluxe for the hearty breakfast and good, strong coffee then they’re there for the fish tacos, served Baja-style with a trio of authentic salsas, on Fridays and Saturdays. I eat them in the late morning and call it brunch. Good, free wifi is another bonus.

 3. Pez Gallo

Pez Gallo restaurant Puerto Escondido

Morning by the waves Photo Credit: Pez Gallo

With a winning combination of beautiful views, the sound of waves tableside and quality cuisine, once you eat at Pez Gallo, located at the Beach Club Villa Sol on Puerto Escondido’s Bacocho Beach you’ll wonder why you didn’t discover it sooner. Fact is, it just opened in November 2013 so you can be forgiven for not knowing about it earlier. Vegetarians will be pleased with options such as zucchini squash omelet, fluffy waffles and fruit pancakes with apple chutney for breakfast. Unless you want to combine a morning stroll with breakfast, you’ll most likely need to take a taxi. But if you do decide to walk, it’s a steep road downhill at least one way. Open 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

4. El Cafecito

beach boardwalk at Zicatela

Go for a walk on the beach after breakfast at El Cafecito on Zicatela

Sooner or later, everyone ends up at El Cafecito. This restaurant/coffee shop has two locations: One on the Rinconada and the other on the Zicatela strip, each with the same winning formula of great food, reasonable prices and fast service. The breezy Zicatela location with its plentiful ceiling fans is a welcome break from the sun and is prime for people-watching. A continuous parade of beach vendors offering wares such as masks, bobbly head crustaceans and jewelry will keep kids happily entertained. The Rinconada location is near the library so you can pick up a book at the same time. Order the chilaquiles or if you’re just passing by, grab a loaf of satisfying whole-wheat bread or sticky cinnamon bun from the bakery counter to go.  The good wifi signals at both restaurant locations makes Cafecito a prime spot for checking email while you sip your coffee.

5. Gina’s Walking Tour for Foodies 

Nopal cactus for breakfast

Nopal cactus for breakfast

Led by local expert Gina  Machorro, this morning walking tour begins at the Marina where you’ll chat with local fishermen and tuck into a typical Oaxacan breakfast of nopal cactus, tortillas and beans. Then it’s off to the Senora de Soledad Church and through the backstreets of Puerto visiting a traditional chocolate grinder, the homes of women making tamales and Benito Juarez Market where you’ll explore the indigenous stalls, learning how to identify epazotepimiento gorda and nance. You’ll come away with a bag of culinary goodies and a whole new appreciation of Puerto Escondido. Usually held on Saturdays 7:45 am but check at Gina’s Information Booth on the Adoquin for times and reservations.  Do you have a favourite place for breakfast in Puerto Escondido or other parts of Mexico? If so, let’s hear about it!

Breakfast at Mozart y Macondo Puerto Escondido

Breakfast at Mozart y Macondo in Puerto Escondido

 

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  • Donna Janke
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    I love the idea of fish tacos for breakfast. And a food tour that talks to a local fisherman and a chocolate grinder – would love to go on that.

  • santafetrave;er
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    I love great breakfasts. Amazing that you can get a classic American breakfast in Puerto Escondido. The Oaxacan at Gina’s tour sounds really good.

  • Irene S. Levine
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    Thanks for sharing this short list of your favorites. All seem to offer a winning combo of setting and lovely food.

  • Shelley
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    I love breakfast! especially in settings like these!

  • Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru
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    Breakfast! My favorite meal! These all look exceptionally good, but what’s not to like about food in Mexico. Lovely photos.

  • Sherel Purcell
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    Yummmm, I miss Mexican breakfasts so much!

  • esperanza
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    No sleeping in in Puerto Escondido with all those delicious breakfast choices!What a great way to start the day!

  • Doreen Pendgracs
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    Can’t wait to get down there, Michele! I’ve got the feeling I will never want to leave.

  • Suzane Stavert
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    Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Couple that with the gorgeous setting, I know I wouldn’t want to leave!

  • Adrián Aragón
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    Try Pan Frances in Dan’s Cafe Deluxe and Salsa de Queso in Pez Gallo. Awesome! A Must in Puerto Escondido 😉

  • Anita @ No Particular Place To Go
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    I love fish tacos but starting off my day with any of the breakfasts that you described sounds like a winner! Mmmm!

  • Carole Terwilliger Meyers
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    Now I know where to go for breakfast when I’m in Puerto Escondido. I am especially interested in that food breakfast tour. Here are my fave places to go for breakfast in San Francisco around Union Square,http://berkeleyandbeyond.com/Way-Beyond/Travel-Articles/U_S_A_/8-SF-Breakfasts/8-sf-breakfasts.html

  • A Cook Not Mad (Nat)
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    Those all look delicious and the setting is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

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