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
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
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
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
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
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 epazote, pimiento 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!
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