Mexico is well regarded among foodies as a culinary destination. With world-class restaurants in Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, and Oaxaca, foodies flock to these destinations to sample the regional cuisine. The culinary scene in San Cristobal de las Casas, however, is slowly making a name for itself.
We took the opportunity to eat our way through San Cristobal de las Casas. Here is a list of the best restaurants in San Cristobal de las Casas. Hopefully, this list will help you decide where to eat in San Cristobal de las Casas.
The Best Breakfast in San Cristobal De Las Casas
There is no better way to start off your day than with a delicious, fulfilling breakfast. We have rounded up the best breakfast restaurants in San Cristobal de las Casas whether you are looking for something local, something on the go, or something that is a bit more “gringo”.
Frontera Artisan Food and Coffee
Frontera Artisan Food and Coffee is hands down the best breakfast spot in San Cristobal de las Casas. These guys serve up Mexican classics such as delicious chilaquiles, or western staples like their yummy breakfast bagel. Grab a coffee and sit outside on the terrace or in the sun-drenched garden. Trust us, this place is definitely worth the slight walk out of town.
Frontera also does great coffee! For more on where to find the best coffee in San Cristobal de las Casas check out our article The 6 Best Cafes in San Cristobal de las Casas.
- Address: Belisario Domínguez 35, Barrio del Cerrillo, 29220 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis.
- Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sunday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Black Love Coffee (Amor Negro)
Black Love Coffee is also included on our list of the best cafes in San Cristobal de las Casas, so it is no wonder that we are listing it as one of the best places to grab breakfast in San Cristobal de las Casas. Black Love Coffee breakfast options lean more towards the gringo side with omelets, avocado toast, waffles, and even donuts!
- Address: Miguel Hidalgo 4, Zona Centro, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis.
- Hours of Operation: 8:00 am – 10:30 pm Monday to Sunday
Oh La La! Real Patisserie Guadalupe
Those who like to grab breakfast on the go will love the French patisserie located on Real de Guadalupe. We especially loved the buttery croissants which are the perfect accompaniment to any morning coffee. Come here prepared to wait as the service is not always 100%.
- Address: Av, Real de Guadalupe 2, Centro Histórico, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: 8:30 am – 10:00 pm Sunday to Thursday, 8:30 am – 10:30 pm Friday and Saturday
Best Mexican Restaurants in San Cristobal
San Cristobal de las Casas is known for being home to a surprising number of international cuisines in Mexico. From Thai to Indian to Korean to Italian and almost everything in between. But before leaving San Cristobal consider visiting one of these Mexican restaurants for a true, local experience.
Achiote Cochinita Pibil
If you aren’t big on the pig, then this restaurant mightn’t be the place for you as Achiote Cochinita Pibil specializes in only one thing…pork. Cochinita pibil is a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatán Peninsula. The pork is marinated with citrus juice and annatto (a spice) and slow-cooked for hours in a banana leaf. Think of the Mexican version of southern barbeque.
Despite only offering pork at Achiote Cochinita Pibil, the pork is served in many different ways each with a unique flavor. Take your pick of tacos, torditas (small sandwiches), tostadas, panucho, tamales, gorditas and gringas. Our favorite? The torditas. A mini barbeque sandwich with soft bread, pickled onions and your choice of salsa. Simply mouth-watering.
Don’t be deterred if there is a line, the service is quick and the food is worth any small wait.
- Address: Corner of Calle Ninos Heroes and Miguel Hidalgo
- Hours of Operation: Every day from 8:30 am – 11:00 pm
Dely Quesadilla is a no-frills or fancy restaurant, but we still think it is one of the best restaurants in San Cristobal. The unassuming restaurant only has a handful of tables and chairs and only one grill on which to prepare the quesadillas. One grill means the service can be a bit slow, but trust us, it is worth it. These quesadillas were some of the best we had in Mexico. It is evident, the ladies here know how to prepare a quesadilla! The quesadilla menu varies each day, but there are usually 4-5 options available including vegetarian options.
Don’t miss a chance to stop in at Dely Quesadilla. You won’t be disappointed.
- Address: Cuauhtémoc 11, Zona Centro, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday 3:30 pm – 10:30 pm
As San Cristobal de las Casas is located 2,200 meters above sea level, it is a bit more chilly than other parts of Mexico. Stop in at El Caldero, or soup in Spanish, to warm up after an afternoon of sightseeing. As the name suggests, the piping hot soup is the star of the show at this San Cristobal restaurant.
With over a dozen different types of the caldero ranging from chicken to pork and even vegetarian options, you can find something for everyone. Prices are reasonable ranging between $90 – $110 pesos per soup but make sure you bring your appetite as the soup is more than sufficient to fill you up. We also filled up on the delicious bean dip provided as an appetizer while you wait on your meals. If you finish before your meal, they will replenish, so don’t spoil your meal!
- Address: Av Insurgentes 5-A, Centro, Zona Centro, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: Every day 7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Donki Burritos Sancris
More commonly associated with Tex-Mex, the burrito was invented by Juan Méndez, a street vendor in Chihuahua, Mexico, and has quickly become one of the most loved Mexican foods outside of Mexico. If you have been missing burritos in Mexico, then you are in luck at Donki Burritos Sancris. Large burritos stuffed with a meat of your choice (or a vegetarian option) packed with heaps of veggies will be sure to satisfy your tex-mex cravings.
Donki Burritos Sancris also has one of the best craft beer selections in San Cristobal.
- Address: Calle Real de Guadalupe #139 Zona Centro, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
- Hours of Operation: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm Tuesday to Sunday
Best Interantional REstaurants in San Cristobal de las Casas
We already mentioned that San Cristobal de las Casas has the best international cuisine in all of Mexico. The options range from Thai to Korean from Italian to Indian and more.
Here is a list of the best restaurants in San Cristobal de las Casas for international cuisine.
La Vina de Bacco
San Cristobal de las Casas is littered with international flavors and cuisines. If you have had your fill of Mexican dishes then you are in luck in San Cristobal de las Casas. One of our favorites is La Vina de Bacco which is a Spanish tapas and wine bar.
The main reason to visit La Vina de Bacco is the wine. Wine prices range from $20 – $60 pesos per glass and include one free tapa making it quite a deal. If the small morsel provided with each drink isn’t enough, you can order extra plates with prices ranging from $10 – $125 pesos. If you do plan on eating here, we recommend sticking to the Spanish-style tapas over the Mexican-style tapas. We ventured from the traditional tapas one time and wished were a bit disappointed.
Make sure you book a table here as things fill up fast and you definitely do not want to miss drinks at La Vina de Bacco.
- Address: Real de Guadalupe 7, Zona Centro, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
- Hours of Operation:
- Saturday to Thursday: 1:00 pm – 12:00 am
- Friday: 1:30 pm – 12:00 am
Cardamomo Cocina Hindu
Cardamomo Cocina Hindu was perhaps my favorite restaurant in San Cristobal de las Casas. Located in Barrio Guadalupe, this restaurant is serving delicious Indian food in the middle of Mexico. We always have a misconception that in Mexico you cannot find good food other than Mexican food. Well, Cardamomo Cocina Hindu will prove you wrong. These ladies were serving up Indian food just as well as places I have been in the US, Amsterdam, and Australia. If you are keen on Indian, get around Cardamomo Cocina Hindu.
- Address: Real de Guadalupe 170, Barrio de Guadalupe, 29230 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: Every day 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
We don’t normally eat out Italian food. It is one of the “go-to” meals in the van, so it is not something we crave or like to spend lots of money on. But, we heard Trattoria Catanzaro was something special, so we set our hearts on having a meal here. And, it did not disappoint.
This lovely family restaurant serves up the best Italian in the city hands down making it one of the best restaurants in San Cristobal de las Casas. The homemade pasta steals the show here, but you cannot order wrong! Make sure you come hungry as you will want to order one of everything on the menu!
- Address: Profa. María Adelina Flores 16
- Hours of Operation:
- Sunday – Monday: 2:00 pm – 9:30 pm
- Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- Wednesday: Closed
On the recommendation of a few locals, we visited Comida Thai to try more of the Asian cuisine that is slowly taking over the culinary scene in San Cristobal. With only five tables, locals and tourists alike pack this tiny restaurant each day.
The menu, which consists generally of well-known Thai food such as pad thai and red curry, changes regularly. If you are keen on something particular on the menu that day, make sure to arrive early as only a limited supply is available each day. While the taste isn’t as good as the food you would find in Thailand, if you have the craving or are over tacos, Comida Thai is a great option. Make sure you go with plenty of time, however, as they are not known for their quick service.
- Address: Calle Dr. José Felipe Flores # 52, entre Diego Dugelay, Av. la Almolonga y, Centro, 29230 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
- Hours of Operation: 12:30 pm – 8:30 pm, closed Wednesdays
Asiarico7, not to be confused with Asiarico14 its fancier sister restaurant, is one of the best San Cristobal restaurants and a must if you are craving Asian. Taking a bit of Asian flare from Vietnam and Korea and throwing in a little Mexican flavor, these guys are serving up some of the best meals in town. The Korean-inspired tacos were a particular favorite. We recommend getting there early or booking in advance as seating is limited.
- Address: Belisario Domínguez 3a, Zona Centro, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
- Hours of Operation:
- Thursday to Tuesday: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- Wednesday: Closed
El Cau Vinos y Tapas
Surprisingly, in a town as small as San Cristobal, there is a wine and tapas bar. But it is almost unheard of to find two! Somehow San Cristobal manages to pull it off (again) with two amazing wine and tapas bars to visit each being one of the best restaurants in San Cristobal de las Casas.
While locals and tourists alike flock to La Vina de Bocca for the cheap ($20 peso) wine, the crowd at El Cau Vinos y Tapas is a bit more upscale. While they serve quality wines, their selection is not quite as extensive as their neighbor’s, but their food is a step above. Selections range from tapas to full plates to meat and cheese boards. Grab a few tapas and sit outside on the terrace watching people pass by. We ended up observing a processional which was quite an interesting dining experience!
- Address: Real de Guadalupe 57, Barrio de Guadalupe, 29230 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
- Hours of Operation
- Monday to Saturday: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
- Sunday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Another newcomer on the scene, Casa Jasmine is doing what you thought would be the impossible. Combining Indonesian and Vietnamese cuisines to serve up some of the hottest dishes in San Cristobal de las Casas. After one bite, you will easily see why Casa Jasmine is one of the best restaurants in San Cristobal de las Casas at the moment. What’s more? These guys are completely vegan making it not only delicious but also good for the planet!
Highlights of the menu include nasi (rice) bowls, corn fritters, bahn mi, and pho.
- Address: C. Comitan 19B, Barrio del Cerrillo, 29220 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: 1:00 – 7:00 pm Wednesday to Saturday, 2:00 – 8:00 pm Sunday, Closed Monday and Tuesday
Everyone gets the craving for pizza once in a while. The best restaurant in San Cristobal de las Casas serving pizza is easily Rivabella Pizzeria. Proper Napoli-style pizza oozing with yummy cheese topped with your choice of toppings will make any mouth drool. Trained in Italy, the chef here knows exactly how to cook a pizza. Using the highest quality ingredients, you won’t find any better pizza in Mexico than here at Rivabella Pizzeria.
And, if I haven’t convinced you yet, Rivabella Pizzeria’s five star review on Google will sure to seal the deal.
- Address: Belisario Domínguez 6B, Zona Centro, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: Daily from 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Casa de Ahn
It seems odd that San Cristobal de las Casas would have more than one Korean restaurant, or really any at all. But two who are doing it and doing it well are incredible, well it almost seems like a lie!
Casa de Ahn was our first venture into Asian cuisine in San Cristobal de las Casas. It took just one bite of the Korean Fried Chicken for me to know that eating out at all of the international restaurants in San Cristobal de las Casas was a must. Korean food with a Mexican twist is what to expect at Casa de Ahn. As you can tell, we particularly loved the Korean fried chicken, but the ramen was also equally as delicious!
- Address: Calle 5 de Febrero 8, Zona Centro, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
- Hours of Operation:
- Monday and Tuesday: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Wednesday: Closed
- Thursday – Saturday: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Sunday: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Best Vegetarian Restaurants in San Cristobal de las Casas
Finding vegan options in Mexico is not always easy. San Cristobal de las Casas, however, is doing things a bit differently than other cities throughout Mexico with plenty of options catering to vegans and vegetarians. Here is a round-up of the best vegetarian restaurants in San Cristobal del as Casas.
Te Quiero Verde
A lovely restaurant with cozy outdoor seating, this vegetarian restaurant offers a wide variety of healthy options. Traditional Mexican options such as tacos, chilaquiles, molletes as well as more American style options such as vegetarian burgers, salads, and pasta. Te Quiero Verde also offers a wide range of freshly squeezed juices and smoothies which is a must for any vegetarian restaurant.
Another added bonus of Te Quiero Verde is the friendly staff and quality of service which is sometimes a rarity in Mexico!
- Address: C. Niños Heroes 5b, Zona Centro, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: Daily from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Bek, Semilla De Vida (Vegan Restaurant – Shop)
Don’t let the hole-in-the-wall vibe here fool you as this vegan restaurant is serving up some of the best healthy food in San Cristobal de las Casas. The Mexican food and bowls are a particular highlight. Bek also offers gluten-free options for those who are gluten-intolerant.
Another bonus? Bek is a fraction of the price of some of the other vegan restaurants in town making it a must for those who are a bit more budget-conscious.
- Address: 29200, Belisario Domínguez 7A, Zona Centro, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: Friday to Wednesday from 8:15 am – 9:30 pm, Thursdays from 12:15 – 7:45 pm
Falafel 100% Vegetariano
Craving Middle Eastern food? San Cristobal de las Casas is one of the few towns within Mexico where we have actually found Middle Eastern food to rave about. Falafel 100% Vegetariano only has a few items on the menu… falafel and hummus but what they do, they do well. After just one bite, you will think you have been transported to Lebanon as opposed to sitting in the mountain village of San Cristobal de las Casas.
Just remember, these guys are only open for dinner and no beers are served here (unfortunately).
- Address: Real de Guadalupe #88A, Barrio de Guadalupe, 29230 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday from 3:00 – 10:00 pm and Saturday from 3:00 – 8:00 pm, Sundays closed
Fine Dining in San Cristobal De Las Casas
If you are looking to dine out for a special occasion or if you just absolutely love fine dining, then here are our picks of the best restaurants in San Cristobal de las Casas for fine dining.
Tierra y Cielo Restaurante
Tierra y Cielo is a restaurant in San Cristobal centered around providing a dining experience to taste the regional specialties of the Chiapas region. Located in a traditional house in the historic city center, there is no better place to celebrate a special occasion or treat yourself than here.
Highlights of the menu include pork shank, whole grilled fish, and Mexican staples such as tacos and mole. Tierra y Cielo also offers a degustation menu allowing you to sample a wide array of their Chiapan dishes.
Tierra y Cielo takes special care to make sure you have a truly wonderful dining experience. World-class service, friendly staff, and perfectly curated meals will easily make your time here one of your favorites during your time in Chiapas.
Tierra y Cielo also has a small wine list showcasing the wines from Mexico including wine from the oldest winery in North America, Casa Madero located in the wine region of Parras de la Fuente.
- Address: Benito Juárez 1, Zona Centro, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Sunday from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Last but certainly not least on our list of the best restaurants in San Cristobal de las Casas is Tarumba. Housed in the Hotel Sombra del Agua, don’t be fooled by its attachment to a hotel. The chefs of Tarumba are winning over customers left, right and center with their exquist take on the regional specialties of Chiapas. For a gastro experience in San Cristobal to knock your socks off, Tarumba is top of the list.
- Address: Prol. 1o. de Marzo #4-B, Zona Centro, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: Daily from 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
We hope this list of the San Cristobal restaurants helps you plan your meals! Let us know what you think and start planning your trip today!
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