Mariscos Purillo’s serves up the best fish tacos in town. Fresh, filling, and deliciously flavorful. This place became my go-to lunch spot.


El Itacate serves up a variety of drool-worthy vegetarian tacos (including chile relleno) in addition to their carnivorous staples. All tacos come with an array of salsas so you can customize each bite. The aguas frescas are not to be missed.


Gourmet Mexican

Don Juan’s serves a variety of dishes but the star is undoubtedly Chile en nogada. The decadent dish originating in Puebla consists of poblano chile stuffed with meat, spices, and dried fruit, smothered in walnut sauce, and garnished with pomegranate seeds. It’s a DO.

Local Spot

Aaleyah’s is a no frills place serving up delicious grub and the best green salsa to ever touch your tastebuds. Great food, spectacular drink specials, and remarkable hospitality. The projector screen airs sporting events or old school music videos.


There’s a reason Pizza Venezia is always crowded. The pizzas are phenomenal, the salads are gigantic, and it’s BYOB. They also do pizza to go if you aren’t interested in waiting for a table.


Mary’s does Mexican classics right without killing your budget. The portions are incredibly generous and the execution is flawless. I truly wish I discovered this gem sooner. The pescado a la plancha platter is exceptional and abundant.


The freshly made pasta at Junto al Rio was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Each evening the chef offers a finite number of hand crafted pastas to choose from. Get there early to avoid the pasta of your dreams selling out. Passionfruit margaritas are also sublime.



Chocobanana may be famous for other things but their carrot cake is unbelievable. Trust me.


La Empanaderia does one thing and does it well. Sweet or savory options available. I could never get past the cream cheese and blackberry empanada because it’s just that good.


The coconut gelato at Buonissimo Italian Gelato won me over. Treat yourself, you are on vacation after all.

Best Places to Drink



Junto al Rio’s beach bar is the place to get a solid sunset buzz with your feet in the sand. Classic and flavored margaritas.


Le Zouave’s candlelit lounge is undeniably sexy and the cucumber habanero margaritas are divine.


Estela Roof Bar shakes up some incredible margaritas and craft cocktails. Stop by during happy hour for a sunset view or weekends if you want to dance.



Cava Bar is the newest addition to Sayulita’s nightlife scene. If you are looking to experience the nectar of agave they offer a tasting which includes Raicilla, Mezcal, and Tequila. Located near Aaleyah’s.

Live Music

Don Pato’s offers live music most nights of the week. After the bands stop playing the DJ takes over to keep the crowd dancing. Open late.


Cumbia night (Friday) at Camaron is infamous. Prepare to stay up late, move your hips, and cultivate a hangover while the waves crash in the distance.


Yambak is an effortlessly trendy spot on the plaza to listen to live music, dance, or enjoy a beer al fresco. Go hang with the cool kids, you know you want to.



Chocobanana’s coffee is the best value for quality in town. The black coffee is an Americano and will only set you back 15 pesos.


Yah-Yah has the funky cafe vibe down. Great coffee, bagel sandwiches, and gluten free treats.


El Fortin sources their organic coffee from nearby San Sebastian del Oeste. Acai bowls also available. Located near Aaleyah’s. Reasonably priced.