If you’re like us, you’ll agree that waking up in paradise isn’t complete until you’ve had your first cup of coffee. Luckily, island life on Isla Mujeres comes with charming options for a hot cup of coffee paired with sinfully delicious breakfast recipes. Keep reading to find out who has self-serve coffee stations, who serves cappuccino, who has the best breakfast cocktails, and who uses the most organic ingredients.
Location: Avenida Perimetral Oriente
Hours: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Isla Mujeres’ most well-known restaurant is also a wonderful spot for a cup of coffee (or four). Grab a table in their shaded outdoor garden area and help yourself to all the refills you like from the self-serve coffee station for 40 pesos. Mango Café provides Mexican organic coffee, mostly from the state of Chiapas; you won’t find any other coffee drinks on the menu, but you can order fresh fruit juices, Mexico’s popular aguas frescas, flavored margaritas, and Bloody Marys. To complete a delicious morning at Mango Café, try their coconut french toast made with local sweet bread, rompope, coconut, and almonds.
Location: Northern end of Avenida Juarez
Hours: 7:30 am – 1:00 pm, closed Wednesdays
Set on a quiet street in downtown Isla Mujeres, not far from North Beach, Elements of the Island has become a favorite breakfast spot for in-the-know travelers. This tiny indoor-outdoor café focuses on using organic and natural ingredients as much as possible, and they even incorporate their own homemade bread in many of their recipes. Their extensive breakfast menu has everything from huevos rancheros to brie quesadillas, while their coffee menu has all the basics: organic coffee from Chiapas, cappuccino, lattes, mochas and more.
Location: Avenida Hidalgo
Hours: 8:00 am – 10:30 pm
Quite possibly the best local restaurant for a sumptuous brunch experience, Lola Valentina has colorful and artsy style right on downtown’s Isla’s famed pedestrian street Avenida Hidalgo. For your caffeine fix, use the make-your-own-coffee station as many times as you like for 40 pesos, or order something from the coffee bar like cappuccino or an iced coffee (or maybe one of their signature cocktails like a Bloody Mary Picante or a watermelon mimosa). The breakfast menu uses organic, local eggs or tofu, or you can try one of their sweeter options like the tres leches coconut French toast.
Location: Avenida Hidalgo
Hours: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Choose a table in the comfortable and trendy indoor area, or sit at one of the outdoor tables on Avenida Hidalgo for some people-watching during your Isla Mujeres breakfast. In addition to classic coffee drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, Rooster Café also has a gourmet tea menu (hot, iced, or frappe). Their breakfast menu includes a variety of deliciously salty and sweet options, like the Caribbean-style eggs benedict with baby lobster tail or the Montecristo waffle sandwich.