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23 Mar 2018
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With its quiet streets, locally-owned restaurants, and soft ocean breezes, Holbox is an island made for morning people. Here, every restaurant and coffee shop lies within a 15-minute walk of your hotel or vacation rental. Exploring Holbox’s laid-back morning scene becomes an enjoyable way to begin every day of your island vacation.

All of Holbox’s bars and eateries, including its breakfast venues, often fill up on Saturday and Sunday mornings, whether it’s low or high season. But not to worry. You won’t be waiting for a table for long.

Here are our top three choices for where to get a cup of coffee accompanied by a mouthwatering breakfast in Holbox — from the beach to the town square!

The Best Banana Nutella Waffles and Beach Views at Mandarina

Location: Beachside, at Casa Las Tortugas hotel
Breakfast hours: 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Prices: Breakfast dishes $75 – $150 pesos, smoothies starting at $80 pesos, coffee drinks $35 – $50 pesos (free breakfast options for hotel guests)

Photo Credit Mandarina Restaurant

As one of Holbox’s most visually captivating restaurants, the beachfront Mandarina provides an open-air atmosphere with lovely views of the island’s pretty beaches. The breakfast menu here features sweet options like banana-Nutella waffles plus savory choices like croquet-madam or the house chilaquiles in red or green salsa. You can also order one of their flavorful fresh-baked pastries like the cream cheese-apple roll or mouthwatering cinnamon rolls. Mandarina specializes in water therapy drink blends like hibiscus tea with mint and honey, as well as its variety of juice and smoothie combinations. Hot drinks here include lattes, teas, espresso and more.

Feast on Your Breakfast Favorites La Tortilleria

Location: Avenida Tiburon Ballena, west side of the main square
Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Prices: Individual Spanish tortillas $70 – $105 pesos, coffee drinks $20 – $50 pesos

Feast on fluffy tortillas (Spanish omelets) at La Tortilleria, a tiny but vibrantly colored eatery set right on the main square of Holbox island. Using ingredients like Oaxaca cheese, veggies, chorizo and more to make their tortillas, this spot also offers breakfast favorites like Mexican chilaquiles (in red or green salsa), pancakes and fruit salad. For hot beverages, enjoy a latte, tea, espresso or cappuccino.

Delight in Yummy French Pastries at Lovely Le Jardin

Location: Calle Lisa, between Avenida Coldwell and Avenida Damero (about 1.5 blocks from the beach)
Hours: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm (might close earlier if they run out of baked goods), open daily in high season, open Wednesday – Sunday in low season
Prices: Pastries $30 pesos, sandwiches and paninis $55 – $75 pesos, self-serve coffee, and tea $25 pesos, coffee drinks $45 – $55 pesos

Specializing in French-style pastries, Le Jardin has a beautiful location on a quiet side street, surrounded by lush tropical plants and flowers. Order from the restaurant’s simple yet extensive breakfast menu at the counter. Enjoy self-serve coffee and tea service from the hot drink station. Menu highlights include Quiche Lorraine and their famous brie panini, plus savory omelets. Le Jardin also has a cheery kids’ nook with toys and games. Perhaps best of all, they’re dog-friendly!

Ready to experience flavorful mornings on this island?