Five of the Top Places to Eat Like a Local in Puerto Vallarta

Danasia Fantastic - Travel Channel
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July 6, 2017


Located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast and surrounded by the beautiful Bay of Banderas, Puerto Vallarta is full of friendly faces and gorgeous beaches. The small city first gained international attention when it became the love nest for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in 1963. Now in 2017, Puerto Vallarta is a top destination for travelers around the world.

Full of incredible places to eat, we’ve narrowed down the best places to dine if you’re interested in the less touristy spots and want to chow down like a local. These places will have you saying "Muy Bien" after every bite.

1. Gaby’s Restaurant

The food at Gaby’s Restaurant will leave you wanting seconds and thirds. Owned and operated by Chef Julio Cesar Castillón Pérez, he sources his ingredients locally from open air markets in the neighborhood. Born and raised in Puerto Vallarta, his fare could not be anymore authentic to this coastal town. Be sure to try his specialty - the Chiles en Nogada. It’s a poblano pepper stuffed with ground meat, bathed with a nut–almond sauce and Oporto pomegranate seeds. It tastes unbelievable and is the national dish of Puerto Vallarta. While there, be sure to request a shot of the local liquor Raicilla—it’s similar to mezcal but it is distilled and made in the Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco area.

2. Street Tacos

Never underestimate the deliciousness of a taco stand on a street corner. Full of flavor and prepared on the spot, taco stands are all over Puerto Vallarta. The tacos taste incredible and allow you to connect with the locals in a very intimate way. They’re also incredibly affordable and are the perfect thing to eat if you’re on a budget. If you’re obsessed with tacos, consider taking The Street Taco Tour —it’s a great way to explore Puerto Vallarta while eating along the way.

3. La Palapa Restaurant

Located along the water in the Playa Los Muertos district, La Palapa is tropical Mexican cuisine at its finest. The restaurant is gorgeous and the food is an interesting mix of Asian and French elements infused with traditional Mexican dishes. La Palapa was the first restaurant to be opened on the beach in Puerto Vallarta in 1958, and has become a big part of the city’s history.

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