Mary's (www.maryscostarica.com; tel.2640-0153) is a very popular open-air joint that features wood-oven baked pizzas and fresh seafood. It's toward the northern end of Malpa's. At the Playa Carmen Commercial Center, at the crossroads at the entrance to town, you'll find a small food court with a wide range of options, including the bistro-style Chop It★★ (tel.2640-0000). Open just for lunch, it serves a range of salads, wraps, and justifiably popular burgers. Gluten-free buns are even offered. Another good option here is Product C ★★ (tel.2640-1026), a seafood retail outlet that also cooks up the daily catch, makes fresh ceviche, and serves fresh, farm-grown, local oysters. Just across the street you'll find The Bakery ★★ (tel.2640-0560), which serves an amazing array of fresh pastries and baked goods, along with sandwiches and pizzas. For sushi and Asian fusion, there's Katana (tel.2640-0920), north of the crossroads.

On the far northern end of Playa Santa Teresa, El Rey Patricio ★★ (www.elreypatricio.com; tel.2640-0248) has tasty tapas, drinks, and a sunset view, and Al Chile Viola★(tel.2640-0433) is a good Italian restaurant in town. Even farther, near the start of Playa Hermosa, Koji ★★ (tel. 2640-0815) another popular sushi joint.

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