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Mark’s guidebook

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Mark’s guidebook

Food scene
Here you will find recommendations for all types of cuisine and experience be it a taco stand or a 5-star dining experience.
A great semi-open air restaurant with a lively atmosphere, a variety of live music on certain nights. This could be a violinist, opera singer, Mexican music, who knows but, always great. Jose, one of the owners is a kick and loves to mingle among the guests and offer up a song now and then. The tableside Caesar Salad is a fun experience as they prepare this at tableside. Flaming coffees are another specialty of this lively venue. This is a great place for dates, dining with friends or special events. If you want a little more privacy, ask if you can dine on the small balcony. This place is a PV favorite for visitors. Note that it is located up one flight of stairs, no elevator for those with mobility issues.
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No Way José! Restaurant/Bar
260 5 de Febrero
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A great semi-open air restaurant with a lively atmosphere, a variety of live music on certain nights. This could be a violinist, opera singer, Mexican music, who knows but, always great. Jose, one of the owners is a kick and loves to mingle among the guests and offer up a song now and then. The tableside Caesar Salad is a fun experience as they prepare this at tableside. Flaming coffees are another specialty of this lively venue. This is a great place for dates, dining with friends or special events. If you want a little more privacy, ask if you can dine on the small balcony. This place is a PV favorite for visitors. Note that it is located up one flight of stairs, no elevator for those with mobility issues.
My favorite wood fired pizza in all of PV. A consistent favorite by locals, the Italian owner is a hoot. He loves to sing and has a passion for his craft. The selection is great, the pizza is flavorful and the non-pizza dinners are definitely worth a try. Seating is outdoors. Afterwards, the Malecon is right around the corner for a wonderful walk.
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L´Angolo di Napoli
11 Agustín Rodríguez
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My favorite wood fired pizza in all of PV. A consistent favorite by locals, the Italian owner is a hoot. He loves to sing and has a passion for his craft. The selection is great, the pizza is flavorful and the non-pizza dinners are definitely worth a try. Seating is outdoors. Afterwards, the Malecon is right around the corner for a wonderful walk.
OK, at first look you probably will think this is a tourist trap but, I have to say it is fun, and the food is really good. They make some dishes and salsas at tableside and their Mocajete is the best I've had in Puerto Vallarta. It is a traditional stone grinding bowl that is filled with jumbo shrimp, steak, chicken, veggies, a tomato based sauce and more and the baked all together in a oven. I highly recommend trying it.
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Margarita Grill
321 Pino Suárez
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OK, at first look you probably will think this is a tourist trap but, I have to say it is fun, and the food is really good. They make some dishes and salsas at tableside and their Mocajete is the best I've had in Puerto Vallarta. It is a traditional stone grinding bowl that is filled with jumbo shrimp, steak, chicken, veggies, a tomato based sauce and more and the baked all together in a oven. I highly recommend trying it.
If you are looking for the quitessential place to eat with views, on the beach and some of the best food in Puerto Vallarta then, this is the place. Located on Los Muertos Beach, this is considered one of the best restaurants in P.V. A great place for a romantic dinner watching the sunset, solo diners, families and groups. The setting is one of the best. It's prices are some of the highest but, you would expect that with this level or quality and location.
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La Palapa Restaurant
105-3 Púlpito
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If you are looking for the quitessential place to eat with views, on the beach and some of the best food in Puerto Vallarta then, this is the place. Located on Los Muertos Beach, this is considered one of the best restaurants in P.V. A great place for a romantic dinner watching the sunset, solo diners, families and groups. The setting is one of the best. It's prices are some of the highest but, you would expect that with this level or quality and location.
If you need a quick tasty bite, this legendary taco stand has been here for decades. Located just down the hill from Eden 2, they make some of the best tacos and quesadillas with handmade tortillas. Totally convenient after a night out or a day at the beach.
Memo's Grill
Lb Basilio Badillo
If you need a quick tasty bite, this legendary taco stand has been here for decades. Located just down the hill from Eden 2, they make some of the best tacos and quesadillas with handmade tortillas. Totally convenient after a night out or a day at the beach.
One of my favs in PV. This place is upscale in its presentation without being pretentious. Great thai food and service. I can't get enough of this place.
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Siam Cocina Thai
271 Calle Francisco I. Madero
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One of my favs in PV. This place is upscale in its presentation without being pretentious. Great thai food and service. I can't get enough of this place.
This place is a little out of the way but, worth the walk or Uber ride to. The views are amazing and food is fantastic in a fun setting. It is a very popular place and during the high-season reservations are suggested. I would recommend this place for a date, with friends and groups. Come try it out and see why it has such a following here in PV.
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Barcelona Tapas
906 Calle Matamoros
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This place is a little out of the way but, worth the walk or Uber ride to. The views are amazing and food is fantastic in a fun setting. It is a very popular place and during the high-season reservations are suggested. I would recommend this place for a date, with friends and groups. Come try it out and see why it has such a following here in PV.
The historic Mercado near Eden 2 contains many fruit and vegetable vendors and meat and fish markets. It is popular among locals for fresh, right off the farm produce at the best prices. Go early for the freshest and best selection. It is wonderful just to explore too. There are little restaurants around that are very popular with locals.
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Mercado Emiliano Zapata
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The historic Mercado near Eden 2 contains many fruit and vegetable vendors and meat and fish markets. It is popular among locals for fresh, right off the farm produce at the best prices. Go early for the freshest and best selection. It is wonderful just to explore too. There are little restaurants around that are very popular with locals.
This place is a hidden gem in the Zone for breakfast. Mexican family owned, you will find traditional selections to choose from and the prices are great.
Soco's Place
453 Calle Francisco I. Madero
This place is a hidden gem in the Zone for breakfast. Mexican family owned, you will find traditional selections to choose from and the prices are great.
This little, family run seafood restaurant is one of those hidden gems that people in the know like to keep to themselves so they don't get overrun. The food is of high quality, nothing too fancy, but great flavors at a reasonable price. You will see both Gringos and Mexican diners frequenting this place and best of all, it is only a block away!
Marisqueria Los Lirios
This little, family run seafood restaurant is one of those hidden gems that people in the know like to keep to themselves so they don't get overrun. The food is of high quality, nothing too fancy, but great flavors at a reasonable price. You will see both Gringos and Mexican diners frequenting this place and best of all, it is only a block away!
a great restaurant in the Romantic Zone with really good food and excellent service. This is a very popular restaurant and the AC is perfect in the Summer. You can't go wrong eating here
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Bravos Restaurant Bar
263 Calle Francisco I. Madero
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a great restaurant in the Romantic Zone with really good food and excellent service. This is a very popular restaurant and the AC is perfect in the Summer. You can't go wrong eating here
a really popular breakfast and lunch spot that went through a remarkable renovation and a new look for 2020. The french toast is the bomb!
Mi Cafe Restaurant & Coffee Shop
505 Calle Francisco I. Madero
a really popular breakfast and lunch spot that went through a remarkable renovation and a new look for 2020. The french toast is the bomb!
Mexican food is everywhere but, what makes this place stand out is their food is predominantly dishes that are pre-Columbian. The ingredients and recipes are mostly from before Europeans arrived. The quality is top notch, the place is cute and the variety of dishes is superb. One of my favorite breakfast places in Vallarta. Many people don't yet know about Metate but, I've noticed it is on the verge of being "found". Check it out before it ends up like many other excellent dining establishments with long lines to get in.
Metate Café
166-A Hidalgo
Mexican food is everywhere but, what makes this place stand out is their food is predominantly dishes that are pre-Columbian. The ingredients and recipes are mostly from before Europeans arrived. The quality is top notch, the place is cute and the variety of dishes is superb. One of my favorite breakfast places in Vallarta. Many people don't yet know about Metate but, I've noticed it is on the verge of being "found". Check it out before it ends up like many other excellent dining establishments with long lines to get in.
great tacos in a sit down restaurant. wonderful selection. try to sit in the back area. decent prices.
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Tacos Revolucion
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great tacos in a sit down restaurant. wonderful selection. try to sit in the back area. decent prices.
Gay Bars/Clubs
If you are looking for a gay bar where the locals go and those in the know, then Reinas is it. It's not flashy like some other bars but, is the only bar in PV that stays busy all year. You will find a mix of full and part-time residents, nationals, and tourists at this quirky place because in a short while you will begin to feel like family. The staff and owner are fun and welcoming and if you are friendly, they will treat you like family in short order. The name Reinas means queens and they live up to this. Along the walls you will find amazing tiaras and crowns on display and in the back there is a great selection of dresses, high heel shoes, wigs, hats and whatever you need to take a great selfie. Curiel, the lead bartender, is a legend in PV with his humor, friendliness and amazing drag. Pull up a chair and tell the staff that I sent you there. Say hi to Marco (owner), Curiel, Ivan, Angel, Lalo and Yair, your new buddies.
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Reinas Bar
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If you are looking for a gay bar where the locals go and those in the know, then Reinas is it. It's not flashy like some other bars but, is the only bar in PV that stays busy all year. You will find a mix of full and part-time residents, nationals, and tourists at this quirky place because in a short while you will begin to feel like family. The staff and owner are fun and welcoming and if you are friendly, they will treat you like family in short order. The name Reinas means queens and they live up to this. Along the walls you will find amazing tiaras and crowns on display and in the back there is a great selection of dresses, high heel shoes, wigs, hats and whatever you need to take a great selfie. Curiel, the lead bartender, is a legend in PV with his humor, friendliness and amazing drag. Pull up a chair and tell the staff that I sent you there. Say hi to Marco (owner), Curiel, Ivan, Angel, Lalo and Yair, your new buddies.
Real Estate/Construction/Renovations
Julie Guerrero and her staff are wonderful and go the extra mile. So much so, John Molina my co-host joined her team as a real estate agent. I'm recommending her and John based on my personal experience buying a Villa here in PV along with many of my friends. Her relationship doesn't end at the sale. Julie, sometimes called the "Mayor of Puerto Vallarta" because she is a extremely well connected and known person in P.V.'s many cultural and community circles. You can expect Julie and her team to help with referrals for many of the services you will need as a homeowner here. Feel free to ask John your questions and let him or Julie know I sent you.
Julie Guerrero Real Estate Group
Julie Guerrero and her staff are wonderful and go the extra mile. So much so, John Molina my co-host joined her team as a real estate agent. I'm recommending her and John based on my personal experience buying a Villa here in PV along with many of my friends. Her relationship doesn't end at the sale. Julie, sometimes called the "Mayor of Puerto Vallarta" because she is a extremely well connected and known person in P.V.'s many cultural and community circles. You can expect Julie and her team to help with referrals for many of the services you will need as a homeowner here. Feel free to ask John your questions and let him or Julie know I sent you.
Stores
The closest thing Puerto Vallarta has to an American grocery store. This place sells everything from outdoor furniture to imported cheeses. Relatively new, this is my go to place for staples and hard to find items. The biggest issue here is that you may have to look in several areas of the store because their organization doesn't make sense. For example. Soy sauce may be with condiments, or in an import Isle or the gourmet section. Sometimes it is best just to ask an employee to help. But, I love it here.
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La Comer Fluvial
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The closest thing Puerto Vallarta has to an American grocery store. This place sells everything from outdoor furniture to imported cheeses. Relatively new, this is my go to place for staples and hard to find items. The biggest issue here is that you may have to look in several areas of the store because their organization doesn't make sense. For example. Soy sauce may be with condiments, or in an import Isle or the gourmet section. Sometimes it is best just to ask an employee to help. But, I love it here.
It's Costco, what more can I say. I love it here. You won't find bargains. The prices are similar to the U.S. but, you will find the best quality meats and selection of goods around. Sams Club and Walmart can't beat the quality. The store is relatively quiet compared to Costco stores up north.
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Costco Wholesale
134 Av Fluvial Vallarta
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It's Costco, what more can I say. I love it here. You won't find bargains. The prices are similar to the U.S. but, you will find the best quality meats and selection of goods around. Sams Club and Walmart can't beat the quality. The store is relatively quiet compared to Costco stores up north.
A super size grocery store that is so much more. They have everything here. Not fancy but, a great place to pick up food staples and supplies.
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Mega Super
1834 Francisco Medina Ascencio
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A super size grocery store that is so much more. They have everything here. Not fancy but, a great place to pick up food staples and supplies.
My absolute favorite furniture and home accessory store in PV. The art and furniture is a mix of Mexican traditional and unique Mexican contemporary. The selection and styles come from all over Mexico. Its a great place to explore and i love the back courtyard.
La Colección
272 Calle Francisco I. Madero
My absolute favorite furniture and home accessory store in PV. The art and furniture is a mix of Mexican traditional and unique Mexican contemporary. The selection and styles come from all over Mexico. Its a great place to explore and i love the back courtyard.
Theater/Live Entertainment
Act II is one of the premiere live theaters in PV. You will find plenty of acts to choose from including local and international singers, comedians, drag comedy and so much more. It is just minutes from Eden 2. Check out their schedule as it is quite extensive and the acts change constantly.
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Act ll Entertainment Stages
330, Altos Basilio Badillo
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Act II is one of the premiere live theaters in PV. You will find plenty of acts to choose from including local and international singers, comedians, drag comedy and so much more. It is just minutes from Eden 2. Check out their schedule as it is quite extensive and the acts change constantly.
Incanto is a great place with a cozy setting along the Rio Cuale. You will find lounge acts, comedians, drag acts and wonderful singers. A great place to take a date, or with a group of friends. One of the few places with this kind of setting.
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Incanto
109 Insurgentes
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Incanto is a great place with a cozy setting along the Rio Cuale. You will find lounge acts, comedians, drag acts and wonderful singers. A great place to take a date, or with a group of friends. One of the few places with this kind of setting.
Sightseeing
Jet is a young guy with a passion. He loves his work and is a true entrepreneur. You can also trust him. He provides private and group tours on a variety of boats with a great group of young guides that go out of their way to show you a good time.
Jet's Private Boat Tours
Jet is a young guy with a passion. He loves his work and is a true entrepreneur. You can also trust him. He provides private and group tours on a variety of boats with a great group of young guides that go out of their way to show you a good time.
If you can handle lots of stairs and a rather strenuous walk, you will be rewarded with one of the best views of the bay and city. Bring water as you will sweat making the climb up the street and then to switchback after switchback of stairs. At the top of the mountain you will see a multi-level observation platform. Catch your breath and climb up. The views are incredible. Lots of people also come here for the exercise and will climb those steps several times. (I love it!)
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Mirador Cerro de La Cruz
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If you can handle lots of stairs and a rather strenuous walk, you will be rewarded with one of the best views of the bay and city. Bring water as you will sweat making the climb up the street and then to switchback after switchback of stairs. At the top of the mountain you will see a multi-level observation platform. Catch your breath and climb up. The views are incredible. Lots of people also come here for the exercise and will climb those steps several times. (I love it!)
This is my favorite place in Puerto Vallarta. Located about 30 mins south and reachable by car, bus, taxi or uber, it is a must do if you love nature, plants and views. Note that you can't get Uber back to PV. You will need to take the bus or a taxi back. The friendly staff can assist you with that. From the architecture of the buildings to the amazing displays of plants and flowers you can spend hours and hours here. And if you love to hike, wear comfortable shoes because the place has some great hiking on private trails throughout the grounds and hills. The river below is a fun place to take a swim on a hot day. Beware, the water is chilly. Finish off the day by a visit to their restaurant. The food is great and the views of the valley below are incredible. you will see so many birds, including a lot of hummingbirds as they fly around you. I can't get enough of this place.
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Vallarta Botanical Gardens AC
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This is my favorite place in Puerto Vallarta. Located about 30 mins south and reachable by car, bus, taxi or uber, it is a must do if you love nature, plants and views. Note that you can't get Uber back to PV. You will need to take the bus or a taxi back. The friendly staff can assist you with that. From the architecture of the buildings to the amazing displays of plants and flowers you can spend hours and hours here. And if you love to hike, wear comfortable shoes because the place has some great hiking on private trails throughout the grounds and hills. The river below is a fun place to take a swim on a hot day. Beware, the water is chilly. Finish off the day by a visit to their restaurant. The food is great and the views of the valley below are incredible. you will see so many birds, including a lot of hummingbirds as they fly around you. I can't get enough of this place.
Neighborhoods
Get out of the Romantic Zone and head over the River Cuale to Centro, the original town center for Puerto Vallarta. The Malecon runs in front of it and the public art along the Malecon is fantastic, from the historic churches, restaurants, stores and the famous Art Walk you can easily spend a day or more exploring. This area along with El Cerro above includes some of the best restaurants including Cafe des Artistes, tons of art galleries all near each other in an area called the Art Walk, and of course the famous Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The plaza in front of the church hosts public cultural dances and events. Sunday evenings there are usually tons of street vendors selling food as families enjoy the night out. Great eats at great prices while a possible mariachi band or dance group performs.
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Centro
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Get out of the Romantic Zone and head over the River Cuale to Centro, the original town center for Puerto Vallarta. The Malecon runs in front of it and the public art along the Malecon is fantastic, from the historic churches, restaurants, stores and the famous Art Walk you can easily spend a day or more exploring. This area along with El Cerro above includes some of the best restaurants including Cafe des Artistes, tons of art galleries all near each other in an area called the Art Walk, and of course the famous Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The plaza in front of the church hosts public cultural dances and events. Sunday evenings there are usually tons of street vendors selling food as families enjoy the night out. Great eats at great prices while a possible mariachi band or dance group performs.