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8 Best Food Stops in Ensenada Downtown & Near Cruiseport

Part of a great travel experience is great food, and Ensenada has some superb treats, although a bit hidden. Massage clients and cruise excursion groups often ask for my local recommendations, so here they are, with my bias toward healthier options. Each recommendation below has links so you can handily track them down and plot your own food quest. . . . If you have other questions or suggestions, ask me in comments!

1) Lunch under Magonolia Trees: Boules Enjoy a walk in park and outdoor dining at Boules with cool ceramic plates, interesting mix of binational people. 5 blocks off La Primera, so cruisers don’t stubble in by mistake. This is my fav place to relax and feel the lively conversation of happy binational people dining. Pleasant music, variety of interesting international foods like artichoke heart appetizers. Tues - Sat 2pm and after, usually.

Boules Under Magnolia Trees

Boules Under Magnolia Trees

2) Authentic Mexican Food: Hacienda Guadalajara: For travelers wanting Mexican food, this is it. Fun Mexican atomosphere, many dishes from around mexico. Just off Primera on Ruiz, up a block from Hussongs/Papa’s and Beer. Clean, good prices, cool mexicano stuff around the open food hall.

Just by Papas and Beer for good Mexican Food

Just by Papas and Beer for good Mexican Food

3) Post beach healthy vegetarian: Falafel Comida Israeli on Costero. Killer fresh, simple, healthy, lovely flavors. Outdoorish seating and low prices. On Costero Walkable for cruisers and it’s on my way home from Playa Hermosa, so its my go to post beach/swim/surf spot.

Legit Israel Falafel Just Off Ship

Legit Israel Falafel Just Off Ship

4) Margarita. Margarita a Bar Andaluz: Margarita Margatia. Say it 5 times fast. The clean, gardens and grounds of Riveria make this place memorable, fireplace in corner, mexican tile work make a drink and wandering conversation a pleasant experience. And you can get your selfie at the birthplace of the margarita - do I believe it?

Birthplace of Margarita? Maybe . . . .

Birthplace of Margarita? Maybe . . . .

5) Ensenada is known for freshness of seafood. I gotta go with Mulle 3 for it’s high quality and prime location on the waterfront. As an added bonus, it’s next to the seafood market, so you where you can check out what’s on display, and grab some smoked makrel or tuna $4lb! as a tasty treat.

6) Churros: As I mentioned in my quirky cheap things here, Fresh churros are better - much better - than fresh Krispy Kreme. Get you sugar rush on! Try them stuffed with cajeta - carmel.

7) Best Meat Tacos: El Paisa on 10th and 20 de Noviembre is my local taco hang out and off la Primera, but worth it. I think the thick corn tortillas are the secret to it’s deliciousness. Always full. Tuesday’s closed. Handy ice cream joint next door for when you want local sweet.

Tacos El Paisano is Local favorite

Tacos El Paisano is Local favorite

8) Best Crispy fish tacos with cool atmosphere and beer combos. Bullo’s Place California Bar Fish B Taco on Primera easy option. It’s got a tourist flair, but it’s well done, great service and clean as a whistle.

Bullos Fish Tacos

Bullos Fish Tacos

If you have questions or see a place that you think looks cool, ask me in comments and I will give my take on it!

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