If you’ve been to Mazatlán a few times, or if you live here, you’ll likely have at least heard of Playa Sur. I’m not sure why it’s called Playa Sur as there is no beach here, but this is one of the areas of Mazatlán that ex-pats have settled in. Basically it’s the area between Av. Miguel Alemán and Av. Emilio Barragán (the street where the Naval base and Cruise Ship Terminal are located).
In addition to ex-pats, there are some good restaurants located here – and several of them are on Calle Carnaval. This is the street at the East end of the Plazuela Machado, and is also where much of the “blue line” is painted [The “blue line” is a blue stripe painted on the street from the cruise ship terminal almost to the Plazuela Machado and helps the cruise ship passengers get from the ship into town, and back].
So, let’s start at Av. Miguel Alemán. You’ll notice a big Farmacia Guadalajara on the corner. This is Carnaval.
Heading towards the cruise ship terminal, you’ll first hit Taquería Playa Sur. This is a very popular taquería – and for good reason! Their food is excellent. They’re only open at night (regardless of what their facebook page says), and they are usually VERY busy, so either go early or wait for a table. Be sure to grab their attention and let them know you want a table, or you’ll be standing there all night. Taquería Playa Sur also delivers. This isn’t a good thing if you’re on a diet.
Right after Taquería Playa Sur is Kika Monga. I will admit that I haven’t been there yet. Their signs say they have a variety of breakfast items, and they appear to have a nice patio seating area. Worth a shot if you’re in the area during the day when Taquería Playa Sur and Tac Karbon are closed.
Next up is Tac Karbon. They’re a block away from the Taquería Playa Sur. Almost as tasty, and sometimes not as busy! I hear their molcajetes are popular, but I haven’t tried one yet. Let me know what you think if you’ve had one!
Next, and last on the list is Euro Bakery. They’ve just opened this location and I hear their product is very good. The place is rather small, and I didn’t see anything larger than very small boules of artisan bread so I don’t know if they sell full size loaves or not. But they’re open, and prices seem decent. If you’re in the Playa Sur area and don’t feel like going to Hector’s bakery in Centro, then this is the place for you! They’re across the street from Tac Karbon.