Does yoga work as a compass of taste? Absolutely yes! After I had already enjoyed really tasty food in San Marcos (Guatemala), I was pleased to discover that the chefs of Mazunte (Mexico) also create very delicious food in their kitchens – and yoga guided me to both places …
As in San Marcos, my taste buds go into overdrive the moment I arrived in the hippie town of Mazunte: There’s the smell of homemade bread (also available in gluten-free versions, of course) and hand-roasted „artesanal“ muesli in the air. Homemade ice cream (often vegan, occasionally sugar-free) beckons on every corner, and of course there are fish tacos everywhere in the village on the Pacific (I’ll tell you where to find the best ones later in the text).
Every café, every restaurant along the gravel roads and sandy paths I wanted to visit immediately. But I didn’t succeed even after several weeks. When there is no breeze in Mazunte, the heat is brutal. Even the ocean gives more of a bathtub feeling rather than refreshment. Adapted to the temperatures, life in Mazunte moves slowly – and the great hunger remains absent.
So let’s start with the yoga spots of Mazunte, before I serve you my favorite eateries.
Beachvibes, Ommmm & Yoga
Already many years ago, people seeking tranquility as well as yogis discovered the coastal village in the state of Oaxaca. Barefoot is still the fashionable footwear, and asanas can be practiced on literally every corner. Many hotels have private yoga instructors, but you can also practice under guidance at the large marketplace, and those who follow their own routine are in good company on the beaches of Mazunte. Here the yoga mats are unrolled for sunset.
The following studios are the most famous in Mazunte, accessible to everyone and offering classes for all levels in a variety of styles:
- Casa Om (photos) is a particularly relaxed place. Many travelers had already been raving about this charmingly alternative yoga space long before my arrival. This raised the expectations, which were not disappointed in any way! In Casa Om you can dive deep into the world of yoga: The morning starts with meditation, daily there are several courses with always good teachers and in the evening Sound Healing, Ecstatic Dances or ceremonies with cacao are on the agenda.
- Semanawaka is less diverse, but certainly exotic. I tried Maya Yoga (rather, a kind of dance, but fun). However, I decided against a cleansing ceremony with Kambo – a frog poison that is supposed to cure depression and free people from addictions.
- On the hill between Mazunte and the neighboring town of San Agustinillo you will find the headquarter of Hridaya Yoga, a Hatha-based yoga school. Silent retreats and intensive classes are offered at the center. Although only a few asanas are practiced in the classes, they are held for minutes at a time. But above all, the Hridaya teachers share a lot of theoretical yoga knowledge in their courses.
Tip: Casa Om and Hridaya (as part of a retreat) have accommodations at fair prices.
My Food Favorites
Let’s move on to my favorite restaurants and cafés in Mazunte and the neighboring San Agustinillo, a little village that consists of little more than a main street. But it has a beautiful beach, which scores especially with a number of yummy restaurants.
Watch out in the waves: The current on ALL beaches in the area is quite powerful!
At Maralto Cafe the bakers work their magic to create some especially tasty pastries. I even claim that the best cinnamon buns and the crunchiest breads in Central America come out of the oven in Maralto. And it is getting even better:
The artisanal breads are not only served with plenty of toppings by friendly waiters, the coffee there is also decidedly aromatic – which (for whatever reason?) is not a given in Central America.
By the way, all three cafes are only open during the day and none of them accept credit cards.
Beach Bar of my Heart
At Casa Corazon on the beach of San Agustinillo I spent most of my time beyond the yoga mat. On comfy (free) sunbeds and with a margarita in my hand, I quickly frittered away an entire day here – and not only sometimes I even stayed on my lounger until late in the evening.
Because of the high temperatures, I not only sipped margaritas, of course, but enjoyed gallons of soda with ice cubes and red berries – the stuff was not only super tasty and refreshing, but also much more manageable in the long run than the high-proof cocktails. Most of all, though, my appetite for fish tacos kept bringing me back to Casa Corazon; the fish deep-fried in delicious batter, complete with smoky sauce, was exactly to my taste.
Last but not least, these ingredients have made the Corazon a perfect beach bar too: The wifi was always stable, in the evenings you could dance to live music, the waiters were attentive and the espresso was really good.
In the Mood for Italy?
Then off to the Lodeli – here real Italian delicacies are served up! For example, fluffy light puff pastry toastini, delicious fruit or chocolate tartlets and the cheese you can not only enjoy accompanied by a well-tempered red wine, but also take home right away. In fact, the cheese counter is one of the most delicious I found on my trip through Central America.
Although Lodeli is a bit more pricey than most other restaurants in Mazunte, when your appetite for Europe hits, Lodeli is probably one of the best places to eat along Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
So far, yoga has worked reliably as a compass of taste. After all, in search of beautiful yoga spots, I have already twice ended up in places that have delighted my taste buds with a variety of delicacies. Let’s hope it stays that way. Because: My journey continues …
How to get to Mazunte?
- If you arrive from Puerto Escondido (there is a small airport), you simply jump on the bus that chugs south along the main road 200 every hour until sunset. It takes about an hour to reach the stop San Antonio. From there so-called colectivos leave at irregular intervals to take you directly to town for a few pesos, or you can take a cab. This costs a bit more, of course, but you can also share cabs with other travelers.
- From Oaxaca City (international airport) the night bus to Puerto Escondido is recommended. This saves a day’s journey through serpentine terrain, which is much easier on the nerves than covering this distance during daytime.