If you love food, then you’ll love Ajijic and the surrounding towns. There are easily more than 100 dining and food establishments within a 15 minute walk of Ajijic’s central plaza, ranging from modest Mexican restaurants loved by locals and expats alike, to food trucks, bakeries, artisan food shops, markets, ice cream shops, wine boutiques, pizzerias, spice shops, coffee shops, imported cheese and salumeria stores, and an amazing variety of middle to higher end restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world.

Here are some of our favorites. Please call in advance for hours and days of operation, as restaurants have varying schedules.

Breakfast and Lunch

  • La Vie en Rose: French bakery and café with superior pastries and bread. Lovely outdoor garden setting. Independencia 2, just west of Colon.  376-766-1360
  • Café Corazón: Inside the Lake Chapala Society – beautiful outdoor patio in a lush tropical setting. 16 de Septiembre 16.  332-212-8480
  • La Media Luna: Breakfast and lunch – Parroquia 1AC – just east of the SE corner of the main plaza. Fresh, clean food.  376-766-2650
  • Jarden Plaza Restaurant: Northeast corner of the plaza. Breakfast and lunch. Perfect for people watching.  376-766-0039
  • Chile Verde: Colon 25 on west side of the plaza. Authentic Mexican, breakfast and lunch.  376-766-0072
  • Donas Donuts: Full breakfast and lunch, including a dizzying array of fresh made donuts. On the Carreteria, west side of Ajijic. 376-766-4262
  • David’s Café : Hidalgo 21  west of the plaza. Breakfast and lunch.  376-766-2341. https://www.facebook.com/davidscafeajijic/
  • Mel’s Restaurant-Bar: Beautiful Hacienda, covered patio and pool for lunch Wed – Sunday. Zaragoza west of Aquiles Serdan. Sunday brunch is a village favorite.  387-766-4253
  • Emma’s Deli: Yes, a real New York style eatery with pastrami, Reuben, kraut dogs, and matzo ball soup. Ramón Corona 7. 333-399-3202. https://emmasdeli.negocio.site/
  • Hotel Real de Chapala, in La Floresta : Paseo del Prado 20. Sumptuous breakfast and lunch by the pool and lake.  376-766-0014. http://www.realdechapala.com/.
  • Peacock Garden: Lovely and lush garden setting for lunch among the peacocks. Colon 8.  376-766-1381.
  • Machi Ma: Vegan, smoothies and organic foods for breakfast and lunch. On the Carreterra, just east of Galeana.  376-766-1649.  https://www.facebook.com/MachimaAjijic.
  • Gosha’s: Fine breakfast and lunch menus served on a lovely outdoor patio. Carretera Ote. 24, central Ajijic.  376-766-2121.  http://chapala.com/goshas.html
  • Dharma: Mexican-Asian fusion with organic and gluten free menu options. In the Casa Colon Concept House – corner of Colon and Zaragoza.  322-779-8846.
  • Alkimia ‒“Food for the Soul:” Encarcion Rosas, north side of the Carretera. Health foods, smoothies, gluten-free cookies and more.  333-474-8724.  https://www.facebook.com/alkimiaajijic/