Contemporary Cuisine in Belize

If you can't get enough contemporary cuisine, don't pass up an opportunity to spoil yourself. Though not incredibly abundant, there are a few places in Belize where you can try some.


With lots to tempt your palate, from the informal atmosphere beloved by diners at Mesa Cafe to the cafes where drinks are every bit as important as the food itself, there's something special waiting for each traveler and every style of vacation.

Before your trip begins, you can read up on the few contemporary places you'll encounter during your getaway. For each option that interests you, click the name to see more important info about its ambiance, specialties, and nearby things to do.

Maya Beach Bistro

Stann Creek District | (501) 533-8040

Maya Beach Bistro is on the same premises as Maya Beach Hotel. It's 5.8 miles north of Placencia. The fresh taste of fish and contemporary cuisine both share the spotlight at this exceptional fine foods restaurant. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner items or order off their small plate menu for a lighter portion. The menu pulls from Belizean traditions as well as other tropical influences. Many of the flavor pairings are both contemporary and unique. Coconut, spices, vegetables and meats grown on small local farms, as well as abundant local seafood are featured throughout the menu. Creative sauces and unexpected culinary touches further elevate the dining experience.

Mesa Cafe

San Pedro | (501) 226-3444

Mesa Cafe, which is on the premises of Vilma Linda Plaza, is located near the middle of San Pedro. Sure to please everyone, Mesa Cafe isn't just contemporary cooking and their signature staple of coffee, but it's also known for putting out great sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch favorites with a twist is what Mesa Cafe has to offer, such as scotch eggs, vegetarian croquettes, and a spicy chicken burger. Some of the most unique menu items are the Mesa Mac and Cheese, which is Mexican chorizo, onions, and cheese or the Caribbean Shrimp Sandwich with pineapple salsa.

Despite your dining plans, you may find the best dining options in Belize are those that you happen upon while walking around during the day. But of course, that doesn't mean you can't make a list of specific places to try. To learn much more regarding the types of food waiting for you, check out this page.


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