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Celebrating the Day of the Dead (All Souls’ Day) is a centuries-old tradition in Mexico and near and dear to Mexicans’ hearts.

Making food offerings for the departed and placing them on home-made altars dates back to pre-Hispanic times, when bread made for the dead was known as papalotlaxcalli; it was shaped like a butterfly (a symbol of the human soul) and painted in different colors.

Contemporary Mexico boasts a number of different recipes for day of the dead bread, depending on the part of the country. As is to be expected, the most traditional recipes are to be found in the regions of Mexico that have been inhabited the longest. Since Quintana Roo is one of the country’s youngest states, this is not a local tradition but efforts are being made to promote it, which is why day of the dead bread is becoming increasingly popular in bakeries and cafeterias at this time of year.

Playa del Carmen is a cosmopolitan city that has attracted many foreigners to its shores. On settling here, they have combined the cuisine of their countries with Mexican traditions and ingredients, leading to some of the tastiest local varieties of day of the dead bread.

These are some restaurants where we have found delicious day of the dead bread. Feel free to try them out and tell us your favorite!


Located at 25 Avenida Nte between Calle 26 and Calle 28N, Basic Foodie offers one of the best traditional day of the dead breads I’ve sampled. They also make an equally tasty vegan version.



A favorite of Playa locals for over a decade, Ah Cacao also offers traditional dead bread (as it’s also known!) in all its Playa del Carmen branches. Try the bread with a cup of hot chocolate, also Mexican, also traditional, and one of the best in Playa.


Quinta Avenida between Calles 38 and 40

Quinta Avenida corner with Calle 30

Quinta Avenida and Constituyentes

Quinta Avenida corner with Calle 2



A café that takes pride in following sustainable practices, Choux Choux serves French bread and pastries, along with gourmet French and vegan dishes.

Located on Avenida 20 corner with Calle 24.



The Keto-style Day of the Dead bread season has arrived at Panneria!

All our goods are healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free, without preservatives, sweetened with green-leaf stevia, chemical-free and with no artificial flavoring. 

For further information, message WhatsApp: 984 146 7232 

Calle 34 between Calle 20 and 30.


Have you tried any other kind of Dead Bread in Playa del Carmen that tickled your palate? Tell us where and let’s keep the Day of the Dead tradition alive!