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The Alley aka El Callejon: A funky, fun bar/restaurant in downtown Cancun


A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of eating and drinking at The Alley, aka El Callejon, in downtown Cancun. The Alley is literally, well, in an alley in Plaza Bonita, a small shopping center right next to Mercado 28 (Market 28).

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The Alley is owned by a Canadian couple, Will and Jennifer. They fell in love with the bar during a vacation in Cancun and decided to move down and make a go of it. Their relaxed, friendly attitude makes both tourists and locals feel right at home. Sports are always showing on both TVs and an eclectic mix of music plays in the background. I was excited to hear a few songs by DeBarge, a group from my hometown, Grand Rapids, MI.

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The Alley claims to serve “the best margaritas” in Cancun. I must say, I can’t really argue with them. They are huge, made with only fresh juices, and contain a whopping six shots of liquor.

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They also serve various Mexican beers and stock a full bar of high-end liquor. After you have a margarita, order a michelada or Jennifer’s “no name drink”.

And then there are the hamburgers, which really shouldn’t be called hamburgers, because they are made from 6 ounces of 100% Alberta ground skirt steak. YUM! It really was one of the best burgers I have ever had. Everything at The Alley, except for the fries, is made from scratch. I got the burger with everything but they also offer Mexican and Caesar versions and a chickenburger as well.

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They also serve a delicious fish-n-chips plate and poutine, a Canadian fast food dish.

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Jenn got tired of having the menu reprinted every time they changed it so she took matters into her own hands. 😀


There’s a high level of quality control here because Will and Jenn do almost all of the work themselves.

If you spend an afternoon or evening, or an afternoon AND evening at The Alley, you may get to meet the neighborhood alley cats (Get it?) that they feed.

The Alley is open 7 days a week, it’s right on the R6 bus route (or the R2 bus route if you don’t mind walking through the market) and there is free parking. They accept cash only.

We may run into each other there one Friday afternoon!

Note: Jenn also run a catering company called Catering Cancun, which offers nutritionally balanced gourmet meals to those who want to eat well but don’t have a lot of time to plan meals.

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