La Habichuela Cancun - Not Just for Lovers
La Habichuela Cancun is a pretty little restaurant hidden away in centro, known for the romantic setting in the garden with twinkling fairy lights and statues of Maya gods. It has always been my top recommendation for lovers and honeymooners for a magical evening of amor. My first experience at La Habichuela oozed romance, I was in love and the whole evening felt like I was floating as I stared into those deep brown eyes while sharing a CocoHabichuela. When that love turned to dust and he broke my heart into tiny little pieces, I thought I would never be able to return to "our" restaurant.
When I received the invitation to enjoy a dinner at this restaurant full of memories, I accepted as my "date" was going to be my good friend Kristin of What Am I Still Doing in Cancun. I knew I may face some anxiety but the promise of great food and a whole lot of "chisme" got me motivated to put on my big girl panties, a dress and a smile.
I met Kristin outside the restaurant and we started blah blah blahing immediately. We entered the restaurant talking non-stop, checking out the aquarium of pretty fishies briefly and making our way to our garden table. We were warmly welcomed (the staff is PHENOMENAL), ordered up some mojitos and the conversation flowed.
The appetizers arrived (scallop ceviche in tangerine and mint for me, what a treat!) and we had moved on from the basic "how are yous" to the dishy topics of life that girlfriends are so good at. The entrees came and the gossip momentarily halted as we ooohed and aaaahed over the delicious plates in front of us. I had a wee taste of Kristin's tamarind shrimp (it was delish!) before devouring my tender steak and shrimp brochette.
We both ordered the house specialty dessert, the outrageously good Choco Chichen Itza and I realized that I hadn't thought of romance, my broken heart or my forever alone status all night. The beautiful setting, fine cuisine and incredible conversation was all I needed and I overcame another hurdle in my recovery from heartbreak.
La Habichuela has been reclaimed, it is no longer a place that provokes melancholy memories, I can once again enjoy the fairy lights and Mayan coffee! I will still recommend it as the most romantic spot in Cancun, but now without the bitter taste of tears while I do. Thank you to Kristin and La Habichuela for a wonderful evening, better than a month of psychotherapy!