Some people prefer to look around at small markets to get the best quality meats and seafood available. This can be a good idea because meat from grocery stores generally last three days in your refrigerator and meat often sold on sale last two or less days at home in your refrigerator. Here are two good options for you.
We put this article in the Expat section since many residents want to know where to get good meat and seafood. For those that are here for an extended stay, you might want to get some good products as well so these are good options.
Carniceria La Chuleta is the place to go for fresh meat. Sometimes you can even see the fresh meat come in and they are getting ready to cut it up. They have friendly service here and a genuine desire to serve a good product. They even have lamb that come from a farm about 20 minutes outside of Playa, lamb is hard to find in most stores.
This meat market is located on 20th Street between 35th Avenue and 40th Avenue on the south side of the street.
The El Mero Mero Pescaderia is mainly a fish market but they do have other seafood. This is not a super busy place and most restaurants have their own suppliers. This market is more retail and open for individuals and small restaurants. Prices are about 10-20% cheaper then supermarkets but the real key is the freshness. It should be fresher then the grocery stores.
Open everyday from 8:00am-5:00pm
El Mero Mero is on 14 Bis Street (Not 14th but like 14th and a half Street) between 30th Avenue and 35th Avenue. It is across from Mega grocery store.
Other Food Markets in Playa Del Carmen
For other smaller food markets besides the grocery store you can go to Dac Market, Sapori di Casa or Pacsadeli. Also be sure to see our grocery store guide for all the shopping at big stores in Playa Del Carmen.
Where do you like to shop in Playa? What do you think of these markets? Let us know in the comments below.