Shopping in Playa Del Carmen
For most tourist means a stroll on 5th Avenue (the main pedestrian street that goes for about 22 blocks) but just off of 5th Avenue there are some cool shops that you should consider checking out. These shops are not going to have the typical tourist crap that you find at many locations. These are quality stores and small businesses that have survived in less prominent locations because they do offer nice things and people recognize this. Here are eight stores worth shopping at. Some are just a 1/2 a block off 5th Avenue and one is 1 1/2 blocks of 5th. (See our video at the bottom of this article for details about some of these stores). Below is a general map to help you find them.
This store gets over looked a lot because it is on a quiet street on the south end of town. It is cute enough to go look at though. It has small crafts and wall hung art. It has a very Mexican flavor as you can tell from the photo on the right. Recently they changed the name and are focusing on handmade jewelry and other small items.
This store is on 4th Street between 10th Avenue and 15th Avenue on the north side of the street.
Open from 10:00am-10:00pm each day.
El Jaguar Dorado
This small gift shop just a block and a half off of 5th Avenue has one of a kind handmade Mexican crafts. You will not these things anywhere else. Some of the special things are woven wallets and change purses (see main photo above with handmade wallet) they also carry jewelry and clothing items.
El Jaguar Dorado is on 8th St. Between 10th and 15th Avenues.
Hours: Closed Mondays, open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am-1:00pm and open in the afternoons at 5:00pm-10:00pm
This small women’s clothing store is just steps off 5th Avenue. This place has chic and well designed pieces. Think bohemian, chic, and very Playa style. This places makes for a great outfit to take home or wear on vacation. the one of a kind pieces seem to be a bargain at about $50-100 USD.
This store is located on 12th Street between 5th Avenue and 1st Avenue on the north side. Look for the pink sign.
This store is packed with small Mexican lithograph prints and art. The owner Ari makes some of the folk art and you can buy a one of a kind gift.
Ari speaks good English and is there most of the time.
The store is open from 10:00am-10:00pm
Is just a half block off of 5th Avenue on 14th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. You will be able to see if from 5th Avenue, just look for the yellow store.
This store has treasures from all over Mexico. The owner Alicia specializes in Mexican Pewter and Talavera pottery. The store is packed from top to bottom with beautiful things to buy. She also has catalogs of things you can order. These are all things that will make nice centerpiece in your home or great wedding gifts!
Siete Detalles is located on 1st Avenue and 14th Street. From 5th Avenue, walk down 12th Street or 16th Street toward the beach and walk to the middle of the block on 1st Avenue. If the store is closed you can ring the bell on the side of the building.
This is a new store in Playa Del Carmen. It has quality art and artisan items. They are building a collection of local artist items. You can find such things as handmade dolls, local well know artist paintings, handmade designer clothing, jewelry and the amazing bags shown below. The bags look like Asian inspired fishing baskets but make for a great beach bag or purse.
English is spoken very well here. Casa Kuxtal is open from:
Monday -Friday 10:30am-2:30pm and then 5:00pm-11:00pm
They are on 16Bis Street between 5th Avenue and 1st Avenue. Look for the mural painted storefront.
This Mexican craft store collects things from across Mexico and brings them to Playa to sell. Like the name suggest, they sell Mexican Amber jewelry. This store is not for low end gifts but you will get something you will treasure for a lifetime.
Ambarte is just off 5th Avenue on Constituyentes Avenue between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. It is next to the Ah Cacao coffee shop on the north side of the street.
Open everyday from 10:00am-11:00pm
Thanks for reading out guide to shopping off 5th Avenue. For more shopping you can check out are shopping section on the website. We will be adding more stores and guide for you so you can find the best of Playa Del Carmen. We hope you find some great gifts!
Here is our video of some of these stores to give you a few more details about them.
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