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The Coffee and Tea Lovers Guide to Playa Del Carmen

Coffee Shops and Tea Shops

DAC Market La Ceiba Restaurant in Playa Del Carmen

If you are coming to Playa Del Carmen and looking for your daily buzz and fix of caffeine we have you covered. In this guide we have all the best Playa Del Carmen coffee shops. Not only is there your Starbucks but also many local coffee and tea cafes. Mexico is a big coffee producer and great coffee from all over Mexico is served up in Playa Del Carmen.

Playa Del Carmen Coffee Shops

Below is a map of all the places in Playa Del Carmen where you can get good coffee and tea.

The Best Coffee Shops in Playa Del Carmen

Chou Chou Café

This café not only has some of the best coffee they also have fresh pastries to go along with it.  The design of this café is also inspiring and a place you will want to sit around. You also might be tempted to order something off the menu. The prices will also beat the chain places and taste also. Give a local coffee shop a shot.

Chou Chou Café is on 20th Avenue and the corner of 24th Street. For more on this café  see the link here.

Chou Chou Cafe Playa Del Carmen

Chou Chou Café in Playa Del Carmen.


Starbucks has four locations for your convenience just on 5th Avenue in Playa Del Carmen. Yes it basically taste the same as everywhere in the world. Most of the staff speaks English here so it makes it easy for tourist. If you find yourself staying at a resort in Playacar section of Playa there is a Starbucks at the Plaza Playacar.

The Coffee Stop

The Coffee Stop is a small place on 10th Street between 10th Avenue and 15th Avenue that has been a local café where you can get a little conversation and your favorite coffee. They are open Monday-Saturday from about 7:30am ish until 8:00pm. Sundays 9:00am-2:00pm ish.


Afrodisiako. This small café has very god quality coffee and even French pastries to go with it. If you are feeling extra special you can try their coffee with chocolate and a chile arbol. Afrodisiako is located on 26th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. They open at 7:00am everyday except Sunday when they are closed.

 Playa Del Carmen coffee shop

Café Afrodisiako

Ah Cacao Coffee Shop

Ah Cacao is a local chain that has three easy locations to find (5th Avenue and Constituyentes , 5th Avenue and 30th Street and 5th Avenue between 38th and 40th Street). Not only do they serve Mexican grown coffee they also have Mayan hot chocolate. This is really thick and has spices in it. It should be something you try while in Playa. They have a light menu here and some killer desserts. We love the chilled espresso frappe here.

For more on Ah Cacao Cafes see our video we made below!

Sabrina Café

Sabrina Café is a very Italian feeling café just a block and a half from 5th Avenue but not really found by tourist. Not only do you get Italian style coffee you can get pastries here as well. They have indoor and outdoor seating along Constituyentes Avenue. Open Monday-Saturday 7:00am-9:00pm Sundays 7:00am-4:00pm

Pasta & Polpetta

Pasta & Polpetta is an Italian hangout in the morning. Go here and you will hear the local Italians chatting away. Do Italians know good coffee? They must because so many drinks have Italian names. Expect strong coffee here. If you need something to accompany your café you can get one of their homemade donuts filled with cream! The couple that runs the places is super nice too! Open Monday-Friday 5:00am-6:00pm Saturday 5:00am-4:00pm Closed Sundays.

Playa Del Carmen coffee

Dac Market’s Ceiba Restaurant

Dac Market’s Ceiba Restaurant served up some mean coffee and is one of our favorites for a good cup. It is a great spot to eat breakfast too or you can just grab a coffee to stay to go. This place is located on 30th Avenue between Constituyentes Avenue and 20th Street. They open at 7:00am everyday of the week.

La Bendecida Café

La Bendecida Café is one of the most unique spots for coffee in Playa Del Carmen. They actually bring the coffee here from Veracruz and roast it fresh. This will be the freshest roast café you can get. Not only can you get a cup but you can get a bag to take with you. They have a new location behind the ADO Bus station one 25th Avenue between 12th Street and 12 Bis.

Papa Charly Bajo Café

Papa Charly’s Is a great place to eat and if you are there for a coffee you are in luck because they have their own Mexican mix of beans. You can get a cup and buy a bag here. They are located on 30th Street between 25th Avenue and 30th Avenue. They open at 8:00am Monday-Saturday. Closed Sundays.

Chez Celine

Chez Celine is a bakery, café and restaurant. We think they have one of the best espressos in Playa Del Carmen. Maybe it is just the combination with their good food and pastries, who knows, but definitely check this place out for a good espresso, or other coffee drink. Look for a big crowd in the morning here because it is so popular. Chez Celine is located on 5th Avenue  near 34th Street. Chez Celine opens at 8:00am each morning.

Best Coffee in Playa Del Carmen?

Where is the best coffee? Well that is a matter of taste but the top three we really like are Chou Chou Café,  Chez Celine and Dac’s La Ceiba Restaurant. Why not get off the beaten path and try some local places to get your caffeine. You just might get some local flair and something tasty to go along with your drink.

Buying bags of coffee in Playa Del Carmen

As mentioned above there are two places that sell their own roast and blends. These are Rancho Bendeda and Papa Charly. There is a fun place all the way on the north end of Playa called Kaawa Cafe. You can buy bags here or if you don’t want to go all the way to the roasting location you can find it in town at places like Sapori di Casa.

If you are shopping in a grocery store for coffee we recommend La Finca brand in a white bag. Just make sure you don’t get the white and green bag because it is decaf coffee. Café Punta Del Cielo is another recommended brand. They have metal tins with a pin to pop the seal on the top. If it was packed good there will be a burst of air that comes out with intense coffee smell. Both brands are reasonably priced and good quality. For Playa Del Carmen coffee in the supermarkets these are the best brands. Tip: In Mega grocery store you can get Café Punta Del Cielo ground fresh at their café.

What goes good with coffee and tea? Pastries and sweet treats of course! You can check out our  huge guide for Playa Del Carmen where you can find a the best pastries and bakeries here.  You can also check out our Best Restaurants for Breakfast Guide too.
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What is your favorite Playa Del Carmen coffee shop? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

14 Comments on The Coffee and Tea Lovers Guide to Playa Del Carmen

  1. I went to Chez Celine today. Maybe there was a time when their coffee was good. But it was probably the worst — WORST — coffee I’ve ever had. I couldn’t believe it. It was like hot water with milk and smoke in it. I hope the other recommendations on here are better 🙂

    • We have to say that is the first time we have heard such a bad description of their coffee. We will be sure to stop by soon and check it out.

  2. Mary Jillings // June 11, 2016 at 5:52 PM // Reply

    I love all your list of coffee shops and place to get tea in Playa del Carmen. We went for a Mayan hot chocolate at Aha Cacao. Great local coffee shop. We will go back there.

  3. Linda Soward // June 20, 2016 at 3:03 AM // Reply

    this is a great list of coffee shops in Playa! I love stopping at them.

  4. Definitely believe you guys know Playa del Carmen the best. I love your coffee shop guide. I love going to coffee houses on vacation and am a junkie. I love finding local places and not just starbucks. Ah Cacao was a good find and the recommendations you gave in your video were great! Will likely be back to get more.

  5. thanks for your great guide on coffee shops in Playa Del Carmen. Great tips as always. Love you guys! Besos

  6. Thanks of the write up of all the coffee shops in Playa. We are staying for two weeks and want to visit some local places. You website is so easy to use and real. THanks

  7. Checked out Chou Chou Café today The coffee was amazing and it has to be some of the best I have had in Playa Del Carmen. Thanks for the tip about it. We would of missed it if we did not see it on your site.

  8. Thanks for this guide. Dac Market was one of our favourite spots last year with great breakfast, coffee and morning smoothies. We’ll definitely try some of these places this year. Does anyone know where we can buy a bodum coffee maker (other than Starbucks)

    • Hello and thanks for reading our guides. You might be able to find a bodum coffee maker at Liverpool Department Store. It is south of Playa on the 307 Highway past Centro Maya Mall.

  9. It’s probably time for an update – la bandecida closed some time ago. Chez Celine wasn’t even close to be called coffee! And there are two favourites that could be considered for this list, you should try coffee in Tiramisu and Basic Foodie.

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 18, 2017 at 9:55 PM // Reply

      Hello Kasia

      We have updated our guide now and put the new location for La Bendecida Café. We will be adding more when we get a chance to taste more places.

  10. Where can I buy my wife a loose tea infuser in Playa?

    • The good tea shop has closed. You might be able to find it at Liverpool Department store on the 307 highway south of town.

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