Shopping in Playa Del Carmen just off 5th Avenue
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.
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.
Closed Mondays, open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am-1:00pm and open in the afternoons at 5:00pm-10:00pm
KIH Henequen Shop
This store brings artisanal items from the area to Playa Del Carmen. Many of the items are made from henequen, a fiber that comes from a local plant. This shop will introduce you to authentic items and you also will be supporting local craftspeople. For more about the KIH shop see our article here.
The store is open from 9:30am-9:30pm daily.
Located on 38th Street between 5th Avenue and the beach on the north side of the street.
Siete Detalles 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 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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