The Best Shopping in Playa del Carmen for Local Treasures
The hardest part will be packing all the treasures you find exploring the many incredible shopping options in Playa del Carmen. Intricate filigree jewelry, unique Mayan fashion, handmade art, & regional spirits are just a few gems that await.
We all want to find that one perfect treasure that takes us back to the vacation of our dreams. Lucky for you, you’re traveling to one of Mexico’s top destinations for authentic Mayan crafts, as well as an ever-growing number of luxury global retailers. When it comes to choosing the best Playa del Carmen shopping options for your tastes, consider the following hot spots and popular finds:
The Stylish Heartbeat of “La Quinta”
Easily the hottest throughway in Playa is 5th Avenue. Locally known as “La Quinta,” the pedestrian-friendly runs roughly 3 miles across town. The older, more crowded, colorful and lively section is south of Constituyentes, where you’ll find the new shopping mall, Quinta Alegria. Along the way, shops vary from open-air flea markets to name brands like Lacoste and Victoria’s Secret. Many consider Hacienda Tequila (between 14th & 16th Streets) the best place in town to buy its namesake spirit, handmade crafts, and the uniquely regional Mayan liquor, Xtabentun. And don’t forget to grab some Cuban cigars!
Intricate Yucatecan Jewelry in Silver & Gold
One of the most sought after things to bring home from Riviera Maya is handcrafted filigree jewelry. This gorgeous yet painstaking style involves twisting and weaving tiny threads of silver or gold into immaculate pieces of wearable art. Catch the ferry to Cozumel and head to Los Cinco Soles for the most impressive selection in the area.
Paseo del Carmen Shopping Mall
A Mediterranean-style open-air mall where La Quinta meets the ferry to Cozumel, this is the place to find luxury retailers in Playa. For fashion head to Pull and Bear, Bershka, or Mayan-inspired Kin Mayab. Unique furnishings await at Zara Home, with tons of local souvenirs at Plaza La Fiesta.
Slow Down in Puerto Aventuras
The even more laid-back alternative to shopping in Playa is our southern neighbor, Puerto Aventuras. Head to the area around the marina for the best options, including one-of-a-kind art at Yollotl Artesanias. There’s also a lovely Farmer’s Market rich in local crafts and tropical fruit, Wednesdays and Saturdays all year.