Funky Finds, Exclusive Treasures and Tacky Souvenirs in Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen started out as a small fishing village where people caught the ferry to the island of Cozumel. However “Playa” (the locals’ name for the town) has become one of the most popular tourist towns in Mexico. No matter how big it gets, Playa never seems to lose its relaxed, bohemian feel.
Pedestrian street La Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) is the soul of Playa del Carmen. This charming walkway that runs parallel to and a block up from the beach is home to many of the boutique hotels, bars, restaurants and shops that visitors frequent, but there are many other places to search for the perfect souvenir or gift, a new... Read more »
- Type: Clothing Stores, Fine Craft Galleries, Furniture / Home Decor, Gift Stores, Men's Clothing, Shoes and Accessories
- Neighborhood: Quinta Avenida
La Quinta Avenida is world famous for it's charm. Visitors will find everything and anything they are searching for.
Local Expert Tip: "Visit 5th Avenue in the evening when it's cooler and shop, grab a bite to eat and have a few cocktails."
- Type: Clothing Stores
- Neighborhood: Downtown
Amanoarte is a socially conscious shop and sells gorgeous unique merchandise.
Local Expert Tip: "Since Amanoarte is not located on 5th Avenue their prices are more economical."
Folk carries beautiful, unique merchandise that unites Mexico's past and present.
Local Expert Tip: "Buy a one of a kind piece from Folk that will always remind you of your vacation in Playa del Carmen."
Alas Olas makes fashionable custom bikinis in paradise and they'll come to you.
Local Expert Tip: "Contact Alas Olas before you arrive in Playa del Carmen so that you'll be sure to get an appointment early in your vacation."
Riviera Art Gallery supports local Mexican artists and sells art at all prices.
Local Expert Tip: "If you can't visit Playa del Carmen right this minute you can order a piece of art through their website."
- Type: Clothing Stores, Fine Craft Galleries, Gift Stores, Shopping Districts, Specialty Shops
- Neighborhood: Playacar
Plaza Playacar is within walking distance of many of the resorts in Playacar and offers visitors a variety of shops and services.
Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to take a souvenir picture on the decorated bench."
Ultrafemme is the place to buy brand name perfume and cosmetics in Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
Local Expert Tip: "Ultrafemme also has a duty free shop in the Cancun airport."
Pineda Covalin sells exclusive unique merchandise that never goes out of style.
Local Expert Tip: "If you forget to stop by Pineda Covalin in Playa you can pick something up at their boutique in the Cancun airport."
Centro Maya has it all, a large grocery store, a movie theater, shops and services.
Local Expert Tip: "The best way to get to Centro Maya is by taxi since it is located on the highway."
- Type: Cigar Shops, Clothing Stores, Gift Stores, Jewelry Stores, Shopping Centers, Specialty Shops
- Neighborhood: Playacar
Paseo del Carmen has a variety of shops and restaurants and is within walking distance of Playacar.
Local Expert Tip: "Take a stroll around Paseo del Carmen in the evenings to see a variety of street performances."
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