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 outfit or anything else you might be looking for.

Biuriful and La Milagrosa are funky independent shops that sell unique merchandise. If you’re looking for artwork to take home as a keepsake, Riviera Art Gallery sells Mexican art for all budgets. Plaza Playacar Shopping Mall is within walking distance of many Playacar resorts. If you feel like catching a movie (American movies are shown in English in Mexico with the exception of children’s movies which are dubbed over in Spanish) and doing some shopping Centro Maya is your best bet. For exclusive gifts, perfume and cosmetics, Pineda Covalin and Ultrafemme await. If you're look for a modern, American-style mall, head to Quinta Alegria Shopping Mall.

Go on a hunt for endless shopping treasures in Playa del Carmen.



Centro Maya is a shopping center located on the highway in Playa del Carmen that is frequented by both locals and tourists. Shops and services include superstore Soriana, warehouse club City Club, a Cinemex with nine theaters, Coppel department...  Read More



Playa Playacar's motto is, "Take Home Mexico," which is very fitting considering the fact that this shopping center sells many different types of Mexican souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, tequila, gifts, silver, handicrafts, cigars and art. This...  Read More



Ultrafemme is a gorgeous, first world, luxury shop that sells brand name perfume and cosmetics. You'll find Ultrafemme stores in Los Cabos, Cancun and in three locations in Playa del Carmen. There are knowledgeable sales clerks to help you...  Read More



Riviera Art Gallery, located on 20th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, sells oil and acrylic paintings, lithographs, photographs, sculptures, hand crafts and prints of original works for all budgets and tastes. Their hope...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Biuriful


Biuriful is a fashionable boutique located on La Quinta Avenida between 30 and 32nd streets. The name is a play on the word "beautiful". This chic shop carries sunglasses, accessories, jewelry, clothing, shoes and various unique handmade items...  Read More

Pineda Covalin
Photo courtesy of Pineda Covalin Website


Pineda Covalin is an exclusive Mexican company whose merchandise is sold in boutiques of the same name all over the country. You may have seen a Pineda Covalin boutique in the Cancun or Mexico City airport and there is also a shop located in...  Read More



Mimosas Atelier combines chic fashion with traditional Mexican craftsmenship. The colorful garments are lovingly made in collaboration with Mexican indiginous groups including Otomi, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Huichol, and Totonac artists, with the goal...  Read More

Paseo del Carmen at Playacar


This outdoor shopping mall is located at the very end of the quiet, upscale Playacar neighborhood. Pedestrian-friendly paths wind between the shops and restaurants including clothing stores Guess, Zara and Benetton and eateries like Rolandi's...  Read More



Quinta Alegria Shopping Mall is three floors of shopping in downtown Playa de Carmen, right on famous Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue). Locals, expats and tourists alike were all thrilled when this sparking U.S.-style mall opened and brought Forever...  Read More



5th Avenue (La Quinta Avenida) in Playa del Carmen needs no introduction. This is the lively pedestrian street located one block from the beach that is the heart of Playa's (as it is called by locals) shopping, dining and nightlife. 5th Avenue...  Read More


Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin