This main strip is a pedestrian walkway that runs for about 5 kilometers (3 miles)through Playa del Carmen town and is continually expanding and getting longer. It is lined with shops, bars, restaurants, gelato shops and more....
Shops range from the name-brand Lacoste, and Hurley to flea market type stalls and there are even 2 small shopping malls. Paseo del Carmen is at the far south end past the ferry dock and includes shops such as Zara, Bershka, American Apparel and the official Harley Davidson store. The newest one on the corner of Consituyentes, Quinta Alegria, was the talk of the town when it opened in 2014 and it that includes a Forever 21, Victoria's Secret, Body Shop and more.
There are flea market type stalls and stores selling handicrafts and knick-knacks the whole way along. For the most part, you are expected to bargain, except when the prices are already listed on the items.
Shops have expanded into the surrounding areas, so you can also wonder to 1st Avenue and 10th Avenue to find many more options.
Juarez is a main street that runs up from 5th Avenue towards the highway. You can find it at the corner of the ADO bus station. Many locals will shop on this street as it is lined with shops for shoes, clothing and many household items. You can also explore this street for a totally different 'vibe' than what you would find on 5th Avenue.
Ceramic: Hand-painted works that will add charm to any home. Check out the sinks!
Mirrors: You will find mirrors bordered with punched tin and embellished with hand painted ceramic tiles. They are simply beautiful.
Leather: Anything from boots, to sandals and handbags.
Blankets: Choose amongst the colorful blankets, perfect for a picnic once you are back home.
Embroidery: You will find many options if you are looking for embroidered items. The little girl’s dresses are adorable.
Alcohol: You are able to purchase alcohol from 10 am though until 11pm from Monday-Saturday and from 10am to 2pm on Sundays
Please think twice before encouraging the merchants trying to sell items that have been removed from nature (star fish, coral etc.) or endangered animals. Also, the "cute" animals you are enticed to take pictures with 5th avenue are in captivity in dire situations.
You are here on vacation because Playa del Carmen is a beautiful area with many natural wonders, your purchase will speak volumes about what is in demand and either encourage respect for our environment or not. Please choose wisely.
Located on the corner of 30th Avenue and 10th street, the Wal-Mart is open from 7am through until 1am daily. It has a full grocery store within the shop and a section for souvenirs. We also a second Wal-Mart that is accessible via taxi and less "touristy".
Other options include the Mega (30th Avenue and Constituyentes), Chedraui (45th Avenue and 3 Sur, and another in Plaza las Americas) and there is a large Soriana in Centro Maya shopping center.
If you prefer the bulk stores, Sam's and City Club are located on the highway heading south out of Playa del Carmen.
If you want a farmer's market for fruit & veg, DAC is where you will want to shop. DAC can be found on 30th Avenue just north of Constituyentes. They also have a small organic section and a few speciality items.
If you prefer organic options, head to Bio Natural Organics on Calle 26 between 5th and 10th avenues. Expect to pay more than what you are used to getting at home.
If you want local home-made goods, organic and sustainable options, speciality products, hand-made souvenirs, or some original artwork then the Eco-Markets may be right for you.
Every Friday Morning - Les Alizes Condominiums - CTM and Flamingo 9am-11am
Every Wednesday Afternoon - El Arbol Playacar - Avenida Tulum 3pm-6pm
Every 3rd Saturday - Parque La Ceiba - Calle 1 Sur, Diagonal 60 en Ejido 11am-6pm
The shopping malls here are few and are very small compared to our North American standards. If you are looking for something to do on a rainy day, you may want to get a taxi and wander over to either of the two malls.
Centro Maya is located on the main highway as you are driving south out of Playa del Carmen. This mall includes the City Club, Soriana (grocery store), movie theater, bowling alley and just recently go-karts. There are about 20 small shops in addition to the larger ones.
Plaza las Americas is slightly larger and located in the suburbs. You will find a Sears, a small casino, a movie theater, and Chedraui (grocery store) in addition to the smaller shops.
New since November 2012 – we have an extra large Liverpool department store. From the highway, head south and right outside Playa, the Liverpool awaits. Complete with a restaurant, all departments and a candy section!
If you are a serious shopper, you may want to consider a day trip to Cancun. Large, modern shopping malls are available in both the hotel zone and the city center. Our favorites include La Isla, the factory outlet mall and Plaza Las Americas.