Baked goods. Sweets. Pastries. From chocolate lovers to croissant connoisseurs, Playa del Carmen is not just a foodie haven for those with a taste for salt-infused meals. In fact, Playa del Carmen boasts several great bakeries to more than satisfy those cravings for some delectable sweets.
40th Avenue & 10th Street
Next to their cars, the other thing that Germans always seem to get right is their bread. Luckily for us, a German expat has made Playa del Carmen her home. Das Brot offers up brötchen, apple-cinnamon buns, German croissants, pretzels (of course!), and much, much more to provoke your appetite! A master of breads and pastries, Das Brot, which means bread in English, serves up some of the best baked good this side of the Rhein. Follow them on Facebook to find out when they organize their Saturday brunches. Guten Appetit!
5th Avenue and 34th Street
If there's something that the French are known for, besides of course poodles and the Eiffel Tower, it's their pastries. French culture is rich, complex, and sultry, something that is translated into the deliciousness and creativity of their pastries. Like few other cultures in the world, the French have mastered the art of baked goods. If you want proof of why we make such a bold culinary statement, pay a visit to Chez Céline on your next visit to Playa del Carmen and make sure you try their almond croissants. Oh la la!
Plaza Pelicanos - 10th Avenue and 10th Street
The Shoebox Bakery serves up desserts and ice cream with the possibility of home (or hotel) deliveries and the option of customized boxes for special occasions. With more than ten varieties of cheesecakes, homemade bread, brownies, ice cream, cupcakes and an arsenal of delicious cakes, Shoebox Bakery has made a name for itself in Playa del Carmen. And rightly so. Their products are baked with love, passion, high quality and natural ingredients. The result is nothing more and nothing less than baked perfection.
Xaman-Ha Center (next to Office Max), Playacar II - Highway,
It's only fitting that in this eclectic mix of wonderful bakeries in Playa del Carmen that we include La Pastelería. Not only is this café/restaurant/bakery more than worthy of being considered among the best, it's the only Mexican bakery to make the list. In a land whose culinary identity is so based on corn and its multiple uses in the kitchen, bread has not reached the same exalted platform as maiz in this region. However, La Pastelería bakes a wonderful tribute to the diversity and richness of Mexican pastries, serving up baked goods that are as delicious as they are high quality.
Roving bakers who go from market to market
Don't let the name of this talented team of bakers fool you. Though grumpy may be a part of their moniker, the only thing that goes into these delicious baked treats are lots of tender lovin'. And probably gobs of butter. Actually, these grumps shouldn't even be on this page seeing as they don't even have their own bakery, but they can be found each Tuesday at the Kava Kasa market from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Plus, what better way to turn that frown upside down than with some sea salt chocolate chip cookies, cronuts made fresh at the table, dakota bread, and cheddar herb scones!