14 Best Places to Shop in The Riviera Maya, Mexico

Paseo del Carmen

Fodor's choice

Upscale, open-air Paseo del Carmen has numerous boutiques—including Zara, Ultrafemme, and Old Navy. Seattle-coffee lovers can get their fix at the Starbucks that dominates the center of the mall. A cobblestone path makes this one of the area's most popular and pleasant shopping destinations.

Quinta Alegría

Fodor's choice

This three-story plaza on Playa's main drag houses Sanborn's department store, Harley Davidson, Forever 21, Oakley, Hurley, American Eagle Outfitters, and much more. There's even a Häagen-Dazs where you can cool off with an ice cream before more shopping.

Ah Cacao

This modish chocolate shop sells Mexico's finest, in bars, tablets, soaps, massage oils, and brownies. Locals swear by the coffee. There are other four branches around Playa del Carmen and Cancún.

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Alma Libre Bookstore

There are more than 20,000 titles in stock at Alma Libre. You can buy outright or trade in your own books for a discount and replenish your holiday reading list.

Bio-Orgánicos Playa del Carmen

From snacks to groceries to organic soaps, lotions, and shampoos, this little shop has a little something for every health-conscious traveler. There's also an organic restaurant attached.

Calle 12 Norte at Av. 20, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Candle Boutique

The oversized, handmade candles that you see lighting the night so elegantly in Playa's restaurants and hotels are sold at Candle Boutique.

Galería Lamanai

A laid-back spot under a palapa roof, Galería Lamanai carries a mix of folk and fine art from more than 200 Mexican artists.

Yodzonot, Akumal, Quintana Roo, 77760, Mexico

Hacienda Tequila

More than 600 different types of tequila, plus an assortment of kitschy Mexican crafts and souvenirs, are sold at Hacienda Tequila. Free tastings are available, and the staff would love to share their deep knowledge of tequila making with you.

Av. 5 and Calle 14, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 77710, Mexico

Ixchel Jungle Market & Spa

This nonprofit organization generates income for Maya women and their families. From December through April, a Sunday market features traditional dances, regional foods, and handmade crafts sold by Maya women wearing embroidered dresses. Year-round, the spa offers traditional Maya treatments such as deep-tissue massage and body wraps with aloe vera or chocolate fresh from the cacao; it's open by appointment only, with bookings at 10, noon, 2, and, when full, 4.

Villa Morelos 1, Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, 77580, Mexico
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Librería Mundo

This spot has an extensive selection of books on Maya culture, along with used English-language books. Profits from all English-language tomes are donated to Mexican schools to buy textbooks.


This colorful little shop sells high-quality crafts from around the country.

Naturalmente Mexican Boutique

This cute little boutique offers an interesting collection of handmade products designed by local women artists. Choose from colorful crochet bags, artisan soaps, or mystical paintings, and take an authentic piece of Puerto Morelos back with you.

Plaza Las Américas

This family-friendly mall features restaurants, shops, and cinemas.

Av Chemuyil and CTM, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 77710, Mexico

Plaza Playacar

This Mexican-colonial-style outdoor mall in Playacar sells handcrafts, clothes, jewelry, and specialty items like tequila and cigars. There is also a Starbucks.