Whether you’re coming to Playa del Carmen on vacation or business, 5th Avenue (Quinta Avenida in Spanish) is a must-see, especially if you love to shop, eat, listen to music and people watch! As one of the longest pedestrian-only streets in the world, Fifth Avenue stretches for more than 20 blocks (and counting!), running parallel to the beach just steps from the clear turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the Mexican Caribbean Sea.
There are countless shops, restaurants and entertainment venues that line Quinta (as the locals often call it) in downtown Playa del Carmen, selling everything from high-end goods and clothing to Mexican crafts and souvenirs. It can be overwhelming to decide where to begin, so here are a few of our favorite places to shop on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen!
Situated right on 5th Avenue, this newer shopping plaza spans three stories and offers a great place to cool off with some ice cream and enjoy the green interior garden! Situated at the corner of Quinta Avenida and Consituyentes Avenue, there is often live entertainment out front making this a staple in downtown Playa del Carmen. Insider Tip: Don’t expect to find many souvenirs at the Quinta Alegria Shopping Mall, but there are many clothing stores and shops selling alcohol if you need to restock the bar at your Playa del Carmen condo!
La Rosalia Textiles Mayas
Although it still doesn’t have an official website, don’t let that stop you from checking out their incredible Mexican textiles from Chiapas for sale at this iconic retail store! Browse the wide variety of stunning table runners, clothes, pillows and purses - each with a distinctive indigenous Mexican flair that you are sure to fall in love with at first sight! Situated between 12th Street and 14th Street on Quinta Avenida, we love the brightly embroidered blouses and shawls, but the blankets are also incredible. Insider Tip: You can’t miss La Rosalia - just look up for the brightly colored goods hanging overhead in this open-air store, which also features sales clerks dressed in traditional Chiapas garb.
This charming gift shop is situated on lower 5th Avenue and is known for its incredible arts and crafts, including Mexican folk art, sterling silver and textiles from all corners of Mexico. Although the store is on the small side, you’ll be amazed at the variety of authentic, high-quality goods that are available here. In addition, many of the items are easy to wrap up and take home in your suitcase. The owners - Victor and Maricarmen - routinely find new artists to showcase each year, so repeat customers always have something fresh to check out. Insider Tip: Keep an eye out for the special “arbol de la vida” (tree of life) crafts, which can be traced back more than 3.000 years in Mexico!
Founded in 1996 with the sole objective of sharing her rich Mexican cultural heritage with the rest of the world, Pineda Covalin offers gorgeous silk scarves and other custom fashion accessories that are inspired by Mexico. This high-end retail store is known for producing truly unique pieces of unforgettable wearable art and is located on 5th Avenue in downtown Playa del Carmen, between 26th Street and 28th Street. Insider Tip: Pineda Covalin is a respected Mexican fashion designer who also has boutiques in Mexico City and Miami.
Situated at the southern end of 5th, this outdoor shopping center is shady and offers a great place to walk around day or night, with a nice mix of tourist shops selling souvenirs, along with places to buy women’s and men’s fashion and accessories. Although it was built in 2003, Paseo del Carmen has changed with the times and has an updated Mediterranean feel with cobblestone paths and tropical green space perfect for stopping and enjoying something from one of the cafes. Insider Tip: If you take the ferry from downtown Playa del Carmen to the island of Cozumel, you’ll pass right by this shopping center.
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