Playa del Carmen Shopping Guide
Playa del Carmen’s world-famous Fifth Avenue stretches an incredible 30 blocks from south to north and is now lined with hundreds of shops, bars, restaurants, spas and an assortment of boutique-style hotels to choose from. Day and night it is indeed an entertainment mecca and is definitely the place to go if shopping is on your list of things to do. There are no official opening hours on the Fifth Avenue as many of the shops are independently owned. As a general rule, you can expect things to be open from approximately 10am through until 10pm. No siesta time is enforced or observed.
When it comes to spending money most shops on the Fifth Avenue will accept Euros and American Dollars, although exchange rates will not be good. It is always best therefore to either exchange money at a bank or an official “Casa de Cambio” (money exchange house) before going shopping. Visa and Mastercard are also accepted in most establishments while AMEX and Discovery are not easy to use. In any flea market or souvenir shops prices are negotiable and merchants will often allow you to bargain. At any brand name stores, convenience stores and department stores, the prices are as advertised.
Here is a list of the grocery stores that are recommended. Each of them offer something a little different but all are quality stores that carry a wide range of products.
Walmart center Playa del Carmen
Walmart residencial Playa del Carmen
If you are planning to stay for a while it may be a good idea to buy bulk. Either of these are well-priced and carry quality products. Both require membership cards but “Day Passes” are available at their customer service counter.
Centro Maya is located on the main highway as you are driving south out of Playa del Carmen. This mall includes the City Club (bulk buying), Soriana (grocery store), a movie theater, and there is a go-kart track located in the parking lot. The mall has approximately 20 small shops including a swimwear shop, sports store and a large shoe store.
Plaza las Americas
This is a slightly larger mall and located in the Playa del Carmen residential area. Here you will find a Sears, a small casino, a movie theater, and Chedraui (grocery store) in addition to the many smaller shops. There is an underground parking lot, a food court and recently added a Krispy Kreme donut stand.
Paseo del Carmen
Paseo del Carmen links Playacar Phase 1 with the south end of the Fifth Avenue. You can walk through the open air mall along cobblestoned paths through to the different shops. Stores include: Zara, American Apparel, Diesel, Bershka, Ultrafemme, and a Harley Davidson shop. You get a Starbucks fix while you are there or eat in the famous Rolandi’s Italian restaurant. This mall is obviously geared for tourists, carries international brands, and can be quite pricey.
This is the newest mall in Playa del Carmen. Located on the corner of Constituyentes and the Fifth Avenue this mall has 3 levels and has very modern architecture. Shops include Forever 21, the Body Shop, Victoria’s Secret, Sanborn’s, American Eagle Outfitters, Aldo, Nike, iStore and more. This mall is obviously geared for tourists, carries international brands, and can be quite pricey.
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