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Sip and Savor: Exploring Playa Del Carmen's Best Coffee Shops

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

If you're a coffee enthusiast like me, you understand the sheer joy of sipping a perfectly brewed cup of java in a cozy, inviting coffee shop.

Playa Del Carmen, nestled along Mexico's Riviera Maya, is not only known for its pristine beaches and vibrant nightlife but also boasts a thriving coffee culture. Here, you'll find a delightful array of coffee shops, each offering a unique experience.

As a local aficionado, I'm excited to take you on a caffeinated journey through some of the best coffee shops in town.

RESSIO: Where Artistry Meets Coffee

Our first stop is RESSIO, a hidden gem located a dew steps off 30th Avenue. As you step outside, you're immediately enveloped in an atmosphere that feels like a sanctuary.

The spot is located outdoors and is surrounded by greenery, with the vegan restaurant Corazon Contento and the yoga studio Kopo Yoga (where I teach every week by the way!) located on the same premises.

RESSIO takes its coffee seriously, and you can taste it in every sip. Their baristas are true maestros, crafting intricate latte art that's almost too beautiful to drink. Whether you're a purist who enjoys a robust espresso or prefer a creamy cappuccino, RESSIO's dedication to their craft shines through in every cup.

After enjoying a delicious cup of coffee, you can explore the other businesses at this unique location. Corazon Contento offers a variety of vegan dishes, while Kopo Yoga provides a peaceful space to practice yoga and meditation. Whether you're looking for a delicious meal, a relaxing workout, or simply a place to enjoy a cup of coffee, RESSIO is the perfect spot to visit.

AH CACAO: A Chocolate Lover's Paradise

susi macdonald @ ah cacao - playa del carmen

Ah Cacao isn't just a café; it's a brand that's deeply rooted in Playa Del Carmen's vibrant culture. Founded in 2003, Ah Cacao has become a beloved local institution. Their commitment to sourcing the finest Mexican cacao and supporting local cacao farmers is a testament to their dedication to the region.

Ah Cacao isn't your ordinary café; it's a celebration of the Mayan cacao legacy. The star here is cacao, and they've mastered the art of turning this ancient ingredient into pure magic. Their menu boasts a rich selection of cacao-infused delights, from classic hot chocolates to innovative cacao smoothies. However, the true gem is the chocolate Maya.

Mayan chocolate at Ah Cacao isn't just a beverage; it's a journey through time and culture. Made from organic Mexican cacao beans, this chocolate is rich, earthy, and spicy.

Ah Cacao isn't just about savoring delicious cacao creations; it's also a laptop-friendly haven for digital nomads and travelers seeking a cozy spot to work. With ample power outlets and free Wi-Fi, it's an ideal place to set up your office while sipping on a cacao-infused masterpiece.

The café's ambiance is inviting and relaxed. Whether you're diving into work, catching up on emails, or simply daydreaming, Ah Cacao offers the perfect setting to let your creativity flow.

CHOUX CHOUX: French Elegance in Every Sip

Susi MacDonald @ chouxchoux - playa del carmen

Tucked away on a quiet street, CHOUX CHOUX exudes a delightful Parisian charm. As you enter, you will be greeted by the delightful scent of freshly baked pastries and the sound of soft French music in the background.

The coffee here is exceptional, but it is the attention to detail that truly sets CHOUX CHOUX apart. Each cup is served with a delicate, handcrafted pastry, making your coffee break a refined experience.

Their French press coffee is a must-try, offering a full-bodied flavor that pairs perfectly with their flaky croissants. The coffee beans are sourced from small, family-owned farms in South America and roasted in-house to perfection. The pastries are made fresh daily using traditional French recipes.

The atmosphere is cozy and inviting, making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry.

MERCADO 30: A Fusion of Flavors


MERCADO 30 is not your typical coffee shop. It is a vibrant culinary market where flavors from around the world come together. Nestled amidst the eclectic stalls, you will discover coffee that is as diverse as the market itself. From classic Americanos to exotic Mexican-inspired brews, MERCADO 30 caters to every palate.

The market is a great place to find unique and delicious food from all over the world. You can also find a variety of coffee shops, each with its own unique flavor profile. Whether you are looking for a classic cup of coffee or something more exotic, you are sure to find something to your taste at MERCADO 30.

MERCADO 30 is also a great place to people-watch. You can see people from all walks of life enjoying the food and coffee. The atmosphere is lively and inviting, and you are sure to have a great time.


In Playa Del Carmen, coffee isn't just a beverage; it's a way of life. These coffee shops, each with its unique charm and character, provide a taste of the town's vibrant culture and warm hospitality.

Whether you're seeking a tranquil escape, a sweet indulgence, a touch of elegance, or a global culinary adventure, Playa Del Carmen's coffee scene has it all. So, the next time you're in this captivating coastal town, be sure to explore these local treasures. Your taste buds will thank you, and you might just discover your new favorite coffee spot!

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