There are several large supermarkets in Playa del Carmen for buying groceries, as well as some local produce markets and organic stores.
Mega: 30th Avenue and Constituyentes
This was our go-to grocery store for day-to-day goods. The produce is fresh and it has almost everything you need, including a pharmacy, home-ware section, butcher, bakery and fish monger.
Walmart: 30th Avenue and Calle 10
While not my favourite place for grocery shopping due to the crowded, narrow aisles, Walmart does have some American goods that Mega does not.
Aki: 30th Avenue, between Mega and Walmart
This is more of a local supermarket, with a lot of produce available in bulk, but the quality seems to be slightly lower.
Chedraui: Highway 307 and Calle 1 sur, and inside the Plaza las Americas shopping mall
I quite like Chedraui, especially their strawberry donuts! I’m not sure their fresh produce is as good as Mega but they have a good range of dry goods and a great bakery.
Soriana: Centro Maya shopping Mall, on the highway south of town
Another big grocery store with a wide selection of everything you need.
DAC: 30th Avenue and Calle 20
A great little store which is a go-to for obscure ingredients you can’t find at the other stores and some excellent fresh produce. It has a great selection of dried chillies and other spices, some organic produce and a nice cafe/restaurant attached called La Ceiba which serves delicious juices and smoothies.
Bio Natural: Calle 26, between 5th and 10th Avenues
An organic grocery store and vegetarian cafe which has recently moved to bigger premises due to it’s popularity. They do a good hummus and sell local natural yoghurt made in nearby Puerto Morelos.
Municipal Market: 30th Avenue between Calle 74 and 76
The ‘Mercado Municipal’ is a small market in the heart of the Colosio neighbourhood. Both times I have been there I wasn’t sure if they were packing up or if it is just quite small, as it wasn’t all that busy and many stores seemed to be closed. There is however a fresh produce market and a few stores selling clothes and trinkets.
Other local markets:
There are a few good fruit and vegetable stores in the Colosio neighbourhood, along Avenida Colosio and Avenida CTM. Many also sell delicious fresh fruit and vegetable juices from large cooler boxes. I like the green juice from the vendor ‘Esmerelda’ on Avenue CTM, between 15th and 20th Avenues.
At the southern end of town, there is a good one on Calle 4 near 25th Avenue which sells great fresh juices (I like the coconut and grapefruit).