Honestly, why go to Tulum if you're not going to visit the beach?! Since we stayed in the city we took a quick taxi to the numerous beach hotels/clubs every other day while we were there. My favorite beach clubs are Hotel Poc Na and Papaya Playa Project.
There are two areas you can shop at in Tulum - the beach/hotel district and the city. If you've got some cash to spend, head on over to the beach/hotel district! There are so many different, unique boutiques to shop within La Placita shopping center. Many of them sell swimsuits, handcrafted leather goods, fragrances, home goods, and minimalistic style clothing. The items are a bit on the pricier side but many of the shops accept major credit cards.
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One of my favorite shops on the beach is Hoki Poki Kana. It's run by a nice French lady who splits her time between France and Tulum. She use to work in the fast-paced fashion industry and decided to step away for a more relaxing lifestyle. You can find some amazing pieces from Love for Lemons and locally sourced products like candles and perfumes. I actually picked up a candle, Valladolid 1547, by Mexican company Sandovalis. They also make perfumes and soaps!
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Further up the road, we popped into De La Rosa. They had one of the most beautiful and multi-colored blazers I have ever seen - think of Joseph's Coat of Many Colors but more chic. They also have numerous jewelry options made from various metals, including Mexican silver. De La Rosa does have a website you can check out, but their inventory in store is far more plentiful.
I bought my family chocolates at the visitor center after we finished our tour of the ancient Tulum ruins. They also have a shopping market on sight where you can buy practically anything-- full on tourist trap! Buy a few trinkets if you feel compelled but don't let them trap you in. This location and every other street shop in Tulum sells the same thing -- handmade colorful blankets, US major league team themed items, and lots of other handcrafted items.
I ended up grabbing three of these hand painted Pittsburgh Steelers skulls in the city. I had to go almost to the end of the main street to find them! I was able to bargain with the shop owner and get all three for about $20-$30 US dollars! Roaming around the city we ended up purchasing handcrafted hurraches at Amore Latino, a sassy striped swimsuit from Calas Tulum boutique, and Sandovalis perfume from
in the beach/hotel district.
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If you're fine with sharing a collectivo with about eight other people, take the 60 minute ride into Playa del Carmen to shop at one of the many shopping malls home to both international and American shopping stores! I did some major damage at Zara (this top, these jeans, and a that killer hat pictured earlier). They also had a Bershka, Old Navy, and Nike as well. There are plenty of opportunities to grab a fresh smoothie or tasty meal downstairs in the cafeteria.
And let's not forget the numerous shops in the departure wing of the airport! High end stores, Mexican chocolates, and tequila are pretty easy to find. For more info on where to shop in Tulum, read this article by Travel + Leisure!
What do you like to shop for when traveling? Leave your comments down below!
My trip to Tulum was just a month ago but I'm still daydreaming about it daily! There are so many places to eat, shop, and enjoy in this magical town. Today I'm sharing a handful of places for you to visit on your next trip!
Comida, comida, comida!
There are so many food options in Tulum! From tacos and enchiladas, to gelato, and even pizza I promise you won't leave the town hungry.
This steak house is tucked off on a side street off the main street in the heart of Tulum's city. This was our first stop after our 90 minute ride from the airport. The decor is amazing and the ambience is so relaxing (hence the dark photos-- not much lighting at night!). I ended up ordering the chicken and cheese gringas as well as a steak taco and a side of melted cheese. Mind you, it's not queso -- just legit melted cheese! I thought it was funny how my chicken tasted better than my steak, but I must admit I'm a bit biased. Before Our food arrived we were served chips and 5 different salsas! The guacamole was better than any guacamole I've ever had - it was smooth and had a nice jalapeno kick to it. We were also given this chili oil that packed a punch and a fresh pico de gallo salsa as well.
When people think of Tulum, they think of the amazing coastline and Hartwood. We ended up getting in on a complete whim for Aeriel's birthday dinner. A reservation fell through and the hostess was able to give us their table!!! I had emailed 3 months in advance looking to book a reservation for dinner and never heard back so I just assumed we didn't get one. We decided to just go any way and lucky for us it worked out.
Hartwood has no set menu, they just cook whatever they can catch that day! I decided to open up and try something new, so I ordered the ceviche as an appetizer. It was so delicious and had the perfect amount of spice to it. For my main course, I chose the short rib over a red cabbage salad with a fried pork skin on the side. Despite the large portion, everything was absolutely delicious!
We stopped in this quaint little breakfast spot in town before heading to the beach one morning. This little place has this quaint 1920's vibe (not flapper, but more rural) and is the perfect place for a quiet, peaceful breakfast. The fruit (like all of Tulum) was so fresh and I loved the healthy dishes they offered. I'm not too big on fried eggs - I prefer mine scrambled - but they went well with my fresh greens and bread. I curbed my sweet tooth with their freshly pressed green juice but if you prefer something a bit sweeter, try their chocolate croissant!
Panna e Cioccolato
There are a few of these spread throughout town and they have such creamy, delicious ice cream! One of the most interesting flavors I saw was "corn". Yes, corn. I didn't get it but opted for cookies & cream. It's not like most ice cream here in the States - it's much more creamier and almost the consistency of a soft serve. They also offer handmade chocolates if you're wanting to feed your sweet tooth!
El Pollo Bronco
El Pollo Bronco is perfect when you're looking for something quick and easy. Rice, chicken, tortillas, and a Coke was what we had for lunch mid-week while exploring the town. The chicken is perfectly seasoned and you get to select how much you'd like (leg + thigh, wing+leg+thigh, etc.) This little spot reminds me so much of the many little "hole in the wall" institutions we have here in the South. You get to enjoy a good meal, some Latin music videos, and get to watch as they cook the chickens in an brick oven. This is by far the best bang for your buck!
A Few More...
Mateo's Mexican Grill (Beach Hotel District)
We stopped in here after leaving the beach to grab drinks to cool us off. I ended up trying the bartender's special for the day - Cucumber & Mint margarita - and it was delicious. So fresh and light it tasted more like a juice than a margarita! The chili powder around the rim was the perfect finishing touch. They definitely offer more than just margs, so be sure to stop in if you have the time.
Hotel Poc Na (Beach District)
BEST. SHRIMP. TACOS. IN. TULUM.
Seriously, these are the best shrimp tacos I have every had in my entire life. If anyone tries to tell you otherwise, just walk away -- you don't need that negativity in your life. These fresh, warm corn tortillas layered with lettuce, pico, and the freshest shrimp you've ever consumed will change your life for the better. And don't forget to drizzle in lime juice. Go ahead and order that second helping! Don't be shy!
Papaya Playa Project
`You can't beat breakfast on the beach, especially at the Papaya Playa Project. These breakfast nachos are full of flavor - and scrambled eggs! These salsa verde has the perfect bite to it and a sprinkling of cheese and crema serve as the finishing touches. Be sure to drizzle on the salsa they provide and ask for a freshly squeezed juice too!
I strolled almost to the end of town to try this fresh gelato and it was worth it! The flavors are so expressive and potent. I tried a scoop of lemon and triple berry (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry) and it definitely hit the spot. It's a refreshing treat if you're not wanting ice cream or other sweet treats!
I hope you enjoy all these delicious spots on your next trip to Tulum! Feel free to leave any questions you have below in the comment section!
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