Some favorite shops along La Quinta, south to north: De Beatriz Boutique, Calle 2, west of Quinta Avenida (tel. 984/879-3272), an unsung little side-street shop selling locally designed manta (Mexican cotton) clothing; Rosalia, between calles 12 and 14 (tel. 984/803-4904), for fabulous textiles from Chiapas, including embroidered huipiles and inexpensive shawls, scarves, and bags; and Corazon de Mexico between calles 14 and 14 ([tel] 984/803-3355) for high-quality folk art. Casa Tequila, at Calle 16 (tel. 984/873-0195), is the most popular place to sample tequilas from their stock of more than 100 brands. Ah Cacao, at Constituyentes (www.ahcacao.com; tel. 984/803-5748), is one of the area’s most successful local businesses, expanding from its original Playa shop to several outlets in Cancún. Its specialty is intense and rare criollo chocolate, the Maya’s “food of the gods,” in bars, cocoa, or roasted beans—the cafe’s fudgy mochas, frappes, and chocolate shots will ruin you for Starbucks, and the brownies cure any blues.
North of Constituyentes, artists display their works along Quinta Avenida, wine bars abound and shops offer high-quality clothing, folk art, shoes, and trendy objets de art. This section is often used for art shows and festivals. La Sirena, at Calle 26 (tel. 984/803-3422), offers trendy folk art with calaca (skull), lucha libre, and Frida Kahlo themes. Gorgeous woven hammocks swing outside Hamacamarte on Calle 38 between Av. 5 and the beach (tel. 984/873-1338), where shelves are stocked with high-quality hammocks from Yucatán, El Salvador, and other countries. The silk matrimonial-sized hammock woven with thousands of colored strings cost $100 or more but last forever—mine’s been hanging in my backyard for years.
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