The Best Coffee Shops in Playa del Carmen for Digital Nomads

May 6, 2020 2 Comments
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Part of working remotely in Playa del Carmen means I’m always on the hunt for the best places to work outside of home.  I’ve tried quite a few coffee shops in Playa and these cafes are the best I’ve found and all of them are digital nomad approved with reliable wifi, abundant electrical outlets, and a tasty menu.  In this post, I’m detailing all the best coffee shops in Playa del Carmen that are perfect for several hours of remote working.  

Best Coffee in Playa del Carmen
Covid Update: The downtown location of Bendito Cafe is currently closed.  Refer to their Facebook page for further updates.

One of my favorite coffee shops to work from in Playa del Carmen is Bendito Cafe, which is a small cafe near Walmart.  It’s bright and cozy with comfy chairs and has a creative and tasty menu. You can easily spend most of the day here without being disturbed.

While you can order all the standard coffee house items, Bendito Cafe Playa del Carmen also offers more unique menu items such as matcha lattes, cold brew tonics, chai beverages, and frozen lemonades.  Plus, the staff is super friendly and attentive.  You can check out the full menu here.  In my opinion, it has some of the best coffee in Playa del Carmen. 

Starbucks

Okay normally I wouldn’t want to recommend a large international coffee chain but to be completely honest, I really do enjoy working from Starbucks.  There are 5 downtown locations along 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen.  My favorites to work from are the ones at Quinta Alegria shopping mall and the one on the corner of 5th Avenue and 28th Street.  

The menu is pretty much the same as in the US, but there are some items that you won’t find in Mexico, mainly the pastries and sandwiches.  I’ve found the wifi speed is not always amazing but will suffice for your everyday internet browsing.  What is amazing, however, is that air conditioning is always on FULL blast. You will definitely want to bring a sweater!

Locations

  • Starbucks at Paseo del Carmen Shopping Mall
  • Starbucks on 5th Avenue and 10th Street
  • Starbucks at Calle Corazon Shopping Mall
  • Starbucks at Quinta Alegria Shopping Mall
  • Starbucks on 5th Avenue and 28th Street

Marley Coffee

Marley Coffee is a cute Bob Marley inspired coffee shop located at the Fives Downtown Hotel in Playa del Carmen.  It’s decked out with Bob Marley decor and complete with soft reggae background music.  The coffee menu is very good and they offer a range of very tempting desserts and pastries. The oreo cheesecake in the pastry window is always calling my name!

While I love the overall vibe at Marley Coffee, the one thing I don’t like about it is that the majority of the tables are very low, more like coffee table style, which makes it difficult on your back if you’re going to be working on a laptop for several hours. 

Marley Coffee Playa del Carmen

Bajo Cafe

Bajo Cafe is a cute open air cafe located at Mercado 30, which is an open complex of restaurants in a neighborhood in the middle of Playa del Carmen known as Colonia Hollywood.  It’s a super chill place and you’ll definitely feel the Playa laid back vibes.  It’s important to note that there is NOT air conditioning at Bajo Cafe but they do have plenty of large fans to keep you cool. 

While you’re working at Bajo Cafe Playa del Carmen, you can order from any of the restaurants in the complex including Peace & Bowl (smoothie bowls) and Ta’ consciente (vegan tacos).  Check out the menu here

Ah Cacao

Ah Cacao is a popular cafe that is known for its chocolate and for having some of the best coffee Playa del Carmen has to offer.  There are 4 locations in downtown Playa del Carmen along 5th Avenue.  I would definitely recommend the location on 5th Avenue and 38th Street as it is the most spacious and offers 2 levels of seating. The wifi can be spotty sometimes but it’s usually just because it requires you to reconnect to the network after so many minutes. 

The menu at Ah Cacao is not amazing but has a decent offering of coffee, frappes, smoothies, and chocolate treats.  You can also pick up specialty coffee, cacao, and ice creams.  I usually just come for the coffee and end up going somewhere nearby for lunch.

Locations

  • Ah Cacao on 5th Avenue and 2nd Street
  • Ah Cacao on 5th Avenue and Constituyentes 
  • Ah Cacao on 5th Avenue and 30th Street
  • Ah Cacao on 5th Avenue and 38th Street
Ah Cacao Playa del Carmen

Basic Foodie

Basic Foodie is a bakery and cafe located at the very end of 5th Avenue on 58th Street.  It recently relocated from another location that was further away from downtown so the space is very new.  It is a good sized cafe and has ample indoor and outdoor seating overlooking 5th Avenue.

Inside there is air conditioning, reliable wifi, and plenty of outlets. The food menu offers a good variety of pastries, artisan breads, bagels, flatbreads, and sandwiches. Overall, it’s a great working space especially if you’re staying closer towards the edge of downtown. 

Choux Choux Cafe

So I hesitated putting Choux Choux Cafe on this list, but I think it’s important to mention.  I’ve heard a lot of people rave about Choux Choux but I’ve honestly never had a good experience there.  Each time I’ve given it a try, the service has been slow (almost non-existent) and the wifi was terrible.  

The food that I’ve tried there is pretty good and they have a unique menu with healthy items and kombuchas.  However, they do NOT have air conditioning so make sure you get a seat near a fan.

Bendito Cafe Playa del Carmen

Carlota Home Bakery

Okay disclaimer: Carlota Home Bakery is NOT a good place to work but it’s such a cute coffee shop I wanted to add it to the list. The reason it’s not a great place to work is that it’s super tiny and has no air conditioning.  I have never actually tried to work from there so I’m not sure what the wifi is like.  BUT I can attest to the fact that the coffee and bakery treats are fantastic.  The mini donuts are just too cute to pass up!  It’s a great spot for a leisurely cup of coffee or espresso and there are a few outdoor tables where you can enjoy your cafe. 

I hope this guide was useful for those looking for a coffee shop for digital nomads in Playa del Carmen!  What’s your work style? Do you prefer to work from the quiet of your home or enjoy being around other people? I definitely like to change up the scenery and work from a cafe every once in a while. 

When you’re done working or simply need to refuel, check out my guides to the best restaurants and the best tacos in Playa del Carmen. 

Playa del Carmen Digital Nomad

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