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, available 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.
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, they 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.
Another one of the best coffee shops in Playa del Carmen is Cafe B, which is located in the center of town on Avenida Constituyentes, right across the street from the Mega grocery store. It’s a small cafe but is very bright and inviting. Depending on the time of year, they might not always have the air conditioning on but there are plenty of fans and a nice breeze to keep you cool.
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!
- 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 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 is 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.
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.
Ah Cacao is a popular coffee shop in Playa del Carmen known for their coffee and chocolate. 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.
- 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
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.
I hope this guide was useful for those looking for comfortable places to work 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.