The new Sanborns department store has recently opened in Playa del Carmen, and we are very excited to introduce this Mexican retail icon to our Condo Hotels guests. The newly built store on Fifth Avenue, just around the corner from Porto Playa, Villas Sacbe, El Taj and Maya Villa, is open for business and ready to welcome shoppers and browsers through it’s shiny new doors.

Sanborns sign

This is not just any store. Sanborns opened its first store in Mexico City back in 1903 and has since become a historical and cultural icon in Mexico.

Originally known as Sanborn Brothers (Sanborns hermanos), the company began as a family business before becoming part of the Sanborns group – one of the biggest chains of stores, pharmacies and restaurants in the country.

The trademark of the franchise, the three owls, represent Mr. Frank Sanborn and his sons, Francis and Jonathan, so the family legacy of the chain continues to this day.

Thanks to Playa del Carmen’s conservative building laws prohibiting high-rises, the building has been developed in an attractive low-rise style, covered with leafy green vines. Large palm trees have been planted at the front entrance, and there are outdoor spaces to relax in after a long day’s shopping.

Sanborns exteriorSanborns seat

Inside, the store has the very best in beauty products, fragrances, electronics, fashion and even has a pharmacy. It also remains true to its cultural heritage by showcasing high quality handicrafts from all over Mexico. If you are looking for a special gift for someone, Sanborns will have what you are looking for.

Sanborns perfumesWooden ornamentslaquer ware

Sanborns is also famous for its cafeteria, and the Playa del Carmen branch is no exception. It has a full service restaurant with a wide selection of Mexican and European dishes, as well as coffees and desserts, with a view of Fifth Avenue  and Av. Constituyentes through the large glass windows.

Sanborns restaurant

My favorite section is however, the cakes. Colorful, artistic creations line the glass cabinets and would make a very special addition to any celebration. Of course, you can also buy cake by the slice, to be enjoyed with a delicious cup of coffee.

Sanborns cakes

For chocolate lovers, Sanborns has a unique selection of truffles, which can be purchased individually or as a hand picked box. If you are looking for a unique dinner party gift, I would say that a carefully selected box of Sanborns truffles, made from rich Mexican cacao, would impress the most discerning host and ensure you are invited back!

With Christmas approaching, there is also a wide selection of children’s toys on offer, including some lovely Christmas themed gifts.

Sanborns Christmas

So for those of you coming to visit us for the holidays, there is no need to bring gifts down with you. Toys, electronics, perfumes and unique local handicrafts are now at your fingertips within a large, air conditioned building ensuring you can do your Christmas shopping in comfort and style.

As the slogan says, “Meet you at Sanborns!”