If you are visiting Los Cabos, don’t miss La Coyota, a colorful and uniquely Mexican shopping experience.
Some travelers are born to shop. For us (and I admit I’m one of them), every destination offers opportunities to find something special to take home that uniquely reflects local customs or culture.
If you are visiting Los Cabos, Mexico, you won’t want to miss La Coyota Arte & Decoracion, a store that features dinnerware, one-of-a-kind pieces of folk art, and home décor made in Baja as well as other regions of Mexico. Located in a residential area of downtown Cabo San Lucas that is a bit off-the-beaten tourist path, the shop is actually a large two-story hacienda-style home, comprised of a series of rambling rooms opening up to a sun-filled courtyard with trees.
Each room houses collections of objects that relate to one another but differ in size, color or design. On the main floor, there is a predominance of traditional Mexican glassware (including a fantastic collection of tequila shot glasses) and colorful ceramic painted pottery along with mirrors, paintings, lighting fixtures, Day of the Dead figurines from Oaxaca and more. There are embroidered bedspreads and pillows, and napkins and placemats.
One of the rooms on the second level is filled with curio boxes, crucifixes and other religious artifacts (often starring Guadalupe, the patron Saint of Mexico). Handcrafted cotton clothing, and silver serving pieces and jewelry can be found in other rooms off the upstairs balcony.
The tasteful collections are displayed on tables where they beg to be touched, are hung on the walls, and are even suspended overhead from the trees. If the shop had a roof, you might say the place was filled to the brim.
The curator of this unique and whimsical emporium is Edith Jimenez, a successful restaurateur who has been a dominant force in the culinary scene in downtown Cabo San Lucas for several decades. A native of the state of Guerrero, Jimenez started her career as a waitress at a restaurant called Esthela’s by the Sea at the age of 15. She now owns that restaurant, having renamed it Edith’s in 1994.
Her open-air restaurant is an iconic stop for tourists, who return year after year, often to celebrate their arrival or to bemoan the last night of their stay. The menu features excellent grilled seafoods and meats Baja-style, along with an array of Mexican specialties accompanied by homemade tortillas and salsas. The ambiance is pitch-perfect with metal lanterns swaying overhead as mariachi musicians serenade tableside. When the evening breezes turn a bit cool, waiters offer diners traditional serapes to drape over their shoulders.
Edith’s restaurant is known for its colorful linens and tableware, selling some painted shirts and aprons (like those worn by the waiters) and a limited selection of dinnerware and ceramics on site. So it’s not surprising that La Coyota is the next natural extension of the brand.
Jimenez has used her good taste, keen eye for color and design, and knowledge of what tourists want to create a beguiling shopping mecca. I’m smitten!
IF YOU GO
- La Coyota Arte & Decoracion, Leona Vicario, Cabo San Lucas, Phone 624 14 3 07 14
- It is located between Felix Ortega and Ave de la Juventud, probably too long to walk but only a short taxi ride from the Marina or downtown Cabo San Lucas.
- The shop is so new that it doesn’t yet have a website. A shout-out to my friend in Los Cabos, Andres Bedolla Duran, who introduced me to La Coyota.
WHAT I PURCHASED
*Edith also owns The Office, a popular beachside bar and restaurant on Medano beach known for its fresh fish tacos and two-for-one specials during happy hour, and she is preparing to open a small B&B adjacent to La Coyota.