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Shopping in Cabo San Lucas: La Coyota

February 19, 2014
La Coyota
La Coyota

La Coyota

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.

Inside La Coyota

Inside La Coyota

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.

Glassware display

Glassware display

Pillows and bedspreads

Pillows and bedspreads

Day of the Dead figurines

Day of the Dead figurines

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.

Religious artifacts

Religious artifacts

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 helpful and friendly staff at La Coyota

The helpful and friendly staff at La Coyota

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.

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More beautiful stuff

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 Jimenez (screenshot)

Edith Jimenez (screenshot)

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  

Hand-painted salt & pepper shakers

Hand-painted salt & pepper shakers


*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.

  • Reply
    Marilyn Jones
    February 19, 2014 at 7:42 am

    What fun! I love to shop when I travel and I would definitely check out this place!

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      Eric East
      March 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      A wonderful place , Magnificient courtyard and the art work is spectacular.
      Add to this Exquisite Hosts .
      Paradise found
      Soon to come a restaurant and a Hotel.
      Also long term rentals available.
      Best place to be in Cabo !

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    Sheryl
    February 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    This looks fantastic and fun. I’m hoping to make a trip to Cabo at some point, and this will definitely be on my list!

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    Mike
    February 19, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    This would have been fantastic for me, Irene, as I continue to want to find some unique glassware and plateware for my food photography! Glad you had fun!! 🙂

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      February 20, 2014 at 9:57 am

      If you come to my kitchen to do some cooking, I’m sure I could help you out with the unique plates:-)

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    Marcia
    February 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I love finding stores like these. In fact, these are the kinds of places I like to shop at with unique, one of a kind pieces.
    Thanks for sharing this find, Irene.

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    santafetraveler
    February 25, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I love Mexican folk art and handcrafts. I used to sell them in a boutique I used to own in Rhinebeck, NY.

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      February 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Too bad our paths didn’t cross. I live in the Hudson Valley, Billie~

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    Patti Morrow
    February 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Love it! I will be visiting Cabo this fall, and as a former interior designer, this is exactly the kind of décor I like. The vibrancy of the Mexican makes for a very warm and inviting home.

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      February 25, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Don’t miss this spot, Patti! You’ll love it~

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    Suzanne (Travelbunny)
    February 25, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    What a blast of colour! I love the glasswear and the lanterns. Mexico is somewhere I’ve yet to visit but this has tempted me to move it up the ever-growing list!

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      March 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Definitely add it to your list—the warmth of its people is like no where else in the world~

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    Neva Fels @ Retire for the Fun of it
    February 25, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Ah, my two favorite things to do – shopping and eating. The lanterns are very pretty and I know I “need” some.

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    Suzanne Fluhr
    February 26, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Would you believe that Baja is still on my bucket list? Seriously, I’ve been to Luang Prabang, Laos and not to Baja California??? La Coyota reminds me of our favorite store on Cozumel, Cinco Soles. Unfortunately, since our downsize, we’ve had to curtail our object d’art shopping. We’re trying to stick to refrigerator magnets. 🙁

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      February 26, 2014 at 9:34 am

      I know exactly what you mean, Suzanne. I only buy gifts or the smallest objets d’art for me:-) I just added a picture of my purchase at the end of the blog. They are small enough to hold in one hand!

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    Donna Janke
    February 26, 2014 at 11:17 am

    What a great place to shop. I’ll have to remember this for when I go to Cabo San Lucas.

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    Nancy Thompson
    February 27, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Delightful post. Gorgeous photos. I’m not much of a shopper these days since hubs and I are downsizing to the Just a Backpack and Rollie retirement but I can still wander for hours and oogle over brightly colored Mexican crafts. Especially anything related to el dia de los muertos. So unique and interesting. Thank you.

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      February 27, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      I’m in the same downsize mode as you! It’s challenging when I go shopping with friends who are still in an acquisition mode:-)

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    Jackie Smith
    February 28, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    We’ve decided we’ve reached an age where we have enough ‘stuff’ so we usually limit our treasurers to spices or other souvenirs that can be consumed or worn (see how I can justify clothes shopping ;-)?) But I certainly would love browsing here!

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      March 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

      I’m starting to feel that way about clothes, too! Have to work more on purging rather than acquiring:-) But always nice to look, touch and buy gifts for others~

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    Sand In My Suitcase
    March 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Hah! Edith’s – one of Cabo’s top restaurants! Juicy steaks. Fresh lobster. Lush garden courtyard setting. But we’ve not stepped foot into La Coyota; will have to do so next time we visit Cabo for sure!

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    Muza-chan
    March 10, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Beautiful place…

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    Shauna-Lee
    January 28, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Jan. 27/2015.
    I have just returned from Cabo San Lucas and discovered a little bit of heaven as I walked through the gates of the hacienda . It was truely a feast for all the senses. Initially , the few art pieces at the main gate beckon you to explore La Coyota . Once inside you feel like a kid in a candy store not knowing where to look or what to touch and examine first. The architecture of the hacienda is breath taking , the pieces for sale are a surprising mixture of brightly patterned Mexican earthenwares to more subdued but striking unique pieces, colourful glasswares , clothing , lighting , wall art , children’s toys , etc. When you enter into the second courtyard with the large central fountain you feel further insulated and the business of life outside seems to float away. The two lovely staff members were a treat as they were quickly available when needed but gave me ample space to explore and enjoy such a unique shopping experience. This oasis was truly one of the highlights of my vacation. I look forward to returning and am excited to explore their hotel when it is completed ! I did not get a chance to eat at Edith’s but thanks to the above article I will definitely go there on my next vacation to Cabo .

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    Lori Hurst
    January 8, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Loved your article! My husband and I were lucky enough to dine at Edith’s for his birthday last week; it was sensational. I only learned about La Coyota as we were leaving Mexico, and your article inspires me to check it out! We’ll be back in Cabo for one day in May. Do you know if La Coyota is open on Sunday? Or how I can find out? Thanks!

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      January 8, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      I don’t think it is but I’m not sure. You could call the shop at 624 14 3 07 14; alternatively, you could ask at Edith’s restaurant because she is the owner of La Coyota. Happy Birthday, Lori!

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        Lori Hurst
        January 9, 2016 at 3:03 am

        Thank you for the info, Irene, I’ll give them a call.?

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