Cancun shopping offers open air markets, open air malls, indoor malls and specialty shops of every shape and size. Cancun is paradise for the casual or very serious shopper. There is something for everyone.
There are a few outdoor flea markets, but not as many as you will find in other large Mexican cities. The tourist zone is home to most of the finer Cancun shopping, but don’t leave without looking for some bargains in the downtown area. The downtown area has a couple of nice modern malls, with stores such as Sears. The downtown also plays host such American favorites as Staples, Office Depot, Sam’s Club and a massive Ace Hardware.
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Cancun Shopping Malls
Since it became a big tourist destination in the 1980s, Cancun has been able to boast of its fabulous shopping. In part this is because Cancun shopping offers the visitor the luxury of wandering through fantastic shopping malls with all of the amenities that they have come to expect from home. While shopping in Cancun’s malls, you had find everything from a new coveted Louis Vuitton purse to a handmade intricate Mayan baskets. Most Cancun shopping malls include ATMS and are handicapped accessible.
Kukulcán Plaza: With over 300 stores, this major indoor mall is great for Cancun shopping. It includes everything from cinemas and restaurants to activities like bowling. This Cancun shopping mecca is located at Blvd. Kukulcán, Km. 13. Telephone: 193-0161 Hours: 10am -10pm
Plaza Caracol: Named for its snail shape, this indoor mall has restaurants, upscale shops and more for the Cancun Shopper. With over 200 air-conditioned shops, you are guaranteed to find something special. The famed Senor Frogs is located here as well. Plaza Caracol located at Blvd. Kukulcán, Km. 8.5. Telephone: 883-1038 Hours: 8am -10pm.
Plaza Fiesta: This Cancun shopping mall lives up to its name; it is truly a shopping fiesta. Look for gold, silver, and miscellaneous crafts. There are lots of handicrafts that you can take home as souvenirs or gifts for friends. It’s located right next to Convention Ctr. Telephone: 883-2100
Plaza Forum By the Sea: This entertainment and shopping center contains three floors of shops along with restaurants such as the Hard Rock Cafe and The Rainforest Cafe. The famed nightclub Coco Bongo and Carlos N Charlies are right next door so you can go from your cancun shopping and dining straight to the nightlife! You’ll find Forum by the Sea at Blvd. Kukulcán, Km. 9. Telephone: 883-4428 Hours: sometimes until after midnight!
Plaza Flamingo: This water front indoor mall offers 90 shops and restaurants like Margaritaville and Planet Hollywood. Night spot Pat O’Briens is also here. You’ll find everything from Sunglass Hut to handmade arts and crafts at this Cancun shopping hot spot. Plaza Flamingo is located at Blvd. Kukulcán, Km. 11. Telephone: 883-2945 Hours: 10am – 10pm.
Plaza Las Americas: This downtown Cancun shopping mall offers shops, movie theaters, restaurants and even a Sears and JC Penny. Plaza Las Americas is a modern mall with everything from electronics to Av. Tulum 260 Centro Telephone: 887-4839
La Isla Shopping Village: Located on the banks of the lagoon, this Cancun shopping mall resembles a covered outdoor waterfront village. An elaborate aquarium is inside as well as rock climbing. With its beautiful scenery and Mayan decor, it’s a great place to wander for hours. La Isla is located at Blvd. Kukulcán, Km. 12.6 Telephone: 883-5025
Cancun Open-Air Markets
If you are looking for more authentic shopping while in Cancun, you might want to check out some of the open air markets. Most of the open air markets in Cancun are located downtown. This is a different type of Cancun shopping than the upscale malls as you will find more leather, rugs, hammocks and more while shopping in the markets. Be prepared to haggle at these markets, and when you do you find that the prices are much lower than the souvenir stores in the shopping malls. If you are ready to do some discount Cancun shopping, going downtown to the markets is definitely worth it.
Mercardo 28 (Market 28) : This is the largest open air market in Cancun and very popular. It’s filled with stalls of pottery, silver jewelry, local food and more. You could spend hours shopping in this market. There are plenty of ATMs so make sure to get cash since many of the stalls do not accept credit cards. Mercado 28 gets its name from its location: Sm. 28.
Ki Huic : As the oldest open-air market in the area, this is a must for any Cancun shopping trip. With 100 shops, there are many crafts, especially blouses, shirts, and other clothing articles to browse through. You will also find jewelry and the ever entertaining tequila glasses. Ki Huic is located at Av Tulum #17 Telephone: 884-3347 Hours: 9am – 10pm
There are also a market in the Hotel Zone – the Mercado Coral Negro. It is located across the street from Forum by the Sea. You’ll find most of the traditional souvenirs here.
What to Buy in Cancun
Huaraches: These are authentic Mexican sandals. A great addition to your Cancun shopping trip!
Huipiles: These authentic colorful Mayan dresses are great to wear to the beach after a day of Cancun shopping.