Shop 'til You Drop in Cancun's Malls

When someone mentions Cancun, what comes to mind? You probably imagine white sand beaches, the aqua blue Caribbean Sea and unparalleled nightlife that lasts until the sun comes up. Cancun boasts all of these things and more. This relatively young (45 years old) tourist destination also boasts endless tours and activities and amazing shopping.

Whether your searching for that perfect bottle of tequila, a colorful Mexican handicraft or a Louis Vuitton purse, you'll find it all and more in Cancun's shopping malls. Shop among the locals in downtown Cancun at Malecon Americas, Plaza las Americas and Las Plazas Outlet, where in addition to plenty of department stores and shops you'll also find movie theaters, restaurants and kids' activities.

In Cancun's world famous Hotel Zone, La Isla Shopping Village is a huge, open-air mall that is home to luxury department stores, boutiques, souvenir shops. restaurants, an aquarium and a movie theater. At Luxury Avenue, which is connected to another mall, Plaza Kukulcan, you'll find high end boutiques like Coach, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo and Cartier. Forum by the Sea is a shopping mall located in the heart of Cancun's Party Center and is home to the Hard Rock Cafe and a popular beach club. Flamingo Plaza and Plaza Caracol are also both located in the Hotel Zone. Coral Negro Flea Market is more market than mall, but it's the perfect place to shop for souvenirs.

Spend at least one afternoon of your vacation shopping in Cancun.

Located across the street from Forum by the Sea in the Party Center, this flea market offers everything from the obligatory souvenir Cancun t-shirts, brightly painted pottery, silver jewelry, and traditional Mexican clothing to tattoos (both...  Read More

Zona Hotelera

Flamingo Plaza is one of the older shopping malls in Cancun, but it's nice for shoppers who want to avoid large crowds. Located on Nichupte Lagoon at kilometer 11.5 in the Hotel Zone, most shops in the mall sell Mexican souvenirs like t-shirts,...  Read More

Zona Hotelera

Plaza Caracol has been open for 28 years and is located directly across the street from Riu Cancun at km 8.5 in the Hotel Zone. It is in need of a facelift and is very quiet, but there are some lovely souvenir shops, a Senor Frogs shop, fine...  Read More

Zona Hotelera

Home to Coco Bongo nightclub, Hard Rock Café, Carlos 'n Charlie's and a Chili's, this oceanfront mall is always busy, especially after dark. Cambalache, a popular Argentine steakhouse, is also located inside Forum by the Sea. Haagen Dazs is...  Read More

Las Plazas Outlet is an open air discount mall located in downtown Cancun on Andres Quintana Roo Avenue. "Plaza Outlet" as locals refer to it, is home to a Cinemex movie theater, restaurants, a kids' area and lots of discount shops. Have...  Read More

Plaza Las Americas
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Located in downtown Cancun, this mall is where the locals shop. Clothing stores, jewelry stores, restaurants, and even a supermarket can be found in Plaza Las Americas. The food court is massive and has countless fast-food dining options. If you...  Read More

Malecon Americas
Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse

Located in downtown Cancun, Malecon Americas is connected to another very popular mall, Plaza Las Americas. Malecon Americas is partially indoors and partially open air. The two story indoor portion features clothing, shoe and jewelry shops, as...  Read More

Zona Hotelera

This quiet shopping mall is a lovely place to shop or dine. Plaza Kukulkan has clothing stores, jewelry stores and souvenir shops, as well as top-notch restaurants, like Cenacolo and Ruth's Chris Steak House. There is a small food court on the...  Read More

Get out your wallet people. This upscale mall is attached to Plaza Kukulkan and like its counterpart in Los Cabos, is made up of exclusive high end shops such as Burberry, Coach, Tous, Mont Blanc, Swarovski, Cartier and Fendi. Take a break from...  Read More

La Isla Shopping Village
Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse

Arguably Cancun's prettiest and best mall, La Isla Shopping Village is located at km 12.5 in the Hotel Zone and is home to the Interactive Aquarium, a movie theater, outstanding restaurants, coffee shops, a drug store, upscale boutiques and...  Read More


Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin