Best Places to Shop in Cancun: From Open-Air Markets to Designer Boutiques

Over the years, Cancun has evolved from a town known for being a Spring Break mecca into a destination that appeals to all different types of travelers. This metamorphosis has brought an abundance of upscale malls and designer boutiques to Cancun. The flea markets, where tourists like to stock up on inexpensive souvenirs, are still very popular as well.

Kukulcan Plaza, Luxury Avenue and La Isla Shopping Village are the Hotel Zone's nicest and busiest malls.  Some great shops selling handicrafts and unique items made by Mexican artists can be found in Plaza Caracol, an older mall that can seems like a ghost town compared to it’s newer counterparts. 

In addition to the malls in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, there's the old favorite, Coral Negro Flea Market, where Mexican souvenirs abound.

Downtown Cancun is home to Malecon Americas and Plaza las Americas, modern shopping malls which are very popular with both locals and tourists. Cancun's newest mall, located right near the Hotel Zone entrance, is Puerto Cancun Marina Town Center. Cancun finally has an outlet mall as well, Las Plazas Outlet. For handicraft souvenirs, sombreros, silver jewelry or tequila, Market 28 is Cancun's biggest and most popular open air market.

Of course there's always the old standby Walmart as well, which has good prices on souvenirs and all of the sunscreen, beach and pool equipment, snacks, beer and liquor that you'll need during your vacation.   


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. Haagen Dazs is close to the main entrance and is a great location for people watching. There are also...  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



This popular flea market is located in downtown Cancun. It's actually called Mercado 28, but don't worry, bus and taxi drivers will understand you if you call it Market 28. It is large and maze-like, filled with vendors trying to get you to...  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

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



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



Marina Town Center is Cancun's newest shopping hub. It is located in the Hotel Zone very close to downtown in the area called Puerto Cancun. This open-air mall and marina is home to a Cinepolis movie theater, including an IMAX theater, a food...  Read More

Plaza Las Americas
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Located in downtown Cancun on Tulum Avenue, Plaza Las Americas was once one of the only places for locals do their shopping. Clothing, sports, jewelry, shoe and department stores, a pet store, a nail salon, cafes and restaurants and even a...  Read More

Malecon Americas
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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. This mall features clothing, shoe and jewelry shops, as well as bookstores,...  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