Cancún may be best known for its swanky resorts and nightclubs, but it’s also a great destination for shoppers. Whether you want to browse for Mexican souvenirs and specialities or indulge in designer goods, here are some of Cancun’s top shopping spots.
Situated in downtown Cancún, Mercado 28 is one of the city’s largest open-air handicraft markets. Here, you can pick up souvenirs, jewelry, tequila, pottery, and more. Mercado 28 is overwhelming but well worth an hour of exploration; market tours orient you and allow you to overcome the language barrier in order to secure a bargain.
The modern Luxury Avenue mall is populated with high-end brands such as Burberry, Mont Blanc, and Fendi, as well as cocktail bars, restaurants, and complimentary childcare services. Ideal for an air-conditioned evening out, Luxury Avenue is a must-visit for fans of high fashion.
Marina Town Center
Conveniently located in the Hotel Zone close to Puerto Cancún, Marina Town Center is a recent addition to the city’s repertoire of open-air malls. Browse for homewares at Zara and clothes at H&M, and check out lesser-known boutiques you catch a film at the IMAX or enjoy lunch at the food court.
La Isla Shopping Village
If Marina Town Center isn’t to your taste, stop by the nearby La Isla Shopping Village in the Hotel Zone instead—its considered to be the prettiest of Cancún’s open-air malls. You’ll find a good mix of department stores, clothing brands, souvenir shops, and waterfront restaurants, and even an aquarium. The fun water jets, fountains, and on-site cinema also make it a great place to visit with kids.