Downtown Cancun Shopping (Self Guided), Cancun

Cancun's markets are the perfect place to experience the real Mexico. At the markets, one may bargain with the store owner over goods like authentic food, products, souvenirs, handmade jewelery, carpets, painted clothes, glassware, and many other cultural and traditional objects.
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Downtown Cancun Shopping Map

Guide Name: Downtown Cancun Shopping
Guide Location: Mexico » Cancun (See other walking tours in Cancun)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: anna
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Ki-Huic Market
  • Parque del Artesano
  • Mercado 28
  • Plaza Bonita
  • Mercado 23
Ki-Huic Market

1) Ki-Huic Market

What to buy here: Hand-blown and painted margarita glasses | Handmade Hammocks | Huaraches | Huipiles | Maracas | Mayan jewelry | Mexican Hand-Woven Baskets | Mexican/Zapotec Rugs | Serape | Sombrero |

A sombrero is a traditional Mexican hat with a very wide brim and a slightly pointed crown and a chin string. In Spanish the word “sombrero” means ant type of hat. Sombreros have various different designs, color schemes, woven patterns and decorations. They may be made of straw like the peasant sombreros in Mexico, or of felt. Sombreros were very popular with Mexican cowboys, because they provided more shade than any other hat. Nowadays sombreros are rarely seen in cities, they are worn mostly during national celebrations as a part of the traditional Mexican outfit. Usually mariachi and charros wear them.

You can find beautiful handmade sombreros at one of the oldest market from Cancun Ki-Huic. Ki-Huic hosts aproximately 100 vendors and has a wide variety of handcrafted goods. Ki-Huic is located at Av Tulum 17, Cancún, Quintana Roo 77500, Mexico between the Bancomer and Bital banks. The market is open daily from 9:00 to 21:00.
Parque del Artesano

2) Parque del Artesano

Parque del Artesano is a small city park with a 70's hippie-like atmosphere. Vendors sell their products from Wednesday to Sunday, and what they lack is quantity, the small shops make up for in quality. The products are often handmade and include some jewelry composed of unusual stone. Parque del Artesano is an interesting market with many original products and a unique vibe.
Mercado 28

3) Mercado 28 (must see)

Market 28 in downtown Cancun is an ideal place to visit if you are looking for unique and attractive gifts or souvenirs to take home. If you love food, you will find authentic Mexican food at this market apart from a variety of handicrafts, clothing and jewelry stores. Restaurants here also serve a range of traditional dishes.

Visitors enjoy shopping at the supermarket here. There are more than 100 stores in this market frequented by avid tourists. Most shops accept US dollars and a few of them accept credit cards too.

If you love bargaining, this market is a pleasure to shop in. All wares are well organized and offer an attractive collection of artifacts. Catch the early bus and be at the market first thing in the morning, when stores open, to get bargain deals, as most merchants hope to bring in good luck for the day with their first sale.

Enjoy a visit to this market during your trip to Cancun. Spend an exciting time browsing around shops and purchase attractive trinkets, souvenirs and fashion clothes. Relax at any of the restaurants serving delicious Mexican food as you take a break from shopping. Take home memories of Cancun and share you exciting experience with your family and friends.

What to buy here: Hand-blown and painted margarita glasses | Handmade Hammocks | Huaraches | Huipiles | Maracas | Mayan jewelry | Mexican Hand-Woven Baskets | Mexican Leather goods | Mexican/Zapotec Rugs | Onyx sculptures | Serape | Sombrero |

Hammocks were invented by the native inhabitants of Mexico, originally primarily for sleeping. They were already in use by the locals two centuries before the Spanish arrived. They were suspended high above the ground and thus provided protection against wild animals. Later, the Europeans adopted them for use on sailing ships. Hammocks were preferred over bunks as they took less space and they moved in concert with the motion of the vessel so the user was not in danger of bring thrown out.

Nowadays, in Mexico there are two types of hammocks- Mexican and Mayan. Beside bark and sisal, hammocks are made of a variety of different materials such as nylon, silk, cotton and others. In the Yucatan peninsula, hammocks are usually handmade, they come in a variety of colors and sizes.
Plaza Bonita

4) Plaza Bonita

Plaza Bonita, a pink market, was built in 1987. The market is a small outdoor plaza near Market 28. The market features several local goods and crafts, and is ideal for someone searching for that "perfect gift." Plaza Bonita is comfortably arranged and a nice place to visit.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mercado 23

5) Mercado 23

Mercado 23 offers fruits and vegetables, as well as plenty of local products. Several stores sell authentic spices and sauces, but the biggest catch appears to be the fantastic selection of beautiful piñatas. Last but not least, Mercado 23 sells a lot of locally produced hand-made pottery.

Walking Tours in Cancun, Mexico

Create Your Own Walk in Cancun

Create Your Own Walk in Cancun

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cancun is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Cancun Hotel Zone

Cancun Hotel Zone

Cancun is more than just hotels and resorts. The tourist area also offers the chance of viewing several cultural and historical attractions of interest. Visitors may get acquainted with Maya civilization through the Museo del INAH and Yamil Lu'um, or buy local souvenirs at the Mercado Coral Negro. Last but not least, you could even swim with the dolphins.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Cancun without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Cancun, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles

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