Although Cancun is probably best known for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor tourist adventures, it also happens to be an amazing destination for shopping with its endless list of boutiques, markets and malls. Whether you are searching for designer clothing, fine jewelry, European imports, artisan products or tequila, you will find all of this and so much more. You can even purchase goods from designer brands such as Bally, Cartier, Gucci, Ralph Lauren and Versace which often cost less in Cancun than they would in the United States.
Shopping Hours in Cancun
Typical, shopping hours in Cancun are between 9am or 10am to 2pm and 4:30pm to 9pm or 10pm, but do check with the concierge at Villa del Palmar for more detailed information.
Here is some of the best shopping Cancun has to offer, broken down by category:
Flamingo Plaza: You will find general merchandise including souvenirs, sportswear and beach gear at this small yet modern plaza. There is also a generous selection of duty-free items and popular restaurants including Pat O’Briens and Planet Hollywood.
Forum by the Sea: Name brand stores such as Diesel, Harley Davidson, Sunglass Island and Tommy Hilfiger fill this shopping plaza, which also includes a sizable food court plus eateries Hard Rock Café and the Rainforest Café.
La Isla Shopping Village: Designed to resemble a small village complete with charming canals, short bridges and walkways lined with fashionable shops, this mall will delight the senses. If you grow tired of shopping, grab a bite to eat at restaurants such as Johnny Rockets and Haagen Daz, or check out the interactive aquarium, arcade or movie theater.
Kukulcan Plaza: There’s something for everyone at this plaza, with over 300 shops and restaurants, a bowling alley, movie theaters plus the convenience of an indoor parking garage. Shop the designer boutiques found in the exclusive “Fashion Gallery” area or eat a meal at the food court containing several U.S. franchise restaurants.
Arts & Crafts
Ki Huic Market: At Cancun’s oldest open air market filled with crafts, cultural goods and several Mexican dining options, souvenir shoppers will find something for everyone.
Plaza Bonita: Resembling a traditional Mexican village, this gorgeous plaza is home to shops featuring fine art and some of the most unique handcrafted goods found in Cancun.
Plaza La Fiesta: This charming plaza is a terrific place to pick up souvenirs such as silver goods, handcrafts and leather items.
Shopping Centers/Flea Markets
Mercado 23: Encounter a wide variety of merchandise including flowers, fresh produce and food plus souvenirs like piñatas and pottery at this lively and authentic market.
Paseo Cancun: You will find an impressive selection of boutiques, pet stores, movie theaters and restaurants, which happens to be conveniently located on one of Cancun’s busiest streets.
Plaza Las Americas: This American-style mall has more than 50 stores as well as movie theaters, restaurants, fast food outlets and a video arcade.
Plaza Caracol: Discover nearly two hundred shops in this sizable mall found north of the Convention Center such as Bally, Benetton, Gucci and Ralph Lauren.
Plaza Mayfair: You can catch nightly Mayan dance and music shows after shopping at Cancun’s first mall located in the Hotel Zone which features Mayan and rainforest decor.
Coral Negro: Found in the heart of the city at an area known as the “party center” where the trendiest dance parties happen, this mall is an excellent place to find a huge array of souvenirs.