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El Parque de las Palapas, Cancun

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See how locals and tourists alike gather at El Parque de las Palapas for music, food, leisure, and entertainment. The park serves as a hub of outdoor activity in the downtown area, where artisans sell their handicrafts, food vendors offer a variety of well-priced snacks and local dishes, while trees and cool drinks keep the heat at bay. When you reach the large stage in the middle of the park, check the schedule of shows for both children and adults. Sundays in particular are very crowded and lively. Make El Parque de las Palapas a part of your Cancun vacation plans using our Cancun tour planner.
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  • If you're expecting lots of open space and grass to sit on then this isn't the park for you. This is a urban, community park space, full of traders, food trucks, local restaurants, and lot and lots of...  more »
  • This was a fun easy evening in Cancun. Tons of food vendors with great choices for everyone. The band was fun and pretty good. And the artisan stalls were great! Good prices and high quality.  more »
  • When in Cancun, don't huddle in the Hotel Zone, hop an evening bus or taxi to el centro and have fun like a local! On Calle Margarita and just off Ave. Tulum, this city center park is a short walk to ...  more »
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  • Amazing little square in the middle of the old cancun with music, activities for kids,food stands , crafts stands. All at an amazing prices. A must see if you want to get out of the tourist zone and see where the residents hang out. Completely safe btw. Enjoy!
  • What a great locals hangout for family and community to come together. They have many food carts with churros and fried bananas etc. lining the outskirts of this park like plaza. They have at least 14 different food restaurants they open from 6-12am during the week. They have little battery operated and remote control operated sports cars for the little ones to drive around in while mom and dad enjoy some socializing. While visiting downtown Cancun we stopped by here a couple times to eat, buy from vendors and just enjoy the community atmosphere.
  • Cancun Mexico Parke las Palapas, was the best experience music food and drinks karaoke En vivo toro electronico helotes con queso mayonesa y chiles de diferentes, y paleteria y nieveria Mmmmmmmmmm.... I have so much fun with my wonderful husband and kid's, this is a family place. If you planning to visit Cancun don't miss this place you will love it.
  • What a great place to get some REAL Mexico while in a city known to be so commercialised. Here you might be the only gringo! If you enjoy seeing the authentic Mexican culture then this is your place. Sunday night's after 8 pm are the best. That is when the locals have time to take the family out. Try some elote with chile and a churro.
  • This is a market area, right behind the hostel we were staying at (Ka'Beh). Man, I loved this market! Exceptionally cheap local food, which tasted better than the restaurant food I had during the trip. 10 pesos for most tacos (and you can even get 4 for 30). Which, for someone like me living in the US, is ridiculous pricing. And I never once got sick also. The vendors are very friendly and try to communicate with you even though they don't speak English very much. They have carts that sell dessert too, so check it out if you can. Not particularly healthy, but hey, if you're on vacation, calories don't count