Mercado 28, Cancun

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Peruse the shops at Mercado 28, a traditional-type Mexican market that visitors use to hunt for souvenirs and knick-knacks. Take advantage of the area's outdoor restaurants and coffee shops to participate in the bustling local atmosphere. If you find something you like, don't be afraid to barter for a price you are comfortable with. Keep in mind that most of the shops do not accept credit or debit card transactions, however, there are many banks and ATMs in the surrounding area. Add Mercado 28 and other attractions to your Cancun trip itinerary using our Cancun trip app.
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  • Visited this market while on a family vacation. The place is huge and has many different vendor booths that have all sorts of items. We were looking for specifically dresses for our daughters and a....  more »
  • Great to get gifts and souvenirs to bring home but the sellers are aggressive and will try to pull you off the streets to go their store. They will offer tequila tasting at almost every store. All...  more »
  • Took the bus from the hotel zone (R2 or R1) for $12 peso ($.063 USD) and asked for Market 23 but got dropped off at the front door of Market 28. Decided to check it out even though we already knew it....  more »
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  • This was a maze of a market. It's pretty much just a massive market for souvenirs, which a lot of the people were selling the same stuff. If you're looking for souvenirs that say Cancun then it's a good place to visit. It says flea market but it's all new stuff, so not a true flea market in my opinion. It was still nice to walk through and see the stuff but was not there to buy souvenirs. My wife found a nice Mexican blanket and a couple of hand crafted things so at least she was able to buy things.
  • Mercado 28 is a great place to get totally away from all the development of the hotels and actually see what a typical working class neighborhood looks like in Cancun. It is also a way better option to for you to get all of your shopping done for keepsakes or gifts without getting ripped off like you would at shops closer to your hotel. You will find tons of miscellaneous Cancun themed merchandise, swimwear, traditional Mexican embroidered dresses and men’s shirts, pottery, hand crafted wooden toys, and amazing quality leather shoes, carry on luggage, purses, & wallets. Don’t be afraid to haggle and shop around first before purchasing. Lots of people have said that they can’t handle the constant efforts of the merchants and that it overwhelms them. Remember, that’s the whole point of coming to the market! It’s their job to try to sell all day long! A firm “No gracias” works just fine and carry on! There are also lots of different style restaurants in the food plaza to appeal to any regional Mexican food craving you might have! If you have a rental car like we did, there are free public parking lots outside. We enjoyed our shopping trip and didn’t have any problems or felt uncomfortable in any way. I will take a shopping day here over the uptight fancy boutiques at my hotel any day! Enjoy!
  • Fun. Lots of shops. They all have same stuff tho. And of course be prepared to get aggressively approached and solicited. There is no danger, they're just trying to make money and will not be angry when you walk off
  • It was nice, it down poured in the morning for 15 minutes and everything was setup and in full swing by 10:30am. I spoke with the locals at the various shops & stands. It helps to speak Spanish, but you definitely don't need to. I was bartering for some decent prices. You can usually cut the original offer price in half, but sometimes they like to play hard, so play along! There is a bathroom up some stairs and they charge you to use it, but it varies between $2-5 pesos. Just ask where it is if you need it; most restaurants don't have a public bathroom.
  • I love this place. If you get the chance to get away from main tourist area by ferris wheel, you will find great souvenirs at great prices a few miles away at this area. You are always covered by shade as you walk and shop and are able to haggle prices with most vendors. My wife and i would definitely recommend this shopping area and would return on own next visit.
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