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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. Make Mercado 28 a centerpiece of your Cancun vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Cancun itinerary maker.
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  • Mercado 28 is in the center of Cancun, on the Avenue to Xel Ha, next to Plaza Bonita... If you are in the hotel area you can take a bus that takes you to the city centre. It is a large market, where you can find all kinds of crafts and gifts more affordable than in the hotel zone... but you have to be willing to "bargain", because in general they are not published prices and charge you agree to as you see and if you're even more tourists... There is where you will have to apply all your skills in the "art of haggling" and I guarantee that you will get Super convenient prices!
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  • Indicated the location for buying souvenirs in Cancun! Prices into account, but the place resembles a bit the uruguaiana, carioca if you want sophistication, is not the best place, but if you are looking for low cost, is the best in town!
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  • Similar to ciudadela in Mexico City this space is giant and with very good offers that Yes you must know to negotiate because you can take a product with very different price everything going in UK ability to haggle... Not bad!
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  • Expensive crafts. Bad quality and cheesy. For good quality authentic crafts try going to the small villages around the Yucatan peninsula. Still Chiapas, Jalisco, Bajio, Oaxaca and Puebla have better and more stylish crafts. If those regions are in your travel plans save your money till you're over there.
  • The market was fun but the real gem was finding "The Cancun Alley" a small little pub run by a couple of really awesome Canadians! We will be back
  • Everyone BEWARE! The bus will drop you of at PLAZA 28 not El Mercado 28! In that area taxis should charge only 30 pesos to take you to the mercado 28, it's only 5 blocks away. Like many of us have experienced, men from the PLAZA 28 will corral you into the shop and the colors will attract you into the store. DON'T BE LURED IN!!!!! I beg you! You will find the exact same souvenirs for atleast half to triple the price off. For your way back you can ask around for a bus stop or you can take a taxi, but don't forget to negotiate your price back because obviously they will try to scam you. Don't listen to what the bus drivers have to say, they get commission off of how many tourist get off the bus, that's why it seems so glorious when they pay for your bus ticket back. El Mercado 28 is a beautiful, traditional market where you can find artisanal goods, shirts, keychains, shot glasses, and many many souvenirs. My favorite place was a stand that was selling personalized mugs, shot glasses, and beer glasses. They had different designs and they engrave whatever you want on them. 2 mugs for 100 pesos! That's about 6$. Now you can't beat that.
  • It's okay as long as you like tourist merchandise, most of the stuff come from tonala, jalisco AND way more expensive If you keep walking among the shops, the same things vary in price and quality, just gotta walk every corner and ask for all prices before shopping
  • Great place to get out and explore while staying in Cancun. Plan to spend some time here and be prepared to haggle. Worth visiting all the shops to get the best price. Go with a group and see who can get the cheapest price. Top tip make sure you are in the Mercado 28 a few stores nearby will attempt to hijack you on your way.