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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  • This was a close walk from our resort and I was looking for a few inexpensive trinkets to take back from our vacation in Cancun. Lots of booths selling the same or similar stuff. Jewelry, t-shirts, ha...  more »
  • This is a big market, and a bit of a maze (my boyfriend and I joked we'd never find our way out). Lots of the same trinkets from shop to shop, with the occasional unique/artisinal finds. If you are un...  more »
  • Important Note: The busses (and many taxis) do not take you to the actual market. They drop you off on a corner in front of a shop with a big Cancun sign for taking pictures and a name that says somet...  more »
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  • They do hound you a lot but that's because they want to make money. Make sure you get to the interior market for hand crafted items. It would also help them to learn enough English to make English speakers feel more welcome and not like a fish out of water. I worked about actually getting good deals but maybe they're trying to use that language barrier to their advantage. Thankfully, my boyfriend speaks Spanish fluently and was able to handle everything. If it were just me, I would've become frustrated and overwhelmed very quickly and would have left with nothing! That's the only reason I took a star off.
  • If you are looking for souvenirs at a cheaper price, this is a good place to go. There are multiple vendors where you can find all sort of things. We had lunch at a seafood place, food was okay and was not expensive. There is another area, similar to a food court where these local restaurants have for a good price all kinds of local food.
  • Total cultural experience. We took the bus there which really made it fun. The bus driver dropped us off in front to a building that said market 28, but someone on the bus told us that it wasn't the real market. So keep walking down the road and after like 3 or 4 blocks, on your left hand side, you'll find a white wall with and arch way that says market 28, that's where you want to go. If you're looking to shop and love to haggle, this place is for you.
  • This place is fun if you like to haggle. Don't be fooled when you get off the bus. Walk 4 blocks north until you see the old Mercado 28 sign at the speed bump cross walk. That is the real market 28. Best place for souvenirs and leather.
  • It's definitely a tourist attraction, however, the vendors I found to be somewhat pushy at times. You can bargain with them and cut their offer in almost half. One person (upon our arrival) had approached us and offered to give us a tour of the market at a price which we declined considering how easy it was to navigate around without getting lost. Overall Market experience was a pleasant one, however, most vendors appeared to be selling similar items. If you don't like a vendor's offer, you can go to a different one and get a better deal.
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