The best places to go shopping in Cancun include high-end malls geared towards luxury as well as markets where locals regularly pick up produce for dinner. Cancun might be better known for its beautiful Caribbean beaches and vibrant nightlife, but, like any destination that attracts travellers from across the globe, the Mexican city offers its fair share of shopping spots.

    This guide shows you where to shop in Cancun and what to buy and we’ve scoured the options available, narrowing them down to only the top picks around downtown and Zona Hotelera. No matter what’s on your shopping list, one of these great spots is sure to deliver.


    Puerto Cancun Marina Town Center

    Shopping, dining, and entertainment in a luxurious setting

    Puerto Cancun Marina Town Center (also known as Marina Puerto Cancun) is one of the resort town’s major outdoor shopping and entertainment hubs. The shopping complex features an array of international brands, together with great local dining options. The restaurants may be local, but the cuisines certainly aren’t. Expect to find a wealth of international flavours on menus with Thai and French influences in the mix.

    The outdoor mall’s setting is what truly sets it apart. The waterside locale offers views of the marina, reminding you that you’re never too far from the Caribbean Sea.

    Location: Blvd. Kukulcan 1, Puerto Juarez, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday to 10 pm

    Phone: +52 998 313 3128


    La Isla Paradise Experience

    A compact shopping place in the heart of Zona Hotelera

    La Isla Paradise Experience is a popular open-air complex that’s within easy reach if you’re staying in the La Isla neighbourhood or in Cancun’s Zona Hotelera. It also serves as a stopover for visitors to Interactive Aquarium Cancún next door or the Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok on the other side of Nichupte Lagoon.

    Beyond the array of well-known brands of restaurants and retailers such as Hooters and Victoria’s Secret, entertainment is also on the menu at La Isla Paradise Experience. It has canals, the Ferris Wheel Cancun, fountains, and friendly play areas for kids.

    Location: 5 Lt 18-10, Blvd. Kukulcan km 12.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Friday–Wednesday from 7 am to 10 pm, Thursday from 7.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +52 998 883 5025


    Las Plazas Outlet Cancun

    Great deals from popular brands

    Stop by Las Plazas Outlet Cancun if it’s great deals you’re after. While many travellers will often find higher prices than what they’re accustomed to at many shopping malls in Cancun, just about anyone could find an exciting deal at these outlet shops situated further into the city and a bit off the beach.

    From Nike to Lacoste, Guess to Under Armor, you can find a handful of major brands here – all at outlet prices. As for entertainment, the outlet mall is also home to a cinema, a casino and a few restaurants.

    Location: Av. Andrés Quintana Roo 39, 39, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +52 998 872 3735


    Plaza Las Americas

    The mall where Cancun locals shop

    Plaza Las Americas was once a shopping destination for locals in Cancun, but this mall in downtown Cancun has also drawn visitors to its wealth of options available. Find international brands like Old Navy and H&M, alongside some local and Mexico-only retailers.

    The fact that the mall provides a pleasant indoor shopping experience sets it apart. That’s a great relief if you’re trying to avoid the heat, as so many malls and markets throughout Cancun are outdoors only.

    Location: Av. Tulum Sur, 7, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Sunday–Friday from 10 am to 10 pm, Saturday to 8 pm

    Phone: +52 998 887 9456


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    Mercado 23

    An authentic shopping experience outside Cancun’s Hotel Zone

    Mercado 23 is an authentic, traditional Mexican marketplace in Cancun, with vendors hawking their wares to both locals and visitors eager to haggle. While other markets or mercado around Cancun are more geared towards tourists, Mercado 23 is easily much more authentic and far less crowded.

    Browse rows of fresh produce, check out the fresh cuts at the meat counter, or pick up some local street food and eat them where you stand. On that note, consider skipping lunch and eating your way through the market – you’ll find loads of snack carts serving everything from crushed ice to tacos.

    Location: 23, 77500 Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 7 pm


    Luxury Avenue Shopping Mall

    A source for your favourite luxury brands in Cancun

    Luxury Avenue Shopping Mall in Zona Hotelera offers a range of international retailers, but specifically high-end and famous fashion brands. You’ll find plenty of designer fashion and jewellery retailers, ranging from Bvlgari to Burberry, and Cartier to Rolex.

    The mall underwent renovations to further refine its premium appeal. Even so, beyond the glitzy designer stores, you can also find a few souvenir shops as well as a supermarket set apart from the luxury brands.

    Location: Blvd. Kukulcan Km 13, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +52 998 848 7300


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    Boulevard Kukulcan

    The main thoroughfare for sightseeing and shopping in Zona Hotelera

    Boulevard Kukulcan runs between the beachfront hotels and the lagoon in Cancun’s Zona Hotelera and is popular for walking and cycling. You’ll be familiar with the boulevard if you stay in the area as it's lined with restaurants, bars, and shops between the hotels.

    The strip makes for a leisurely way to spend an afternoon window shopping and perhaps grabbing a few drinks and a meal. You’ll find a mix of luxury retailers, convenience shops, and malls along its length, while the dining options range from fast food to high-end steakhouses.

    Location: Blvd. Kukulcan, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Q.R., Mexico


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    Tulum Avenue

    Boutiques and local eateries in downtown Cancun

    Tulum Avenue (Avenida Tulum) might be a ways off the beach, but it’s worth the trek into bustling downtown Cancun to see the actual cityscape beyond the beachfront. The avenue circles around the Monumento a la Historia de México and travels through several neighbourhoods.

    Shopping malls, local markets, Mexican department stores, boutiques, and more await, alongside casual eateries serving up authentic Mexican cuisine. Your best strategy for exploring this long thoroughfare? Pick out the spots you’d like to see before you begin exploring, so you can avoid walking the avenue’s entire length.

    Location: Av. Tulum, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico


    Fashion Harbour

    Popular luxury brands by Nichupte Lagoon

    Fashion Harbour is a great alternative for luxury shopping in Cancun, located just south of the larger and more popular La Isla Paradise Experience. Interactive Aquarium Cancún is right next door to it. The indoor mall provides a limited selection of luxury boutiques, which include brands like Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Louis Vuitton.

    Fashion Harbour is an easy stop when visiting the other nearby malls and shopping centres. It’s worth dropping by for a browse if you’re in the market for luxury goods. You could also grab a meal on the waterfront as the mall is right next to several restaurants on the lagoon.

    Location: KM. 12.5, Blvd. Kukulcan Lt 18-10, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +52 998 883 5025


    Plaza la Fiesta

    A great stop for souvenirs in Cancun

    Plaza la Fiesta is your main stop in Cancun for unique souvenirs and items that you’re less likely to find at any shopping mall presenting mainly international brands. The large outlet centre is hard to miss with its vibrant yellow exterior and Spanish-style architecture.

    Catering to travellers since the 1960s, it offers Mexican crafts, art, and gifts ranging from pottery items to silver jewellery. You’ll find a little bit of everything inside and there are fun gifts for just about everyone back home. Stop by for a chocolate workshop to learn how to make (and then buy) Mexican chocolate.

    Location: Plaza La Fiesta, Boulevard Kukulcan km 9 s/n Frente al Centro de Convenciones Zona Hotelera, Int, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 11.30 pm

    Phone: +52 998 848 8122

    Holly Riddle | Contributing Writer

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