Downtown shopping is a mix of shops and open-air markets. Bartering is expected in the markets but prices are fixed in the stores.
Ki Huic is the oldest and largest craft market in Cancun with over 100 vendors. It’s open from 9 AM until 10 PM and is located on Av. Tulum 17, between the Bancomer and Bital banks, (Tel: (9) 884-3347). Another excellent open-air market is Mercado Veinteocho (Market 28). Just off Avenida Yaxchilán and Sunyaxchen, this popular market is filled with shops selling many of the same souvenir items found in the Hotel Zone at half the price. There are also a number of excellent restaurants in this market. Alongside is the charming Mexican shopping complex Plaza Bonita with many excellent shops and boutiques.
There are a wide variety of shops downtown along Avenida Tulum between Avs. Cobá and Uxmal. Department stores such as Fama sell English books and magazines along with sports gear, toiletries, liquor, and handicrafts. Ultrafemme is another popular downtown store selling duty-free perfume, cosmetics, and jewelry. It also has branches in the Hotel Zone at the major shopping malls. Plaza las Americas, on the southern edge of the city, is the only indoor shopping plaza downtown. It has over 50 stores, three restaurants, eight movie theaters, a video arcade, fast food outlets, and three large department stores. American mega stores including Wal-Mart, Costco, Office Depot, and Blockbuster are scattered throughout the downtown area. Mexican supermarkets include Comercial Méxicana, Chedraui, and San Francisco de Asís.
The malls that line Blvd. Kukulcán are what have made shopping in the Hotel Zone so famous. Kukulcán Plaza has over 130 shops, 12 restaurants, a bar, a liquor store, a bank, a three-screen cinema, bowling lanes, and a video arcade. Flamingo Plaza is a small mall with designer emporiums, duty-free shops, an exchange booth, and sportswear shops. Forum-by-the-Sea is a huge entertainment/shopping plaza with three levels of cinemas, brand-name stores, and restaurants such as the Rain Forest Café. The largest and most contemporary of the malls is Plaza Caracol with over 200 shops and boutiques, including two pharmacies, art galleries, a currency exchange, and folk art and jewelry shops, as well as cafés and restaurants. Next-door is Plaza Mayafair, a large open-air plaza filled with 30 shops, restaurants, and bars. The newest and most exclusive mall is La Isla Shopping Village located on the Nichupté Lagoon under a giant canopy. You won’t find any bargains here but there are a wide variety of posh boutiques along with a marina, an aquarium, a disco, restaurants, and movie theaters.
There is only one open-air market in the Hotel Zone. Coral Negro, located next to the Convention Center, has over 50 stalls selling craft items. It's open seven days a week until late evening.
Grocery Stores- Hotel Zone
Manglar Super Market. Marina Manglar, Blvd Kukulcán, Km 20. Tel: (9) 885-0179
San Francisco de Asís
La Isla Shopping Village Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 12.5. Tel: (9) 883-5025
Flamingo Plaza Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 11.5. Tel: (9)
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