Mexico Shopping Guide

Cancun

Lucky's favorite stores in Mexico's Cancun neighborhood!

Mercado Coral Negro

Easily found at the fork in Boulevard Kukulcan, this market is perfect for travelers who don't have time to head into the town of Cancun for requisite souvenirs: sombreros, silver jewelry, cotton hammocks, replicas of Mayan relics.
Blvd. Kukulcán, km 9.5, no phone
Products: Women's Clothing, Bags, Jewelry, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Fair/Flea Market

Mercado 28

Located in the center of Cancun proper, Mercado 28 is a mazelike half-indoor, half-outdoor market with everything from colorful woven blankets to rustic leather handbags, most at negotiable prices.
At the intersection of Aves. Tankah and Xel-Ha, no phone
Products: Women's Clothing, Bags, Jewelry, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Fair/Flea Market

Plaza Caracol

The most expansive indoor mall in Cancun amply rewards shoppers who traverse its floors. There's Envy, which carries designer labels like D&G and Polo; Sybele, an upscale retailer purveying clothing and offbeat items; and Majolica, a tiny shop that sells reproduction portraits of Frida Kahlo.
Blvd. Kukulcan, km 8.5, 52-998-883-29-61
Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty, Tabletop, Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Department Store

Plaza Forum by the Sea

This airy and highly strollable mall has its fair share of boutiques worth visiting, including mod home-decor shop Bassik (we love the giant bowls made from Mexican tzalam wood) and Tequila House, a trinket shop that offers strikingly accurate clay figurines made in your likeness—with a short turnaround time ($35 and up).
Blvd. Kukulcan, km 9, 52-998-883-44-25
Products: Jewelry, Decorative/Lighting, Linens, Outdoor, Tabletop, Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Department Store

Plaza Flamingo

A trio of squawking parrots greets shoppers at the main entrance to this mall. We're especially fond of Wayan Natural Wear, a local chain that carries imports from Indonesia, lots of Mexican crafts (other locations are throughout Cancun), and a number of sterling-silver jewelry stores.
11.5 Blvd. Kukulcan, 52-998-883-29-45
Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty, Tabletop, Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Department Store

Plaza Kukulcan

This sprawling mall-one of Cancun's most popular-is home to Silver Factory, a great place to load up on affordable silver jewelry (prices are based on weight), and Mare, a swimwear shop full of styles by a range of lines including D & G Dolce and Gabbana, Ritchie, and Onda de Mar.
Blvd. Kukulcán, km 13, 52-998-885-22-00 x309
Products: Swimwear, Jewelry
Type of Store: Department Store

La Isla Shopping Village

The open-air layout and many outdoor cafes make a visit worthwhile, not to mention the sheer volume and variety of shops—from Zingara, a swimwear boutique filled with an eponymous line of bright mix-and-match separates (from $20 per piece) to Zara, a trendy Spain-based fashion boutique chain.
Blvd. Kukulcan, km 12.5, 52-998-883-50-25
Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Tabletop, Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Department Store

Tulum

Lucky's favorite shops in Mesico's Tulum neighborhood!

Mixik

This is the best—and most fun—shop we found in our travels. We love Mixik's treehouse-like exterior almost as much as the entirely ungimmicky and enormously eye-pleasing items found inside, which include prettily packaged incense and painted paper-mache skulls.
On Avenida Tulum in Tulum Pueblo, 52-984-871-21-36
Products: Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique
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