Mercado 28
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
This long-standing flea market is a great spot for local Mexican handicrafts and souvenirs, just a short bus ride from Cancun's Hotel Zone. Here you'll find loads of colorful stalls selling gifts, t-shirts, dresses, tequila, and food—haggling is the norm here so have some fun trying to get yourself the best bargains. You'll be able to find some cool local gems too, like ceramics, leather goods, jewelry, and other handicrafts. You can visit Mercado 28 on a shopping or city tour of Cancun, which often includes a stop here. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • J B
    4 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hot and very stressful
    They vendors could let you browse without interrupting every second of your visit. Everything you say "no thank you", they keep on anyway. Right when you get away from one guy doing that you got another coming at you. Doesn't really create a good tourist experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • KD
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Safe adventure
    Felt like a step away from the hotel zone. Fun souvenirs. Price bargaining is possible and worth the effort. Can pay US $ or MXN $. Mr. Habeneros was delish and staff was great! Felt very safe and taxi was approx $20 each way.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 August 2023
  • SweetSweet S
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t be tricked and you can get some great deals!
    First off, some taxis and busses will take you to a large store labeled “Mercado 28” - this is not the market. It’s an overpriced souvenir shop that they get paid to take you to. The real market is tons of little booths with people constantly nagging you to come in. Never ever take their first price, haggle! My best go-to is when they say something like “I’ll give this to you for 50 dollars” - say “where im from we can get these for 12 dollars”. Then they’ll come back with way cheaper. Also, DO NOT take drinks from anyone if they’ve been opened. Check them good to make sure they are sealed. Anyway we got tons of good stuff for cheap! Oh, finally, they’ll try and sell you “the Mayan stone” which is a color changing stone set in jewelry. Overpriced. Mayans did not use this stone. It’s a type of tourmaline and some say it’s Zultanite. But it is beautiful. Just don’t overpay for it. Look it up online.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 August 2023
  • sakapop
    21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bargain hard - lots of choices and vendors
    Really have to bargain hard. My rule of thumb - start at 1/4th the price they tell you, settle at 1/3rd. If you're close and no deal, walk away. If they want it, they'll call you back.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • morgajoh
    Denver, Colorado1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Safe taste of Mexico
    This is the perfect balance of experiencing local Mexico without going too far off the beaten path. Very safe but of course stick to daytime. Take an Uber for cheap and convenient transportation. For the people giving low ratings and referencing aggressive vendors I ask, "Have you ever left America?". Yes vendors will constantly ask you to come to their shop and trying to sell you. They are also very nice and not a single one bothered me after simplying replying "No gracias". Yes you will be saying that a lot. Only other thing to remember is this is a haggle zone. Never pay more than half of what they offer. If this sounds distasteful to you then its just not your cup of tea and you should probably stick to the resort.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 October 2023
  • James E
    Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good shopping experience with a bit fun and bartering
    We visited the market as a family of 5 during our stay in the Cancun area recently and had a good time. The people who worked at the market were kind, and wanted to have a bit of fun. It is a bit repetitive from stall to stall but we had a good look around bought some tourist bits. Definitely worth the trip, a lot cheaper than shop at hotel.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 November 2023
  • Samantha H
    Cowdenbeath, United Kingdom185 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Okay
    Markets selling similar items thought out. Bought a gift which I suggest was way more than what it was worth but that tourism for you. If you like to be hassled every moment then this is the place for you. I would rather walk around and purchase at my own leisure. As the market can be a tad annoying.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Darrel B
    78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good experience and remember a polite no thank you goes a long way
    Ensure you are at the Mercado 28 and not Plaza28 several streets away. There are plenty of vendors walk through the market getting a feel for the prices. Should you decide to buy something - bartering is expected and if you do not come to a agreement politely say no thank you. As for the restaurants go elsewhere
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 November 2023
  • bry6140
    Henderson, Kentucky18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Greed fuels this place
    Be cautious going to the market it is a great experience and you can find some good deals. Most merchants are fairly honest. But remember they are trying to make a living And they want as much money as they can get out of you for the item. Most of the honest merchants will barter with you there are some that will try and take advantage of you so beware and follow your best instincts. Explore this place with caution and enjoy the culture of greed.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 November 2023
  • Chi A.
    Dallas, Texas3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mercado 28- One time only
    The items in the shop are repetitive and this market is very confusing to get to when taking the bus. We had to walk an extra 20 minutes after being dropped off just to get to this market. A lot of pressure to buy items that we didn’t need. But the sellers were nice. TBH I found better gifts at the Cancun Airport. I wouldn’t visit here again.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 December 2023
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Phiss
Columbus, OH7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is my first time in Mexico. Like most other reviews mentioned ,most of the vendors selling same stuff. If you target on any souvenirs, make sure to walk around and bargain. Honestly, I don’t find anything too interesting. I am actually very disappointed that there is nothing unique souvenirs or crafts.

BIG WARNING: DON’T eat inside the market. I expected to pay more like most tourist places. But I found it bit outrageous that their prices are even higher or same as what my hotel charges(e.g. 120 piso - small plate of guacamole , 120piso - smoothies, 100 piso for one taco ) if the food is authentic and yum, I don’t mind paying tourist price. But the food is just fair and American style ….. small potion).

Try to go out the edge of the market, prices are 1/3 of the price.

Btw, if you are thinking to check out this or the Mercado 23. As other travelers’ suggestions to check out the 23 instead due to less touristy. I went to both. Save your trip to Mercado 23. Yes- it’s definitely more local. Meanwhile, not as many varieties of souvenirs. Yes - people are less aggressive. But nothing really interesting there neither.
Written 9 April 2024
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Ketaki R
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Prices are very high in the shops. Get stuff from the street vendors. They're much cheaper. Lots of souvenir items, jewellery, bags etc. need to bargain a lot in the shops.
Written 4 April 2024
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Julia
Juneau, AK33 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Huge tourist trap. It has a lot of mass produced merchandise in every stand and people getting all up in your face trying to get you to go to their stalls and following you around. That may be the vendor culture I'm not sure, but it was overwhelming. The one shop I did buy things from basically doubled the price of the items at checkout and I was so ready to leave the market I was just like whatever. Not a great experience.
Written 27 March 2024
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Dark C
Coquitlam, Canada11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Plan to spend a few hours here, there are hundreds of shops. A lot of them will have similar or even identical items, but there's lots of unique items too. If you've never done this type of shopping, be aware that vendors are eager to engage with you and try to make a sale, sometimes even following you around inside the shop making sales pitches on their wares. Some can be a little aggressive, but nothing to worry about; you just smile and keep walking or politely say "no gracias." We found 99% of them to be friendly and courteous. Most have enough English that you can ask questions about items youre interesd in. Don't be afraid to haggle! For example, I bought a great sunhat for $250 pesos, the asking price was $400. Very easy to get to from the hotel zone; the R2 bus drops you off right there.
Written 15 March 2024
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Jet62108279252
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Long story short I was scammed out of $600 USD for a fake gold chain. I went back two days later to get my money and found out the sales man was fired and Michelle the co owner said she would get me my money back. I still haven’t received my money back over a month later. Her phone number is +52 998 409 5290. She’s a liar and her whole establishment is a scam.
Written 9 March 2024
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Resort47131796765
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Worst place I have been to and I have been to alot of open shopping in multiple locations would never go back there again. Rude, over and priced.
Written 3 March 2024
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Renee R
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We were excited to go and shop but the buskers harass so much I was overwhelmed, and did not enjoy my experience. If they left customers to enjoy the experience we would have spent more time and money. Buskers need to realize they are not getting the results they desire with their high pressure sales ‘tactics’. No beuno
Written 28 February 2024
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Berthaki
Arequipa, Peru256 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This is one of the most normal places you can find in the circus of Cancun. The place has lot of vendors and traditional handicrafts, most of them are nice and respectful, but there're also the "hunters" trying to sell you even a figurine of Guadalupe virgin. The prices are very good compared to touristic archaeological sites in Quintana Roo and you can even bargain a bit if you buy several items. It has a parking lot if you come by car, just be careful with corrupted policemen that can stop you with any excuse to extort you and get money.
Written 28 February 2024
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HeidiandCarl
Senoia, GA648 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We wanted to go to the market, thinking it was similar to the straw market in Nassau, but it wasn’t. We thought it would be vendors selling their crafts, but it was basically a store. The tour guide said to bargain with them, but we didn’t really didn’t get good prices. It was more expensive than we expected and they didn’t haggle much.
Written 23 February 2024
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restaurantworker1986
London, UK18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Big market and selling some nice enough souvenirs etc but I didn't end up buying much. You can't even look at something or walk though without being hounded by the shop owners.
If you do buy anything don't pay more than half what they are asking for it.
Written 23 February 2024
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