Mercado 28

Mercado 28 in Cancún

Nestled in the heart of Cancún, you'll find Mercado 28. This market is bustling with charming little stalls you'll adore.

Mercado 28

Mercado 28 is located in the heart of the city, it features stalls selling Mexican handicrafts, clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, as well as plenty of options for sampling Yucatecan cuisine.

Mercado 28, The History of Cancún’s Handicraft Market

It dates back to the 1980s when it started as a traditional market selling all kinds of fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, seafood, Yucatecan food, candy, and souvenirs, plus watchmakers. 

Due to the economic crisis in 1994, this market shifted its focus, transforming into a market selling 85 % handicrafts. However, you’ll now also find iconic restaurants and snack stands along the aisles.

If you plan to visit Mercado 28, here are some tips:

  • Cancun is Mexico’s youngest city, founded 40 years ago. Fortunately, its residents have contributed their heritage from their many places of origin to the city’s culture, resulting in an eclectic mix.
  • You’ll notice this in the city’s markets, offering all kinds of handicrafts and souvenirs that evoke and accentuate the unique Mexican identity of this corner of the Mexican Caribbean

A clear example of this cultural blend is picturesque Mercado 28, located in the heart of the city. 

We recommend setting aside plenty of time to visit Mercado 28. 

Besides being the ideal place to buy handicrafts and souvenirs, you’ll be in a location worth browsing at your leisure to fully absorb Cancun’s essence.

Getting There

To reach this landmark from Cancun’s hotel zone by bus, take route 2 or 5. Alternatively, from the downtown area, take route 6. You’ll find your destination just two streets away from the bus stop. 


Mercado 28, Xel-ha SM 28, Cancún, Q.R., México

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