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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  • Sridhar
    Eden Prairie, Minnesota376 contributions
    Mercado28- only if you have time!
    We were in the hotel zone and it was very easy to get to the market. Just take the R2 bus and they will drop you near the market. We walked around many shops and restaurants. Good place for souvenirs and some other shopping. There are restaurants that serve Mexican food, if you like. Cold coconut juice is available in the market and you should try them! Note, we found some items to be over priced. Test your bargaining/negotiating skills with the vendors as it appeared to be a normal practice. Tip: If you are in the hotel zone use R2 bus service to get to the Mercado. It is only 12 pesos( less than 1USD) per person. It is fast, convenient and easy. There is no waiting time at all for the bus. There is always one near you!. Compare this with a taxi fare which will be in the range anywhere between USD20-60, depending on where you are on the hotel zone. Happy shopping!
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 29, 2022
  • Joshua S
    2 contributions
    Restaurant Veracruz - Mercado 28 is the best
    Restaurant Veracruz - Mercado 28 had the best shrimp tacos I have ever had in my life. Cane with chips a salsa. Read previous reviews and took a taxi all the way from hotel zone just to eat here. Well worth it.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written January 5, 2023
  • BHead10
    Minnesota8 contributions
    Get to the right place
    When you get off the bus keep moving. The real Mercado 28 is 3-4 blocks away. Don’t go in the jewelry store right off the bus. They are scammers. Most stuff can be bought for about half of asking price. Have fun dealing with the merchants. They expect it. Most stuff could probably be bought cheaper at Walmart but what’s the fun if that?
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 31, 2023
  • John B
    Spring, Texas7 contributions
    Better Market for Things I Don't Need
    Clean, well lit, pushy. Much better than the other place we visited (Ki Hiuc?), which was just dilapidated and depressing. Local food was delicious, and the service at La Portana was good. Warning - very little English, but the staff made it work! See separate review.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 21, 2023
  • J B
    4 contributions
    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 July 28, 2023
  • KD
    2 contributions
    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 August 8, 2023
  • SweetSweet S
    2 contributions
    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 August 12, 2023
  • sakapop
    21 contributions
    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 August 13, 2023
  • morgajoh
    Denver, Colorado1 contribution
    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 October 29, 2023
  • James E
    Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom6 contributions
    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 November 6, 2023
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St. Thomas13 contributions
Dec. 2023 • Couples
DO NOT GO IN! This store is full of crooks and lying sales people! Yes, YOU Jorge, if that is really your name. They will amp you up with laughs, shiny jewelry which I know now is worthless and yes! tequila, then take your credit card and charge you WAAAAAAAY more than they stated. Go someplace, any place else.
Written December 6, 2023
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bry6140
Henderson, KY18 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
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.
Written November 29, 2023
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Rachell Y
4 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
Market 28 is a great market for souvenirs. Make sure when you get off the RED bus you keep going, they drop you off right at Downtown 28 but the real market is a little further- keep walking till you see a large plaza full of little shops!
Written November 26, 2023
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Darrel B
51 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Friends
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
Written November 19, 2023
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BCShel
Kelowna, Canada203 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
If you’ve been to Mexico before, skip this market. It’s super touristy and really aggressive. I don’t have a problem at all with street vendors, but this market is excessive. We actually left and went to Mercado 23 which we found much more authentic.
Written November 19, 2023
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Samantha H
Cowdenbeath, UK183 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
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.
Written November 16, 2023
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Sherpa45714221751
3 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
Don’t go! Such a ripoff. Disgusting. The vendors are relentless and some are very rude. What happened to getting cheap souvenirs in Mexico? You’re better off going to Walmart.
Written November 8, 2023
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James E
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK6 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
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.
Written November 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

morgajoh
Denver, CO1 contribution
Oct. 2023 • Family
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.
Written October 29, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

thomas m
Medellin, Colombia3 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Business
If you want to get “GRINGOED” in Cancun, then go to this tourist trap. They sell cheap Mexican products for up to 6 times the regular prices at the Walmart located across the street by SAM’s club. They wanted $68 USD for a blanket that we bought in the USA for $10. A cheap religious Virgin Mary in breakable glass measuring around 4x6 inches — $36 USD. At Walmart the same item was $6 which was still overpriced as it is not well made and will probably break in our luggage. I looked at their jewelry , which is their main revenue. I picked out two items to buy. But, my credit card company viewed it as possible fraud and blocked my card. One of the owners from Chicago tried to get me to use my debit card and further discounted an already inflated price by another $200 if I let her run it. She already swiped my credit card three times. I never use my debit card for purchases. She started insisting and that’s when I told her to basically back off as they can keep their jewelry. Avoid this place at all costs. Prices are 5-6 times what you can get at Walmart . Oh, Walmart sells motorcycles and ATVs right in their store. I had to use my debit in Walmart because my credit card was blocked from the jewelry store scammers . Thank you USAA for being smarter than me and covering veteran’s asses ! I only used my debit because Walmart is well know and I figured it was a safer bet. Just an FYI for those visiting Cancun.

A side note. The clubs charge around $6 a beer . The 7-11 or Oxxo sell a six pack for $6. You are paying for the ambience off course. But six beers will cost you $36 when you could have bought 36. I did not order hard liquor but I bet the mark up is even more.

Street performers- two Batman’s and a guy with a poor Outfit of “The Mask”- will grab you for pics and expect tips for the photos. Pretty common practice internationally.

Safe travels.
Written October 10, 2023
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