Mercado 28
Flea & Street Markets
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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
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At Plaza san Miguel, Market 28 you can find: *Handicrafts *Silver jewelry *Souvenirs *Tours And enjoy a local meal.
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Grant G
Watford, UK205 contributions
Couples
We visited this market while staying on the Riveria Maya near to Playa del Carmen. We took a taxi from our hotel which was not cheap but safe and convenient as he waited for us.
The market itself is relatively large with and full of shops selling Mexican arts and crafts. It is an eclectic mix of silver jewellery to tequila to mass produced skulls to real crafts. You do need to look beyond the standard stuff and the shops selling the same old stuff to find interesting items. You will be badgered with people trying to sell you but that for me is part of the fun of such places. Prices are not cheap so always ask for discount. We enjoyed our few hours there and found the things we wanted.
We also ate in one of the restaurants in the centre of the market which was really good. I can’t rennet it’s name.
If you want some souvenirs and prepared to haggle this is the place to go.
Written September 25, 2022
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John G
4 contributions
Couples
Shopping is nothing special, just a big flea market selling the same stuff you’ll see elsewhere in Mexico. The food experience in the center of the market was a highlight though. Felt more authentic and less touristy. Not upscale by any means but a fun adventure. Very little English speaking going on and mostly locals. Musicians walk around and perform then ask for tips.
Written August 14, 2022
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RexKuks
Hershey, PA19 contributions
Enjoyed haggling with vendors, place is clean. However it needs more restroom and free access. Food court menus are also great but expensive $$$.
Written August 2, 2022
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Eric P
Fort Lauderdale, FL6 contributions
Family
Our family took a taxi to the market on the advice from an employee at our hotel. Every type of souvenir is available here. The market is open air vendors for the most part with plenty of room to shop and move about. We never felt pressured as some of the reviews suggested, but did find plenty of variances in pricing for the exact same items so shop around! Our first stop to purchase the vendor priced our items at $397 USD. We were blown away after collecting 4 tshirts and a few glassware items! We found the exact items in another booth plus a few more items including some tobacco for under $100. First vendor tried to charge $42 for a tshirt that we ultimately paid $16 for in another shop. We found the best pricing and friendliest service near parking lot 1. In all we needed about 2.5 hours to browse and felt safe in and around the area; I would definitely recommend you stop by!
Written July 24, 2022
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TsvetyBG
1 contribution
Couples
We purchase tour to Chichenitza and pay like $150.00 per person to have " luxury " experience. The bus we got is awful, no air conditioning, small uncomfortable seats. PLEASE DO NOT book tour there.. we are scammed and waisting away our good time, don't be like us!!!
Written July 15, 2022
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Sandi S
3 contributions
It's in the heart of Cancun, we took the bus and it was a 30 min ride but it was cheaper than a cab for 5 people. Once you're there, be ready to negotiate for better prices. There are a lot of stalls but if you know what you're looking for then it's easier to get around.
Written July 12, 2022
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Tom E
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Family
When you stay at a resort in Cancun, it's easy to miss the true culture and flavor of Mexico. A visit to Mercado 28 is a fun, safe way to experience Mexico. Come prepared to sweat, and prepared to engage and haggle with hundreds of vendors and shoppers. You'll find some cheap and shoddy souvenirs, but you can also find great bargains on quality, hand made items.
We took a convenient, clean public bus from our hotel in the hotel zone, and would do it again. However, we did not do a good job of identifying landmarks of where to catch the return bus, and consequently did a lot of wandering until we found the correct bus stop. Lesson learned...
Written July 12, 2022
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Matt H
4 contributions
Couples
Food was good, otherwise the same souvenirs, leather, jewelry, and tequila, over and over.

Like groundhogs day, but for overpriced tourist junk. I was looking at a silver ring, but they wanted 130$ for about 10$ worth of silver.

I like bargaining, but this is ridiculous. Obviously these venders are trying to milk tourists for all they can.

Had a good lunch. The rest was just annoying.
Written July 10, 2022
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LisboetaAbroad
Leesburg, VA446 contributions
I read plenty of reviews before deciding whether or not to visit Mercado 28. After checking with our hotel concierge, we decided that it was worth the try and safe enough. I am so glad we went! Yes, vendors are persistent and will chat away, but no one was disrespectful or scary in the attempts to sell us stuff. We arrived at 9am, as they were opening, so we beat the crowds but were also the sole shoppers so had to move quickly and be clear with our intentions. As soon as you engage, they will become more persistant so decide the approach you're comfortable with. We negotiated on a few items like a dress and some Mayan calendars, but paid the asked price on smaller items like coin purses and bracelets. We did not venture into the jewelry or tequila purchases, exactly because we did not want the hassle. We also booked a tour at Perez Tours stand and do not recommend you do the same. Service seemed lovely but the trip to Isla Mujeres was a logistic nightmare. All in all, this is an interesting stop if you like a taste of local life. Vendors we spoke with (mostly in Spanish) were pleasant and not as pushy as described by some visitors. We never felt threatened or unsafe. Got at a taxi at the end of our visit and all went well!
Written July 5, 2022
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djemme
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Solo
Be in the mood. It is utterly impossible to just "browse" anywhere without people coming at you from all directions. Most of the restaurants in the center are quite good, too, but again, if you want to weigh your options, be prepared to do so with people coming at you with menus. Should you choose to sit down and eat, you are also likely to be serenaded by a mariachi band.

Again, this can be fun if you are in the mood but if you just want to relax and eat some good authentic Yucatecan, there is a restaurant just outside the market called Emara that is delicious and is a local Mexican favorite. I am writing my review from here.

Speaking some Spanish will get you much further buying in the market, unless paying the "tourist price" doesn't bother you. Most know enough English to sell you things, some know more. One younger one even tried batting his eyelashes, lol.
Written June 22, 2022
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