El Parque de las Palapas
El Parque de las Palapas
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This public square in downtown Cancun is a hangout spot that's popular amongst locals, with lots of family-friendly entertainment, small boutiques and street food vendors.
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  • Jordan N
    4 contributions
    It's Cheap and it's good!
    It's exactly what you want. Cheap food, with the pricing clearly spelled out. Great pictures on most menus to clearly identify what you're getting. If you want to eat how Mexicans eat then come here! You'll want to learn a few key phrases to make it easier. "What is the cost of.." or "what is inside the...". If you're expecting a high quality of food, then you should adjust your expectations. That is not the intention of 3 tacos for 60 pesos. Go find a sit down restaurant and pay 100 pesos for the better quality tacos.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 13, 2022
  • Neda
    Stockholm, Sweden5 contributions
    Very nice place in downtown
    Very nice place with many small shops and good prices. Also a lot of places where you can buy food and snacks. They also had very good massage. Nice place to spend with both family, children and friends.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 23, 2023
  • Rose B
    New Market, Maryland18 contributions
    Great food and shopping. Authentic, great prices and not so abrasive and pushy for sales.
    Excellent food - even for a vegetarian. Got a really good iced drink with papaya and one strawberry. $17 for 4 before drinks. Lots of fun. Saw a shop with amazing pottery too. We liked it better then Mercado 28. But both are good visits!
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 28, 2023
  • maybe1taco
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania37 contributions
    Local vibe, good street food!
    This was really cool with a laid back vibe. It really seemed like a lot of locals and tourists from within Mexico. We got an huge empanada, esquites, and of course marquesitas. We were there on a Friday and there was live music and dancing, tons of vendors, lots of families—we felt safe walking around at night and there were other businesses and restaurants nearby. It seemed like taxis were easy to find, but we got an Uber since it was easy. Definitely recommend for good food!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2023
  • Gan Man
    Gananoque, Canada266 contributions
    This is a must if in Cancun !!
    Omg, this is a must do if your in Cancun. It’s a 10min taxi from the hotel zone. It seemed to be packed with locals and felt very authentic. You must try the tacos for any of the numerous vendors and also the Mexican deserts …. Awesome night. We went there twice
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 27, 2023
  • Jessica C
    4 contributions
    Must do while in Cancun!
    Oh wow! Weekends at this park have me asking why every city and community doesn’t do this?! So fun for families. Food vendors, gifts, and much fun! Must visit while in Cancun, any weekend evening. Very reasonable prices!!
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 8, 2023
  • Brianna V
    1 contribution
    Best Churros
    BEST churros were here, Churros y Papas (not Papas y Churros, although to be fair we didn't try theirs) Crunchy, hot, fluffy, not greasy- everything you want in a churro and we ate them almost every day of our trip. Plus the people working there are amazing and friendly. 10/10 recommend
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 4, 2023
  • alimack77
    75 contributions
    Fabulous - foodie heaven!
    We stumbled upon the parque by accident while wandering around downtown Cancun. What a brilliant find! A local hang out for great food and entertainment. We tried the churros, merqesitas, elotes and esquites. All fabulous! We highly recommend you search this out and try the local offerings!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 21, 2023
  • jordand01983
    Cambridge, United Kingdom62 contributions
    Locals Hangout Spot
    If you want to experience another great local authentic Mexican venue full of different food options and entertainment, then this is a good and safe place to do it. It was packed, with kids everywhere, and lots of different places to try different local foods. Highly recommend going one evening!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • bryanmantezoni
    Houston, Texas2,847 contributions
    One of my favorites for cheap dinner any day of the week
    Safe, great and cheap food, dance with music from 9-10 pm and lots of variety of food. As of today 4 tacos between 50-60 mx pesos, 1 liter of natural fruit water between 30-35 mx pesos. Recommended for large families, people on a budget or someone who wants to experience real home made food.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 18, 2023
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Upham, ND15 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
You can get overwhelmed in here. The dusk hours is where the pushy sellers- sellers of all sorts - come in here. They can overwhelm you into buying non essential things. Do not buy! We recommend eating something from the stalls that sell some finger foods here ! !
Written April 15, 2021
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f j
Staffordshire188 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We made a mistake going on a Sunday day ... most was closed .
Tried the local food ... Good but watch the hygiene when choosing .
The local toilet is bad .... but I would suggest going on a night the band was practising so the feeling was good
Written September 17, 2022
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Chad T
Savannah, GA2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Probably my favorite place we ate while here for the week. Has about 20 diff food vendors (like if you were in an outside food court).
Authentic, local food at the best prices you’ll find anywhere. I ordered 4 tacos for 70 pesos. That’s $3.50. Then ordered a large side of rice and a coke from another vendor for 30 pesos which is $1.50. So $5.00 and ate sooo good!!

My Top recommendation for place you MUST Visit and eat while I’m Cancun!!
Written July 27, 2022
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maybe1taco
Philadelphia, PA37 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
This was really cool with a laid back vibe. It really seemed like a lot of locals and tourists from within Mexico. We got an huge empanada, esquites, and of course marquesitas. We were there on a Friday and there was live music and dancing, tons of vendors, lots of families—we felt safe walking around at night and there were other businesses and restaurants nearby. It seemed like taxis were easy to find, but we got an Uber since it was easy. Definitely recommend for good food!
Written February 11, 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.

Gan Man
Gananoque, Canada266 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Omg, this is a must do if your in Cancun. It’s a 10min taxi from the hotel zone. It seemed to be packed with locals and felt very authentic. You must try the tacos for any of the numerous vendors and also the Mexican deserts …. Awesome night. We went there twice
Written February 27, 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.

Jessica C
4 contributions
Apr 2023
Oh wow! Weekends at this park have me asking why every city and community doesn’t do this?! So fun for families. Food vendors, gifts, and much fun! Must visit while in Cancun, any weekend evening. Very reasonable prices!!
Written April 8, 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.

Plzcallmetee
134 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
If you're close to it drop by in the evening. Lots of stalls around to try different foods and snacks. I felt perfectly safe if anyone is worried about that. Lots of people around and I was able to get an uber back to the hotek easily
Written June 8, 2021
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Trixitravels
London, UK83 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We walked here from the R1 bus stop, it’s full of locals having food and using the playground. A few stalls to buy souvenirs at good prices. Had one of the best burritos ever and then also tried the churros. A must visit!
Written April 23, 2022
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jordand01983
Cambridge, UK62 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
If you want to experience another great local authentic Mexican venue full of different food options and entertainment, then this is a good and safe place to do it. It was packed, with kids everywhere, and lots of different places to try different local foods. Highly recommend going one evening!
Written September 16, 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.

Jordan N
4 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
It's exactly what you want. Cheap food, with the pricing clearly spelled out. Great pictures on most menus to clearly identify what you're getting. If you want to eat how Mexicans eat then come here! You'll want to learn a few key phrases to make it easier. "What is the cost of.." or "what is inside the...". If you're expecting a high quality of food, then you should adjust your expectations. That is not the intention of 3 tacos for 60 pesos. Go find a sit down restaurant and pay 100 pesos for the better quality tacos.
Written December 13, 2022
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.

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