Cancun Mercado 28 Side A and B
Destinations’ Analysis by Franco Magno
Hi everybody! my Magno adventure lovers. Once again, I share all my traveling experience in Mexico through the Magno side A and B. I return to Cancun. The “Mercado 28.”
The typical shopping place also is officially known as “Mercado Articulo 115 Constitucional .” Weird name for a typical shopping market, I admit it.
With over 30 years of history selling everything. Typical Mexican market where you purchase souvenirs and everything of everything. Flea Market. Unmissable place within the city of Cancun. I’ve mentioned it several times in other posts that visiting a typical Mexican market is traveling into a real micro-cosmos of authentic Mexican lifestyle.
Believe me. The images you see here will remain present in your day after day once you go back home, and they will make you remind your vacation memories once they knock at your mind. So let’s move on to Magno side A and side B of Cancun’s Mercado 28.
Located in the “Manzana 13, Super Manzana 28” (“Manzana” is the usual way to designate geographically in Cancun, the location of street addresses distributed along Cancun city neighborhoods; its translation to English would be “block”).
It’s a feast for the eyes and the sensations.
You find typical Mexican food, seafood, drinks, souvenirs, Mexican handicrafts, clothing, several and interesting items, diverse and unique. Mexican jewelry and iconic hammocks take the showcases too. You’ll even find a Mexican Tequila shop.
It offers all the essential services such as parking, tourist information stands, and restrooms. Suppose you aren’t going to buy anything. In that case, just the mere experience of seeing these colorful images, smelling those food aromas, and in general, living a typical and traditional Mexican market ambiance will leave you with a memorable experience.
Eating at the food court’s restaurants decorated with typical Mexican style items will light up your heart. Besides, you can also accompany your mealtime with a national or local song courtesy of musical groups that usually entertain the food area with their joyous melodies.
The prices that you will find at certain shops. As in any typical Mexican market, you find shops where you can find excellent prices and offers that are irresistible to avoid.
However, on my visits to Cancun, I’ve noticed that some shops have increased prices in high visitors’ seasons. I explain myself. If you wanted to take home a piece of clothing made with typical Mexican textiles, sometimes you can find that the price is 20% or even 40% higher than it would be in the low visitor’s season.
I’ve experienced it first-hand since my physical appearance is rather that of a foreigner in Mexico, not that of a local Mexican. I’ve always come to ask:
Hi friend! How much does this plate decorated with Mayan glyphs cost? Here comes the vendor’s answer. Mire joven! It’s 400 Pesos. Ok, no problem, thank you, “wero.” This usually happens at the shops located close to the primary market’s access areas.
I continue shopping around the market. And, you guess what? I have found it even at half price at the shops located at the hallways which surround the markets’ center hallways. If the main corridor is number 1, the side hallways beside the main ones would be the ideal bet.
However, you can always run into few exceptions to the rule. That’s to say, if you want to buy a product, it’s necessary to haggle in two or three different shops so that they don’t show you a different price just for the mere fact of having the looking of a foreign visitor.
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In my experience as a local and tourist in my own country, this tactic doesn’t fail. The shops that are close to the main entrances to the markets are those that most of the time show higher prices. Not all of them, but a significant number of them will do.
Try walking along the market hallways, and you’ll see the results of moving your body further away from the main access’ shops. Don’t miss eating a “Sopa de Mariscos” (seafood soup) accompanied by (yes I know it, I read your mind) a good bottle of beer or maybe by a fresh iced fruit-flavored water. Bon appetit!
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