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Discovering Cancun Downtown

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The best way to visit and get to know Cancun´s downtown is by walking or in a private tour. Everything is close enough, here are some places you might find interesting while in Cancun.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Mercado 28

Flea & Street Markets

El Parque de las Palapas

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Mercado 23

Flea & Street Markets

Tulum Avenue

Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ka'Yok' Planetario de Cancun

Speciality Museums

Los Tarascos

Restaurants

La Habichuela Downtown

Restaurants

Los de Pescado

Restaurants

USA Transfers

Private Tours, Archaeology Tours, Taxis & Shuttles

justaguyincancun's City Tips

  • If you are in Cancun for the first time, discovering the city in a private tour could be the best solution.
  • ALWAYS use biodegradable sunscreen.
  • Do not forget your sunglasses and comfortable shoes!
  • Bring Mexican Pesos
  • Mercado 28
    Flea & Street Markets
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    justaguyincancun Says:

    Market 28 located downtown is the place to buy all kinds of souvenirs, such as: clothing, jewelry, toys, shoes, organic products. You can also find restaurants, coffee shops and bars at the nearby Plaza Bonita.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • ATM's in the halls of the market.
    • Compare before you buy
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #85 of 124 things to do in Cancun
    • Do not shop at Opalo in Cancun 09/06/2021
    • Be ready to haggle 04/06/2021
    • Mercado 28
    Address:
    Calle Xel Ha
    SM 28, Mz 13
    Cancun 77509
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 892 4303
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • El Parque de las Palapas
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    justaguyincancun Says:

    If you want to experience Cancun as a local you should definitely consider visiting El Parque de las Palapas. There are lots of places where you can buy snacks. Across the street is La Iglesia de Cristo Rey and beside it is the Luum Pakul, a park where artisans reunite especially on the weekends. They also organize events there, like Traditional Mexican Dances shows.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • It gets really crowded on the weekends!
    • You can find handcrafts and clothing on the main square.
    • Entrance to the bahtrooms costs $5 MXN
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 124 things to do in Cancun
    • Where the locals eat 09/06/2021
    • Delicious food at lowest prices! 08/06/2021
    • El Parque de las Palapas
    Address:
    10 Margaritas, 22
    Cancun
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 796 3903
    Other:
  • Mercado 23
    Flea & Street Markets
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    justaguyincancun Says:

    Here you can find souvenirs, t-shirts, toys, food, and any other typical object you can think of. Prices are far better than any other market.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Gets really crowded
    • Bring Mexican pesos
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 124 things to do in Cancun
    • Fresh fruit market in Cancun 07/06/2021
    • Just okay. 05/06/2021
    • Mercado 23
    Other:
  • Tulum Avenue
    Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    justaguyincancun Says:

    One of Cancun's main avenues, lots of restaurants and places to visit. Close to ADO Bus Station, Parque de las Palapas and the City Hall.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • If you plan to go during the day, you should wear sunglasses!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 124 things to do in Cancun
    • Rickety stairs 13/04/2021
    • History adventure 22/04/2020
    • Tulum Avenue
    Address:
    Avenida Tulum
    Cancun 77500
    Mexico
    Other:
  • Ka'Yok' Planetario de Cancun
    Speciality Museums
    justaguyincancun Says:

    This is a new scientific and cultural complex. It has an astronomical observatory with a Digistar 5 fulldome digital projection technology. It is a small museum that kids will love.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Bring Mexican Pesos
    • Great for Kids
    • Usually, on weekends they prepare activities, crafts and workshops for kids
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 124 things to do in Cancun
    • Very helpful and dedicated staf 04/10/2019
    • Hidden Gem 02/06/2018
    • Ka'Yok' Planetario de Cancun
    Address:
    Palenque, 21
    Cancun 77505
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 883 9557
    Other:
  • Los Tarascos
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin)
    justaguyincancun Says:

    These are the best "tacos al pastor" in the area. It is located on Tulum Ave. The prices are reasonable, the service is fast, and the tacos are delicious.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Try the horchata water!... It´s great!... It is the perfect complemet for the typical Mexican gastronomy.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #312 of 1,146 restaurants in Cancun
    • Great little taco shop. Must try. 08/04/2021
    • Best place we ate all week 22/01/2020
    • Los Tarascos
    Address:
    sm4 mz13 lt1 Ave.tulum 226
    Cancun
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 884 8707
    Other:
  • La Habichuela Downtown
    Restaurants (Mexican, Caribbean, Seafood, International)
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    justaguyincancun Says:

    This is a very popular restaurant here in Cancun. Caribbean seafood, Mexican cuisine and excellent top choice cuts of beef are part of their menu. The service and food are good, but it is very expensive.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #89 of 1,146 restaurants in Cancun
    • Don't Miss Don't Miss Don't Miss this one! 07/06/2021
    • A very special downtown resturant 29/04/2021
    • La Habichuela Downtown
    Address:
    Margaritas Street # 25 Downtown
    In the Heart of Downtown. Palapas Park Main Plaza
    Cancun 77500
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 884 3158
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$40
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:30 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Los de Pescado
    Restaurants (Mexican, Seafood, Latin)
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    justaguyincancun Says:

    The shrimp and the fish tacos are amazing!... This is a little restaurant located on the sidewalk of Tulum Ave. The service is fast, the place is clean, well priced.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • One fish taco is actually two! First ask for one or two tacos and then decide if you want more.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #184 of 1,146 restaurants in Cancun
    • Loved the food, Loved the Price 02/02/2021
    • Great shrimp and fish tacos. 08/03/2020
    • Los de Pescado
    Address:
    Av Tulum 32, Centro
    Cancun 77500
    Mexico
    Phone:
    998983717
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$7
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:30
    Other:
  • USA Transfers
    Private Tours, Archaeology Tours, Taxis & Shuttles
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    justaguyincancun Says:

    If you don't want to take the public bus ... you can quote a private city tour with this company. The driver can make you some suggestions of places and things to do, but you decide where do you want to go, shop, eat, etc.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 817 Tours in Cancun
    • On time service 20/06/2021
    • Super easy airport transfer 19/06/2021
    • USA Transfers
    Phone:
    +52 998 914 0290
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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