Markets in Acapulco let you soak up local culture and colour while browsing stalls filled with fresh fruit and veggies, flowers, meats, cheeses, and even locally-made handicrafts. The city might be famous for its beaches and nightlife. Still, local culture can only be seen in the spots that locals like to frequent, and that means heading for one of these markets to get your shop on.

    You'll find colourful vendor booths with quirky offerings, delicious food, and a vibrant spirit at these spots, which range from tiny corner spots with a few booths to huge outdoor and indoor spaces with hundreds of options. Check out where to go shopping like a local in Acapulco.


    Mercado Central

    Check out one of the largest, most active spots around

    Mercado Central is among the most active markets in the city, with hundreds of food stalls and vendor booths within the market proper and surrounding it. Here you can find everything from local artists and farmers to food stalls serving up prepared foods of traditional dishes from family recipes to fresh cut flowers brought in every day. While you're here, be sure to try the local enchiladas, ceviche, and pozole stew.

    It's a great place to spend the day soaking up local sights, smells, and culture while finding the perfect souvenir of your trip. This one is also easy to get to since it's located right in the heart of central Acapulco.

    Location: Av. Constituents, Cuereria 25, 39350 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6.30 pm


    Craft Market El Pueblito

    Grab some local handicrafts

    Craft Market El Pueblito offers a wide range of traditional arts, crafts, home décor, and traditional food and recipes for your day out in Acapulco. This market is famed for the variety and quality of the souvenirs it has on offer. It's also right on the seashore, so it's a fantastic place to soak up the salt air, see the endless dark blue waters of the bay, and even grab a swimming costume or beach blanket and run just a few steps away for fun in the sun.

    You'll also find a range of arts and crafts from gifts to souvenirs to wall art and homemade foods of just about every variety. It's only about 30 minutes west of city centre.

    Location: Dr Ignacio Chávez 125, Fracc Magallanes, Magallanes, 39670 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 9 pm


    Mercado de Artesanias “La Diana”

    Check out an Acapulco flea market

    Mercado de Artesanias "La Diana" is one of several named outdoor markets just up the boulevard offering contemporary overstock and secondhand goods. It feels a bit like a flea market inside a covered but open-air venue with dozens of stalls selling everything from fine leatherworks to sandals, beachwear to fine fashions, sunglasses to knick-knacks. It's a fun place to browse the dozens of stalls looking for unusual items you might not find at other markets.

    Another fun thing about this market is that it's sort of "between here and there" in the La Condesa area about 40 minutes west of city centre. As you're heading to a restaurant or another shop, you might stop here for a browse.

    Location: Avenida Farallon Esquina, Av Costera Miguel Alemán Local 126, Farallon, 39690 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm


    Mercado El Parazal

    See Acapulco's oldest craft market

    Mercado El Parazal is the oldest continuously operating arts and crafts market in the port, offering a vast array of vendors selling just about everything you can imagine. Here you'll find handmade leather goods, wood art, hats, shoes, home décor made from seashells, homemade leather boots and shoes, and other crafts. One thing that sets this market apart is that vendors travel here from all over Mexico to sell their wares. Be sure to do a lot of browsing before buying; you might find different vendors selling similar wares at wildly different prices.

    This one is about 40 minutes west of city centre. It's right by the port, so you also get great seaside views.

    Location: Matamoros s/n, Centro, 39300 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +52 744 204 0336


    Mercado Morelos

    Try a traditional market in the heart of town

    Mercado Morelos is a traditional market in the heart of city centre Acapulco offering clean, colourful vendor stalls offering up a wide variety of products from food to arts and crafts. Here you will find fresh produce brought in daily from local farms and stalls where artisans sell their handmade items. You can get fashions, wall art, souvenirs, gifts, and more. Speciality foods are also offered here, including meats, cheeses, and natural fruit waters. Onsite restaurants let you relax with a delicious local meal, whether baked goods or meat pies.

    This is a place that attracts locals and visitors alike. That makes it a fantastic spot to come and soak up local culture.

    Location: Reforma s/n, Morelos, Zona Urbana, 39530 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 5.30 pm


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