5 places to see in downtown Cancun
Cancún is divided into two sections: the hotel zone and the downtown area where the locals live. While many tourists only see the Hotel Zone during their stays, the more adventurous know that the city center has many top attractions, and most expats end up spending a lot more time at one of the 5 places to visit. see in downtown Cancun.
Las Palapas Park
The city’s main park is a large square with food vendors, a market, a playground and a large stage. On weekends it turns into a show and party venue for families in Cancún.
Present for more than 30 years, La Habichuela is a restaurant appreciated by tourists and locals alike. It lends itself perfectly to special occasions, but you don’t need to have something to celebrate to visit it. The food (mainly Mexican but with international dishes as well) and the service are excellent, and the decor very pleasant. You can eat inside or outside.
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Cancun’s largest market, a colorful and bustling maze of souvenir stalls, jewelry stores and restaurants that covers an entire city block. Here, everything is done the Mexican way, so be prepared to negotiate with the vendors. For a seafood meal, sit down at El Cejas.
The Irish Pub
On Nichupte Avenue, this Irish pub, as its name soberly suggests, is perhaps not the most “authentic” bar in Cancún, but it has established itself as an unmissable meeting place for revelers in the downtown. This is the favorite place for lovers of beer, billiards and fish’n’chips, in a European atmosphere. Over 50 different beers from around the world are served.
This waterfront neighborhood is one of the most modern and well-planned areas of the city. You can stroll along the Nichupte lagoon and admire the horizon and the silhouette of the buildings in the hotel zone. Across the street is the Malecon Americas mall, one of the busiest places for locals on weekends. Open to the sky, it has a modern and charming atmosphere that offers an interesting contrast to a stroll near the lagoon.