The best places to go shopping in Acapulco are great for both purchasing mementoes of your trip and soaking up the local culture. This popular city on the Pacific coast of Mexico offers an abundance of shopping venues selling unique souvenirs and crafts by local artists. Since most of the action in Acapulco is just a few steps from the beach, dozens of shops stock virtually everything you’d need for a sun-soaked day, including swimwear, towels, blankets, and umbrellas.

    Whether you’re looking to enjoy some retail therapy at luxurious brand-name retailers or just want to peruse local boutiques and enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine, these places are for you to truly take advantage of the best shopping Acapulco has to offer.

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    Plaza Marbella

    Enjoy views of the bay from this low-key shopping plaza

    Plaza Marbella is a shopping mall right on the Bay of Santa Lucia. It offers a variety of businesses, including restaurants, a bank, a tattoo parlor, and 14 brand-name stores, making it a great place to spend an afternoon in Acapulco.

    If you’re hungry, stop by standout restaurants like El Gran Recuerdo for Mexican cuisine, Pizzeria Restaurante Napoli for Italian cuisine, or Mariscos Pancho y Zayra for fresh seafood. Thanks to its central location, you can find many ways to get to Plaza Marbella from just about anywhere in the city.

    Location: Miguel Alemán Valdez S/N Farallón, 39690 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Phone: +52 744-484-6446

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    Mercado Centro

    Experience this bustling bazaar with some of the best local finds

    Mercado Centro is one of the most active markets in Acapulco. You can find hundreds of shops and food stalls inside and outside of the market. Vendors range from local artists and florists to food stalls serving traditional dishes. Must-tries include pozole (stew), ceviche, and enchiladas.

    Mercado Central is in central Acapulco, just off Highway 200, making it easy to get to from nearly anywhere in the city. It’s also right on the main bus line. This market gets incredibly busy, so you may want to arrive early in the morning or mid-afternoon to avoid large crowds.

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

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6.30 pm

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    Galerias Acapulco

    A huge indoor shopping mall with nearly 100 stores

    Galerias Acapulco is a large shopping mall housing almost 100 stores. It’s located at the intersection of Highway 200 and Avenue Costera Migues Aleman. Since this is an indoor mall, it's a great place for shopping and escaping hot days in Acapulco.

    With so many stores to choose from, you can get almost anything at Galerias Acapulco. These include home goods and luxury clothing to toys and souvenirs. Those traveling by automobile can get their parking validated by presenting a receipt of purchase before leaving the mall. 

    Location: Av Costera Miguel Alemán 1632, Fracc Magallanes, Magallanes, 39670 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +52 744 486 6478

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    Craft Market El Pueblito

    Support local artists at this popular souvenir market

    Craft Market El Pueblito is a great place to enjoy local traditional cuisine and purchase handicrafts by local artisans. You can find the market at the corner of Dr. Ignacio Chave and Highway 200, just north of Playa El Murro.

    Like any traditional art market, El Pueblito is known for offering some of the most unique and colorful souvenirs in the city. Due to its proximity to the beach, the market is also a great place to purchase bathing suits, beach blankets, and more. 

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

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 9 pm

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    La Isla Shopping Village

    Shop until you drop at this luxurious open-air mall

    La Isla Shopping Village is a luxury shopping destination filled with beautiful stores and delicious restaurants. It’s also a great place to bring the family for an afternoon or evening of fun. Popular retailers include Billabong and Lacoste, while standout restaurants are Carlos ‘n Charlies and Harry’s Prime Steakhouse & Raw Bar.

    La Isla Shopping Village has unique amenities for the whole family to enjoy, such as a playground, movie theater, bars with live music, and even a canal with night-time gondola rides. The open-air mall is just 2.5 km northwest of Acapulco International Airport and 14 km southwest of central Acapulco. 

    Location: Boulevard de las Naciones No. 1813 Lt 17 & 16 Mza 5, Playa Dinamita, 39760 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday–Sunday from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +52 744-462-1962

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    Mercado de Artesanias “La Diana”

    Find the best bargains in town at this popular open-air market

    Mercado de Artesanias “La Diana” is a flea market specializing in unique homemade crafts at affordable prices. It’s situated in the eastern part of Acapulco, along Acapulco Bay. You can get there on foot from Playa Condesa within 10 minutes.

    Besides shopping for local art and knick-knacks, locals frequent La Diana to stock up on fresh fruit, vegetables, and traditional street food. We highly recommend getting a few local snacks and enjoying them on the beach.

    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

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    Acapulco Mall

    Grab a few essentials and fun gifts at this shopping mall

    Acapulco Mall is one of the locals’ go-to for goods and services in Acapulco. It has a variety of retailers, including fashion brand Bety LBV Galindo and the Soluciones Hidráulicas y Sanitarias hardware store. You can also find clinics, law firms, and even a popular restaurant, Pizza’s Real.

    Acapulco Mall is about a 10-minute walk northeast of Playa Papagayo. If you're traveling by automobile, you can enjoy free parking for the first hour. There is plenty of street parking near the mall, too.

    Location: Av Cuauhtémoc 500, Marroquin, 39640 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +52 744 485 1880

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    Galerías Diana

    Update your wardrobe at this posh fashion mall

    Galerías Diana is a posh shopping mall that offers a variety of name-brand stores and small boutiques. It’s a great place for picking up a new outfit from prominent stores like Zara, Pull&Bear, Bershka Acapulco, and Lotes.

    After enjoying a few hours of retail therapy, you can catch a movie at Galerías Diana’s onsite movie theater or enjoy a meal at Italianni’s or Fischer’s. Both restaurants offer excellent views of Acapulco Bay. You can find the mall on the northern side of Highway 200, just 450 meters north of Playa Magallanes.

    Location: Galerías Diana, Av Costera Miguel Alemán 1926, Magallanes, 39670 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

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    Mercado Chilapeño

    Shop like a local at this typical outdoor market

    Mercado Chilapeño is one of the most popular markets for authentic Mexican handmade gifts, fresh local produce, and snacks in Acapulco. You can find it in the La Fábrica neighbourhood, just a 15-minute walk from Playa Tamarindos and Playa Hornos. This market is a local favorite, offering an authentic shopping experience in the city.

    Mercado Chilapeño is known for having a wide variety of assorted handicrafts at very affordable prices. Due to its popularity and location in a busy neighbourhood, parking can be a challenge. If you’re planning to visit, it’s a good idea to get there on foot or by taxi cab.

    Location: Durango 103, Progreso, 39350 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 7 pm

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    Plaza Condesa

    Grab the essentials at this strip mall

    Plaza Condesa is a strip mall just across Highway 200, at the easternmost point of Playa Condesa. It’s a convenient shopping venue for anyone visiting Acapulco’s eastern beaches. The complex has several essential stores, including a pharmacy (Farma Xpress) and bank (Banorte), as well as several popular clothing stores and restaurants.

    If you’re looking for a sit-down meal, head to Delisso Restaurante for traditional Mexican dishes or Aiko Comida Japonesa for international cuisine. For a quick drink, Angels House Acapulco is a popular spot for fruity cocktails and daily specials.

    Location: Paraíso 3, La Condesa, 39690 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 8 pm

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    Victoria Zelefsky | Contributing Writer

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