Acapulco Shopping and Districts
(Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico)
Visitors staying in the state of Guerrero will soon realise that shopping is a major pastime for both locals and tourists, particularly within Acapulco. Plenty of quality gifts and souvenirs are easy to find around many parts of Acapulco, when hand-painted pottery is a particular speciality, along with colourful textiles, various art works, Mexican clothing and silver jewellery.
The spreading municipal market (Mercado Central) located within Acapulco is a great place to start your shopping expedition. Here you will discover an array of local produce, including fruit, vegetables, cheeses, meats and various hot snacks, all housed indoors. As prices are not usually fixed, shopping here will give you a chance to try your hand at a little bargaining.
When to Shop and Opening Hours
Most shops around Acapulco tend to open Monday through Saturday, between the hours of 10:00 and 19:00. Traditionally, Sunday tends not to be a day for shopping, although a handful of stores may open.
Where to Shop
The Mercado de Artesanias is located on the north-eastern side of Acapulco and features more than 400 market stalls. This is the best place to get better prices for many of the goods for sale within hotel shops and similar outlets, and the shopping experience is particularly colourful and enjoyable. You can expect to find various fashion accessories, T-shirts and jewellery of all descriptions here.
If you've developed a taste for market shopping, you will be pleased to know that many other notable markets lie within Acapulco. These include the Mercados de Artesanias La Caletilla on the western side of the Playa Caletilla, and the Artesanias Papagayo, Dalia, La Diana and Noa Noa markets, all of which can be found around La Costera.
The main shopping strip in Acapulco starts at the Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán and is home to a number of major department stores and chains, including Wal-Mart. You will be able to find everything that you could possibly need in this part of the city, although also consider shopping in the Old Acapulco area, which is brimming with good souvenir outlets and noteworthy tailors.