Shopping in Mazatlán
A couple of these shopping complexes will
remind you of shopping malls in the U.S. or Canada. You
won't find many touristy-type items here, but for
everyday purchases such as food, clothes, toys, music,
and household goods, the selection is great and the
prices are very competitive. Consider taking the bus
there for 3 pesos, then take a Pulmonia or taxi home
with your bags of purchases (usually around 35 to 40 pesos).
Mexicana (now called Mega). Our
personal favorites! Here you'll find a variety of small
boutique-type shops; a food court with Mexican, Chinese
and American dishes; a 3-screen movie theater; and the
large department store, Comercial Mexicana which has changed its name to
Mega. Just inside
the store you can sit and enjoy a cold beverage, a snack
such as quesadillas or sandwiches, or even the "dish
of the day" at a low price. This store has just
about everything and food shopping here is easy and
pleasant. From the Golden Zone, take the Cerritos Juárez
bus, or walk there from McDonalds. From downtown, take
the Playa Sur or Gran Plaza bus. Note that next to La
Gran Plaza is Sam's Club and your membership card from
the U.S. will work here too!
del Mar and Ley. Also very large and very good. There are
several Ley stores accessible by bus in Mazatlán and they
are referred to as Ley 1, 2 and 3 or Ley Centro (in the middle of
downtown). Get off the bus at
Plaza del Mar and you'll be at the largest of the Ley
stores. From the Golden Zone: Sábalo-Cocos bus and
Urias-Sábalo bus. From downtown: Sábalo-Cocos bus.
the largest of Mazatlan's grocery and variety stores which opened in
2001 and put the pressure on all the other stores to remodel and
update. There's a food court in the front and is flanked by a
Blockbuster Video, Burger King and a multiplex cinema with 8 or 10
Gigante. Another large variety and grocery
store. It recently joined the rest of the grocery stores in Mazatlan by
joining through a major face lift. From
the Golden Zone: Sábalo-Cocos bus and Urias-Sábalo bus.
From downtown: Sábalo-Cocos bus and Playa Sur bus plus a
walk. A new Office Depot just opened next door.
ISSSTE (Instituto Seguridad Social
Servicio Trabajores del Estado). Also a large variety and
grocery store with good value. Employees of government
agencies and other companies participating in the
association receive discounts, but it is open to the
public for shopping. From the Golden Zone: Sábalo-Cocos
bus and Playa Sur bus. Buses from downtown: Insurgentes,
Playa Sur and Sábalo-Cocos.
MarketMercado. This is not to be missed! It is located
between B. Juárez and Aquiles Serdán streets, and
Melchor Ocampo and Leandro Valle. You'll find the market
surrounded by a variety of small shops, food vendors and
juice bars where you can enjoy fresh fruit and vegetable
juices and iced Agua Frescas.
Inside, the market is
divided in sections by food types. You'll find a couple
of aisles with fresh seafood; chickens are to one end;
the middle rows have cooled displays of beef and pork;
then several alleys of fresh fruits and veggies. The
dairy vendors are scattered around the market. Near the
B. Juárez entrances you'll find fellow tourists shopping
for T-shirts, blankets, and every imaginable Mazatlán
Food prices are generally
not negotiable. You see rates posted for fruits and
vegetables. However, the clothing and tourist items are
definitely negotiable. Don't ever pay the first price
they give you! Counter with a price about half of their
first price. Expect a better price if you're buying
several of one item. It helps to price items at two or
three vendors so you've done your homework. Now, I'll go back and make
an exception to what I just wrote above. Sometimes they will start off
with a fair price. Especially if you don't look like a "dumb
tourist." So use your head when given a price. If you know that
wallet should be about 150 pesos, don't turn around and offer half. It
can't hurt to ask if they won't give you a better price. After a few
tries, you'll get the hang of it.
From the Golden Zone, the
Sábalo-Cocos bus will take you right alongside the
market on Serdán. With the Sábalo-Centro bus, you won't
see the market since you are a block west of B. Juárez.
Either follow the map, or get out when most of the people
leave the bus at Leandro Valle street. If you see the
tall spires of the Cathedral, you've gone a street too
far. No big deal. You'll want to visit the Cathedral and
the Central Square park anyway.
Surrounding the Mercado.
There is great shopping for several blocks on all sides
of the Mercado. The best shops seem to be along Serdán.
You'll find clothing and shoe stores with low prices and
frequent signs posted advertising their sale prices.
Market/ Sunday Flea Market.
There is a large daily produce market
similar to the central Mercado. Sunday mornings, there is
a large flea market covering several streets near the
regular market. From the Golden Zone, take the
Cerritos-Juárez bus. From downtown, walk over to Av.
Miguel Alemán and take the Juárez bus.