Cancun City Guide

Cancun is a paradisiacal place, with beautiful beaches and white sand. In addition, the city is full of activities and incredible places to see. Have fun in the city of Cancun and get to know the local atmosphere, eat at one of the restaurants in the city, walk around the main square and discover the real life of the Cancun people.

In this travel guide, we will show you what you cannot miss in the city of Cancun. Let’s begin!

What to do in Cancun Downtown?

These are some places that you should see at Cancun Downtown:

Parque de las Palapas

This is a famous park in the city. Visit this place to try the best esquites and the famous dessert of the Yucatan peninsula the "Marquesitas". In addition to the wide variety of delicious food, many cultural performances are also offered in this park, as well as dances and many more events such as food or craft fairs. There are also other parks around the main one, they are nice and quiet. A great option if you are traveling with kids.

cancun palapas park


Malecon Tajamar

This is a beauty pier surrounding by nature! You can go for a walk or running day. It is so nice and relaxing to visit this place, you will have an amazing view of the Nichupte Lagoon. We highly recommend you for a quite and relaxing time in Cancun Downtown.

Mercado 28 and Plaza Bonita

Mercado 28 is a famous market in Cancun Downtown, and it’s very well known for the handcrafts, if you need some souvenirs from Cancun this is the place! And also it has some restaurants that offer delicious and traditional food. And Plaza Bonita is a small shopping mall where you can buy clothes and many more things. It has colorful architecture and a quiet atmosphere.

Kabah Park

This park is full of tropical gardens, perfect for a morning run. It also offers a bit of Mayan Culture, it has a museum inside and replicas of Mayan houses. You will definitely love to walk around this wonderful park!

Ka’Yok Planetarium

If you are an astronomy lover, this is your place. Visit Cancun´s planetarium and spend a great time here. In the planetarium, you can find a lot of valuable information, and they usually make screeing in a special room where you will really feel in space. There is also a  very interesting water museum.

Ceviche Roundabout

An iconic monument in Cancun, you can go for a walk around the main square until you get to the ceviche roundabout. Do not forget to take a picture!

Shopping malls

Malecon Americas is one of the most famous Shopping Mall in Cancun is full of amazing stores, you can find everything there! Also, it has a variety of restaurants.

Puerto Cancun

A shopping mall you should go to, it has a beautiful lagoon and great views. It has some exclusive stores and restaurants. Everything is outdoor, so you can enjoy a sunny day.


Where to Eat?

The first thing you have to do when you get to the center of Cancun is to eat at one of the restaurants located on Av. Nader, this is a famous area in the city, quite colorful and with great restaurants. we recommend you visit the following

El Tigre y el Toro

This is a fascinating Italian food restaurant. Perfect for couples, it has a very pleasant atmosphere, at night it is illuminated and full of romance. They offer pizza, pasta and delicious wine. It is also very easy to get to this place.

Las Pescadillas

If you are looking for where to eat seafood in the city this is the option! This is a small place that offers an incredible atmosphere and music, they offer fish tacos, shrimp and pescadillas. They also offer delicious ceviche. You cannot leave without having an ice-cold beer and enjoying its delicious dishes.

las pescadillas cancun's restaurants

La Parrilla

Looking for Mexican food? we really recommend this place, it is very colorful inside and it offers a quite variety of traditional dishes. Tacos are the best, you can also get some Yucatecan food. Mexican live music will make you feel like a real local, the restaurant is centrally located, and easy to get there.

la parrilla cancun restaurants

Here you can find a full list of Cancun's Restaurants


Plaza de Toros

Plaza de Toros offers the coolest restaurants and pubs in the city! If you want to spend a great night this is the perfect place. You can find nightclubs to dance all night, the best thing is that all of these places are in the same spot, so you can go to pub by pub. Plaza de Toros also offers concerts and events.

plaza de toros cancun

Mamo Café

Favorite nightclub for many locals, this place is very well known for its Latin music. If you want to have a dance night this is your place!


This is a bar-nightclub located in the heart of Cancun city. It is perfect to spend a great night with friends enjoying some tasty drinks.

amarula cancun bars

Please watch out the full list of Bars in Cancun here.


Where to Stay in Cancun Downtown?

Cancun Downtown offers a lot of hotels, and hostels for every pocket, we will recommend the best in the city.

Hotel Gamma

This is such a great option if you want to stay at the center, everything is very close to it, supermarket, Palapas Park, Bus station and more.

Gamma Cancun Centro has accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness center, and a bar. The property is around 2.6 km from Beto Avila Stadium, 11.3 km from Coco Bongo, and 12.9 km from La Isla Shopping Mall. The hotel provides an outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi.

The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. At Gamma Cancun Centro, rooms come with air conditioning and a private bathroom.

cancun airport to gamma hotel

Oh! The Urban Oasis

OH! The Urban Oasis boasts stylish and contemporary accommodations in the heart of downtown Cancun.

Offering an outdoor pool and sun terrace, Oh! - The Urban Oasis is located in Cancún. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is offered and free private parking is available on site.

Every room at this hotel is air-conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, and free toiletries. Certain rooms feature a seating area for your convenience. Some units include views of the pool or city. This hotel is only for adults.


Cancun Airport to Oh The Urbain Oasis Cancun Downtown

Krystal Cancun

Located in the Malecon area in beautiful and exciting downtown Cancun, surrounded by restaurants and businesses, Krystal Urban Cancun Centro offers convenient amenities and services for a variety of travelers.

Guests at this hotel can go for a swim in the refreshing outdoor pool. The modern and stylish guestrooms at the Krystal Urban Cancun Centro feature various amenities such as free wireless internet and a spacious work desk.

From this hotel, guests can enjoy spectacular views of the city and the surrounding gardens. Spa and gym services will be available soon.

Mayan Monkey

This hostel has a restaurant. There is a poolside bar within the premises of the establishment, where guests can relax with a drink. We serve a free breakfast every morning. This establishment has a computer room and free Wi-Fi Internet access.

This Cancun hostel also offers an outdoor pool, a rooftop terrace, and tour / ticket assistance. As a paid service, a round-trip airport shuttle service is available (available 24 hours). Free self parking is available on site.

Cancun Airport to Mayan Monkey Hostel Cancun Downtown

cancun airport to nomads hotel cancun