Besides the plentiful water-sport and beach-bum activities, Mazatlan also is a great place to shop for local handicrafts, souvenirs, fine art, jewelry and other high-end products.
Most stores are open Monday through Saturday from 9 or 10 am to 6 or 8 pm. Very few close for lunch, and many stores are open on Sunday afternoon. There’s also an artwalk, a popular and free self-guided walking tour of artist studios and galleries in Old Mazatlán’s Centro Histórico. Artwalk happens on the first Friday of every month, November thru May, from 4 to 8pm. For more details visit www.artwalkmazatlan.com.
La Zona Dorada (the Golden Zone) is a popular area for shopping. There are a number of quality silver and jewelry stores along Avenidas Playa Gaviotas and Camaron Sabalo, including: Pacific Jewelry, Rubio Jewellers, El Delfin, Joyeria Cielito Lindo and Michael Gallery. For more information about these stores and others click here.
Sea Shell City, on Av. Playa Gaviotas, is exactly what the name implies — more shell-covered decorative items than you ever dreamed could exist, from the tacky to the sublime.
Señor Frog’s is the most popular souvenir store in town, selling Señor Frog’s signature shirts, hats, handbags, and beachwear. There are about a dozen branches of Señor Frog’s around town.
Mazatlan’s Mercado Pino Suarez Market in Centro Historico is a great shopping experience that has been a recommended tourist attraction for many years. The market is divided in various sections, where you’ll find aisles of fresh seafood, chicken, pork, beef, fresh fruit, vegetables, local cheeses, herbs and spices. You’ll also find shops stacked with pottery, clothing, and crafts. Often overlooked, stairs lead to the second level where you will find several small restaurants that overlook the bustling streets below. The market has been situated at this location since 1900 and opens around 6am and stays open until sundown.
Small art galleries and charming shops are also located in Centro Historico; some of the nicest and most popular include NidArt Galería and Casa Etnika located next to the Teatro Angela Peralta and Plaza Machado. NidArt features a contemporary art gallery with some very unique items, has talented artists working on the premises and also features a lovely court yard. Casa Etnika is a boutique art gallery and coffee shop. They offer a great selection of unique art and craft items from throughout Mexico.
Mazatlan also offers two modern shopping malls with major department stores, movie theaters and entertainment. The Gran Plaza is located in the golden zone and the new Galerias shopping center is located in the Marina area to the North. If you want to see a movie, we highly recommend watching a movie in a leather lazy-boy recliner, with waiter service at the Cinemex Platino movie theater at Galerias.