Shopping in Mazatlán
We can’t start talking about Mazatlán shopping unless we start with the Central Mercado Mazatlán, the Mercado Pino Suarez. This old wonderful market is located in Central Mazatlan across from the Basilica de La Inmaculada Concepcion and down from the large tropical Plaza de la Republica. The mercado is divided by food types including fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, creamery, bakery, clothing etc. Because we usually buy our fruits and vegetables at local fruit stands, but we use the market for special foods. Check out their spices, cheeses, butter and smoked tuna and salmon. A real favorite of ours are trays of candied sweet potatoes for our Thanksgiving table (Ignore the covering of bees). Surrounding the market are stands and carts of delicious colorful sweets. Down the block is the famous Panama Cafe with pastries and cakes filling the windows.
You can walk a few blocks from the market to the older colonial section of Mazatlan around Machado Square. Because this area has become very fashionable you will find wonderful bakeries, coffee shops, clothing, artwork, antiques and restaurants. We love dinner at Pedro and Lola’s on the Plaza where the waiters always seem to remember you. Try the sidewalk cafes for a great cappuccino. On another night, experience real luxury at a bargain price and reserve a seat at El Presidio. There you will eat gourmet Mexican food among beautiful gardens and old colonial buildings.
Travel Up The Malecon
Take a pulmonia or open air taxi up the Malecon and let the wind blow through your hair. Stop at the Designer Bazaar in the Golden Zone. At Designer Bazaar you find a beautiful tropical outfits complete with accessories. Go upstairs and find pieces of great Mexican artwork to take home. Have fish tacos at Fish, saving Pancho’s for breakfast your next day. Afterwards, find Michaels for beautiful Mexican art and finish at sunset with a drink on the ocean patio of La Playa Mazatlán.
For dinner, walk across the street to the Seafarer Restaurant and wear shoes for dancing. For another evening, take the pulmonia to La Costa Marinara and order the huge seafood platter for two and double Margaritas. You could also take a late night trip up to Cerritos Beach to La Bruja. Here, forget the menu and order the coconut shrimp and lobster combination and a large margarita.
Finally if you have the energy, check out our real night life at one of our famous Discos or Casinos.