Puerto Vallarta Shopping (Maps, Malls, Markets, and the Malécon)
Puerto Vallarta shopping is a lot of fun.
Listed below we have a breakdown of shopping in Puerto Vallarta with malls, markets, the long Malecon boardwalk and a map detailing the locations and contact details for each entity.
Puerto Vallarta Shopping Map
Zoom in and out for more detail.
The pins in green are for the Farmers markets, details of each below.
The pins in blue are the Tianguis (local bizarres which sell local products)
The pins in yellow are the main Puerto Vallarta shopping malls
The pin in red is the location of the popular Cuale island Flea Market
The pins in purple are the zones or districts in Puerto Vallarta with concentrated shopping options.
Tianguis in Puerto Vallarta
Let’s start with a quick Spanish lesson. The first word you will need to learn is “Tianguis” which is an open market or “bazaar”, where locals sell a wide variety of products from fresh food to artisan clothing. This is a really nice way to meet the locals, pick up some authentic presents or souvenirs and taste the flavors and cultures of Mexico.
Tianguis are great for the pits and bobs you might need for your house, apartment or holiday activities, they literally have everything down to the kitchen sink. Hoarders beware!
Location: Jarretaderas, between Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta
Location: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Location: La Peñita de Jaltemba. During winter and spring, this Tianguis is dedicated to local arts and crafts from around Mexico.
Farmers Markets in Puerto Vallarta
Feeling hungry? Or are you a food lover on a budget? Freshly baked bread, quality organic vegetables, authentic pies and desserts, gourmet chili, local flowers, and plants. The farmers market is just amazing for breakfast with fresh pastries or maybe a freshly baked breakfast pizza? With coffee obviously.
There are three main farmer’s markets in Puerto Vallarta. Every Friday and Saturday from approximately 10 am to 2 pm there are popular Farmer’s markets in Puerto Vallarta.
Every Friday from 10 am – 2 pm at the Casa de la Cultura (Sayulita cultural center)
The Old farmers market is at Pino Suerez (neat Basilio Badillo). This market is closed during the summer months
The New farmers market is at the Paradise Community Centre on Pulpito Street every Saturday from 9 am to 10m.
Flea Market at River Cuale
Located on Isla Cuale on the Rio Cuale River is perhaps the most famous flea market in Puerto Vallarta. This market has everything! It is rather large, covering an entire block and two stories in height. The Cuale River divides El Centro from the Old Town of Puerto Vallarta and is accessible by a foot-bridge.
The main floor is a mix of stalls and stores, selling farm-fresh vegetables, butcher shops, fruit sellers, grain suppliers. Handicrafts, traditional clothing, and jewelry. Upstairs is more for home cooked meals and ready-to-go authentic meals.
Don’t forget to negotiate and haggle with the vendors.
The locals here don’t mind some negotiation on prices so don’t accept the ticket prices for products you want to buy. We suggest aim at 70% of the asking price and practice some of your haggling skills.
Puerto Vallarta Shopping Malls
Very close to the Suite Marine boats and yachts is Marina Vallarta, located at the road entrance to the Puerto Vallarta Marina complex. Marina Plaza has dozens of shops, cafes, and restaurants, along with some high-end furniture and interior design shops.
Plaza Caracol is a great place to get all the essential beach and holiday necessities such as suntan protection and beachwear. Located in the Hotel Zone it has a wide variety of stores, a supermarket, and general foodstuffs.
Located in mid-town a short distance south of the Plaza Caracol, Plaza Genovesa has many small shops, banks and a number of restaurants.
Plaza Galerías Vallarta
The largest mall in Puerto Vallarta is the Plaza Galerías Vallarta. It has more than 80 stores, restaurants, a movie theater, a casino, fitness center, kids area, and high-end boutiques for shoes and clothing. Plaza Galerías is fully air-conditioned for those extremes hot days and caters to everyone.
Puerto Vallarta shopping districts
Perhaps the best way to combine shopping, eating, discovery and local Mexican culture is to take a stroll through three of Puerto Vallarta’s busy shopping districts: Downtown, Cuale River Island and the Romantic Zone.
The Malecon boardwalk and the Downtown Zone
The Malecon boardwalk is a long stretch of shops, stores, restaurants and bars in the Downtown Zone of Puerto Vallarta. Downtown in general, is well known for art galleries, trendy boutiques, nightlife and just a lot of fun with a good atmosphere.
Cuale River Island (Isla Cuale)
This little stretch of green is packed full of stores, well-known restaurants (The River Café, Le Bistro), botanical gardens and a cultural center. It also contains the huge flea market detailed above.
The Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta
Cross over the Cuale River and enter the cobblestone streets of the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta. Be sure and walk down Basilio Badillo street. There are more than 20 restaurants to choose from as well as galleries, women’s fashion boutiques, jewelry stores, and bakeries.
Please have a look at our definitive guide to things to do in Puerto Vallarta for much more details of the best of Puerto Vallarta.
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