Because many people from Merida have an artistic flair there are many small handicraft stores and market stalls in the downtown area, which are a major attraction for tourists. In these stores, in a tradition of old, you can find intricate handicrafts and detailed embroidered cotton clothing, often times sold by the creators themselves.
While shopping in Merida, don't miss out on the chance to take a look at the traditional women's clothing, including a kind of dress called a ''huipil'', and also remember to ask about ''guayaberas'', a really cool, elegant shirt traditionally worn by men in Merida. You may be surprised to know that many people in Merida don't sleep in their beds, preferring to use hand-woven hammocks instead, which also make great souvenirs and are sold throughout the city.
Merida's main square, also known as ''Plaza Grande'', is a great starting point for travelers who want to take a stroll through Merida's Historic Center. All the narrow streets around the plaza feature lots of handicraft stores, markets and libraries. Quaint restaurants and cafes can also be found in this area, should you want to relax a while and get a bite to eat.
If by any chance you are in Merida on a Sunday, you'll have the opportunity to go shopping and have a fun day out in the Historic Center. Sundays are the most culturally and commercially active days in Merida, when the downtown streets are closed off to motorized vehicles and only pedestrians and cyclists can enter into an area full of music, shows, regional dances, as well as hundreds of stands selling typical food and handicrafts.
The most renowned brands of clothing, shoes and accessories can be found at Plaza Las Americas. This largeshopping mall also features a food court and a cinema complex showing Hollywood's latest movies.
This is a modern commercial complex offering a library, department stores, videogame arcades, photo and video supply stores, as well as beauty parlors and pet stores.
La Gran Plaza also has a comfortable movie theater and many fast food restaurants.