La Comer: Cabo’s best shopping secret

What’s your guilty pleasure when you’re on holiday? For some it’s indulging a bit more. For others, it’s partying like it’s 1999. I’m partial to hitting up a good grocery store. Like for hours. Quite possibly the best grocery store in the world is La Comer, found in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. You want bronzed skin AND bargains? Roll up to this little slice of paradise on the Baja Peninsula. Here’s a look at why La Comer is so rad.

La Comer is the best part of San Jose del Cabo - here's why

So many helpful staff at La Comer can tell you which salsa to buy.

La Comer

Half the customers at La Comer are American ex-pats and the store caters to these cash cows. They’ve got volunteers dotted around the store to help you shop. One pounced on me and she was so knowledgeable about whether cactus tostadas were worth the hype that I kept hunting her down. Do Mexicans drink margaritas out of a can? Do refried beans taste OK without lard? These volunteers can answer all those questions that have been bugging your for years. P.S. expect to receive a look of disgust when asking about omitting lard. 

La Comer: Cabo’s best shopping secret

Me and my bestie.

My gal even ran into the huz and got into a conversation about me, without realizing our mutually close relationships.

Lady: Hello sir, do you have any questions? I’m happy to help.

Huz: Thanks, but I think I’m OK. (Continues shopping for inappropriate T-shirts.)

Lady: No really, it’s fine. I just spent an hour with a Canadian in the hot chocolate aisle.

Huz: Did she ask you a thousand questions?

Lady: Yes!

Huz: I think you just met my wife.

Lady: She is wearing black and looks like an old teenager? 

Huz: That’d be her.

Editor’s note: I hoping old teenager was just a bad translation for young lady.

Cool clothing at La Comer

With Target and Zellers gone in Canada, I’ve been missing the cheap Cherokee line for kids. They carry it at La Comer, plus a lot of clothing that hasn’t made it past a good translator.

stupid college T shirts

Naturally we bought this shirt and are thinking of giving it to our nephew.

But who could resist such sexy Ts? Not my man.

target T shirts

Camping: Meet new friends since 1987. Um, OK!

Check out the amazing seafood counter.

seafood counter

Seafood fresh from the Sea of Cortez.

Ceviche anyone?

ceviche counter

Or maybe it’s salsa? Both are available and made daily.

La Comer’s got a full bakery, prepared food section (hello homemade tortillas and quacamole!) and a handsome selection of tires in case you get a flat. Really, this Cabo grocery store has it all. 

Mega tortiallas

Snap up homemade tortillas on your way to the airport. I do!

San Jose del Cabo shopping

La Comer rocks for tourists like me keen to snap up American goods at much cheaper prices than we could in the States or Canada. Costco in Cabo is good, too. They have the advantage of being closer to Cabo San Lucas if you’re staying near that area. Plus Costco has some sweet views of The Arches from their parking lot. And who can resist the super cheap hot dogs, pizza and sundaes they dish out? Not I! But if given a choice, it’s La Comer (formerly Mega) that I return to time and time again.

Have you ever hit up La Comer in Mexico? Have I tempted you?

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9 Comments

  1. Melissa 03.03.2016 at 16:07 - Reply

    “old teenager”? haaaaaa

  2. Fiona Maclean 19.05.2018 at 12:46 - Reply

    The seafood DOES look amazing – and I love that your helper managed to lobby your husband too! Old Teenager indeed – I suspect you won’t be allowed to forget that!

  3. Carol Colborn 19.05.2018 at 13:46 - Reply

    We stayed in Cabo for 3 weeks and we were mainstays of La Comer. But what I loved most was the cooked Mexican dishes available for a song. So I didn’t have to cook at any time!

  4. Gabby 20.05.2018 at 10:10 - Reply

    I have never been to La Comer but I share your love of visiting local grocery stores on trips! I’m always so interested in what the people in tother countries are eating and what little goodies I can find there!

  5. Kimmie Conner 20.05.2018 at 18:32 - Reply

    Hahaha, this cracks me up! What a funny guilty pleasure while traveling – I can totally relate! I think you are spot on with the bad translation for young lady 😛

  6. Brianna Simmons 21.05.2018 at 05:29 - Reply

    I adore exploring local grocery stores when I travel, I would visit La Comer for the ceviche bar alone. I’m at an age where “old teenager” would be a compliment lol.

  7. Sara 21.05.2018 at 05:57 - Reply

    Margaritas come in a can? Oh this sounds like my mecca. I’m like you and love to discover all the culinary delights of the place I am visiting.

    Love that there are eager volunteers on hand to help you out. I would spend hours here chatting away.

    I can’t believe the variety at La Comer. I’m in lust!!

  8. Renata - www.byemyself.com 22.05.2018 at 06:28 - Reply

    What is this Ceviche-counter? And the sea food? I need to shop there as soon as I can – maybe I’ll run into two ‘old teens’; would be a pleasure 😉

  9. Jitaditya 22.05.2018 at 21:30 - Reply

    Lovely market. Always great to explore local markets in far-off places. Homemade tortillas is what I’d like to try. I’m sure it will be better than the artificial, packaged ones I get at home.

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