La Isla Shopping Village
Tucked into faux townhouses overlooking Venetian-style canals and bridges, the 150 retailers at this gleaming new complex range from high-end chains like Bulgari to locally run kiosks, plus restaurants serving both international fare and Mexican standbys. Not into shopping? Glide on a boat over the waterways, scale a rock-climbing wall, watch a movie, or dive into a shark tank at the Interactive Aquarium. The mega-mall even tempts locals, who don their finest for a traditional evening paseo before heading to one of the village’s discos.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.