Oaxaca

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  • 1. La Cava

    Centro Historico | Wine/Spirits

    La Cava, affiliated with Los Danzantes restaurant, sells a variety of quality mezcals along with regional wines and hand-rolled cigars in a...Read More

  • 2. Mezcaloteca

    Centro Historico | Wine/Spirits

    This speakeasy-style bar gives you an adrenaline rush from the moment you ring the bell to gain access. Serving only mezcal from hundreds of...Read More

  • 3. Piedra Lumbre

    Centro Historico | Wine/Spirits

    The owners, Betty and Fernando, are wonderful hosts at their gallery and mezcal-tasting room. The attractive decoration, variety of mezcals...Read More

  • 4. Silvia Suarez

    Centro Historico | Clothing

    Silvia Suarez is undoubtedly the mother of ethno fashion in Oaxaca. Her handmade designs have been shown and worn around the world and provide...Read More

  • 5. Amate Books

    Centro Historico | Books/Stationery

    This is the bookstore you wish you had found before your trip. Hundreds of books, most of them in English, cover topics from the country's cuisine...Read More

  • 6. Artesanías Chimalli

    Centro Historico | Crafts

    Sort through an excellent selection of crafts, including painted copal-wood animals with comical expressions, at this shop. ...Read More

  • 7. Central de Abastos

    Centro Historico | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    Oaxaca's largest and oldest market is held at the Central de Abastos (literally the "Center of Supplies") on the southern edge of downtown....Read More

  • 8. Chocolate Mayordomo

    Centro Historico | Food/Candy

    Oaxaca is famous for its chocolate—most of all for its hot chocolate. This shop near the market is arguably the best around; it grinds its own...Read More

  • 9. Cristina Palacios

    Centro Historico | Jewelry/Accessories

    Cristina Palacios has made her name creating contemporary silver jewelry for a discerning, design-conscious client. Her store in the heart of...Read More

  • 10. Cuish

    Centro Historico | Wine/Spirits

    South of the city center, Cuish has a small mezcal tasting room, great for pre- and postdinner drinks, where it sells only its own house-bottled...Read More

  • 11. El Cortijo

    Centro Historico | Wine/Spirits

    The mezcal at El Cortijo comes from Santiago Matatlan, one of Oaxaca’s most famous mezcal-producing centers, and the bar reflects this in the...Read More

  • 12. Galeria CuatroSiete

    Centro Historico | Art Galleries

    Home to the works of Julio Martinez, the gallery also hosts visiting shows by artists from Oaxaca and across Mexico. Its central location—and...Read More

  • 13. Galería Quetzalli

    Centro Historico | Art Galleries

    Here you can see the latest from Oaxaca's most famous artist, Francisco Toledo, as well as many other well-respected contemporary artists. Of...Read More

  • 14. Jarciería El Arte Oaxaqueño

    Centro Historico | Crafts

    In business since 1961, this shop has a small but good assortment of stamped-tin products, whimsical earrings, as well as animals and skeletons...Read More

  • 15. La Mano Mágica

    Centro Historico | Crafts

    This magical shop features the works of Arnulfo Mendoza, a top weaver. His rugs, made using hand-dyed silk and wool, have incredibly intricate...Read More

  • 16. Librería Grañén Porrúa

    Centro Historico | Books/Stationery

    Selling books in both English and Spanish—not to mention CDs and high-end gifts—the bookstore adjoins an independent coffeehouse. ...Read More

  • 17. Mercado 20 de Noviembre

    Centro Historico | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    It's mostly locals that you'll find chowing down amid the lively stalls of the daily Mercado 20 de Noviembre, across the street from the Mercado...Read More

  • 18. Mercado Benito Juárez

    Centro Historico | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    Close to the zócalo, the daily Mercado Benito Juárez has stalls selling moles, chocolates, fruits and vegetables, and much more. The bulky brick...Read More

  • 19. Mercado Benito Juárez

    Centro | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    The city's sprawling market is a long walk (but short cab ride) from the beaches. It's divided into orderly sections of comedors (humble eateries...Read More

  • 20. Mercado de Artesanías

    Centro Historico | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    For textiles, don't miss Mercado de Artesanías, a great place to shop for handwoven and embroidered clothing from Oaxaca's seven regions. This...Read More

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