Restaurants

Top Choice Bakery in Oaxaca City

Boulenc Pan Artesano

Oaxaca’s best bakery comes with an attached hipster cafe next door where the most popular dish is – guess what? – avocado on toast. Guys with beards or girls in Doc Martens serve you coffee in terracotta mugs and ca…
Top Choice Fusion in Oaxaca City

Casa Oaxaca

It’s not easy living up to the mantle of Oaxaca's best restaurant, but this place consistently achieves. A glamorous rooftop terrace, theatrical tableside preparation, a posh cocktail scene, and an array of ravishin…
Top Choice Oaxacan in Oaxaca City

La Olla

La Olla (the cooking pot) is very much its own invention. It’s not a trying-too-hard hipster cafe, or a fancy fusion restaurant or a purveyor of nouveau cuisine. It’s just, for want of a better word, good – very goo…
Top Choice Fusion in Oaxaca City

Restaurante Los Danzantes

Excellent Mexican fusion food in a spectacular architect-designed patio makes Los Danzantes one of Oaxaca’s special dining spots. The hierba santa leaves rolled round two cheeses are a great starter, and the goat's …
Top Choice Cafe in Oaxaca City

Jaguar Yuú

The best coffee in Oaxaca comes from the mountains overlooking the Pacific and is served in this quietly hip but unmistakably Mexican cafe that also does a fine line in smoothies, baguettes, crepes, waffles and othe…
New Mexican in Oaxaca City

Tobaziche

Named after a type of indigenous agave plant, the new and unashamedly hip Tobaziche slams down complimentary mezcals on selective nights and trumpets some skilled live bands improvising jazzy jams. They also do wond…
International in Oaxaca City

Restaurante Catedral

Perhaps Oaxaca’s most refined and romantic eating choice, with sharp but non-showy service on a patio or in a variety of interior rooms. The specialty is roast pork, but there is the usual variety of moles and – hig…
Oaxacan in Oaxaca City

Pitiona

Food as art. Oaxacan chef José Manuel Baños, who has worked at the renowned El Bulli in Spain, takes the ingredients and flavors of his homeland to new creative heights at Pitiona. The delicious sopa de fideos (nood…
Mexican in Oaxaca City

La Popular

Cheap, quick, boisterous and – as the name implies – popular, this little corner restaurant with a sideline as an art gallery does a variety of interesting antojitos (Mexican snacks) and other more substantial Oaxac…
Oaxacan in Oaxaca City

Cenaduría Tlayudas Libres

It might smell more like a blacksmith’s forge than a restaurant, but don’t be put off. A dip inside the charcoal-y interior of this city institution is practically obligatory to anyone with more than a faint curiosi…