Top Choice Books in Oaxaca City

Amate Books

Probably the best English-language bookstore in the country, Arnate is a joy to browse, ponder, peruse and admire – it stocks almost every in-print English-language title related to Mexico. The ideal place to idle f…
Arts & Crafts in Oaxaca City

Voces de Copal, Aullidos del Alma

A classy crafts shop with superb alebrijes from the workshop of Jacobo and María Ángeles in San Martín Tilcajete. These brightly painted wooden figurines, primarily depicting animals and birds, are one of the Valles…
Market in Oaxaca City

Mercado Juárez

This daily indoor market, a block south of the Zócalo, peddles a mix of flowers, hats, shoes, cheap clothes and jewelry, baskets, leather belts and bags, fancy knives, mezcal, herbs (medicinal and culinary), spices,…
Market in Oaxaca City

Central de Abastos

The enormous main market, nearly 1km west of the Zócalo, is a hive of activity all week, with Saturday the biggest day. You can find almost anything here, and it's easy to get lost among the household goods, artesan…
Arts & Crafts in Oaxaca City


A kind of greatest hits of Oaxacan crafts – including black pottery, rugs, clothes, shoes and painted wood carvings (alebrijes) – collected from around the state by a cooperative of artisans. A handy place to shop i…
Arts & Crafts in Oaxaca City

La Casa del Rebozo

A cooperative of 84 artisans from around Oaxaca state, La Casa del Rebozo stocks quality pottery, textiles, alebrijes (painted wood carvings), tinware, bowls and baskets made from pine needles, and palm-leaf bags, b…
Drinks in Oaxaca City

Unión de Palenqueros de Oaxaca

This hole-in-the-wall place is the outlet for a group of small-scale mezcal producers from Santiago Matatlán. It has excellent and very well-priced reposado, pechuga and smoky añejo varieties.
Books in Oaxaca City

Librería Grañén Porrúa

Though most titles are in Spanish, this shop next to relaxing Cafe Brújula offers a lavish selection of art, archaeology and collectable books on the region.
Arts & Crafts in Oaxaca City

El Nahual

Folk art shop run by a Teotitlán del Valle weaving family, meaning it's stuffed with quality rugs, clothes and embroidery, as well as work from other affiliated artisans.
Arts & Crafts in Oaxaca City

Casa de las Artesanías de Oaxaca

A large store selling the work of 80 family workshops and craft organizations from around Oaxaca state.