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Top Choice Dance in Oaxaca City

Guelaguetza

The Guelaguetza is a brilliant feast of Oaxacan folk dance staged on the first two Mondays after July 16 in the large, semi-open-air Auditorio Guelaguetza on Cerro del Fortín. Magnificently costumed dancers from the…
Top Choice Museum in Oaxaca City

Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

Got two hours? You'll need it for the Museum of Oaxacan Cultures, housed in the beautiful monastery buildings adjoining the Templo de Santo Domingo. This is one of Mexico's best regional museums. The rich displays t…
Top Choice Church in Oaxaca City

Templo de Santo Domingo

Gorgeous Santo Domingo is the most splendid of Oaxaca’s churches, with a finely carved baroque facade and nearly every square centimeter inside decorated in 3D relief with intricate gilt designs swirling around a pr…
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 Public Art in Oaxaca City

Lapiztola

Oaxacan street art has reached global audiences through the work of Lapiztola, a small collective whose startling murals are usually based on photographically real images with creative embellishments and a strong po…
Top Choice Gallery in Oaxaca City

Espacio Zapata

In a city of provocative graphic art, this workshop and gallery is a key agitator. Founded by the art collective Asaro (Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca) in 2006, and never satisfied to put down its pa…
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 Mezcalería in Oaxaca City

Los Amantes

Squeeze into this unusual standing-room-only bar stuffed to the rafters with peculiar knickknacks for a short sharp intro to Mexico's smokiest spirit. Friendly bar staff will explain all about the three different ar…