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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

The Museum of Oaxacan Cultures, housed in the beautiful monastery buildings adjoining the Templo de Santo Domingo, is one of Mexico's best regional museums. The rich displays take you right through the history and c…
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 Plaza in Oaxaca City

Zócalo

Traffic-free, shaded by tall trees and surrounded by elegant portales (arcades), the Zócalo is the perfect place to start soaking up the Oaxaca atmosphere. It bustles with life by day and night, as marimba ensembles…
Top Choice Fusion in Oaxaca City

Casa Oaxaca

Casa Oaxaca restaurant works magic combining Oaxacan and other ingredients in original and delectable ways. You might go for the chilies stuffed with ceviche accompanied by tropical-fruit sauce, the organic turkey b…
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 crème brûlé…
Top Choice Oaxacan in Oaxaca City

La Olla

This superb little restaurant and cafe produces a spectrum of marvelous Mexican (mainly Oaxacan) specialties from squash-flower soup to beef fillet in mole amarillo (yellow mole) with wild mushrooms, as well as good…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Oaxaca City

Tastavins

The seven tables and three or four bar stools tend to fill up quickly, so get there earlyish. Tastavins is superpopular for its combination of tasty Spanish and Italian dishes, excellent fresh salads and good select…
Market in Oaxaca City

Mercado 20 de Noviembre

Dozens of good, clean comedores inside this large market serve up tasty, traditional Oaxacan and Mexican staples. The biggest treat for carnivores is the hugely popular Pasillo de Carnes Asadas (Grilled Meat Passage…
Oaxacan in Oaxaca City

La Biznaga

Locals and visitors alike jam the atmospheric courtyard for delicious nouveau-Oaxacan fusion dishes. The choices are chalked on blackboards: you might start with the sopa del establo (a creamy Roquefort and chipotle…