Must-see restaurants in Oaxaca City

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    Top Choice
    Boulenc Pan Artesano

    Oaxaca’s best bakery comes with a trendy cafe next door where the most popular dish is – guess what? – avocado toast. Guys with beards or girls in Doc…

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    Top Choice
    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 …

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    Top Choice
    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…

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    Named after a type of indigenous agave plant, the new and unashamedly hip Tobaziche slams down complimentary mezcals on selective nights and trumpets some…

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    La Olla

    La Olla (the cooking pot) is very much its own invention. It’s not a trying-too-hard bohemian cafe, or a fancy fusion restaurant or a purveyor of nouveau…

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    Restaurante Catedral

    Perhaps Oaxaca’s most refined and romantic eating choice, with sharp but nonshowy service on a patio or in a variety of interior rooms. The specialty is…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    El Destilado

    Belly up to the bar here and order a Mexican corn whisky, a small-batch mezcal or one of the innovative cocktails. Or simply go for a local craft beer,…

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    The Isthmus of Tehuantepec has its own take on Oaxacan cuisine based on ingredients like tropical fruits and seafood, with many dishes cooked in banana…

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    La Biznaga

    Locals and visitors alike jam the large colonial courtyard for well-rendered nouveau-Oaxacan fusion dishes. The choices are chalked on blackboards: you…

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    El Típico

    This bright lunch spot serves up hearty helpings of home-style Oaxacan favourites to an appreciative, mostly local clientele. Daily specials usually…

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    Los Pacos

    Moles are the prize here and, to make things easier, a tasting menu allows you to sample all seven of the revered sauces along with tortillas for dipping…

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    Mercado 20 de Noviembre

    Looking for cheap street food? Look no further. Dozens of good, clean comedores (food stalls) fill this large market where wait staff will thrust menus to…

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    Like a cross between a deli and a tapas bar, Gourmand does baguettes and deli sandwiches with roast beef, hummus or turkey breast, tablas (boards) of cold…

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    Casa Crespo

    Casa Crespo offers up dishes from Oaxaca state’s seven regions made with market-fresh ingredients and served on a dramatic roof terrace with views of the…

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    Mercado Sánchez Pascuas

    The local's choice, this small indoor food market is where you'll end up shopping when you book a cooking class and go out searching for ingredients.

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    El Asador Vasco

    Perched like a theater box overlooking the twilight entertainment in the Zócalo, the Asador Vasco lays on good Oaxacan, international, and – as the name…

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    La Jícara

    The mellow Jícara is not just a restaurant but also an alternative cultural center, with films, live music and a bookstore selling titles from independent…