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.
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…
Drink in Oaxaca City

La Cava

Particularly high-quality mezcal from Santa Catarina Minas and elsewhere (over M$1200 for the best bottles), plus a top range of Mexican wines.
Arts & Crafts in Oaxaca City


A rabbit warren of a store offering a big range of appealing work at good prices, nearly all made by members of the MARO women artisans’ cooperative
Arts & Crafts in Atzompa

Mercado de Artesanías

The work of over 100 contemporary Atzompa potters is on sale in the Mercado de Artesanías: items range from animal figures and lampshades to pots, plates, cups and more – some bearing Atzompa’s traditional green gla…
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,…
in Oaxaca City

Librería Grañén Porrúa

Though most titles are in Spanish, this offers an excellent selection of art, archaeology and collectable books on the region.
Drinks in Oaxaca City

Unión de Palenqueros de Oaxaca

This hole-in-the-wall is the outlet for a group of small-scale mezcal producers from Santiago Matatlán. It has excellent and very well priced (M$80 to M$600 per liter) reposado, pechuga and smoky añejo varieties.
Food in Oaxaca City

El Pochote-Xochimilco

A small, relaxed open-air market dealing in natural products, especially crafts, food and mezcal, nearly all sold by their makers. Stop for some tamales or blue-corn tortillas from one of the food stalls. Long table…
Books in Oaxaca City

Amate Books

Probably the best English-language bookstore in the country, stocking almost every in-print English-language title related to Mexico.