If something is abundant in Oaxaca, it is beautiful crafts and delicious traditional dishes. To appreciate the vast craft and gastronomic wealth in Oaxaca, visit the Juarez and 20 de noviembre markets, located just a few blocks from the main square, and separated from each other by a street. To walk along its corridors is to become immersed in a world of colors, flavors and textures.
The Juarez market is perfect for buying souvenirs; here you will find endless alebrijes, black clay pottery from San Bartolo Coyotepec, leather goods, rugs from Teotitlan del Valle, ponchos and blankets, and many other souvenirs to take back home.
Here, you will also find typical food, such as sweets, egg yolk bred, string cheese and butter, chips, bitter chocolate, mescal cream and crispy grasshoppers, large and small, roasted on a griddle, and seasoned with chile piquin and lemon. Buy a bag full of these delicacies and eat them as a snack… they are delicious!
On the other hand the 20 de noviembre market is perfect for enjoying a delicious meal. Here you can indulge your palate with a variety of Oaxacan dishes, all the way from the famous tlayudas with tasajo and beans, to chicken in black mole. Cool off with tejate water, a drink prepared with corn and cocoa.
You are still craving some dessert? Try the market’s artisanal sherbets: they come in many flavors: mescal, guanabana, prickly pear and other unusual flavors.
Where: Aldama, 20 de noviembre, Arteaga and Miguel Cabrera, historic center of Oaxaca,Oaxaca