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Oaxaca

An essential part of Oaxaca's gastronomy, the city's markets have started to become more and more popular among travelers looking to try some of the region's typical fare and to purchase handicrafts.

You can begin your tour at the Mercado 20 de Noviembre (November 20 Market), where you will discover two main areas: the general area and the food court. Strolling through the latter's aisles will awaken all of your senses, with vibrant colors, textures, and scents that will whet your appetite.

The food court features a variety of stalls where you can taste moles, soups, broths, milk chocolate, and even grasshoppers. The food is quite affordable and is accompanied with live music. However, there is an area that has earned the critical acclaim of culinary experts: the Pasillo de Humo (Smoke Aisle), which is the moniker assigned to aisles that grilled meats.

The Smoke Aisle operates in a peculiar way. You are handed a tray with chilies and onions at the entrance. You make your way to your chosen meat stall, where you leave your tray and wait for your vegetables to be charcoal-grilled alongside your meat.

It's important to pay attention, since vendors will pass by, offering tortillas, tlayudas, chocolate, vegetables, lemons, and everything you might need to accompany your meat.

Be sure to visit the Benito Juárez Market before you leave. After all, it is of the most representative of the city. You'll find a variety of artisanal products, such as jewelry, textiles, ceramics, and basketry, as well as regional dishes, such as cheese and grasshoppers.

It's worth noting that both markets offer traditional alebrijes, small, animal-like figurines with very vibrant colors that emerge from the artisans' dreams and imagination.
An essential part of Oaxaca's gastronomy, the city's markets have started to become more and more popular among travelers looking to try some of the region's typical fare and to purchase handicrafts.

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You can begin your tour at the Mercado 20 de Noviembre (November 20 Market), where you will discover two main areas: the general area and the food court. Strolling through the latter's aisles will awaken all of your senses, with vibrant colors, textures, and scents that will whet your appetite.

The food court features a variety of stalls where you can taste moles, soups, broths, milk chocolate, and even grasshoppers. The food is quite affordable and is accompanied with live music. However, there is an area that has earned the critical acclaim of culinary experts: the Pasillo de Humo (Smoke Aisle), which is the moniker assigned to aisles that grilled meats.

The Smoke Aisle operates in a peculiar way. You are handed a tray with chilies and onions at the entrance. You make your way to your chosen meat stall, where you leave your tray and wait for your vegetables to be charcoal-grilled alongside your meat.

It's important to pay attention, since vendors will pass by, offering tortillas, tlayudas, chocolate, vegetables, lemons, and everything you might need to accompany your meat.

Be sure to visit the Benito Juárez Market before you leave. After all, it is of the most representative of the city. You'll find a variety of artisanal products, such as jewelry, textiles, ceramics, and basketry, as well as regional dishes, such as cheese and grasshoppers.

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