First Time Tourists Guide in Oaxaca

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Oaxaca is a city famous for its indigenous people and culture. Located in Southwest Mexico, Oaxaca is bordered by the state of Guerrero in the west.

The city is home to an Archaeological zone namely Museo de Sitio de Monte Albán.

It also attracts visitors for the botanical gardens such as Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca.

Oaxaca offers plenty of historical and cultural places to visit throughout the years with endless activities.

You have to make sure that Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca, Santo Domingo which full of Archaeological artifacts is not missing from your camera lens.

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SIGHTSEEING

Days can be spent exploring the unrivaled streets under the Mexican sun before preparing a party atmosphere under the stars provided by Oaxaca every night. Museo de Sitio de Monte Albán is a fantastic museum ruin above Oaxaca. Easy to get to and a great place to spend a few hours. You can climb most of the pyramids. It has awesome views from the top. Make sure u get a hat and drink some water before exploring the sight.

Museum Site of Monte Albán

Museo de Sitio de Monte Albán is a fantastic museum ruin above Oaxaca.

Address : Monte Albán, Oax., Mexico

DOWNTOWN

Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca is the right place to go when you are curious about the botanical garden. This is a great place to learn about the regional vegetation. The Garden is beautiful and the one hour tour makes you forget about the city and everything for a few moments. This garden also located in the heart of this city, so you can easy to access it.

Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca

Curated grounds showcasing local Oaxacan plant life, plus a cultural center in a former convent.

Address : Reforma Sur n, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

SHOPPING

The heart of Oaxaca is also a heaven for the shopaholic. You will find the famous Mercado Benito Juárez as the center of cultural life and a premier shopping destination. There are many shops selling high-end brands until local handicrafts. Mercado 20 de Noviembre is a traditional market in Oaxaca. You will see so much food - delicious food. Plenty of seating space to enjoy local food whilst taking in the atmosphere.

Mercado Benito Juárez

Vibrant covered marketplace with vendors selling produce, prepared foods, crafts & textiles.

Address : Las Casas S/N, OAX_RE_BENITO JUAREZ, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

Mercado 20 de Noviembre

Bustling traditional covered market with stalls for fresh produce, baked goods & local street foods.

Address : 20 de Noviembre 512, OAX_RE_BENITO JUAREZ, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

FOOD & DRINK

There are plenty of delicious eateries you should try once in Oaxaca. Let's try Tlayudas, a traditional Mexican dish made from Burrata, sunflower seeds, dill, tomato paste, flour tortillas, and more. Or you might taste Enfrijoladas made from Black beans, corn tortillas, mild chili powder, cilantro, and more.

CULTURE

Other Spanish and European influences merge with various indigenous civilizations in Oaxaca. Like other cities in Mexico, Oaxaca is a Mexican-Spanish speaking city with numerous interesting historical and cultural sites to visit.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Peak season: April to May and September to October are the most pleasant times to visit Oaxaca since there's only a little rain. The temperature during this time is also perfect to have some fun outdoor activities or enjoy Zócalo Oaxaca.

HOTEL

Quinta Real Oaxaca is the right option for you to experience an unforgettable stay in the historic downtown. This 4-star hotel offers Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and minibars. Room service is available. Hotel Los Amantes Oaxaca located on 2 minutes walk from the storied Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán. This hotel also provides complimentary Wi-Fi, smart TVs, and Bose speaker systems, plus minibars, coffeemakers, and designer toiletries.

Quinta Real Oaxaca

Quinta Real Oaxaca is the right option for you to experience an unforgettable stay in the historic downtown.

Address : 5 de Mayo 300, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

Hotel Los Amantes Oaxaca

Hotel Los Amantes Oaxaca located on 2 minutes walk from the storied Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán.

Address : Calle de Ignacio Allende 108, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

RESTAURANT

You have to complete your visit to Oaxaca by having a bite from Los Danzantes. If you’re not sure about what to get trust your server blindly, they know best. Fantastic and beautiful place, it’s a bit small so it’s better if you make a reservation. Zandunga Sabor Istmeño Centro is a famous Mexican restaurant in Oaxaca. The food is really good with offers quick, delicious, friendly, and accommodating.

Los Danzantes

You have to complete your visit to Oaxaca by having a bite from Los Danzantes.

Address : Parque Centenario 12, Coyoacán TNT, Coyoacán, 04000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Zandunga Sabor Istmeño Centro

Zandunga Sabor Istmeño Centro is a famous Mexican restaurant in Oaxaca.

Address : Manuel García Vigil # 512-E, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

CAFE

Black Coffee Gallery is like paradise for you who just need a cup of coffee in your life. This is a good place to relax and get some work done or read a book. It has wonderful coffee as well and is within walking distance of places to eat once you get hungry. ut if you want to take a sip special coffee which served in any kind of mix, you should head to Cafébre. Cafébre is a nice locally-owned coffee shop with simple breakfast items including waffles bagels, lunch sandwiches, and salads.

Black Coffee Gallery Chapultepec

Black Coffee Gallery is like paradise for you who just need a cup of coffee in your life.

Address : Local 2, Av Chapultepec Sur 460, Col Americana, Americana, 45040 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

Cafébre

Cafébre is a nice locally-owned coffee shop with simple breakfast items including waffles bagels, lunch sandwiches, and salads.

Address : Calle de Manuel Bravo 108, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Get a super fun nightlife at La Mezcalerita, a unique bar, and a restaurant. Great place for locals and tourists. Pleasant rooftop patio with nice breeze after a hot day. Then they have a really good selection of Mexican craft beers. While to enjoy drinking with a breathtaking view, you may head to Txalaparta. One of the best places in Oaxaca to the party. You can find downstairs live cumbia and salsa music.

La Mezcalerita

Get a super fun nightlife at La Mezcalerita, a unique bar, and a restaurant.

Address : Calle Macedonio Alcalá 706, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

Txalaparta

While to enjoy drinking with a breathtaking view, you may head to Txalaparta.

Address : Mariano Matamoros 208, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

INTERESTING PLACE

You can't come to Oaxaca without stopping to appreciate the famous Templo de Santo Domingo, which grew out of the city center. Gorgeous church, the indoor is covered with gold and many paintings all over, the outdoors are beautiful and reflect the local culture. One of the main attractions in Oaxaca is Museo Textil de Oaxaca. It is a famous art museum in Oaxaca. One of the most captivating places in the historical city of Oaxaca. Excellent textile exhibits & great gift shop with a good selection of books about Mexican textiles & quality textile items.

Templo de Santo Domingo of Oaxaca

Historic complex featuring a church with an opulent, gilded interior & a monastery turned museum.

Address : Calle de Macedonio Alcalá s/n, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

Museo Textil de Oaxaca

Modest museum with free admission featuring textiles of the region & workshops for adults & kids.

Address : Miguel Hidalgo 917, Centro Histórico, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

You have to make sure that the artsy Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca, Santo Domingo which full of Archaeological artifacts is not missing from your camera lens. The building is nice and offers you a nice view of the gardens and mounts around the city. A wonderful museum showcasing early Spanish Dominicans in Oaxaca and the indigenous cultures. Lastly, you need to give your Instagram feed a historic public square from Zócalo Oaxaca. Nice town and geographically perfect located to explore around beautiful sights.

Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca, Santo Domingo

This cultural center houses archaeological artifacts & ancient books in a 17th-century convent.

Address : 1a. Cerrada de Macedonio Alcala s/n, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

Zócalo Oaxaca

Small, bustling public square surrounded by restaurants, vendors & historic buildings.

Address : Portal del Palacio, OAX_RE_BENITO JUAREZ, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico