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Zocalo

Address: Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 951 501 5000
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Ranked #21 of 86 things to do in Oaxaca
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in...
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in Oaxaca.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The Zocalo is generally described in glowing terms for its ambience and attractiveness. Alas, it is currently full of camping tents and tarpaulins, apparently of some people on strike. In addition, it is completely surrounded by vendors in covered stalls--which you may enjoy for the color and the liveliness, but certainly not for what one ordinarily enjoys in a public... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The Zocalo changes over the course of the days and weeks. Most of the time, it's a big market, with dozens of shops, food stands, and any manner of souvenirs for sale. At night, there may be music, street shows, and other parties/celebrations going on. The teacher's protests inhabit the park for much of the day as well. When we... More 

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Buderim, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This was fun walking around the market place seeing mounds of fried grasshoppers. These are called Calle Alcala and Mercado Juarez. it is worth while going around and seeing the people in the markets

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Occupied by the seemingly unending teachers' strike. This formally beatiful city square is now dirty and has lost it's charm . The lovely restaurants around the square are losing business.

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Steubenville, OH
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5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is the center of everything. Can't be missed. Find lodging nearby so that you can walk here and enjoy the food, music, etc. Sometimes there are live Mariachi Bands in the evening.

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Los Angeles, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

If you're looking for souvenirs in Oaxaca, you don't have to go any further than the zocalo which is completely dominated by stalls with vendors of all manner of Oaxacan handicrafts, mostly of souvenir quality. If you're looking for finer merchandise, you probably won't find it here, but the selection of clothing, bags, fabrics, and trinkets is mind-boggling. There are... More 

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

As with many other Mexican cities, the Zocalo is the center of the action and it definitely is here. The square is lined with every type of market stall selling anything from food to local handicrafts to pirated CDs and DVDs. There is generally some type of music playing in the square and it is nearly always crowded (if you... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The zócalo is a nice place for a meal or drink and to watch the world go by. Two of the three arcaded sides provide places to do just that. All four sides are lined with booths selling food and goods in the usual Mexican manner. Unfortunately, the teachers' union has been occupying the center for a year or more.... More 

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Edmonds, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

You have to go visit. They may have tents in the center now. The teachers and the folks protesting the prisoners are there. But the excitement of the music and vendors make it fun. We say Mariachi bands, lots of lovers strolling hand in hand, people eating and laughing. Very fun place to watch people. My 87 year old mother... More 

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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The central square (more like two squares actually) always has something going on, night or day. Check out the stalls selling the local arts and crafts, or the food stalls for divine traditional foods, or the restaurants around the square where you'll often get serenaded by musicians of various sorts - the traditional mariachi bands or even pan-flute versions of... More 

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