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Address: Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 951 501 5000
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the...
This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in Oaxaca.
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Great place to hang out

And take in the local scene. Outdoor cafes, vendors selling local wares and artisan products, musicians, kids playing, just a great slice of life in Mexico. Very safe and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The Zocalo is just one vendor stall after another trying to get you to buy something from them, with a tent city in the center. Skip it unless you want to buy something.

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Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The plaza / zocalo was probably the most beautiful of all Mexico. It has been occupied by union strickers for years and has become a dump. It is so sad that the state government or local authorities have allowed this to go on for sooo long ! The food stands, lack of toilets and smells have ruined this great plaza.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

The zocalo I'd probably difficult to miss, but it's not a particularly picturesque place. When we visited the outskirts were packed with tourist vendors and protestors were camping in the center. It's worth a look at the booths and a quick stroll, but there are much more beautiful plazas in Oaxaca.

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Ottawa, Canada
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18 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We had read in more than a few places that oaxaca city had the most beautiful zocalo (central square) in southern mexico. It may be but it is full of market stalls covered by tarps and a mish mash of wires so you can't enjoy it. The many pillared restaurant patios surrounding the square have no views - only the... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

And take in the local scene. Outdoor cafes, vendors selling local wares and artisan products, musicians, kids playing, just a great slice of life in Mexico. Very safe and accessible.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

A typical central square in Mexico, with trees and surrounded by buildings with arches. When we visited they had a very convenient tourist info kiosk in one of the corners.

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Miller Place, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This is the place to people watch! Or, to site and have a drink or a bit to eat. I find the east side the more traditional - Face the Cathedral and it's on your left side - Under the arches! Check out the arches, some of them are off center on their columns - which ws caused by earthquakes.... More 

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McKinleyville, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

It really isn't so much the Zocalo of Oaxaca as that can be appreciated in many Mexican cities. It is more the design and layout that is so friendly to the many Mexican, European and American (South and North) visitors. Walking almost anytime of the day or night is easy and safe. Visiting the Zocalo and the Cathedral etc. are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I spend hours at the Zocalo every trip. This is the heart of Oaxaca. It's where you can watch families, students, business people, vendors - all the real life of Oaxaca going by. There are cafes on the east and west sides. An under-used band-stand in the center. At night, there are musicians in the square, under the porticos, and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I am staying 3 blocks from the Zocalo and walk through it at least twice a day. It is so crowded with tents and vendors' stall that sometimes I get a bit lost. The vendors don't even approach me to buy anything. The restaurants are great places to people watch. Children will try to sell wooden bookmarks and costume jewellery... More 

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