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Address: Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 951 501 5000
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This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center...

This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in Oaxaca.

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A great spot for people watching!

Be sure to take an hour or so to just sit and observe the sights and sounds of Oaxaca from the heart of the city. There is always something fun going on!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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San Felipe del Agua, Mexico

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Nanaimo, Canada
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41 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We loved all the activity around/in the Zocalo. We were there at Christmas and it was so beautifully decorated. Everyday and every evening there was so much to see at the Zocalo. There were excellent musical performances and dancing we enjoyed watching in the evening. Things were constantly changing and the Zocalo was surrounded by an assortment of restaurants. You... More 

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San Felipe del Agua, Mexico
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Be sure to take an hour or so to just sit and observe the sights and sounds of Oaxaca from the heart of the city. There is always something fun going on!

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Thank treasurehunters4ever
Den Haag, The Netherlands
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89 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, it is a square. With shady trees, a lot of cafés, terraces, shoe-shine, a lot for sale, and a busy public. At first a bit touristy, but then we moved to the near by Alameda de Lean, where a local clown and a nice band - "the corridors of time"- entertained the locals.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Zocalo square is just full of mexican culture there's great food and handicrafts to be found all thru the square music playing and street performers all thru it . Just the best in mexican living and culture . Never wanted to leave

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Zocalo is the center of town. It is a large square with stores and restaurants bordering all sides. You can sit down in one of the restaurants and see the roaming musicians (all types of music and instruments) going from place to place, passing around the hat when done. The place is bustling but it's so big that it's... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plenty of free music at night (be sure to toss some coins in the hat) and the occasional demonstration with police supervision.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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126 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is very much like most main squares in Mexico, with stalls, street vendors and the imposing cathedral as the backdrop of this popular scene. There are the arcades, cafes, restaurants, marimba ensembles and everything that contributes to create a lovely atmosphere.

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I sat in the zocalo on a sunny afternoon. It was crowded with families and vendors. I was offered items to buy a few times, and a simple "no, gracias" was all it took to be left in peace. I would recommend it as a place to sit and have a rest on a day of sightseeing.

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Boston, MA
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I gave no idea why the Zócalo is always crowded. No matter what time of the day. They have good small cafes to seat and relax while having a snack. There are also several vendors for street food and/or souvenirs. And also many people just hanging out.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly enjoyable: kids playing with balloons, entertainment (clown, high school dancers, live music in the evenings in the restaurants), good street food (eat the tlayudas).

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