Good morning Catherine, Sorry for the delay in response. Great idea on being in the churches during the warmer hours of the day. Since there's one on almost every corner -- some of my favorites are Soledad (stop for a cold dish of nieves in the little park immediately adjacent on the east side), Carmen Alta, and, of course, Sto. Domingo de Gúzman. The giant Sto. Domingo complex is also home to the Jardín Etnobotanico (tours in English and Spanish - stop at the gate at the corner of Reforma y Constitución for times & prices) and the amazing museum which also has a great museum shop/bookstore. Simply spending time people watching in the parks (El Llano y Parque Conzatti) or on the Zócalo while sitting in the shade with an ice cream or gelato (gelato shop just around the corner on the east end of the hotel on the north side of the Zócalo). Artisan shops that carry only goods made by Oaxaqueños include the co-operative just north of Carmen Alta and another co-operative group a couple blocks south of Carmen Alta both on Garcia Vigil (my brain is not recalling either name or cross street right now). The entrance to the first is on a raised sidewalk just before los arcos; the second usually has the giant manikins(sp?) called monos in front on the cross street. Another is smaller and less organized but great - lots of alebrijes at the entrance; woven/needlework goods in the courtyard -- just west of the corner of 5 de Mayo on Abasolo; you may encounter Aurelia(sp?) a tiny Zapoteca with such sparkly eyes and quite proud of her language skills. (Some of the vendors in the many tents on the north side of the Alemeda in front of the Catedral (also a great church) bring in mass produced stuff from Chiapas... .) Tons of galleries and museums; some free/some with entrance fees. Some of my favorites are the Stamp Museum on Reforma just north of Constitución (good gift shop) and the Textile Museum on Hidalgo y Fiallo. The new San Pablo complex between Independencía y Hidalgo immediately adjacent to the Textile Museum is wonderfully calming. The cafe at the Hidalgo entrance has good price on small lunch sandwiches; the restaurant on the Independencía has some well priced and some higher priced breakfast/lunch/dinner. Food: Oh my! I generally stay away from the well- reviewed-by-other-gringos places because they're usually over priced although have had some memorable meals. Posole at Gran Torta on Profirio Diaz (east side of the 600 block). Tortas at the Hormigas food trailer at Conzatti Park. Really good (and safe) salads at Cafe Arabia (Reforma y Jacobo de la Vuelta by Conzatti Park). Best ever espresso and some very good flan at Cafe Antigua (Reforma y Abasolo). General dining: Quince Letras on Abasolo. Great breakfast at the little cafe on the south side of Hidalgo between Manuel Doblado y Xícotencatl. Don't be afraid of the many places offering comida corrida; usually a quick lighter lunch type meal for under $50MXN. I generally use the if-they're-busy-everyday rule and don't patronize those where I rarely see anyone eating there. Other shopping: again -- Oh my! on the east side of calle 5 de Mayo north of the Quinta Real before the Sto. Domingo complex: weavers, mostly tapetes y rugs, at Fe y Loyola(I think that's the name - it's in a small collection of shops) and another with great cotton tablecloths, napkins, huipils -- . Of course, there are the outlying towns and villages that have amazing artists/artisans/crafts/food/markets... . Would love to hear how your trip is going/went. Message me here if you'd like to correspond outside of TripAd. Have fun!