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Zocalo

Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
+52 951 501 5000
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This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in Oaxaca.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good29%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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+52 951 501 5000
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"central square"
in 18 reviews
"shoe shine"
in 13 reviews
"great place to people watch"
in 11 reviews
"street performers"
in 9 reviews
"restaurants surrounding"
in 7 reviews
"heart of the city"
in 9 reviews
"vendors selling"
in 13 reviews
"mexican cities"
in 7 reviews
"oaxacan life"
in 8 reviews
"walk around"
in 10 reviews
"beautiful cathedral"
in 7 reviews
"balloons"
in 53 reviews
"protest"
in 40 reviews
"plaza"
in 51 reviews
"activity"
in 40 reviews
"bandstand"
in 10 reviews
"mexico"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sizeable open, central square with shaded areas to sit on each side. Plentiful number of casual street food options all around. Constant stream of people walking through the Zócalo or looking at the towering Oaxaca Catedral opposite, which was built (& rebuilt after several earthquakes)...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As all Zocalos in Mexico are amazing, this one is no different. It comes alive at night and you can get just about anything you are craving! Elote, tamales, tacos, hot dogs and paletas while enjoying a little shopping. There’s live music on most nights...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The zocalo has many things to see, many restaurants, you can enjoy an afternoon watching everyone have a wonderful time, and sometimes they have live music.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unique experience. Especially lively on weekends. Lots of vendors, food stands, restaurant's and shops. You definitely feel like you are in the real Mexico here. People are friendly as well.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spend a week in Oaxaca on my way to the coast every winter and the Zocalo is usually where I enjoy my morning coffee and quiet time with a newspaper or a book. There are two or three great coffee shops and a bakery...More

Thank danimal708
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every zocalo in Mexico is a beehive of activities, and this one is no exception. People gather form early in the morning, some going to the mass in teh Cathedral, and then they gather at numerous cafes and restaurants, or simply sitting on the pavement.

Thank Viktor S
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Reviewed May 14, 2018

The Zocalo is a hive of activity regadrless of the time of day. Souvenir vendors, street food vendors, musicians and lots of people. It is magical in the evening when the families are strolling and the performers are out.

Thank Ellen C
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Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

This is the city center, it is a typical square, good to walk around, shop, and people watch. It is central to a lot of the sites in Oaxaca. You’ll surely walk through here on your way around town.

Thank Sonia M
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Reviewed April 29, 2018

Open air market street food colorfull atmosphere lots of local souvinos to buy open all day and adjacent to cathedral

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Reviewed April 14, 2018

Spent a couple of Sunday noons there with friends, meeting and greeting other friends, some of whom were vendors, listening to the band concert, and having hot Oaxacan chocolate. During the week, it didn’t have the same ambience. It is worth the visit any day.

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Mercedes R
November 5, 2017|
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Response from Lawren M | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any that looked directly upon the Zócalo but there are probably a few directly surrounding it!
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brian c
July 3, 2016|
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Response from fiorentina | Reviewed this property |
I was in beautiful Oaxaca the first two weeks of June 2016. At the time the protestors were mainly in the zocalo area, although there were a couple of very large protest marches one block from my hotel. I never felt... More
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Gordon L
November 5, 2015|
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We finally stayed at Trébol, just two blocks south of the Zocalo, and directly across from the big Benito Jaurez Market; we love it and it was unbelievably inexpensive. See my review posted 2 March 2016 -- the first of many... More
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