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This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in Oaxaca.
Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
+52 951 501 5000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was not as green or well manicured as some zocalos we have visited, but its definitely the center of activity. It is a must to see and we went here every day of our trip. There was always a large crowd and activities each...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Nikki P
Reviewed 2 days ago

The true center of a Mexican town is the Zocalo. And so it is in Oaxaca. Churches and restaurants surround this main center plaza. Musicians perform and venture from restaurant to restaurant at lunch time, so bring some small bills and change as they circulate...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank CorvallisCowboy
Reviewed 6 days ago

Three different times, I have spent a month in Oaxaca. Beautiful city. Every afternoon we would come to the Zocalo, walk around, stop for a beer and enjoy the atmosphere and people watch.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank L6817YRsusanp
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of activity. Big graduation celebration with parade, music, dancing, and vendors. We ate in a restaurant overlooking the Zocalo so we had a great view.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Joyce E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A typical Mexican town centre. Lots going on so lovely to just go there and people watch. There are lots of restaurants but we were advised to eat elsewhere as most are just tourist traps.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank SouthBankBoy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place to sit, sip something and enjoy the wonderful parade of people. The enormous old trees add to the beauty and the musicians add to the ambiance. Don’t miss it

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank I9377XYjeand
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A place you will no doubt visit and pass through a number of times whilst in Oaxaco. Packed with restaurants, street vendors, market stalls and entertainers with the cathedral on one corner, there is always something going on day and evening. Great place for some...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jasmine38Chichester
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You cannot help but have a great time on the Zócalo. Although there are lots of tourists the Zócalo is for the people of Oaxaca. From clowns to bands to dancing something is always happening. There are vendors and restaurants in abundance but get a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Shvanski
Reviewed 1 week ago

Time spent in the Zocalo is never wasted. This seems to be the center of all Oaxcan culture and a place to meet old and new friends. Crowds of locals and visitors, mariachi bands, orchestras and choirs, street vendors, colourful native costumes, good food and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank John J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a good spot for people watching. Many restaurants around to sit down and have a drink and snack while taking it all in. You will pay more for meals and drinks here than in other parts of town. But I think it's worth the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Mercedes R
November 5, 2017|
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Response from 600lawrenm | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any that looked directly upon the Zócalo but there are probably a few directly surrounding it!
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
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