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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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All reviews shoe shine central square great place to people watch street performers heart of the city surrounded by restaurants vendors selling oaxacan life walk around balloons protest plaza activity bandstand cathedral mexico parade
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a crazy busy square that is truly the heart of Oaxaca. There are vendors walking around and around selling tons of stuff from clothes to cheap little trinkets. There are very nice restaurants around the square and vendors with booths too. If the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kimberly R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Take as much time as you like to either stroll around or just sit and watch and listen. There are so many things to see and it is frequented by not just tourists but locals also. Hard to choose what to buy as many stalls...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Louieathens
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Zocalo is Oaxaca's main public square and park in the centre of the city. There was a large park-like area in the centre, with lush mature trees and plants, a fountain and a network of pathways lined with benches for seating. The Catedral de...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BrittanyAdventures
Reviewed 1 week ago

I like going here in the evening when there is so much going on. It's great for photography then, when the light is better.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank johnyoung22222
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want parades, bands people dressed in fantastic costumes, millions of fresh marigolds strung up e√erywherre, plus a general buzz of excitement and happy feelings - be at the Zocalo during the annual festival of Dia de Los Muertos during the period Oct. 29...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank carlar2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went at night when there was something happening in the Zocalo. It was very lively, and there were market stalls and food vendors all around the Zocalo. Very lively and very noisy, but definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SammyJT73
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is so much happiness going on and people of all ages and backgrounds enjoying their selves. Seems like their is something cool always going on there and the city does a lot for the people and no shortage of fun and culture to be...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank seanyj2014
Reviewed November 7, 2018

...when you start out. It's the square where there's music, people selling a myriad of hand crafts, restaurants, and street foods. However, use this as a stepping point to see the rest of the city. Don't do like our friends did, spending almost every day...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank c2nit
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

The Zocalo is the town square. It’s surrounded by churches, restaurants, hotels, shops and vendors selling their product. Musicians do their shows, but the best part of it is on the Day of the day. This event runs from October 28 til November 3. Parades...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank whatsbeyondmyhorizon
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Like all central squares, there’s always a lot going on which makes it the perfect place for a cool michelada and some people watching. It’s an attractive central meeting point, with plenty of trees, the usual (but not overwhelming) hawkers and lined with cafes and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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