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“One of the best markets in Mexico”

Benito Juarez Market (Mercado de Benito Juarez)
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Owner description: Visitors to this marketplace are advised to bargain with vendors to get low prices.
Reviewed September 7, 2013

A combination of raw food, prepared food, arts and crafts, and everyday items in a noisy and relatively clean setting. Anything you want from Oaxaca you can find here - except for very high end arts and crafts. Great for taking photos. In contrast, the "arts and crafts" market, a few blocks away, is a pretty boring and touristy place.

Thank Enrique C
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

You can find all things Oaxacan in this market. I prefer to shop for these same items closer to their source, but if you can get out to the village markets, you can find it all here. Clostophics beware this place has aisles & aisles chockablock full of Mexican goodness. Everything from handicrafts, handmade leather sandals, clothing (both artisan made & mass produced), charming Mexican toys & games, party supplies, candy, snacks, pets, grocery items & made to order food.

Vendors are eager to strike to strike a deal, most speak enough English to effectively sell you something. It is crowded & fast paced, mind your wallet.

I do not recommend eating in one of the stalls unless you have a well-traveled stomach or a bottle of Cipro at hand. I have found it safe for first time travelers to eat a steaming hot empanada, tamale, or roasted sweet potatoes sold by ladies with large baskets sitting near the many entries to this market. Again, they are sold steaming hot and less likely to cause sickness. These items are super-tasty with a comfort food level only achieved only at "grandma's house". For about $1US each, they are the best food bargain anywhere.

The majority of the aisles are narrow & crowded. It would be difficult to navigate with a wheelchair or large stroller. I recommend trying the Mercado de Artesanias (hand craft market) to do your shopping if you have access concerns. This market is located a few blocks away & will provide a more comfortable experience for you as it is much less crowded & is more spacious. Public bathrooms are available here.

Thank sandy m
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Yes, the title was in caps and yes, I know that is shouting. What a great market! Ice cream, Oaxaca style, piles and piles of chiles, bread of different types and handicrafts - what is not to love?

Thank GrundyLisa
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

A uniquely diverse and lively market offering produce, meats, fish on one section and a fantastic array of Mexican popular arts on the other

Thank Well_traveled_c0uple
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

This is a typical Mexican market, go if you want to buy something and have an interesting time. They have good chocolate.

Thank Dulce L
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