This delectable shop specializes in the most tasty of products - the famed Oaxacan chocolate. Step inside this small shop in the Chedraui Shopping Center in Fracción San Jose la Noria, and your mouth will start watering. The shop features various varieties of chocolate, including the ever popular chocolate with vanilla and with cinnamon. At Chocolate El Mayordomo, shoppers can buy their delicacies in almost any form: large chunks, smaller disks, powdered, and almost any other form you can imagine. Use the product in a variety of dishes such as famed Mexican hot chocolate, deserts, and many savory traditional Oaxacan specialty foods like Mole Negro.
This is Oaxaca City's largest market. On normal days, the market is nonstop bustling with activity and vendors selling everything from rugs and clothing to fresh fruit, fish and shamanistic concoctions. The market is an essential Oaxaca experience, although tourists should know to be vigilant as petty crime like pick-pocketing is extremely common. Particularly of interest at the Mercado de Abastos is the tianguis market on Saturdays, when vendors from towns all over the area and state flock there to peddle their wares.
The Plaza del Valle Shopping Center is the biggest mall in Oaxaca City. In the Plaza del Valle, visitors will find the best of the west, with a big, crowded food court with McDonalds, Subway, a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food stand and more classic fast food options. Also featured in the mall is a giant children's play structure as well as a multi-screen cinema showing the latest new releases. Last but certainly not least, the Plaza del Valle features more than plenty shops selling everything from the latest fashions to perfumes, toys and almost anything else you could imagine. Located scattered throughout the parking lot are more American-based fast food chains like Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut.
Teotitlan del Valle is a small town located 32 kilometers (20 mi) east of Oaxaca City. The town is best known for specializing in all things weaving. Initially, however, Teotitlan began at least 2000 years ago, founded by the Zapotecs, making it one of the oldest inhabited towns in Oaxaca. Wandering through the town, you will undoubtedly have many chances to stop in to the seemingly endless amounts of workshops, homes and shops peddling this woven art. Especially interesting in the workshop of Isaac Vasquez, who will give demonstrations about different stages of the weaving process. Other notable features of the town are the community museum, Balaa Xtee Guech Gulal and the Teotitlá Church, built over an ancient Zapotec temple.
San Bartolo Coyotepec is a small town located 15 kilometers (9 mi) south of Oaxaca City. The town is well known for producing a unique product, barro negro, or black pottery. Perhaps the best place to see some of this signature craft is Doña Rosa, whose namesake pioneered the technique of creating large bowls, jugs and pots without the use of a potters wheel. Doña Rosa passed away in 1980, but her shop and her legacy remain. Besides all the pottery stores and workshops throughout the town, also located in San Bartolo Coyotepec is the beautiful and modern designed museum, which displays fine examples of not only the barro negro, but other local artwork and textiles as well. San Bartolo also hosts the annual Fiesta de San Bartolomé, held every year in August.
The Andador Turistico is a pedestrian street that stretches from the Zócalo, up Macedonio Alcalá, and just past the Templo de Santo Domingo. Meandering through the Centro on the Andador, enjoy the many shops and restaurants along the way to Santo Domingo, like Alfredo Da Roma, Tapas y Pisto, Oro de Monte Albán, to name a few. This street runs through a very main part of the city, and many of the city's main attractions are located on, or just off of the Andador.
Mezcal Benevá is one of the premiere labels of mezcal in Oaxaca. Although the factory is outside of town, this shop, close to the Mercado Benito Juárez, sells all of this brand's different varieties. They carry all kinds of mezcal, from blanco to añejo to the gran reserva and their various cremas of different flavors, like cappuccino and chocolate.
If you are in the mood to shop for some local souvenirs and products, then Mujeres Artesanas de las Regiones de Oaxaca is where you should head to. This shop offers a range of items like sculptures, trinkets, clothes and handicrafts that are created by women artisans. The prices are pocket-friendly as well. Browse through the shelves and you are sure to find something interesting to take back home.
The Mercado Juárez is Oaxaca's main market, due to its central location, just about a block south of the Zocalo. Here, wander the rows of stalls selling all kinds of goods, from textiles to modern and traditional clothes, hats, leather goods and more. The Mercado is a great place to see the color and energy of the city. If something catches your eye, try your hand at bargaining.
The Mercado 20 de Noviembre is full of all kinds of food stands. Here you can find all different varieties of bread from simple rolls to colorfully decorated sweet breads. The main draw here, however, are the comedores or food stands, which cook and serve up all kinds of Mexican and Oaxacan specialties. Try tortas, tamales, tacos, sopas, ensaladas and any other kind of traditional foods you can think of. Take this opportunity to try chapulines, or fried grasshoppers with chile. Legend says trying them will ensure you return to Oaxaca one day.
When it comes to fine Mexican chocolate, few other places can match the standards of the products offered at Chocolates La Soledad. Only the finest cocoa beans sourced from reputed traders make their way to this store where it is then refined, processed and made into host of divine products. Using age-old techniques this store prepares a fabulous variety of moles and chocolates that will bring out your inner child.
Amate Books, located in the Historic Center of Oaxaca features a wide selection of English language books. Amate Books features all kinds of reading material, from classic literature to an impressive array of books on Mexico and Oaxaca. In addition to books, you can find maps, postcards, posters and other souvenirs. Because of its English language selection, this is a popular store for tourist and ex-pats.