Mercado de Abastos — Oaxaca City, Oaxaca
• Market • (A)
The massive Abastos market, a maze of stalls several city blocks in size, offers a full range of Oaxacan goods, as well as practically any other product imaginable. Indeed, imagine it and there's probably a stall selling it. Fridays and Saturdays are the main shopping days when vendors, many of different indigenous groups, come from all over the valley and other regions of the state to sell their foodstuffs, wares, and handicrafts. With this mix of peoples present, it's normal to hear buyers and sellers haggling in languages other than Spanish, usually Zapotecan and Mixtecan. For first-time visitors the market appears to be utter chaos. Actually, though, it's well ordered, with each type of product grouped into its own area. And sure, it's a bargain hunters paradise, but it's also a great place to experience the noises, the grime, the heat, the smells, the tastes, the colors that are Oaxaca.
- West of Periférico Sur and south of De La Casas; South of Independencia, Centro Histórico; open daily.