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Antiques



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Plata de Oaxaca y Antigüedades   Antiques     (D)
Although ostensibly an antique store, this shop is actually a motley mix of authentic antiques, recreations of antiques, genuine art, silver jewelry, real and kitschy curios, and rubbish. Well worth a visit if only to marvel at the sheer variety of stuff all packed to the ceiling. Don't hesitate at the front counter, explore behind it to a series of interconnecting rooms for the full effect.


Arts & Crafts



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NotesPickCheckMark.png Mujeres Artesanas de las Regiones de Oaxaca (MARO)   Arts & Crafts     (A)
MARO is an artesanas cooperative of over 400 women offering the complete range of Oaxacan arts and crafts. Prices here are usually lower than other stalls and shops offering items of similar quality. How is this possible? By forming a cooperative and creating an outlet to sell directly to the customer, the middlemen’s cut is recouped and passed along to the artisan as a better rate per item sold and the customer as lowers prices. The cooperative occupies a two-story building with thirty rooms all stacked to the ceiling with the artisans' wares circling an inner courtyard. Because they offer a comprehensive range of goods, this is a good place one-stop shop if you do not have the time or inclination to visit the villages in the valley where the goods are made and many deals are to be found and opportunities abound to buy from the producers direct.


NotesPickCheckMark.png La Mano Mágica   Arts & Crafts     (B)
La Mano Mágica is Oaxaca's leading arts and crafts shop, offering an extensive selection of original gallery quality works by shop co-owner and renowned weaver Arnulfo Mendoza, as well as other top and emerging artesanos from throughout México. Prices here are high, but so is the quality.


Casa de las Artesanías de Oaxaca   Arts & Crafts     (C)
Artesanos cooperative of several dozen families and craft organizations from throughout the state of Oaxaca selling the full range of Oaxacan arts and crafts. The store consists of several rooms surrounding a center patio each featuring a different craft, so it's a good place to get an overview of what Oaxaca has to offer. The quality here varies, so be a discerning shopper.


Mercado de Artesanías   Arts & Crafts, Market     (D)
This large clean indoor crafts market was setup by the city so that street vendors would have a permanent place to sell their handicrafts. Unfortunately for both sellers and shoppers it's outside of the main tourist haunts immediately around the Zócalo and north of Independencia, so an effort must be made to get here to shop and business appears to be slow because of it. Still, it's a pleasant place to shop and there are quality handicrafts to be found here (though poor quality as well) so it's worth the 10 minute walk from the Zócalo. The stalls here feature mostly ropa típica: huipiles, camisas, blusas, and pantalones and some other traditional crafts like: alebrijes, tinwork, and tapetes. Don't be afraid to haggle over price - it's expected.


Instituto Oaxaqueño de las Artesanías   Arts & Crafts     (K)
Located in a restored colonial house at the southern end of the remnants of the colonial aqueduct, this State-run shop sells a nice selection of arts and crafts from the region.


Galleries



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Espacio Zapata   Gallery     (A)
Tackling themes from México’s revolutionary past and its ongoing social and political struggles of the present, the gallery stays true to its radical politics, organizing itself as an artists’ collective associated with the Asamblea de Artista Revolucionarios de Oaxaca (ASARO). Indeed, no self-respecting lefty will want to miss this place.


Markets



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NotesPickCheckMark.png Mercado de Abastos   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.


NotesPickCheckMark.png El Pochote Market   Market, Organic     $-$$     (P)
With two locations in town, El Pochote Market is the best place in the city to buy fresh organic produce directly from local growers. In addition to produce, a lot of the vendors sell packaged organic products, including even mezcal. One of the Pochotes materializes every Friday and Saturday at 8:30 in the morning in the courtyard of the Templo de Santo Tomás, in the Barrio de Xochimilco, and runs until around 3:30 in the afternoon, while the other other one, which runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for Sundays, operates out of a brick-and-mortar building four blocks southeast of the Zócalo. Be sure to bring along a sturdy tote bag for your spoils.

  • Benito Juárez, between De Progreso and Porfirio Díaz, one block north of Niños Heroes;  Barrio de Xochimilco;  Fri & Sat 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.  



NotesPickCheckMark.png Mercado 20 de Noviembre   Market, Oaxacan Restaurants, Mezcal     $-$$     (A)
O.K., folks, this place is it, the real deal – a whole city block of food stalls catering to locals and serving only authentic Oaxacan food, all for only a few pesos. For breakfast, head straight to the La Pereñita food stall and order a righteous cup of steaming champurrado, atole mixed with chocolate, which goes down nicely with a roll of pan de yema, egg-yolk bread. Outside, ringing the market, there are several well-stocked mezcal shops, making this a good place to pick up a bottle at a bargain. Be sure to sample the product before buying.


Mercado Benito Juárez   Market     (C)
Located one block south of the Zócalo, the one-block square Mercado Benito Juárez was the City's original market. However, today, because of that proximity, it's the most touristy of the major markets, so it's important to be discerning when shopping here because the stuff sold is a mix of trash and treasure. Still, its worth a visit and deals can be found here among a variety of goods: fresh produce, seafood, meats, regional pottery and other traditional crafts, contemporary clothes and shoes, and leather goods.


Mercado de Artesanías   Arts & Crafts, Market     (D)
This large clean indoor crafts market was setup by the city so that street vendors would have a permanent place to sell their handicrafts. Unfortunately for both sellers and shoppers it's outside of the main tourist haunts immediately around the Zócalo and north of Independencia, so an effort must be made to get here to shop and business appears to be slow because of it. Still, it's a pleasant place to shop and there are quality handicrafts to be found here (though poor quality as well) so it's worth the 10 minute walk from the Zócalo. The stalls here feature mostly ropa típica: huipiles, camisas, blusas, and pantalones and some other traditional crafts like: alebrijes, tinwork, and tapetes. Don't be afraid to haggle over price - it's expected.


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