Mercado 20 de Noviembre • Market, Oaxacan Restaurants, Mezcal • $-$$ • (A)
O.K., folks, this place is it, the real deal – a whole city block of food stalls catering to locals and serving only authentic Oaxacan food, all for only a few pesos. For breakfast, head straight to the La Pereñita food stall and order a righteous cup of steaming champurrado, atole mixed with chocolate, which goes down nicely with a roll of pan de yema, egg-yolk bread. Outside, ringing the market, there are several well-stocked mezcal shops, making this a good place to pick up a bottle at a bargain. Be sure to sample the product before buying.
- Two blocks south of the Zócalo between J. P. García & 20 de Noviembre; South of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Daily 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.; MX$10 - 100.
La Red • Seafood Restaurant • $$-$$$ • (M)
A local favorite, this marisquería inspires repeat visits with its low prices, tasty seafood, and welcoming vibe. There are two La Red restaurants in the city, one in the Centro Histórico, a block south of the Zócalo, the other in the Reforma neighborhood, about a thirty-minute walk north of the Zócalo.
- Las Casas 101, corner Bustamante; South of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Daily 12 noon - 8 p.m.; Mex$80-150; phone 951-514-6853.
La Flor de Oaxaca • Oaxacan Restaurant • $$-$$$ • (B)
In a quiet space, seemingly far removed from the raucous city streets surrounding it, this unpretentious little restaurant serves up faithful renditions of classic Oaxacan dishes at affordable prices, making it a fine place to retreat to after a long day of visiting the city’s many sights.
- Armenta y López 311, south of Guerrero; South of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Mon - Sat 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; MX$50 - 150; Most major credit cards; phone 951-516-5522.
- 20 de Noviembre 416, south of Las Casas; South of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Mon - Sat 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed Sun; MX$30 - 60; phone 951-516-5363.
Café Alex • Oaxacan Restaurant • $-$$ • (D)
Located three blocks west of the Zócalo, this south of Independencia Oaxacan dishes up large portions of traditional food at low prices. Anyone looking for a quiet meal, though, should steer clear of the interior courtyard — the squawking from the caged birds can be deafening.
- Díaz Ordaz 218, cross street Trujano; South of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Mon - Sat 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. - l p.m.; MX$30 - 60; phone 951-514-0715.
La Coronita • Oaxacan Restaurant • $-$$ • (E)
Yet another south of Independencia Oaxacan serving large portions of delicious food at low prices. For the best deals, stick with the breakfast specials and afternoon comida corrida.
- Díaz Ordáz 208, south of Hidalgo in the Valle de Oaxaca hotel; South of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Daily 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.; MX$30 - 100; phone 951-516-3707.
- Independencia 902, between Armenta y López and Fiallo; South of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Daily 8 am - 9 pm; Mex$10 - 30.
Casa Elpidia • Oaxacan Restaurant • $-$$ • (F)
Luring a mostly local crowd with its delicious home-style meals and low prices, this small, family-run restaurant has no a la carte menu, serving only breakfast specials in the morning and comida corrida in the afternoon.
- Miguel Cabrera 413, one block south of Arista; South of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Daily 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; MX$50 - 70; phone 951-513-0126.
Fidel Pan Integral • Bakery • $ • (O)
Conveniently located a block west of the Zócalo, the Fidel Pan Integral bakery has a nice selection of croissants, sweet breads, and cookies. Everything is baked daily.
- 20 de Noviembre 211, half-block south of Hidalgo; Around the Zócalo, Centro Histórico; Mon - Sat 9 am - 9 pm, closed Sun; Mex$10 - 50.