Best of Oaxaca City
Mercado Juárez: A regiment of stalls offers the best traditional Oaxaca merchandise, from huaraches and huipiles to mountain-gathered remedies and spit-roasted chickens.
Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad: Five pounds of gold and 600 diamonds crown Oaxaca’s adored patron, and a fascinating adjacent museum preserves her beloved legacy.
Ex-Convento de Santa Catalina: Wander the tranquil inner courtyards of this richly restored ex-convent, now a distinguished hotel.
Centro Cultural de Santo Domingo: Explore the celebrated duo — the art-swathed Iglesia de Santo Domingo, and the adjacent Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, with its golden treasure of Monte Albán’s Tomb 7.
Los Arquitos: The original 18th-century aqueduct still stands, in Oaxaca City’s uptown northwest corner, in a quaint string of arches called Los Arquitos. The surrounding neighborhood is ripe for strolling winding village lanes and lingering at a sprinkling of shops, small cafés, and an all-natural Saturday food market.
MARO: Do a major part of your Oaxaca handicrafts shopping at this store, run by a remarkable group of native Oaxacan women artisans.
© Bruce Whipperman from Moon Oaxaca, 5th edition