Around the Zócalo
The venerable restored downtown buildings and streets, some converted to traffic-free malls, make a delightful strolling ground for discovering traditional Mexico at its best.
The shady old zócalo basks at the heart of it all, a perfect place for taking a seat at one of many sidewalk cafés and watching the world glide by. Officially called Jardín Juárez, the zócalo was laid out in 1529. Its portals, clockwise from the north side, near the Catedral de Oaxaca, are named Clavería, Juárez, Mercaderes, and Flores.
© Bruce Whipperman from Moon Oaxaca, 5th edition