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Things to do in Oaxaca

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Oaxaca. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Oaxaca attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Oaxaca to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Oaxaca.

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  • Benito Juárez Market

    The spot to pick up local produce and blocks of Oaxaca’s famous cheese. Adventurous diners shouldn’t miss the food stalls in the meat market sectio... More
  • Central de Abastos Market

    A stroll through the Central de Abastos, the city’s oldest open-air market, is like a journey through the encyclopedic contributions that Mexico—an... More
  • Mercado de Artesanías

    The handicrafts market at the corner of Ckilapana and Socaire, in San Pedro de Atacama, sells downy-soft alpaca and llama wraps made by artisans in... More
  • Monte Albán

    This ancient Zapotec regional capital is about five miles west of Oaxaca. The preserved city allows a glimpse into the lives of area natives from 5... More
  • Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

    The former monestary- a 16th-century colonial building with vaulted corridors, arched windows, and magnificent staircases - houses a vast collectio... More
  • Teotitlán del Valle

    Over 150 families in this carpet-weaving village earn their living by "painting on wool." Their technique, which uses only natural dyes, dates from... More

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