The Oaxaca Zócalo is the best place in the city to soak up some Oaxacan culture. Just sitting in one of the plaza's numerous cafes offers plenty of opportunities to people-watch and observe the electic mixture as tourism and traditional life complement each other harmoniously. This part of the city is also protected by UNESCO meaning that the beautiful Oaxaca architecture is well preserved as the years go on. The best way to enjoy this historical part of the city is to wander around, delving into the quaint shops, diverse galleries and spectacular museums that are nestled amongst the streets. The simple grid formation of the city means you won't get lost either.
Culture Hotspots at the Oaxaca Zócalo and around
- Teatro Macedonio Alcalá
Grandeur oozes from this French style theatre. Built in 1903, the interior is well worth a peek as rich red marble pillars, fancy cornices and murals blend together to create an ambience so majestic it is considered one of Mexico's most important buildings. The auditorioum seats 1300 and it is worth checking out the programme of performances when you're in town.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
- Arte Contemporáneo Manuel García
This interesting gallery contains a great selection of avant-garde national and international pieces.
EATING AND DRINKING OAXACA-STYLE
If you're looking for tasty and traditional Oaxaca Cuisine you will be spoilt for choice around the Zócalo. Locals often head to the Restaurant Colonial (C/20 de Noviembre) or if you want a real treat bag yourself a table overlooking the Zócalo itself in El Asador Vasco (Portal de Flores 10A).