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This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in Oaxaca.
Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
+52 951 501 5000
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The best zocalo I have seen, there is always a band playing music, from January to March, every evening they have dances, puppets, music, a place to spend the evening.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank marty1103
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I thought we would spend more time at the zocalo, but we found ourselves mostly up town. The Zocalo does have a lot of entertainment with music of some sort most every day/night. There are many street vendors and others that come up to you...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Wertreelovers1
Reviewed 3 days ago

Most Mexican cities show their civic pride with a central plaza but Oaxaca has two, around the Cathedral. The colours are almost psychedelic and you can spend hours people watching---or people listening, there is often live music in the evenings.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 16jamesdoc
Reviewed 5 days ago

crowded with vendors, musicians, tourists, and locals. we walked through here every night on our way back to the hotel. a wonderful cultural experiencs.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kurtdismas
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This appears to be ground zero for the see and be seen. There are a lot of sidewalk restaurants that line the zocalo that are good vantage points to observe the action. You should really spend one evening checking out the scene, particularly on a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank alaskantravelnut
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the center of Oaxaca where there is much to see. I can several days each week for different experiences, but mostly to observe Oaxacana life. I sat mostly undisturbed except for vendors of all ages and types of things to share. Expect to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank H4778CHbrendab
Reviewed 1 week ago

We heard mariachi music playing and decided to take a look. Huge puppets of the bride and groom, dressed in their wedding finery, were bobbing up and down. The actual bride and groom were dancing too, surrounded by their fr, some dressed in traditional costumes....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank norglobetrotter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the chance to visit the Oaxaca Zocalo several times. It is a wonderfully-preserved square with lots of restaurant and bars to enjoy a great meal, as well as cafés to simply stop and look at the world go by. Several places offer live...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank WFR
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was not as green or well manicured as some zocalos we have visited, but its definitely the center of activity. It is a must to see and we went here every day of our trip. There was always a large crowd and activities each...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Nikki P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The true center of a Mexican town is the Zocalo. And so it is in Oaxaca. Churches and restaurants surround this main center plaza. Musicians perform and venture from restaurant to restaurant at lunch time, so bring some small bills and change as they circulate...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Mercedes R
November 5, 2017|
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Response from 600lawrenm | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any that looked directly upon the Zócalo but there are probably a few directly surrounding it!
brian c
July 3, 2016|
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Response from fiorentina | Reviewed this property |
I was in beautiful Oaxaca the first two weeks of June 2016. At the time the protestors were mainly in the zocalo area, although there were a couple of very large protest marches one block from my hotel. I never felt... More
Gordon L
November 5, 2015|
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We finally stayed at Trébol, just two blocks south of the Zocalo, and directly across from the big Benito Jaurez Market; we love it and it was unbelievably inexpensive. See my review posted 2 March 2016 -- the first of many... More