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Address: Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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+52 951 501 5000
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This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center...

This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in Oaxaca.

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Great people watching

Life at its best in all its high and lows in the square. Not really much to do but people watch. Some buskers at night. Read John Irving's Avenue of Mysteries for a unique... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Golden, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Find a spot and get comfortable and just watch the fascinating parade go by. Busy restaurants line the shady square and the vendors and musicians keep you entertained.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Like any town in Mexico you must go and hang out in the Zocalo. When we were there over Christmas there was something going on at all times. From bands to dancing in the street.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing very different here if you've been to zocalos in other Mexican cities, but they do often have nice concerts here in the evenings where locals gather.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very nice square in colonial style. Lots of nice restaurants and cafes, in the little streets in the near are daily markets. The cathedral is very interesting /Spanish baroque style/. The square is really living, sometimes overcrowded. Sometime you can see dance performances.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Life at its best in all its high and lows in the square. Not really much to do but people watch. Some buskers at night. Read John Irving's Avenue of Mysteries for a unique perspective of the underbelly of the square.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful to see so many families strolling, enjoying live music, performances and ice skating in the Zocalo.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So much activity at zocalos and this one didn't disappoint. From vendors, a skating rink (yup), couples hanging out, various displays including a giant Xmas tree, shoe shiners: it's the perfect people watching location to enjoy a snack, read or simply relax.

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San Francisco, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Oaxacans and other Mexicans who were visiting Oaxaca really use the zocalo all the time. It is alive in a way very few other zocalos are...music, other entertainment, fireworks, parades, ice skating rink, radish carving contests (Dec 23rd) drinks and food...we found ourselves visiting almost every day for one thing or another. Had cocoas, wine and beer, snacks and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere is nice and always upbeat. A lot of restaurants and bars to sit in and have a drink or eat. Live music mostly can be heard all around the Zocalo. A nice place to start looking what to do :)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our Travelphile Tours group enjoyed resting in Oaxaca's Zocalo during the Day of the Dead festivities. It was an opportunity to interact with Oaxacan locals. We were lucky to find our Day of the Dead make-up artists in the square whom we hired to come to our hotel and make us all up for the evening festivities!

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