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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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Reviewed yesterday

Lots of activity. Big graduation celebration with parade, music, dancing, and vendors. We ate in a restaurant overlooking the Zocalo so we had a great view.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Joyce E
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A typical Mexican town centre. Lots going on so lovely to just go there and people watch. There are lots of restaurants but we were advised to eat elsewhere as most are just tourist traps.

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

The place to sit, sip something and enjoy the wonderful parade of people. The enormous old trees add to the beauty and the musicians add to the ambiance. Don’t miss it

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank I9377XYjeand
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A place you will no doubt visit and pass through a number of times whilst in Oaxaco. Packed with restaurants, street vendors, market stalls and entertainers with the cathedral on one corner, there is always something going on day and evening. Great place for some...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jasmine38Chichester
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

You cannot help but have a great time on the Zócalo. Although there are lots of tourists the Zócalo is for the people of Oaxaca. From clowns to bands to dancing something is always happening. There are vendors and restaurants in abundance but get a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Shvanski
Reviewed 6 days ago

Time spent in the Zocalo is never wasted. This seems to be the center of all Oaxcan culture and a place to meet old and new friends. Crowds of locals and visitors, mariachi bands, orchestras and choirs, street vendors, colourful native costumes, good food and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank John J
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a good spot for people watching. Many restaurants around to sit down and have a drink and snack while taking it all in. You will pay more for meals and drinks here than in other parts of town. But I think it's worth the...More

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

Can't really say you've seen Oaxaca if you haven't whiled away a sunny afternoon in the shade of the zocalo. Ambulantes (walking vendors), shoeshine stands, gazebo habitues, shady nooks, wrought-iron benches, coffee shops and restaurants .... perfect spot for people watching. If it all gets...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank novato1953
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Zocalo is very lively in Oaxaca. It is filled with vendors and entertainment, making it the perfect place to take in city life

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank tombillinge
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is so much going on in and around the zocalo and it changes depending on time of day. Restaurants line two sides and in between there are numerous vendors with small stalls set up. Musicians show up all over the place, do a few...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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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