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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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We have never been in the Zocalo when something wasn't happening. There are always many families (Mexican) strolling, and of course vendors selling everything from infant toys to marijuana. (Every seller of MJ looked sneaky and nefarious; I was never able to ascertain whether the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Geoff-n-Susan
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lots to love here. Vendor's, sidewalk cafes, music, dancing and concerts a few nights a week, tree's.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Phil S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You can’t go to Oaxaca and not go to the Zocolo (central plaza). It is a constant hub of activity. Unfortunately, unlike 30 years ago I think most of the vendors are selling things not made in Mexico it is still fun to walk around...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank peggys368
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you have a chance to go on Sunday evening, go! Families come en masse and the kids go nuts as well as the parents having a wonderful time. There are magicians, clowns, amazing painters, music of various types, and great food--all within a 2-block...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Doug B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Oaxaca’s main public square. Lots of restaurants and shops to keep you busy for a while. Also nice to just wander around and people watch. We were there for the week of Dia de los Muertos, so the area seemed especially festive. We definitely enjoyed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RxVacation
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After my cups of coffee at the hotel "Marques del Valle" I would go to the park and sit. Typical of most Mexican cities/towns. I must say that it was quite a bit more crowded than the typical parks. Had a variety of ages in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank FortWorthJeffie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great place to come and people watch and is a hive of activity in the evenings. Some good places to eat around the square.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank julesthumper
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed the street stalls with horchata and assorted iced drinks, souvenirs and restaurants in this area. Great for people watching in an afternoon.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Nicole S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to sit down and observe human diversity. During the Christman season there were nightly concerts. All kinds of foods and crafts are sold. Look for the fried plantains with condensed milk!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MiruruChapin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Zocalo has good and bad atributes. Fine place to people watch and enjoy an ever changing entertainment smorgasbord. Some good restaurants and some not so good align the sides along with some really bad tacky vendor shacks that should be removed. A great city...More

Date of experience: December 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