We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Bustling, Noisy and Crowded”
Review of Zocalo

Zocalo
Book In Advance
More Info
US$45.99*
and up
Oaxaca City Sightseeing Tour: Temple of Santo...
Ranked #27 of 142 things to do in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in Oaxaca.
Reviewed March 2, 2018

All Mexican cities have a central square, and Oaxaca's Zocalo is no exception. It's a huge square/park located next to the cathedral, the governor's place and shops and restaurants. It appears that local school teachers, who are perpetually protesting their plight, are permanently encamped in the Zocalo.

Vendors abound, selling everything from blankets and rugs to bracelets, wooden spoons and other Oaxacan items. There seem to be more vendors selling more goods than there are people to buy them. Our sense was that the quality of many of the items is not very good, unless you're just looking for a souvenir of your trip.

Thank HowdyDoody4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (1,433)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"central square"
in 17 reviews
"shoe shine"
in 13 reviews
"great place to people watch"
in 12 reviews
"street performers"
in 10 reviews
"heart of the city"
in 9 reviews
"surrounded by restaurants"
in 7 reviews
"vendors selling"
in 12 reviews
"mexican cities"
in 7 reviews
"oaxacan life"
in 8 reviews
"walk around"
in 10 reviews
"beautiful cathedral"
in 7 reviews
"balloons"
in 53 reviews
"protest"
in 41 reviews
"plaza"
in 51 reviews
"activity"
in 42 reviews
"bandstand"
in 10 reviews
"mexico"
in 76 reviews
Filter

37 - 41 of 1,433 reviews

Reviewed February 25, 2018

The Zocolo never looks like this picture. It is full of people, some touring, some playing music, some selling things, many restaurants and some great places to sit and watch the "show".

Thank Pukabill69
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed February 22, 2018

Beautiful cathedral, Lady of the assumption, located in the heart of Oaxaca, in the centers Zocalo. Our tour group of about 30 did a walking tour through the city's downtown area, most of it, in an all pedestrian area, we were there on a Sunday, the whole town was there. What a party, Vendors, children, families, huge crowds of people having a great time, they were also watching movies in the square, this was during the day, and the cathedral is right in the middle of it.

Thank jefferyp2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed February 21, 2018 via mobile

The Zocalo is the heart of Oaxaca. It is a joy just to walk around here. There are always wandering musicians, food and drink for sale, and often people dancing. It is full of life. It’s also fun to eat in one of the cafes or restaurants and simply watch what is going on.

Thank Barbara M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed February 21, 2018

I ate lunch at Terranova a few times yet the never ending hustling of people selling wares was intrusive. The gazebo was a treat to sit in and watch. Around the edges of zocalo are kiosks of lovely local items.

Thank natashastar42
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Been to Zocalo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing