Eating & Drinking in Oaxaca
While we encourage you to try our chef Soledad's wonderful meals, we know visitors want to sample the city's many good restaurants. Here are some particular favorites:
La Biznaga Inventive and modern Mexican fusion slow food cuisine.
Casa Oaxaca Exceptional and world reknowned traditional Oaxacan cuisine
Marco Polo Seafood Restaurant The best seafood in Oaxaca
Zandunga Authentic cuisine from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec outside the city, here they serve up delicious dishes in an atmosphere that perfectly marries modern and traditional aesthetics.
La Jícara Stellar library/restaurant/cultural center in Oaxaca's center offering a rotating seasonal menu and the over-the-top "orgasmo de chocolate" cake.
Itanoni All natural tortilla-shop-turned-cafe serving fantastic Oaxacan snacks made exclusively with gmo-free local heirloom corn.
Los Danzantes Traditional Oaxacan with modern twists with an extensive collection of mezcales.
Azucena Zapoteca Traditional Zapotec food inspired by the vibrant cuisine of the pueblos surrounding Oaxaca. About 30 minutes outside the city en route to Ocotlan.
Caldo de Piedra Worth a stop on your way back to the city to try the prehispanic dish made with a rich broth and fish cooked by a piping hot stone.
Flor de Loto Fresh regional and vegetarian cuisine with a very reasonably priced menu del dia.
El Manantial Vegetarian-friendly restaurant with delicious daily offerings.
For overviews of restaurants, try
Rick Bayless's Oaxaca Suggestions The reknowned Chicago chef and Mexican cuisine guru shares some of his favorite spots in the city.
Mezcaleria Los Amantes A very small but charming space exclusively dedicated to the spiritual and celebrated regional spirit. Perfect for tasting.
Seasons of My Heart is highly recommended for a day-long market visit and cooking lesson to learn about and experience Oaxacan cuisine in a beautiful country setting.
Casa de los Sabores Experienced chef, and owner of La Olla Pilar Cabrera offer you the opportunity to learn hands-on about the complex cuisine of Oaxaca.
Alma de Mi Tierra Native Oaxaqueña Nora Valencia leads you through a day of menu shopping, preparing, and savoring a traditional meal in a natural and genial setting.
Casa Crespo This Oaxacan restaurant and cooking school offers daily 4 hour classes across the way from Santo Domingo Cathedral.
Guides & Transportation
Fine Art Galleries
Folk Art Shops
Oaxaca has a marvelous bookstore with a wide selection of books in English about Oaxaca and Mexico.
Spanish Language Schools