Sharing some of my favorite Restaurants, also listed by Lola Cocina 🙂
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The views are incredible from Casa Crespo’s rooftop patio, you are able to take photos with the famous Santo Domingo church as your backdrop. Pick up some delicious chocolate tablets while you’re here, too.
Location: Ignacio Allende 107, Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico
La Biznaga has a great vibe and prides itself on slow food. I preferred to snack on the spicy nut mixture and crispy fresh jicama as I caught up with new friends over a drink. Pulque seemed to be trendy among locals, but I enjoyed the locally brewed beers and mezcal. There’s a hibiscus beer that’s excellent!
Location: Garcia Vigil 512, Oaxaca, Mexico
La Olla Restaurant
This was my go-to restaurant for a light late-night snack. I absolutely loved the sopa de flor de calabaza (squash blossom soup)!
Location: Calle de la Reforma 402, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Mexico
This was a perfect place to grab a midday bite. The ambiance is relaxing — the retractable roof is usually open and Lila Downs is always playing in the background. I haven’t tried everything on the menu, but loved the tacos de barbacoa, fideo seco, and the hierba santa appetizer. The cocktails were always delicious, too.
Location: Calle Macedonio Alcalá 403, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Mexico
Make Your Own Mexican Chocolate
There are very few places in Mexico where you can actually make your own chocolate. In Oaxaca, there are chocolate shops with molinos (mills) just about everywhere. Here, they will suggest a recipe (or you can create your own) and grind the ingredients for you. Then you will go home (to your hotel or apartment) with a warm chocolate paste that you have to form into tablets and allow to harden and cool. These make perfect gifts for your friends who love food!
Also known as Museo de las Nieves, this quaint ice cream shop is perfect for a sweet treat. They offer new flavors like albahaca (basil) and beso Oaxaqueño (Oaxacan kiss).
Location: Calle Macedonio Alcalá 706, Centro, 6800 Oaxaca, Mexico
Mezcalería Los Amantes
Here, you can taste three small-production mezcals for only $100 pesos. This place reminds me of the scene on the movie Frida, where somebody picks a fight with Diego (Alfred Molina) and a brawl ensues. It’s a perfect place to drink, sing, and be jolly
Location: Allende 107 (Centro Histórico, Oaxaca), 68000 Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Rodolfo Castellanos just won the last season of Top Chef Mexico. His menu is creative, but always respects local ingredients. Offers include , ensalada de pulpo a las brasas ), burrata de quesillo, and the aguachile..
Location: Av. Hidalgo 820, Col. Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico
At this local paletería they’re always made with fresh fruit and are a bargain at under $1. Favorite flavors are guanábana, piña con chamoy, and the classic limón. There are a few Popeye shops throughout the downtown area of Oaxaca,.
Location: 5 de Mayo 209, Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico