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This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in Oaxaca.
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Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
+52 951 501 5000
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All reviews shoe shine great place to people watch street performers central square heart of the city surrounded by restaurants vendors selling mexican cities walk around santo domingo balloons protest activity plaza bandstand orchestra cathedral
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Everyday I would start my day here. I would have breakfast most times in one of the restaurants facing the Zocalo. It is a great place to people watch. There are demonstrations there occasionally against the mistreatment of the indigenous people. There are many vendors...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

A good place to get the flavor of Oaxaca. The town square that is teeming with people and vendors, and lined with restaurants.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank howards50
Reviewed yesterday

I was disappointed in the Zocalo. Apparently the govt "renovated" it some years ago. I thought it would be like Spain where I could sit and observe the old folks sitting and chatting away. Not so. Didn't spend much time there. Probably worth a visit.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank sabine17093
Reviewed 5 days ago

I loved walking past it and listening to so much live music that seemed to always be on! The trees are beautiful, there's lots of people watching, treats to eat, street performers, and plenty to shop.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Andrea A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Everything about Oaxaca revolves around this place!! The wonderful church dominates but the park, restaurants, shopping and vibe add to the experience!!!

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Linda M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like crowds this place is for you, but if not then it's to be avoided at all costs. The good thing about it is that it's traffic-free, so you can walk around without danger of being run over. There are outdoor restaurants that...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank C4656MAsarahg
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited during Dia de los muertos week and it was the best experience ever. Food, music and shopping all in one spot. I really enjoyed how people from other countries got into the celebrations.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Jnjiemtz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the main plazas in Oaxaca City, the Zocalo is a perfect spot for an evening stroll. It is surrounded by restaurants and local food and craft vendors. It seems as if something lively is always happening in the square.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Nolagurl1956
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Heart of town, safe and full of life day and night, endless things to see and or buy, street food, and cultureal things , one has to feel it see it and be there, hard to explain, people helpful, kind and service good in any...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Bjorn B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Zocalo is the heart of the city of Oaxaca and it seems like there's always something going on there. Culture, souvenir shopping, good food, and lots of local flavor.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Mercedes R
6 November 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
4 July 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
5 November 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