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Address: Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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+52 951 501 5000
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This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center...

This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in Oaxaca.

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I've traveled extensively, seen many squares, but this one is my favorite. It's large, beautiful trees and always active. Just pick one of the many cafe's that surround it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've traveled extensively, seen many squares, but this one is my favorite. It's large, beautiful trees and always active. Just pick one of the many cafe's that surround it, order a drink and watch and listen. It will put a smile on your face and leave memories that will last a lifetime.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Zocalo deserves its reputation as a lively center from which the city life radiates. Nice cafes along the side from which to nurse a margarita and people watch. Interminable numbers of street merchants stop by but are courteous. At night the place draws , often quite unpredictably, street fetes with music, dance and costuming.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My friend and I went almost every day for eight days to spend time observing the bustle of the crowds. Ten balloon vendors, numerous food carts and lots of families visiting from outside the main city. The bandstand had a brass band on Friday afternoon and Sunday the Oaxaca Symphony Orchestra set up for a one and half hour concert.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Zocalo is Oaxaca's bustling center of market and political activity. As such, it is a must-see. I would not want to stay in a hotel nearby because of the high level of activity and traffic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It's a must to be in the Zocalo frequently when in Oaxaca. Whether in the day or evening there's a great deal of activity with adults and children participating. Vendors abound as do restaurants circling the area. People watching is a great activity and occasional concerts crop up. Great activity!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place reminded me of how alive communities can be around the world. People come out to see each other, converse, listen, laugh, complain, eat together... this in one of those places where you really see that this city is ALIVE. Contrast this to so many cities in north america where people just stay inside all night watching TV.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Markets, shoeshine stands, tourist information, orchestras on Sundays, balloon vendors, the population from the hills descends into town to see the world or attend mass in the nearby cathedral.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a lively place, full of people and music. Wonderful for people watching and having a good time. Strolling around, enjoying the music, having a good meal or a drink... Don't miss the nearby Alcala street and the Templo de Santo Domingo.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The square is lively day and night. Locals dance to live music most evenings, with the state orchestra playing Sunday afternoon concerts. Surrounded by restaurants, bars, and ice cream shops, there is something to everyone.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the main point of activity in Oaxaca which is a wonderful city. shoes cleaned and much music day and evening.

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