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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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The Beating heart of Oaxaca

Beautiful central square, the feeling heart of busy Oaxaca. We really enjoyed it by day and by night. In the evenings it has a great vibe with nice bars and restaurants and a nice... read more

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 563 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful central square, the feeling heart of busy Oaxaca. We really enjoyed it by day and by night. In the evenings it has a great vibe with nice bars and restaurants and a nice mix of tourists and locals. By day it is a focal point for tourists visiting the cathedral and other churches and it has beautiful architecture on... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have visited other mexican small cities you probably have visited their zocalo, the square where all activities take place and restaurants are all over

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Los Cabos, Mexico
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to watch the world go by! Weekends are lively and fun! As wonderful now as it was 34 years ago when I first discovered Oaxaca! Plenty of great food and live music often. Oaxaca just had a birthday! Over 600 years people have gathered at this Zocalo! More than Amazing my friends!

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Golden, Colorado
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67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When in Oaxaca you will no doubt go to the Zocalo, This popular square is a wonderful place to sit back and observe Oaxacan families and tourist enjoying leisure time, listening to traditional music and in general enjoying the colors, sounds and textures of this beautiful city. The Zocalo makes for a great day indeed. Pick an outdoor restaurant near... More 

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Ensenada, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the heart of the old city, a beautiful park with huge trees, benches, churches, restaurants and the ubiquitous vendors. Music of all kinds from rock to mariachi, great fun to sit and people watch, sip a drink or two and enjoy the ambiance.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate a simple lunch at one of the many outdoor restaurants that line the park and watched as tourists, locals, and street vendors walked by. Some of the vendors come up to your table to sell things, but are easy to get rid of. We enjoyed the parade of daily life in Oaxaca and felt perfectly safe there.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Admittedly this is one of the nicer zócalos, but it's the same as the many others around Mexico. It's a great place to people watch and have an ice cream or get a shoe shine. But, it's full of aggressive vendors and surrounded by tourist-trap restaurants. Go see it, then go do something else.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Everything starts or ends there! It's a massive square, always bustling with activity. You can't miss it because it is the center of just about everything that happens in Oaxaca!

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Greenbrae, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

If you're a tourist in Oaxaca you'll go to the Zocalo; there's pretty much no getting around it. Except on rare days, you'll find it full of people, including lots of tourists. But it is very much a locals place, too. (I've never seen so many shoeshine stands in one place.) The shade trees are wonderful. If you walk in... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

Almost everyday we spent some time sitting and watching people in the Zocalo. It was an exciting place to experience the people and activities in el centro.

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