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Where to Eat, Sleep and Shop in Oaxaca

Snack on confit suckling pig with flying-ant mole, shop for local souvenirs and book a room at Hotel Azul.

Shop

La Casa de las Artesanías de Oaxaca

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La Casa de las Artesanías de Oaxaca

If you’re seeking Oaxacan souvenirs, like the region’s green clay vessels with quartz glaze, this 16-year-old co-op is a must-browse. Each room in the shop is dedicated to something different: tightly woven baskets, graphic wall tapestries and, of course, bottles of mezcal.

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Nómada

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Nómada

This family-run business just off the busy city square outside the Templo de Santo Domingo sells high-end embroidered Mexican garments for men and women, leather purses and pouches, plus furiously bright Zapotec rugs, pillows and bedding you can test out in the showroom before you buy.

52-951-234-5388

Eat & Drink

Origen

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Origen

Spread over the top two floors of an airy colonial house in the Centro Histórico, this contemporary take on Mexican cuisine serves dishes like confit suckling pig with flying-ant mole, plantain purée and grilled peach and pineapple. Start with the local salad, topped with toasted agave worms and candied cactus fruit, then try the dry-aged rib-eye with wild-mushroom amarillo mole.

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Sleep

Hotel Azul

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Hotel Azul

The blue, white and wood-accented colour scheme, minimalist furniture, tasteful touches of modern art and an adjacent contemporary gallery make for a decidedly hip stay amid the rest of the neighbourhood’s historic architecture.

What we loved The rooftop patio, with its bar on one wall and massive Kandinsky-esque mural on another, is a perfect perch from which to take in the lights of the city and their mountainous backdrop.

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