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What to Eat in Oaxaca

Oaxaca has several specialties that no visitor should miss, but a word to the wise: a strong stomach is required. One of those specialties is a chili-based sauce, called mole. In fact, Oaxaca is nicknamed "The Land of the Seven Moles" for the many different types of sauce produced here, which can range in color, from black to yellow; in ingredients, from chocolate to almonds; and in heat level, from mild to super spicy. Another Oaxacan specialty is mezcal, which is a spirit similar to tequila, served in a glass rimmed with a concoction of spices and ground worms and lime wedges. 

And when it comes to a full meal in this foodie capital, travelers say you really can't go wrong. The market stalls are just as delicious as the formal establishments. For breakfast, try Café Casa Oaxaca located on Calle Jazmines, a little more than 2 miles from the Zócalo. A stone's throw from the Templo de Santo Domingo is Oaxacan celebrity chef Alejandro Ruiz's Casa Oaxaca el Restaurante. To sample moles, head to Las Quince Letras, which is just a couple blocks from the Templo de Santo Domingo on Calle Abasolo. And for some cheap-yet-delicious street foods, look no further than Itanoni Flor del Maiz located on a quick taxi ride from central Oaxaca on Avenue Belisario Dominguez.

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  • #1
    Tr3s 3istro Restaurant & Oyster Bar
    #1 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1327 reviewsTripadvisor (1327)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, European, Latin, Seafood
    Calle Portal de Flores 3 Second Floor, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #2
    Cafe Bistrot Epicuro
    #2 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 522 reviewsTripadvisor (522)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European
    Calle Vicente Guerrero 319, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #3
    Mexita
    #3 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 281 reviewsTripadvisor (281)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean
    Calle Federico Ortiz Armegol # 105 Colonia Reforma Sobre Calzada Porfirio Diaz, Oaxaca 68050 Mexico
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  • #4
    El Destilado
    #4 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 290 reviewsTripadvisor (290)
    $ - $$ | American, Mexican, International, Contemporary
    Calle 5 de Mayo 409 Entre Abasolo y Constitucion, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #5
    Los Danzantes Oaxaca
    #5 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2132 reviewsTripadvisor (2132)
    $$ | Mexican
    Calle Macedonio Alcala No. 403-4, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #6
    Casa Taviche
    #6 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 301 reviewsTripadvisor (301)
    $ | Mexican, Latin
    Avenida Miguel Hidalgo # 1111 Suite 1111, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #7
    Boulenc
    #7 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 769 reviewsTripadvisor (769)
    $ | Pizza, Cafe
    Porfirio Diaz #207 Downtown Between Morelos and Matamoros, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #8
    zandunga
    #8 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 800 reviewsTripadvisor (800)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    Garcia Vigil 512-E Centro Centro, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #9
    El Quinque
    #9 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 340 reviewsTripadvisor (340)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, International
    Callejon Hidalgo 218 Between Galeana and Mier y Teran, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #10
    El Escapulario
    #10 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 459 reviewsTripadvisor (459)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    Garcia Vigil 617, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #11
    Restaurante Catedral
    #11 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1683 reviewsTripadvisor (1683)
    $$ | Mexican
    Calle Manuel Garcia Vigil 105 Colonia Centro, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #12
    Casa Oaxaca El Restaurante
    #12 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2182 reviewsTripadvisor (2182)
    $$ | Mexican, Latin, Contemporary, Fusion
    Calle La Constitucion 104A, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #13
    Las Quince Letras
    #13 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 394 reviewsTripadvisor (394)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    M. Abasolo 300 Centro, Oaxaca Mexico
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  • #14
    Origen
    #14 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 623 reviewsTripadvisor (623)
    $$ | Mexican, Latin
    Callejon Hidalgo 820, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #15
    Cafe Brujula
    #15 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 420 reviewsTripadvisor (420)
    $ | Cafe
    Calle Macedonio Alcala 104 Libreria Grañen Porrua, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #16
    PAN:AM
    #16 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 345 reviewsTripadvisor (345)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Cafe
    Calle Mariano Abasolo 103 Centro, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #17
    Cabuche
    #17 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 212 reviewsTripadvisor (212)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    Avenida Miguel Hidalgo # 1017, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #18
    El Asador Vasco
    #18 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 376 reviewsTripadvisor (376)
    $ - $$ | Latin, Mexican, International, Spanish
    Portal de las Flores 10 Centro, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #19
    Jaguar Yuu Cafe
    #19 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 115 reviewsTripadvisor (115)
    $ - $$ | Latin, Cafe, International, Spanish, Beer restaurants
    Calle Murguia 202 Centro Histórico, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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  • #20
    Oaxaca En Una Taza
    #20 of 676 Places to Eat in Oaxaca
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 121 reviewsTripadvisor (121)
    $ | Cafe, Mexican, Fast Food, Deli
    Calle La Constitucion # 108 C.P. 68000 Centro, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
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