Wu Haus Trips: Guide to Oaxaca

Wu Haus Trips: Guide to Oaxaca

Wow! There’s so much to say about Oaxaca. It is a region in Mexico that is bursting with flavor, color, passion, joy and love. Definitely my favorite place I’ve traveled to in Mexico. I spent about 9 days, mostly in the city of Oaxaca, but did venture just outside the city on a couple of day trips. I wanted to focus my trip on the city and the surrounding area. I was visiting my best friend, Hannah, who is living and working down there. I decided to skip the beach, but I hear that the Puerto Escondido area of the Oaxacan coast is absolutely amazing. While I’m by no means an expert, I always love sharing my travels and what places I loved on my trips. I hope if you go to Oaxaca, you will check out some of the places I’ve listed, but also explore on your own. There is so much to see and discover in this insanely beautiful region of the world.

I stayed in an unlisted rental that I found through Hannah (there are many amazing Airbnbs), but here are my three hotel recommendations if you decide to go that route:

Restaurants:

Boulenc – I went here about 4 times while I was in Oaxaca. The breakfast/brunch is so good. Amazing pastries and bread. My favorite menu items were the gluten-free pancakes, the avocado toast and the shakshuka.
Casa Oaxaca – A must! Enjoyed my last dinner in Oaxaca here, and it did not disappoint. Be sure to sit on the rooftop patio.
Los Danzantes – My first meal in Oaxaca. Such an impressive space, and the food and cocktails are impressive.
Cabuche – Get the pozole. Cheap, filling and soooo freaking good.
El Destilado – The 9-course tasting menu is outstanding. Highly recommend.
La Popular – Best spot for casual dining and drinks. Open late. Definitely the local watering hole.
Hierba Dulce – All plant-based menu in a gorgeous courtyard.
La Biznaga – The margaritas!!! Also, the hibiscus cones and squash blossom quesadillas.

Markets:

Mercado de Tlacolula – About 45 minutes outside of the central city, this market takes place on Sundays and is one of the best markets I’ve ever been to.
Mercado 20 de Noviembre – Large market in central Oaxaca. Great for wandering and a delicious lunch.
Mercado Benito Juarez – Great for souvenirs. I bought a bunch of molé to bring home.
Mercado de la Merced – This was the market closest to where I was staying. Small and cute. Hannah and I enjoyed delicious bread and hot chocolate in the morning.
Mercado Orgánico La Cosecha – This is the cutest little organic market. Lots of great items and produce, as well as a great place for lunch.

Day Trips:

San Agustín de Etla – Serene countryside, and the Centro de las Artes is an amazing place to walk around and check out the art and architecture.
Teotitlán del Valle – Highly recommend. This village just outside the city specializes in weaving wool into stunning rugs, bags, pillow covers and more. The weavers work is so impressive. You can visit their workshops and learn about their process. Go to Comedor Jaguar for lunch. Isabel makes the best chile rellenos and chicken molé.
Hierve el Agua – This place is stunning. A major warning: it is overrun with tourists. Regardless the natural beauty is worth seeing.
Mitla – Ancient Zapotec ruins. So gorgeous. The stone carvings and natural landscape of this place are not to be missed.

Shopping:

Colectivo 1050 – Cutest little shop of clay. I took home several pieces for my ceramic collection.
Suculenta – Attached to Boulenc, this place sells the best pastries and preserved goods. I brought home several bottles of their marmalades, as well as their salsa macha, which is soooooo good.
Lanii Gifts – Very beautiful collection of clothing and things for home.
Draco – Vibrantly colored embroidery on clothing and bags.
Aripo – Wide variety of handmade goods from the region.

Things to Do:

Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca – A must! This garden is absolutely stunning. 2-hour long guided tours in English Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am.
Templo de Santo Domingo – Seriously impressive church. The surrounding square is so beautiful, too. Grab a pastry from Boulenc and head here to enjoy in the shade.
Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca – Plant heaven. This courtyard is so cool.
Museo Textil de Oaxaca – This courtyard is one of my favorite places in Oaxaca. So beautiful.
Biblioteca Juan de Córdova – Beautiful building, worth a look.

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14 comments

Sara December 28, 2017 - 6:38 pm

Wow, looks like an AMAZING trip!! Thank you for sharing ❤️

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Casey December 29, 2017 - 1:21 am

Did you take taxis when you went out of the city? Looks amazing!

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alison wu January 11, 2018 - 3:49 pm

We hired a taxi one day, and had a friend drive us out the other day! XO

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Adreanna Gore December 29, 2017 - 4:26 am

Your photos and this blog make we want to visit!! Looks like such a lovely place

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alison wu January 11, 2018 - 3:49 pm

Yes! It’s amazing. Highly recommend!

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Cathy December 29, 2017 - 9:47 pm

Beautiful photos <3

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alison wu January 11, 2018 - 3:49 pm

Thank you!

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Gabriela Flores December 30, 2017 - 12:10 am

I just went to Oaxaca, and I wrote posts about it! In Spanish, I just found your blog by clicking in the location of my pictures, and I loved it! New fan here! Haha :-). @thegabrielafl

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alison wu January 11, 2018 - 3:49 pm

Yay!! XO

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Sarah Stevens December 31, 2017 - 2:56 am

Please for the love of god recreate some of the meals you had- especially the pozole!

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alison wu January 11, 2018 - 3:50 pm

Haha! Yes! I should try. Not sure I could do it quite as good as they do though…

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kelsey hayden December 31, 2017 - 3:33 pm

Just booked for April <3 send me all the secret spots!!! xox

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alison wu January 11, 2018 - 3:50 pm

Yay!! You’re going to love!

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stacy kelley April 9, 2018 - 9:32 pm

thank you for sharing!!! I will be going with my husband and 6 yo in a couple weeks, and I happened to meet someone in Joshua Tree who suggested I check out your post! <3 I'm curious whether it would be possible to get to El Arbol del Tule, Mitla, and Teotitlan del Valle via taxi? I'm thinking those may be the only day trips we could manage, and I'm wondering if we could even do them all in one day…if it's possible to catch a taxi ride at each location? too much? just curious whether you had any advice about this, as the transportation is my only hesitation with our son in tow. : )

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