Oaxaca is not only about visiting the ancient ruins and appreciating architecture, it is also about experiencing the city’s market life. If you love good markets, then Oaxaca will not disappoint you. The city has all the hustle and bustle, the sights and sounds, the smell of the freshest native food, and the products you would never find in other cities. The city gives you the thrill of bargaining, making your market experience exciting. Below are some of the most popular Oaxaca markets:

Abastos Market

The sprawling open-air Abastos Market offers an enchanting shopping experience that defies mere description. You will find here luscious tropical fruits, turkeys, herbs, baskets, rugs, cheeses, tortillas, and even grasshopper dishes. Vendors also sell bread, chocolate, ceramics, sandals, jewelry, hammocks, and many other signature items. On Saturdays, you will see Trique Indian weavers selling intricate and beautiful textiles and rugs all the way from the world famous Teotitlán del Valle.

Benito Juárez Market

Benito Juárez Market is the oldest and one of the largest Oaxaca markets. Located just south of the Zocalo near San Juan Dios church, it was built in 1893 and was named after a former Mexican President. This is a great place to buy flowers, quesillo, honey, cacao beans, and jars of mole sauce. You will also see here vendors selling barbequed grasshoppers. The market’s side streets of 20 de Noviembre and Las Casas sell all kinds of goods like Christmas tree ornaments, hammocks, baskets, religious figurines, and huipiles.

Mercado de Artesañas

This handicrafts market is located 4 blocks southwest of the Zócalo on Zaragoza cor. J.P. García. It is open daily from 9am to 8pm and sells handicrafts, leather goods, knives and swords, and pottery. It is also a nice place to buy native textiles such as blouses, dresses, bedding, table linens, rugs, and shawls.

La Merced

This small but charming Oaxaca market is located on Insurgentes between Murguía and Morelos. Open everyday from 8am to 7pm, this market mainly sells flowers and food like cheese, bread, chocolate, meat and poultry, fish, and grains. La Merced is a nice market to find the cheapest mescal, tequila, tamales, and tortillas.