Central markets: 20 de Noviembre and Benito Juárez
In the heart of downtown Oaxaca, Mercado 20 de Noviembre and Mercado Benito Juárez, across the street from one another, focus as one large market that spills out into the surrounding streets, although different types of goods are sold in each. Benito Juárez sells mostly food, while 20 de Noviembre contains mainly handicrafts and comedores.
The comedores in 20 de Noviembre are a great place to eat all kinds of Oaxacan specialties, from bread and chocolate in the morning to mole, enfrijoladas, chicken soup, and more in the afternoon, and barbecued meat in a different aisle. It’s difficult to have a bad meal in the comedores: ask a local for their recommendation, or choose any that looks busy.
comedor in Mercado 20 de Noviembre
photo (c) Ron Gurantz, 2008