Benito Juarez Market (Mercado Benito Juarez)
Most often visited independently while strolling around downtown Oaxaca, the Benito Juárez Market is easy enough to explore alone. However, visiting with a local guide on a walking or street food tour of Oaxaca can be a good way to find the best stalls, get the best deals, and overcome the language barrier. However you choose to visit, be sure to pick up a snack or two and browse for handmade souvenirs such as embroidered blouses and accessories.
Things to Know Before You Go
Benito Juárez Market is the ideal place to wander among the aisles and get lost while browsing for local goods and produce.
Similar products will be available at many stalls; take some time to browse and check prices.
Don’t miss the chapulines (grasshoppers) at the market—you’ll see them piled into buckets or baskets and available to buy by the bag.
Benito Juárez Market may not be easily accessible for wheelchair users, due to crowded corridors.
How to Get There
Benito Juárez Market is situated in the heart of Oaxaca, a few blocks from both the 20 de Noviembre Market and the zócalo (central square). As such, it’s easy to reach on foot from most points in the Oaxaca City downtown, although taxis are also available to drop you off nearby. There are a few arched entrances to the market along Calle Las Casas.
When to Get There
Open daily from around 7am until 9pm, there’s no real bad time to visit this market. Like most places in Oaxaca City, it tends to get busier on weekends and hours may be shorter on national holidays. Visit mid-morning, midweek for a quieter stroll among the stalls or stop by on a weekend to see it bustling with locals and visitors alike.
Other Oaxaca City Markets
Within just a few blocks of one another in downtown Oaxaca, you’ll find four different markets, each with their own charms. The 20 de Noviembre Market is a must for foodies and features on many street food tours, while the Mercado de Artesanías is the place to be if you want to shop for handmade clothing, accessories, and more. A few blocks west, the Abastos Market (Mercado de Abastos) is a massive complex full of fragrant goods.
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