Known for its big wave surfing, gorgeous scenery, and traditional artisan crafters, Oaxaca is truly a special spot in Mexico.
The area has become an incredibly artsy cultural hub over the past few years. And many consider Oaxaca the culinary capital of Mexico.
It’s full of bustling food markets, five-star restaurants and to-die-for street food. Tacos de Comal Plaza Del Carmen is probably one of the most famous food stands in the area (local chefs all give it their stamp of approval), and they’re best known for their Empanadas de Amarillo—corn tortilla quesadillas filled with tomato and chicken stew.
You should also taste some Mezcal while you’re there, as it’s the only spot in Mexico where it’s actually produced. Casa Oaxaca is a great boutique hotel to stay at while you’re in the area—make sure to book a cooking class with executive chef Alejandro Ruiz when you make your reservation.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable day trip while in Oaxaca, visit Hierve el Agua. This is a petrified waterfall with stunning pools overlooking the mountains.
It’s about two hours outside of Oaxaca but well worth a visit for a serene and inspiring afternoon.