Abastos Market (Central de Abastos)
Although a popular spot to explore independently, you can get the most out of your visit to the Abastos Market by stopping by with a local guide who can point you to the best stalls, street food, and souvenir sellers. Food tours are a popular way to maximize a visit to the Central de Abastos and sometimes combine a Oaxacan cooking class with a market stroll. Meanwhile, most Oaxaca city tours at least pass by the bustling Abastos Market.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Abastos Market is one of the best places to pick up Oaxacan mole and chocolate pastes and powders, the perfect culinary souvenirs.
Don’t bother haggling at Abastos Market—prices are fair and the produce is worth what stallholders ask.
Carry coins and small bills; stallholders rarely have the change to break larger denominations and cards aren’t accepted.
Abastos Market is not easily accessible for wheelchair users and strollers, due to narrow passageways and crowded stalls.
How to Get There
Situated within easy walking distance of the Oaxaca City zócalo (central square), the Abastos Market is easy to reach on foot from most points in this compact city. You can also arrive by taxi and all drivers will know how to get to the markets; just remember to agree on a price before setting off. There are several entrances to the market.
When to Get There
The Abastos Market in Oaxaca is typically open every day, year-round, from the early morning until the evening. Weekends—especially Saturdays—are the busiest times to visit, so stop by midweek for a quieter experience with more opportunity to browse the stalls in peace. You may find more stalls closed on national holidays.
What to Eat in the Abastos Market
While known for its produce and pottery, Abastos Market also has plenty of food vendors who can prepare traditional Oaxacan dishes on the spot. Look out for cheese-stuffed quesadillas in blue corn tortillas; take a break with a cup of freshly whipped, spiced hot chocolate; or sample Oaxacan classics such as chicken mole with rice, tlayudas, and tamales.
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