I am caught in a moment and suddenly understand why life inside the market is like entering the heart and soul of Oaxaca. It's a total feast for the senses and once you're pulled in, you're in for good.
There are no famous chefs here but the taste of pork coming out of the fire pit will convince you that someone missed out on a Michelin star it's that good.
I would have been content to have every one of my meals here if I weren't such an explorer. The flavors were amazing. Like nothing else I've eaten in Oaxaca.
Mercado Benito Juarez
Here you can sample everything from tamales to Oaxaca moles or buy everything to make mole from scratch.
Mercado de la Merced
Central de Abastos
Outside of the Aguilar sisters ( red clay pottery figures that are colorful and treasured by collectors) and painter Rodolfo Morales, Ocotlan is famous for it's Friday market. There are very small aisles and it's way too easy to get lost.
A lot of the market is covered so it was much more of a challenge to get photos.