Long Weekend in Oaxaca
Arts & Culture
Food & Wine
Oaxaca is a magical city rooted in tradition with delicious Mezcal. The weather is always pleasurable; open-air markets and sun-faded cantinas line cobblestoned streets; the local cuisine is wildly varied; and, in the past couple years, the food and mezcal scenes in particular have really taken off.
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Hotel Escondido Oaxaca
A dreamy mix of old and new in the heart of Oaxaca, with a coworking space, rooftop pool and bar, and streetside Piedmontese eatery.
Pug Seal Oaxaca City
Cozy B&B with an artistic vibe in the center of Oaxaca City.
A design-forward, eco-minded distillery and 6-room luxury hotel honoring the ancient production of mezcal.
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Day 1: Food tour
After arriving in Oaxaca in the afternoon, you can check in to your hotel just in time. To start your trip off right, go on a food tour and sample all the delicious food Oaxaca has to offer. Oaxaca King offers food tours of the city that are a MUST-DO. Keep in mind that availability depends on the day, so make sure to reserve your spot ahead of time. The tour will last a couple of hours, leading into your evening. Afterward, relax and enjoy a mezcal tasting at Mezcaloteca or Sabina Sabe, and get plenty of rest for your big day tomorrow!
Day 2: Explore the city
Start your day by waking up and heading down to Boulenc Bakery, an artisanal bakery that's always busy with a crowd usually standing in front of the entrance. Expect a possible wait, but don't worry because you can order a coffee and pastry while waiting. The prices are super affordable, and their chilaquiles are to die for.
After breakfast, explore the historic district, which is filled with art, history, and shops. Be sure to stop by Santo Domingo Church, located at the true center of town.
Next, head to the nearby Garden Etnobotanico, the botanical gardens. For lunch, we recommend strolling through the Benito Juarez Market Oaxaca to grab some local cuisine. Sit down, chat with the locals, and enjoy some tasajo or chorizo with a beer.
After getting in a bit of relaxation at your hotel, you'll be ready for dinner. We recommend Criollo; you can't go wrong. Keep in mind that the seating is mostly outdoors, so plan accordingly.
Day 3: Hike in Teotitlan
Start your day by waking up early and enjoying the sunrise with an early morning hike. The town of Teotitlán, about 45 minutes from Oaxaca, is worth the short trip. Here, you can hike in the Picacho, which is about 3 miles long.
On your way back, stop by Casa Viviana, a historic candle shop known for its Velas and other ornamental candles made with naturally dyed beeswax. I bought two amazing flower candles for my table!
For lunch, head to the rooftop patio at Restaurant Casa Oaxaca. They make table-side salsas, and be sure to order the Flores de Calabaza and anything with Mole; you won't regret it.
After lunch, stroll around the town, popping into all the unique shops to get some pottery and textiles.
Cocktail bars are prevalent in Oaxaca, so tonight, visit La Selva before heading to dinner at Los Danzantes, which are right on top of each other. Try the cocktail with pulque; it's not to be missed. At Los Danzantes, be sure to order the Hoja Santa, Tlalpeno Soup, and pretty much every dessert.
Day 4: Mezcal distillery for a night
Before you drive out to Casa Silenco for the night, enjoy a quick breakfast at La Quinta Real.
Upon arrival at Casa Silenco, a mezcal distillery and hotel located about an hour outside of Oaxaca city, you will be kindly greeted with a delicious signature cocktail. With only six suites, the property is always quiet, and the staff is impeccable. When you pay for your room, everything is included, including food, drinks, a mezcal distillery tour and more. Once you settle into your room, the staff will prepare a lunch for you to enjoy outside. You can have the afternoon to rest, lay by the dipping pool, hike, or do whatever you wish. There will be a tour and tasting of the Casa Silenco Mezcal and Distillery, which we had at around 4:30 pm, and we continued enjoying cocktails until dinner around 7 pm. Dinner will be a coursed meal that is unforgettable.
Day 5: Nature walk
Wake up and take a nature walk around Casa Silenco. You might even see some donkeys!
Enjoy your complimentary breakfast with everything you could imagine (and more- just ask for it!).
Pack up and get ready for your private drive to the airport to head back home!
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This is part of our ongoing series on travel to Oaxaca, and our longer series on travel to Mexico.