Oaxaca Travel Guide

July 11, 2018

¡Hola! Just got back from Oaxaca and am overwhelmed with much to share, but I’m going to keep this blog post simple, short, and sweet as a list of places I visited in the beautiful city. I’m hoping the energy was well captured through video, so I won’t really go further into my admiration for the city.

What I can share with you are some the routes we took and how to maximize your visit as best possible.

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I’ll be dividing my trip up into sections of where things are in relation to each other so you can figure best for yourself how you would plan it. We stayed about 30 minutes outside of the city, which was lovely to see how people really lived outside of bustling downtown, El Centro. There are lots of amazing places to eat and shop, here are the ones we visited

City Center

To Eat

El Pitiona – Lovely food and creative drinks. A super beautiful spot for daytime food.

El Trompo – Realllllly good and cheap tacos. Best for a late night meal after a few dance parties 

Bouleng –  We unfortunately never made it here, but it was on the list and looks delicious!

Sabina Sabe – A bright teal space for cocktails and food – we never got the food part though, but we did visit more than once for drinks! Super sweet bartenders.

Hotel Antonio – A coffee shop we stumbled in that felt like we never left LA, but in a really good way.

El Distilado – I think this was one of my favorite places we ate at and I encourage the tasting menu! The atmosphere is really good for groups; we never tried the cocktails though because of the election. 

Los Danzantes – Worth visiting for dinner for the architecture alone. The appetizers were memorable.

Criollo – This was definitely my favorite restaurant. It was the perfect harmony of craft, design, and flavors. Not to be missed.

Los Amantes – A mezcal tasting bar, very small and intimate, but we found ourselves here probably…. every night.

To Shop

Studio Q – A creative project between local artisans and designers.

Lanii  – Home of a very Instagrammable wicker wall

Aripo – It was closed when we tried to visit but looks sooo beautiful.

Collectivo 1050 – Spot for designer ceramics

Xaquixe – In an art studio where I was heavily drawn to the pastel, glass-blown goods

 

To Visit / Stay

Textile Museum – The art itself is pretty quick to go through, but there are some interesting places to pop in and out of within the blocks’ vicinity.

Casa Oaxaca – This was recommended across the board to stay and eat, but it was closed for renovations during our visit so we didn’t get to check it out.

Jardin Entobotanico – Sorely missed this as well. We didn’t realize the hours and had poorly planned our visit, soooo beautiful though.

Los Amantes – I definitely want to stay here the next time I’m in town, such a beautiful space along with a luring rooftop bar.

South Valley

Here are some of the stops in linear order:

1. Tula Tree for this historic tree

2. Teotitlan for rugs

3. Matatlan for mezcal

4. Hierve el Agua for breathtaking nature (this required a day trip on its own, but the previous can be done in a day

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Other Destinations

One of my favorite spots was Atzompa, a little pottery village. I warn future visitors right now to plan ahead to bring back some pottery that is hard to pass up. Super affordable and extremely well made crafted goods here. Abastos market was also a bit of a drive away but so worth the visit. It’s like a huge farmers market + crafts + ready-to-made food. Everyone is dressed in traditional wear and it’s really a magical, stimulating place to be.

Thank you for following along x

New Orleans is a strange city. It’s musky, dated, haunted, grimy, lush, all to a soundtrack of street jazz under balmy weather. Yet, nothing can amount the innumerable wonders that adds to the sultriness that will make you mourn the moment you leave. You have your classics. The oysters on a balcony over-looking the ever-so-touristy French Quarters. Yet should you wander enough, you’ll find yourself in many curiosity shops with haunting stories to follow.

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New Orleans is a strange city.

New Orleans is a strange city.

New Orleans is a strange city.

New Orleans is a strange city.

New Orleans is a strange city.

New Orleans is a strange city.

New Orleans is a strange city.

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Sometime in May, I escaped to Utah to hang out with my family. Usually I’m a stickler about tourist traps in national parks. They reminds me of bad sunscreen, children, and cargo shorts. And while that was still the case, there is something majestic about Zion Park that makes the trip to Utah so worth it. Also the regions around the park are just as charming with random petting zoos and wonderful pottery.

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I believe this is my first time I’ve documented a trip with my family. Namely because the whole idea of blogging and taking photos of yourself as an intentional career is a thought so foreign for my parents. The trip was too beautiful not to document, but what was so amazing was my entire family offering to help shoot photos. It made this trip much more enjoyable because for the first time since I’ve started this blog, I felt like I can truly be my unfiltered self. It was a wonderful and grounding trip and hope you guys enjoy the photos and video.

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Hotel keys, old fashions, bubble blowers, roadside bouquets, fried food, Talking Heads, southern food, Teva sandals, sunburns, and 10 hours driving.

A fun trip is about the journey than the destination.

My favorite city of the trip was Nashville, but no real photos to document it. Sorry guys, when you’re having fun, you just forget. New Orleans was super tight too. Definitely get someone who lives there to show you around.

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After 4 days hopping southern cities, we finally made it to Bonnaroo! Best festival I’ve been to – by far. Little stages with upcoming artists and good vibes all around. Thanks Teva for letting us drive a huge suburban through the south and end it at a festival. I’ll let the photos speak for the trip, because I have white, sandy beaches on the brain and can’t properly articulate how rad this trip was.