Oaxaca City, Mexico
All Things Artisan
Rich in history, culture, and artisanal gastronomy, Oaxaca City is a delight for the senses. The streets are brimming with vibrant colours and traditional art. Buildings made from green volcanic stone line the tranquil cobbled streets. Colonial-era structures stand proud around the city, bringing an unequivocal charm to the place.
Art is at the heart of Oaxaca and resonates throughout. Galleries showcasing local textiles, fine arts, and modern exhibitions offer an insight into the region’s history. Local women wearing traditional woven dress welcome you to start a collection of your own, with a selection of handmade pieces rich in colours and patterns. Even the children of Oaxaca understand the importance of art. Young children take to the street to set up their own collections of hand drawn images for sale.
Oaxaca draws an eclectic mix of visitors, from backpackers to retirees and everything in between. The food scene is strong here, with new establishments using traditional techniques to bring an artisanal flare to modern cuisine. Live music can be found almost any day of the week. Small hole in the wall bars overflow with people dancing salsa as the band plays on inside. An impressive array of beers flow nicely, intercepted by a selection of local mezcals.
Officially founded in 1542, Mérida is home to a uniquely rich Mayan and colonial history. This is evident in the arresting Typical of Mexico, there’s always a reason to party. People flock to the streets to parade with an enthusiastic brass band and traditional puppets held by dancers wielding their fate. I still don’t know what was being celebrated that particular day, but it was definitely something fun!
Oaxaca’s exciting events calendar and thriving array of restaurants, shops and bars draws people from all walks of life. To compliment this, a selection of boutique hotels have opened up around the city, transforming beautiful historical buildings into elegantly designed accommodation.