The Top 10 Brunch Spots In Oaxaca

Photo of Lauren Cocking
9 November 2016

Oaxaca is one of the poorest states in Mexico and yet remains a firm favorite with tourists due to its beautiful handmade artesanías, jaw-dropping coastline, and stunning natural surroundings. The pace of Oaxaca is a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of Mexico City, making it the perfect place to enjoy a luxurious, lazy brunch.

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Káaphe is the perfect do-it-yourself brunch option, given that they don’t offer a specific brunch menu but they do have a classic Mexican breakfast and lunch menu which covers all the bases. Try out the well-priced package options, such as huevos al gusto which come with coffee or juice. They also have a small but perfectly formed dessert range, if you fancy something a little sweeter to start your day off, which would be well accompanied by a herbal or infusion tea. Presentation is minimal and beautiful, too.
Address & telephone number: Calle Azucenas, Oaxaca, Mexico, +52 951 270 8590


Despite being tucked away, Cofetarika is worth hunting down, not least because it offers great coffee and an impressive outdoor seating setup. Choose a table on the balcony or terrace and enjoy a book with your chilaquiles or pastries. The menu is admittedly simple, but the tranquil ambiance makes it the perfect spot for a lazy brunch. It is also well known for having some of the best coffee in Oaxaca, which makes it a do-not-miss for caffeine junkies.
Address & telephone number: Calle Macedonia Alcalá 403, Oaxaca, Mexico, +52 951 557 9889

Cafe Brújula

Cafe, Coffee, $$$
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Cafe Brújula serves some light, on-the-go brunch options, such as muffins and granola. The real draw here is the coffee, which is again claimed to be some of the best in Oaxaca, so if you’re a coffee and cigarette kind of brunch-a-holic, check out Cafe Brújula and relax in the quaint courtyard.


Restaurant, Mexican, Vegetarian, $$$
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Itanoní is classed as both a Mexican restaurant and a tortillería.This humble little spot specializes in homemade, traditional, corn-based dishes, such as tamalesand pozole and is great for vegetarians. All of their Oaxacan inspired options are exceptional, especially their specialty tetelas(large tortillas folded around the filling to form a triangular pocket).

Cafe Conchita

Cafe, Pastries
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Tlayudas on the street
Tlayudas on the street | © Aaron Rodriguez/Flickr
If you’re harboring a secret, or not-so-secret, sweet tooth, then Cafe Conchita is going to be your brunch spot of choice in Oaxaca. Chocolate is the predominant ingredient in their food and drinks and also a product for which Oaxaca is well known. Forget the sugary sweet chocolate bars you’ll find in the Seven Eleven, Cafe Conchita serves up the proper stuff. Anyone dropping by for brunch should definitely order a warming mug of creamy hot chocolate and perhaps even accompany it with a plate of mole.

I Love Tlayudas

Brunch should be hearty and filling, which makes I Love Tlayudas the perfect spot to fuel up before a day of exploring the sights and sounds of Oaxaca. There are three branches across Oaxaca City and all of them serve thin and crispy tortillas, typically topped with frijoles (beans), avocado, tomatoes, meat of your choosing, and the best of all the cheeses, Oaxaca cheese (a stringy cheese similar to mozzarella). Load this Oaxacan treat with all the salsas you fancy and a healthy squeeze of lime.
Address & telephone number: Rayón 619, Oaxaca, Mexico, +52 951 516 8760

Alma de Cafe

Cafe, Mexican
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Tetela | © marcos ojeda/Flickr
This polished cafe is incredibly welcoming, as well as cute and beautifully decorated. The perfect fusion of quirkiness and tradition, they’ll serve you mandarin tea infusions from jars and coffee from earthenware mugs. If the sometimes heavy Oaxacan cuisine is getting too much, drop by Alma de Cafe for a light and healthy brunch of sandwiches and salads, or enjoy the equally delicious but slightly less healthy cheesecakes and desserts.


Bakery, Cafe, Restaurant, Pastries, Vegetarian, $$$
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For a Parisian inspired brunch of pastries, breads, and coffee, rustic looking Boulenc is top of the list. This petite cafe cum bakery is perfectly located near the Oaxaca zocalo, meaning you can easily drop by on your way out for the day. If the flaky pan au chocolate or seasonal orange flavored pan de muertos don’t take your fancy, they also offer simple and fresh breakfast foods, such as waffles and egg options, as well as sandwiches which can be served on their excellent freshly baked sourdough.

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