When you crave bagels, fresh orange juice, veggie sandwiches and freshly brewed coffee – head to Cafe Brujula. This intimate cafe will satisfy all your New York brunch-style needs whilst also providing typically generous Mexican portions. Situated within a quiet patio area studded with colourful tiles and warm terracotta walls, Cafe Brujula is right in the middle of the centro historico, bringing a sense of authentic culture to proceedings. The moist banana cake is a particular speciality and to be best enjoyed with a glass of iced coffee against the sonorous background of relaxed live jazz.
Catedral offers Oaxacan fine-dining. Dainty slivers of regional beef come atop a bed of local cabbages and juicy olives, served with tortillas and fresh guacamole with lashings of lime. The flavors are precise and strong but never overwhelming, offering something refreshingly lighter than the meat-orientated restaurants in the surrounding area. Finish your meal with the tart sorbets then kick back and relish the culinary fusion and convivial atmosphere.
Catedral, Calle de Manuel García Vigil 105, Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico, +52 951 516 3285
With a standout location in the center of the market, La Florecita is one of the best open-hatch restaurants serving tostadas, tortas and tostaditas. Whilst advertised as simple ‘workers’ meals, the cuisine is flavorsome and authentic, with locals leaning on the bar and enjoying snacks and full Mexican fare. With waiter service and long communal tables, La Florecita serves great memelitas. Sit and watch the busy market open up around you, tuck into plates of beans, grilled meats and mugs of hearty, spicy hot chocolate.
Los Donzante’s have three restaurants scattered across Southern Mexico, but the one in Oaxaca is locally considered to be outstanding. Their salads in particular are crisp and fresh with unique flavor combinations – perfect for enjoying in the hot climate. Choose from a spinach, apple and avocado salad with a tangy mustard dressing or opt for something heartier such as Southern Highlands meat stuffed with creamy local goat’s cheese and sprinkled liberally with herbs. The night patio is an ideal spot to sit and gaze out at the darkening city, enjoy the panoramas with a crisp glass of white wine.
Los Danzantes, Calle Macedonio Alcalá, Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico,+52 951 501 1187