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RECOMMENDATIONS

places to stay,  things to do,  people to see

Just a few suggestions. Oaxaca has so much to offer, so we will be adding to these recommendations over time.

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CONVIVIO

Creative hub and bar

Where Brooks designs and makes cocktails. They have exhibitions and run a creative co-working space in the week, with live music and a full bar on the weekends. We also host cocktail training & mezcal tastings.

OAXACA EATS

Walking tour

Taste traditional Oaxacan food and drink on a laid-back walking tour that features four sit-down restaurants. Meet the people behind the food. Make new friends and experience the city through the eyes of a local.

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OAXACA PROFUNDO SESSIONS

Discovering Oaxaca and food

Oaxaca Profundo Sessions is a regenerative travel organization. They are made up of international food anthropologists, traditional artisans, farmers and friends, passionate about hospitality.

ATILA DEL SUR

Cooking class

Oaxacan cuisine based in traditional and cultural heritage with the idea of slow food. Dinners under reservation and cooking classes. They also manage the kitchen for Convivio and have their own mezcal brand. Collaborating with Brooks on drink and food pairings.

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GRANA B&B

Hotel

Named after the famous "grana cochinilla" that was once the gold of Oaxaca, Grana lets the botanical elements of this pre-hispanic dye inspire us in the architecture and decoration of the rooms and common spaces. Set in a renovated 18th century mansion, it is equally intimate and luxurious.

SIERRA AZUL

Hotel and breakfast spot

One of our favorite places to meet before heading out on excursions for a delicious breakfast. This is a family run boutique-style hotel in the heart of the city, with a gorgeous courtyard, only two blocks from the zocalo. The menu is a tasty Oaxaca, Lebanese fusion, we would definitely suggest their house special for breakfast.

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CHEPICHE

Cafe

Enjoy the daily breakfast in this lovely hidden spot - and do not miss out on their "huevos divorciados" and freshly squeezed juice. It is also a good pick-up spot if you are joining us on a trip

MERCADO MERCED

Market

This is our favourite market to eat at. In their food court you can find the Fonda Rosita where they make the best chilaquiles in town (in our opinion). We would recommend the verde with fried eggs and chorizo.

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TIERRA DEL SOL

Restaurant

Lovely dinner spot with great Oaxacan dishes, both traditional and innovative. They have just opened a new mezcal tasting room with Viejo Indecente

AMANTES BAR AND HOTEL

Hotel and Bar

Hotel Los Amantes (“The Lovers”) is located within a historical building, carefully restored in contemporary classic style by distinguished Portuguese architect Joao Boto Caeiro, who managed to preserve the building´s original Colonial style -- traditional in Oaxaca – while at the same time adding a touch of the art and sophistication prevalent in modern México.

 

MEZCAL BRANDS

Some of the distilleries we visit

 

DEL MEZCAL

Crafting mezcal since the late 1700s. Eleven generations of distillers with commitment to craftsmanship and experimentation. Don Amado and Mina Real.

NOBLE COYOTE

Four types of agave: espadín, tobalá, jabalí and naturally, coyote. Hand-crafted, single-origin mezcals in San Luis Amatlan.

PENSADOR

An artisanal ensemble cleverly made of 30% Madrecuishe and 70% Espadín distilled in the Miahuatlan region of southern Oaxaca.

QUIQUIRIQUI

Quiquiriqui Mezcal was founded in 2011. All expressions are single palenque, handcrafted spirits. Santiago, Matatlan.

SOMBRA

A brand based in Matatlan who's distillery is a wonderful example of elevating production methods to be sustainable and responsible for the local environment and economy. 

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XICALA

Xicala is a classic espadín, produced at Destileria Tlacolula, which has been producing mezcal since 1920. (NOM-O01X)