Oaxaca is such a magical town that boasts the title of "Food Capital of Mexico". You need to try the mole + queso here. We spent a few days roaming the cobblestone streets and eating all the avo toast at Boulenc.
There are so many amazing places to eat. Our top two favorites were Boulenc (which we ate at every morning - order the avo toast) and Casa Oaxaca (best mole I've ever had).
We took a day trip out to Hierve El Agua and it was one of the most naturally stunning places I've ever visited. We caught a taxi with friends we made in Mexico City who were also in Oaxaca at the time. I do recommend taking the taxi early in the morning because even though the collectivo buses are cheaper and you meet more people, it will take away from the magic of having Hierva all to yourself. We left around 8:30 AM and had the place all to ourselves!
Another day trip we did was Teotitlan del Valle. This town is known for their handmade rugs. You'll find a shop for rugs in just about every home in the downtown area.
If you're wanting to be in the food capital of Mexico and feel the culture of the country, this is your spot.
+ boulenc (brunch)
+ casa oaxaca (lunch / dinner)
+ pan am (brunch)
+ pez (best fish tacos)
+ criollo (dinner)
views / museums:
+ hierve el agua
+ teotitlan del valle
+ jardin etnobotanico de oaxaca (botanical garden)
+ museo de filatelia
+ insituto de artes graficas de oaxaca
+ textile museum
+ get $40 off your first Airbnb here