Oaxaca City is truly a must-visit Mexican spot for foodies, thanks to the diverse range of traditional Mexican dishes that were birthed or perfected here. This exotic state has long been known as a culinary destination is nicknamed the “land of the seven moles,” so called for legendary and complex sauces made with dozens of ingredients, often including chocolate, over several days. In Oaxaca, residents have truly embraced chocolate as a part of the culture and visitors will find they can’t walk down a street without being offered it in some for, whether it’s a hot beverage, pastry or candy. Mina Street may be the world’s very best “sweet street,” home to Mayordomo, Guelaguetza and La Soledad, where you’ll have the chance to watch traditional chocolate making and learn how it’s incorporated into desserts and many other aspects of the culinary experience.
Outside of desserts, there is one dish Oaxaca is especially famous for and you won’t find better anywhere else: the Tlayuda, or Mexican pizza, a large crispy tortilla topped with mole sauce, meat, stringy cheese, and salad.