Residents enjoy a rich shopping environment for food, art, and textiles. It's all colorful, especially near the time of Dia de los Muertos.
The Mercado Benito Juárez takes up an entire block. It offers flowers, fruit, ices, fruit drinks, handcrafts, leather goods, hats and knives, among other things.
The Mercado 20 de Noviembre is commonly known as the "Mercado de la Comida" because of the food stands which dominate the place. It is a source of ingredients for Oaxacan regional dishes such as moles, tasajo, tlayudas, pan de yema, chapulines (fried grasshoppers in chile), Oaxaca cheese, queso fresco, as well as large cups of hot chocolate made locally which is spiced with cinnamon and almonds.