Oaxaca is known for many things... mezcal, mole, chocolate, coffee, incredible textiles and I like to think the city has some amazing rooftop bars and eateries. I love drinking and eating anywhere with a view, open air and great atmosphere. So over the last few months I have made it a little goal to see as many rooftops as possible and pick my faves out of the bunch.
I have been spoilt for choice and cutting this list to 5 was tough, I had to even visit these establishments for a few extra cocktails just to make sure I had it right. It is a hard life, I am telling you.
Where better to start writing about than the city I live in? Oaxaca City is located in the south pacific side of Mexico and is the capital of the state Oaxaca.
El Centro is full of life and colour. We live in a gorgeous old building with great neighbours and a pizzeria downstairs. It is very hard to avoid eating pizza everyday, the struggle has been real.
Slowly, we are figuring out the city and all of its nooks and crannies. I love how there is always an art show, live music, parties and street vendors ready to feed you any night of the week. Art is a big deal here in Oaxaca. You will find hand made textiles from local pueblos (towns), graphic artists in their tallers (workshops), painters, embroiderers and poets. This city is buzzing with creative people making beautiful things.
So much has happened since myself and my partner Zac left Australia for Mexico last March 2016. We both wanted to travel for a long time and when the opportunity arose we grabbed it with both hands.
We booked our tickets, packed our life into a storage container somewhere in Melbourne and off we went. Looking back, there are no regrets, I only wish I took my rarely attended Spanish lessons way more seriously. I don't think I had any clue that most people in Mexico, especially the south, do not speak english.
We spent our first few days in Mexico City. At first, it is very daunting, over polluted and full on. But as I visit the city more often, I have found pockets of the city of I like. With amazing vintage furniture shops and great food. Still, a few days is all I need before I am ready to get out of there.
After Mexico city we caught the first class bus (highly recommended - see tips) down to Acapulco, apparently the highway you take is a dangerous stretch of road... we did no...