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Don't despair if you can't make it out of town to visit Oaxaca Valley's crafts villages—you'll find all the goods here, in high-end boutiques, artist collectives, and touristy markets. And Oaxaca's art scene isn't just about rural customs—boutiques and galleries clustered around the pedestrian streets south of Santo Domingo church sell modern works from local ceramists and painters.

You'll also find several good books and music shops and quite a few jewelry stores. Several mercados sell packaged foods like Oaxacan chocolate and cheese and jars of mole.