20th November Market in Oaxaca

The 20th November is a famous market in the city of Oaxaca. It is known for having foods such as, meats, produce, and bread. In the 20th November Market one can purchase their food and have it cooked right then and there. This is one of the most famous markets in Oaxaca. There are other famous markets like the Benito Juarez Market, an outside market, just one block away from the 20th November Market, but it does not compare to the 20th of November. This market began its construction in 1862 during the presidency of Benito Juarez. This is also the same year the Battle of Puebla took place. The market finalized construction in 1882. The name of the market comes from the start date of the Mexican Revolution in 1910. Though the market was constructed before the Mexican Revolution, it is not clear what the name was before it became the 20th of November. Regardless, it is safe to say that the name was given in honor Revolution Day in Mexico.

When one walks into the 20th of November Market, the first thing one would notice are the different types of smells and food that come from the market. Since everything is cooked inside the market, it is hard to avoid the aroma and the atmosphere. The market has some shops selling chocolate or bread, but many are small restaurants with counters and shared tables where you can stop for a quick bite. If one is a tourist, the owners of the small restaurants or shops would be quick to figure it out and they would badger one to eat at their restaurant or buy their goods. It is hard to find many tourists in this market though. Most of the people who visit the 20th of November are the locals of Oaxaca. Therefore, going to this market is ideal when trying to get a feel for a traditional Mexican vibe.

The 20th November Market has made itself part of the Oaxaca culture and tradition. Though there are many other markets in the republic of Mexico, there are only a few that are similar to this one, but many of the locals from Oaxaca prefer the 20th of November. The atmosphere in the market is absolutely phenomenal. No other market in Mexico would have the convenience that this market has. The 20th of November is just one block away from the “Zocalo” of Oaxaca. Hence, anyone that is walking the “Zocalo” in Oaxaca, and is hungry for Mexican food can easily stop by the 20th November Market. This market is well known in the city of Oaxaca and for that sole reason the market is iconic to the city and its people.

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Inside the 20th of November Market

Inside the 20th of November Market

Inside the 20th of November Market there are several restaurants in every corner of the market. It is typical to see these small restaurants packed with people ordering or eating their food. Even though this market is well-known in the city of Oaxaca most of the people in there are locals and not tourist. In the picture you can see how the market is structured and how the people sit at the small restaurants eating their food. | Creator: Ruben Alejandro Vazquez View File Details Page

Meat Market

Meat Market

The 20th of November Market is also sometimes called by the locals the meat market because of all the meat that is sold there as well as cooked. The raw meat is usually in a small hallway of the market. There you can see the meat hanging and being cooked. You can either buy the meat raw, to take it home and cook it yourself, or you can have them cook it for you and eat it right there. | Creator: Ruben Alejandro Vazquez View File Details Page

Fresh Bread

Fresh Bread

This is one of the many goods that the 20th of November Market offers. Whether its fresh bread, rolls, or sweet bread, this market has an abundance of bread. In the picture you can see "Dona Carmen" , She's worked at that bread stand for over 40 years. According to her, her bread is the best bread stand in the Market. | Creator: Ruben Alejandro Vazquez View File Details Page

Restaurants of the market

Restaurants of the market

The 20th November Market has several small restaurants and food stands, but this food stand on the left was by far the most packed then all of them. They were serving meat, tacos, tortas, and many other foods that were freshly cooked. I went inside of the market consecutively on three different days and this same place was always packed with people ordering food. | Creator: Ruben Alejandro Vazquez View File Details Page

Chilis of the market

Chilis of the market

Just as the bread and the meat have their popularity in the 20th November Market so do the chilis. As you can see in the picture the 20th November Market has different types of chilis. Some are spicy and some are sweet, but all of them add a very rich taste to any meal. The importance of the chili goes back to the Mesoamerican tradition and use of the milpa. There is no doubt why the consumption of chilis is still be used in modern Oaxaca. | Creator: Ruben Alejandro Vazquez View File Details Page

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Ruben Alejandro Vazquez, “20th November Market in Oaxaca,” HistoricalMX, accessed December 12, 2017, http://historicalmx.org/items/show/42.

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