World's Best Spice Shops
Inaugurated in 1893, this market covers an entire city block near Oaxaca’s zócalo (main square). Chef Pilar Cabrera of La Olla restaurant in Oaxaca goes to Benito Juárez to buy spices and chiles for her complex moles, including chilhuacle, pasilla Mexicano and ancho. The chef adores visiting Benito Juárez “because it brings back so many memories of going shopping with my grandmother. There is the smell of flowers and spices, the sound of music and people talking.” On the way out, pick up a bag of roasted grasshoppers (chapulines) to snack on. Between calles Las Casas, Cabrera, Aldama and 20 de Noviembre, Oaxaca, Mexico.