Mina Street, Oaxaca

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Mina Street, Oaxaca

Mina Street, Oaxaca

There is perhaps no better place to soak up Oaxaca's important place in the world's chocolate cosmos than Calle Francisco Xavier Mina near the city's central market. Also known as Chocolate Street, it's home to some of Mexico's biggest names in chocolate, as well as family-owned shops where everything is made on the premises and hot chocolate is treated with the seriousness of fine wine. Inhale the unique aroma of chocolate and cinnamon (mixed with a dash of diesel fumes) while you watch roasted cocoa beans being ground with spices in the windows of Mayordomo, or head to La Soledad for exquisite mole pastes or Chocomiel, an energizing drink laced with honey and vanilla. For chocolate lovers, it just doesn't get any more authentic.

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