Definitely do a Mezcal tasting at Mezcaloteca! This is the best way to introduce yourself to the native drink and a great way to appreciate the process of making this sacred sauce. They offer tastings by appointment only so make sure to put this on your list. The space is really cute and everyone that works there is very knowledgable about Mezcal making this stop easily one of my favorite moments from our trip.
I also loved this little Mezcaleria called Los Amantes. This standing-room only spot is a perfect place to drop in a have a tasting of Mezcal. Here you can taste three different Mezcals for 200 pesos. I love the design and the scope of the space. With so little room, you can't help but feel like family.
This became our favorite place to grab coffee. The location was very close to where we stayed and they made a mean latte. Also, I know this is simple but I fell in love with their biscotti.
Cooking Class - If you're interested in learning how to prepare traditional Mexican food, the class at Casa Crespo was a fun experience. We first ventured to the local market to gather ingredients and then prepared several authentic dishes as a group. After we cooked, we enjoyed a drink on their rooftop and watched a wedding party parade down the street. We finished the class by drinking red wine and enjoying the dishes we prepared. I have always wanted to make tortillas and now I am more inspired than ever to bring the experience home and cook the recipes for my family. Oscar, the man who runs the class is also very enjoyable and a great teacher.
Tour - I don't think we would have had nearly as enriching a visit if we didn't go on this tour. The stops included visiting the native people who make both textiles and mezcal. We walked through a livestock auction which was insanely scary but invigorating. We were the only tourists where we ate lunch and were the only people at this small body of water where we took a small break. As part of the package, they photographed the entire day and wow, such a talented group of dudes. I definitely recommend taking this tour if you're into feeling like a local and having an authentic experience in Oaxaca.