What's it like being gluten-free and/or vegan in Oaxaca City?
Despite its small size, Oaxaca is becoming a major foodie hotspot in Mexico, which is excellent news for veggie and gluten-free folks. The best food I had on my trip here was Hierba Dulce, a completely plant-based restaurant with multiple gluten-free options. The staff were very well informed about their food, even specifying which mole dishes did or did not have gluten in them, which I appreciated. Don't miss the nopales (cactus) salad, served with delicious blue corn tortillas.
Other notable vegan-friendly places I visited included the hippy-ish Calabacitas Tiernas, which has a separate selection of vegan dishes, and La Matatena Pizzeria, which offers vegan cheese on its pizzas. Both of these restaurants are gluten-free, too, including the pizza bases.
Unfortunately, I struggled to find any shops that sold gluten-free bread, but I did find cafes with bagels, waffles, and pancakes that I could eat, so I wasn't too bothered. Most breakfast dishes are served with corn tortillas, but it's always good to check that they are made from maiz (corn) and not harina de trigo (wheat flour).
You can find all of these places on my map below :)