Nevería Malena
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The Best Place to Cool Down in Oaxaca
In Oaxaca, shaved ice is fittingly referred to as nieve which means snow in Mexican. Large tin buckets filled with water and flavoring are typically spun by hand in a bed of ice resulting in a dizzying variety of nieve. One of the best places to try it is at the Neveria Malena where over fifty different flavors from tamarind and avocado to smoked chile and mezcal are served with an optional drizzle of fiery chile sauce. If the options at Malena don't suit your fancy, the courtyard where it's located boasts over a half dozen other neverias to choose from. Located just off the central historical district of Oaxaca City, enjoying a bowl of nieve is one of the best ways to counter a sweltering hot Oaxacan day.
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