Puebla de Zaragoza is the capital of Mexico's Puebla state. This is Mexico's fourth largest city and is also one of the oldest in the country. The city has well conserved colonial architecture and is among those chosen by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. Puebla's warm hospitality, relaxed atmosphere, colorful surroundings and distinct colonial history make it a worthwhile destination. Some of Mexico's most beloved foods have their origins in Puebla, most notably the spicy chocolate sauce known as mole. TRAVEL TIPS
The gastronomy in Puebla is a fusion of Mexican, European and even Asian traditions. The dishes seduce the eye and the palate, which is why they have gained fame worldwide. Among the many traditional dishes, be sure to try chiles en nogada. In addition to its exquisite taste, it represents the national colors. The molotes, are made by mixing corn that is filled with a pumpkin flower, potato or cheese and more options. Traditional cemitas resemble a salt biscuit, like the kind that were used as tribute to the Spanish crown.
For dessert, treat yourself to camotes, jamoncillos, buñuelos, turrons, muéganos, borrachitos and the unparalleled tortitas de Santa Clara.
Things to do in Puebla City
Explore a volcano. Iztaccíhuatl, Popocatépetl or the most little of the world.
Puebla boasts a location that’s just a stone’s throw away from the famed twin volcanoes of Mexico; Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl. The former makes for a great climbing or sight-seeing option.
Equally, step inside the Cuexcomate geiser instead. The most little volcano in the world. Just 20 minutes from the Zocalo of the Puebla City.
Cuexcomate Geiser, Libertad, Puebla, Puebla, México.
Get a different perspective on the city.
If you’re tired of traipsing the artisanal-store lined streets of Puebla, why not get a new perspective of the colonial city by taking a ride in it's teleférico?. The 680-metre journey suspends you above the city so you can truly take in all its breathtaking views in one go. If dangling from a wire doesn’t float your boat though, take a ride on the Estrella de Puebla, an 80-metre high ferris wheel that offers spectacular views of Izta and Popo.
Teleférico, Unidad Cívica 5 de Mayo, Centro, Puebla, Puebla, México, +52 222 122 1100
Estrella de Puebla, Osa Mayor 2520, Reserva Territorial Atlixcáyotl, Centros Comerciales Desarrollo Atlixcayotl, Puebla, Puebla, México, +52 222 223 6430
Admire some unusual architecture.
While Puebla is principally known as one of the best architectural destinations in Mexico, it also has a smattering of slightly more unusually decorated buildings that are worth taking a look at. The first is the Talavera tiled Casa de los Muñecos, although if you’re into beautifully tiled buildings, make sure to stop by Casa del Alfeñique too. For Baroque fans, the Capilla del Rosario is a must-see, as is the Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús. Walk through the central streets of Puebla and discover the architecture that the city offers.
Casa de los Muñecos, Centro, Puebla, Puebla, México, +52 222 246 2899
Callejón de los Sapos, translated to Frog Alley, is a treasure-trove of antiques dealers, artisanal vendors and furniture hawkers. Every Sunday, the length of this callejón transforms into a vibrant destination where you can enjoy the fresh air and the atmosphere all at the same time. Pick up some Talavera pottery (typical of Puebla) or some vintage movie paraphernalia to take home as a colourful souvenir of your time in Puebla. You can also find souvenirs in "El Parían", a traditional market near some of the center.
Puebla is also well known for producing some delicious sugary treats too. The best place for those of you with a sweet tooth to sample all the culinary specialities this city has to offer is the so-called Calle de los Dulces (Sweet Street). Also known as La Calle de Santa Clara, make sure to try out some of the region’s most representative candies – camote, muégano and las tortitas de Santa Clara.
Callejón de los Sapos, Calle 6 Sur 309, Centro, Puebla, Puebla, México.
Calle de los Dulces, 6 Oriente, entre 5 de Mayo y 4 Norte. Centro, Puebla, Puebla, México