Famed for its spectacular culinary scene, a trip to Puebla will be centred around fine Mexican gastronomy and exquisite cuisine; whether it be bought at a street stall or in an upscale establishment. A foodie destination for cultural lovers, Puebla promises a delight on the senses.
The colonial city of Puebla, nestled in the middle of Mexico at 2200m above sea level under the imposing view of the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes, is one of the oldest Mexican cities. A pleasant climate and a strategic location soon made it the second most important city in Colonial Mexico. It is definitely worth spending a full day and a night here to absorb the history and charm of the place. The city is famous for its beautiful, ornate tiles and impressive architecture spanning the baroque, classic and renaissance periods as well as a booming culinary scene.
Commonly known as ‘Puebla de los Angeles’, or City of Angels, the people of Puebla are highly spiritual, believing that a group of angels raised the bell to the top of the tower of the Cathedral in the main square hundreds of years ago. Another legend is of the Indian Princess ‘China Poblana’, who arrived as a slave and designed her own dresses that were embroidered with sequins - this eventually became Puebla’s traditional dress and is still worn today by many women around the city.
Puebla was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list in 1987, making it a cultural hotspot for travellers wishing to discover the true essence of colonial Mexico. Mostly noted for its exceptional food, the city is one of the most emblematic in all of Mexico as chefs continue to create traditional desserts including Santa Clara cakes and pine nut fudge. Enjoy artisan chocolate tastings and cooking classes with renowned chefs as well as taking walking tours of the historic city centre, a great introduction to this colonial gem. There are also opportunities to taste some of the city’s most traditional dishes including Mole Poblano (often served with chicken and covered in the traditional chilli and chocolate ‘mole’ sauce) and Chiles en Nogada. (whole chillies filled with shredded meat and herbs topped with a cream sauce). For shopping, head to the popular Parian, where visitors can buy traditional crafts, textiles and jewellery from local merchants; they sell everything from decorated plates, wall-hangings and leather goods to toys, necklaces and typical sweet potato sweets!
With gorgeous baroque buildings, restaurants full of complex flavours and a rich history full with stories, legends and tradition, Puebla is a unique destination in Mexico’s great colonial highlands and one that makes for a perfect getaway to discover the region’s thriving culture.
When to go: We recommend visiting Puebla during Spring to make the most of the dry season and moderate temperatures. Visit in the summer months and you’ll be greeted with soaring heat and a lot of rainfall. September is hurricane season.
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