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19 Fun Things To Do in Puebla Mexico

Puebla, a popular day trip from Mexico City, is worth more than a day trip.  Mexico’s 5th largest city offers the visitor unique colonial architecture, amazing museums, the best of local cuisine including Mole poblano, colourful streets and one of the best Cinco de Mayo parades on the 5th May. Wondering what you can see in Puebla? We share with you our 19 fun things to do in Puebla Mexico.

Puebla City
Puebla City
  • 1.  Visit the Zocalo
  • 2.  Explore the Cathedral de Puebla
  • 3.  Admire the colonial architecture
  • 4.  Visit the Parian Market (mercado el parian)
  • 5.  If you have a sweet tooth visit calle de los dulces
  • 6.  Plan to spend May 5 at the Cinco de Maya parade
  • 7.  Spend time at the Museo Amparo
  • 8.  Visit the Capilla del Rosario
  • 9.  Take a bus tour of the city
  • 10. Try your hand at a local cooking class
  • 11. Stroll down Frog Alley
  • 12. Spend time at the Church Santo Domingo
  • 13. Visit the Fuertes de Loreto y Guadalupe
  • 14. Take a tour to the Cholula Pyramid and Churches
  • 15. Visit the Africam safari on a private tour
  • 16. Indulge in your passion for books at the  Biblioteca Palafoxiana
  • 17. Taste the local cuisine including Mole Poblano, Chiles en Nogada and Cemita
  • 18. Ride the Teleferico
  • 19. Hike to the two volcanoes – Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl

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Where is Puebla

Puebla is the Capital City of the State of Puebla located in southern Central Mexico, a 2-hour drive from Mexico City.

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Puebla Map

Map of Puebla Mexico
Map of Puebla – credit Google maps

Top Things To Do in Puebla

Some of the top tourist attractions in Puebla are:

1.  Visit the Zocalo

Zocalo in Puebla
Visit the Zocalo

The heart of every Mexican town is the Zocalo. The city was founded in 1531 and the Zocalo was the first block built, all other buildings were constructed around it.

In Puebla, you can find the Municipal Palace, the Portals, the Cathedral and the San Miguel Fountain.  The area around the Zocalo contains 2619 monuments distributed across 391 blocks allocated over 6.9 sq km making Puebla the city with the largest number of monuments in the Americas.

Once the Zocalo was used for bullfights and hangings, these days you can find buskers, balloon sellers, food vendors and families enjoying themselves.

2.  Explore the Cathedral de Puebla

Cathedral of Puebla
Puebla’s Cathedral

In the centre of the Zocalo is the Catedral de Puebla. This beautiful building is considered the most representative icon of Puebla City. The Catedral has the tallest towers on the continent and houses an important art collection.

The Catedral was constructed in the Baroque style in 1575 but it was not consecrated until 1649.

Address: 16 Septiembre between 3 and 5 Oriente.

3.  Admire the colonial architecture

Puebla boasts over 2,600 historic buildings which awarded it UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site title in 1987. Puebla is famous for its use of azulejos (colourful glazes) on many of its colonial buildings.

4.  Visit the Parian Market (mercado el parian)

Ceramics of Puebla
Ceramics of Puebla

Talavera ceramics have been made for more than four centuries in Puebla and are recognised as one of the most important folk art expressions in Mexico. They can be found in the Parian Market which was established in 1796 plus other souvenirs such as textiles, leather, jewellery and more.

5.  If you have a sweet tooth visit Calle de los Dulces

More than 40 stores offering the best of Mexican sweets from Puebla and the famous Santa Clara pancakes. The aromas from the sweets will entice you to visit many of the 40 stores as you wander down the street.

Address: 6 East Puebla (6 Oriente)

Open: from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm

6.  Plan to spend May 5 at the Cinco de Maya parade

What is the Battle of Puebla and why it is celebrated all over Mexico now of May 5?

Back in 1862 the President of Mexico Benito Juarez owed money to many countries and decided to stop paying interest on the loans. One of the unhappy countries was France.  They decided to invade Mexico under the captainship of Napoleon III.  It was not only France that had monies owed to them it was also the UK and Spain.  France saw a chance of capturing Mexico and creating a new empire.

Mexico had only 2000 soldiers whilst France had 6000.  Mexico secured Puebla stopping the French troops from moving onto Mexico City. The fighting lasted all day with France losing 500 men and Mexico 100.

Cinco de Maya is celebrated all over Mexico with parades and celebrations.

7.  Spend time at the Museo Amparo

Museo Amparo is one of the most important historical museums in Mexico containing collections of pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern art from 2,500 BCE to today.

Address: 2 Sur 708 Centro

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 6 pm.

8.  Visit the Capilla del Rosario

Capilla de Rosary
8th wonder of the New World – Capilla de Rosario

Opened on April 16, 1690 the Capilla del Rosario has been considered the 8th Wonder of the New World. The Chapel is attached to the Templo of Santo Domingo and took 40 years to build.  The artworks that adorn the chapel walls have been painted by the artist Jose Rodriguez Carnero and the three vaults in the ceiling represents faith, hope and charity. The chapel has been built in the late 16th-century Mexican Baroque style.

In 1987 the Chapel was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO

Address: 5 de Mayo and 4 Poniente, Puebla

9.  Take a bus tour of the city – hop on hop off bus Puebla

Turibus runs a hop on hop off bus tour of Puebla from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm  – 12 stops 3 points of interest. The buses run every 30 – 45 minutes.

Meeting point: at the Zocalo

Stops:

  1. Zócalo,
  2. Palafoxiana Library,
  3. Analco Neighbourhood,
  4. Convention Center,
  5. Church of San Francisco and San Sebastián Aparicio,
  6. Loreto Fort, Guadalupe Fort,
  7. Museum of Evolution and Cable Car,
  8. Main Theatre,
  9. Plazuela de los Sapos,
  10. Juárez Monument,
  11. Paseo Bravo
  12. Museo del Ejército and Juárez Avenue. *
  13. Aquarium operating hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Daily.Audio Guides in French Spanish and English

Admission to the Aquarium is included in the ticket.

Book your tickets here for the Turibus - hop on hop off ticket

10. Try your hand at a local cooking class

Visit the home of local restauranteur where you will spend  2 hours preparing the two Mexican dishes before you sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Sample menu can consist of:
• enfrijoladas – a tortilla stuffed with beans, chicken, avocado, onion and sour cream
• cemitas – a typical Poblano sandwich filled with cheese, ham, avocado and a chipotle chili sauce
• enmoladas – rolled and lightly fried tortillas stuffed with chicken or cheese, topped with a savoury cocoa mole and sprinkled with sesame seeds
• a variety of fresh salsas
• traditional Poblano sweets and seasonal fruit

Book your cooking class here

11. Stroll down Frog Alley

Looking for souvenirs to take home with you for friends and family? Head to Frog Alley or “Callejon de Los Sapos” for markets, handicrafts, souvenirs and colourful architecture.

12. Spend time at the Church Santo Domingo

Address: Avenue 4 Centro Historico Puebla

The Roman Catholic Church was built between 1571 – 1659. It’s patron saint is the Archangel Michael.  It also houses the Chapel of the Rosario, the 8th wonder of the world, built in the new Spanish Baroque.

13. Visit the Fuertes de Loreto y Guadalupe

Fort de Loreto Puebla
Fort de Loreto

The historic fort which has been converted into a museum that highlights the Battle of 5 de Mayo of 1862 when the Mexican Army led by Ignacio Zaragoza battled against the French Army and won.

14. Take a tour to the Cholula Pyramid and Churches

Cholula Pyramid
Tour to Cholula Pyramid

The full day tour includes a visit to:

  • Talavera de la Reyna where you can see the production of Talavera ceramics.
  • A visit to a local food café that took pride in the local Mole sauce which Puebla is famous for – chocolate sauce with chilli used in particular with Pollo (chicken) in a local specialty dish.
  • The Great Pyramid of Cholula also called Tlachihualtepetl is the largest archaeological site of a pyramid in the New World standing 55 metres high.  The pyramid was dedicated to the god Quetzalcoatl. The site consists of tunnels inside the pyramid, the complex on the south side known as the Courtyard of the Altars and the museum.

Book your tour here

 

15. Visit the Africam safari on a private tour

Puebla’s Mexican Safari showcases over 5,000 mostly free-roaming animals which you can see from the comfort of your own car or bus at Africam Safari. Look out for rare white tigers, rhinos, and elephants.

Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.

Address: Blvd. Capitan Carlos Camacho Espiritu Km. 16.5, Tecali de Herrera, Heróica Puebla de Zaragoza, Pue. Mexico, 75240

Book your own private tour here

16. Indulge in your passion for books at the  Biblioteca Palafoxiana

Biblioteco Palafoxiana is considered to be the first public library on the American continent. It was given the title of ‘memory of the world’ in June 2005 by UNESCO as an important place to safeguard the written memory of humanity.

Location:  5 Oriente 5 Puebla

Book a 3 hour walking tour that includes a visit to Biblioteco Palafoxiana here.

The tour also includes:

  • Puebla Cathedral
  • Zocalo
  • Rosary Chapel
  • Taste sweet treats in Sweet Street
  • Artist Quarter
  • El Parian for handicrafts
  • Alley of the Frogs

17. Taste the local cuisine including Mole Poblano, Chiles en Nogada and Cemita

Local Mexican cuisine
Mexican Cuisine

Enjoy a 5 hour tasting tour of traditional Mexican cuisine in markets and small traditional restaurants whilst learning about the history of Puebla.

Book your ‘foodie’ tour here

 

18. Ride the Teleferico

Ride the  2 x 35 passenger cabin on the Teleferico Cable Car that runs from the Forts of Loreto and Guadelupe to the Exhibition Convention Centre for spectacular views over Puebla.

Puebla’s 5 hour modern attractions tour includes the cable car ride – you can book your ticket here.

The tour also includes visits to:

  • International Museum of the Baroque
  • Star of Puebla – the largest observation wheel in Latin America

19. Hike to the two volcanoes – Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl

The two volcanoes Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl are Mexico’s 2nd and 3rd largest volcanoes. The Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park is around a 2 hour drive from Puebla.

You can take a tour to La Joya and from there you can begin your hike, climbing to the first scenic viewpoint at 13,914 feet above sea level. Gaze out across the breathtaking vista before climbing even higher, to 14,340 feet, where you’ll pause again, finally ending your hike at an unbelievable 14,842 feet above sea level.

More Things To Do in Puebla

 

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Where To Stay in Puebla

We stayed at the Suites La Concordia at 11 Poniente 301 Puebla for a week.  We chose this accommodation due to it proximity to the centre of Puebla and that the accommodation included a fully equipped kitchen, seating area, fitness centre and balcony.  There was a supermarket within a 5 minute walk which made self-catering easy. We would stay there again.

Check availability and book here

Hotel Gala at 3 Poninete 150 Puebla

Located in central Puebla the 4 star Hotel Gala is a popular hotel with travellers.  The hotel offers free parking, free wifi, family rooms and a restaurant and bar.

Check availability and book here

Hotel 5 de Mayo at 404 Boulevard Heroes del 5 de Mayo

The 4 star Hotel 5 de Mayo offers rooms with city views, a fitness centre, free parking, indoor pool, and a bar and terrace.

Check availability and book here

Hotel Frida at Calle 2 Norte 206 Colona Centro

The 3 star centrally located Hotel Frida offers guests rooms with private balconies in the centre of Puebla with family rooms available and free wifi.

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Hotel Boutique Casa Reyna at Privada 2 Oriente 1007

The 5 star boutique hotel located in a 17th century house in the centre of Puebla offers suites surrounded by patios, family rooms, free wifi, swimming pool, fitness centre and bar.

Check latest deals here

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Where To Eat in Puebla

Tripadvisor Puebla has produced a list of the top 10 best restaurants in Puebla – you can check it out here.

Eat a Typical Pueblan Dish

Puebla city
Colourful streets house many cafes and restaurants

Puebla is well known for its traditional dish of Mole Poblano (chilli chocolate sauce).  You can even try Chiles en Nogada another traditional dish which is spicy peppers filled with mince and covered in butter and nut sauce.

For fine dining head to La Noria at 41 Poniente 2120 for Mexican and American cuisine.

Rated in the top 5 of the best restaurants in Puebla is Casa Reyna at Privada 2 Oriente for Mexican and International cuisine.

Centrally located Vittorio’s at Calle 2 Sur 106 is popular for Mexican and Italian cuisine and pizza.

Top Mexican cuisine at El Mural de los Poblanos at Avenida 16 de Septiembre 506.

FAQ’s on Visiting Puebla

What is the capital of Puebla state?

Puebla is the capital of the state of the same name. Puebla is the 4th largest city in Mexico.

What can you see in Centro Historico de Puebla?

Start at the Zocalo and head towards Puebla Cathedral and then onto Museums, colonial buildings, great restaurants and bars. It is easy to explore on foot.

When is the best time to visit Puebla?

The best months for travel to Puebla are February to April and October to November.

Aeropuerto de Puebla (PBC)

Puebla’s airport is located 23 km from the city. Puebla’s airport is also an alternative to Mexico City Airport 125 km away.

Flight Deals to Puebla

Find the cheapest flights with Skyscanner to Puebla and Mexico City.  The site then directs you to the airline’s website with no extra fees to pay.

Bus Travel to Puebla

We have travelled the whole of Mexico with ADO Buses.

For distances:

Puebla to Oaxaca by Bus – 339.3 km with average driving time of 4 hours 40 minutes

Mexico City to Puebla by bus – 133.2 km with an average driving time of 2 hours 56 minutes.

Check bus routes and prices here

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Conclusion

We hope you have enjoyed the top tourist attractions in Puebla and our suggestions on where to stay when you next visit.  Feel free to share our article with family and friends.

For Mexican Travel Inspirations:

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