I could never tire or bore of Mexico City! It just wouldn’t happen with all the things I personally find alluring about it! But, being the intrepid traveler with a greedy longing to explore the next bend, I’m always fond of taking a day trip to Puebla when I find myself in the area.
An easy two-hour bus ride from Mexico City’s “TAPO” terminal, Puebla retains its deserved charm, in spite of being known as an industrial giant and a maker of VW’s Beetle Bug for several decades. With many attractions and limited time, I try to channel my energy at seeking my must-haves: Great food and candy! Puebla has no shortage of either!
Possibly known as the cradle of culinary magic in Mexico, Puebla serves up dishes that would fill volumes. But, to visit Puebla as a “foodie” and not have its signature dish, Mole Poblano, is to have committed one of the biggest culinary blunders of all! The chocolate-based sauce that incorporates numerous spices and ingredients (some say over 26 different ones) is usually found as a coating over turkey, as traditionally served, and accompanied with rice. Working on a local tip during my last time there, I visited a restaurant in the “Los Angeles” neighborhood and was not disappointed with its version of the dish. Of course there are several good places, but in my opinion it’s always a good start to ask the locals. So, don’t be shy!
As for my other indulgence, I had no idea, prior to my first visit, that Puebla has a whole street dedicated to candy. Yes, A WHOLE STREET DEDICATED TO CANDY. A dandy dream for any dentist, for sure! You can easily locate this area with a walk along Avenida 6 Oriente (known as Calle de Santa Clara) between Avenida Cinco de Mayo and Calle 4 Norte. The dulces tipicos, as they are called, started out as confectionery concoctions made by nuns from the various convents around. They come in different shapes, sizes and flavors with such names as: jamoncillos, polvorones, cocadas and camotes.
Of course any city with the historical significance of Puebla deserves more than just a day trip, but if you’ve been there several times, as I have, a quick day trip to satisfy a sweet tooth and mole fix will do. Below I’ve listed some notable places which merit some attention if visiting for the first time.
- Museo Amparo (Displays of pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary Mexican Art in grand colonial buildings)
- Museo de la Revolución (Houses revolutionary materials and is located on Avenida 6 Norte, #206)
- Museo Casa del Alfeñique (Showcases religious art in a period setting and is located on Avenida 4 Oriente # 416)
- Puebla Cathedral (Dedicated to the Immaculate Conception and claimed to be one of Mexico’s largest)
- Callejón de los Sapos (An alley lined with antique shops that becomes a flea market on Sundays. Located south of Avenida 5 Oriente, on Calle 6 Sur)
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