Recently we spent a long weekend in Puebla – and we had a great time. It’s such a beautiful city, full of great architecture, amazing food, and the famous talavera pottery.

Where is Puebla?

Puebla is  in east-central Mexico, southeast of Mexico City.

Puebla is easy to get to. You can fly into Mexico City, or directly into Puebla. We took a 2-hour direct flight from Cancun into Puebla.

Stay

We stayed at Mesón Sacristía de la Compañía, which is a boutique hotel just a couple blocks from the town square.

It’s located on Callejon de los Sapos (Alley of the Toads). On the weekends, the street turns into a very cool bazaar full of vendors selling antiques.

Entrance to Mesón Sacristía de la Compañía

Callejon de los Sapos (Alley of the Toads)

Interior courtyard of Mesón Sacristía de la Compañía

Interior courtyard of Mesón Sacristía de la Compañía

Shop

As you walk around the city, especially on weekends, there’s a ton of markets – jewelry, crafts, antiques, clothes, pottery, food – anything you  want!

Architecture

There’s beautiful buildings and spaces throughout the city. It’s always a surprise seeing what’s behind a wall or gate!

The rooftop patio of McDonald’s offers one of the best views of the zocolo – really!

Eats

Puebla is full of good eats – lots of moles, tacos árabes, cemitas, candies. We barely scratched the surface of the culinary delights of Puebla.

Spit-roasted pork. for Tacos Arabes

Cemitas – huge sandwiches. The bread is the star. That big ass cemita was 50 pesos (about $2.50 US!)

Talavera

Authentic Talavera pottery comes from Puebla, because of the quality of the natural clay found there and the production techniques which go back to the 16th century! Talavera is everywhere – the dishes, tiles on the buildings, planters – it’s gorgeous!

We visited a Talavera factory, learned about the entire process, and watched artisans hand painting the pottery. We ended up buying a set of dinnerware that they’re custom making for us! We should have it in about a month.

Drink

When in Puebla, be sure to check out  La Pasita – the oldest cantina in Puebla.

We tried the house’s namesake pasita, a sweet raisin liqueur that’s served with a cube of salty cheese and a shriveled grape on a toothpick. Tasty!

Photo Ops

La China Poblana

El Mural de los Poblanos Restaurant

Cholula

We also spent a day in  the town of Cholula, which is about 30 minutes from the center of Puebla. That will have to wait until the next post. Stay tuned…

Wrap Up

We completely loved Puebla, and we would definitely love to return. But there are just soooooo many great places to visit in Mexico – no wonder we love living here!