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Puebla is internationally recognised as the birthplace of many staple dishes of Mexican cuisine. From the seasonal dish, chile en nogada, a stuffed chilli, consisting of green, red and white ingredients representing the Mexican flag, to the chilli chocolate dish of mole poblano, which is considered the national dish of Mexico. Puebla is also known for sweets, and those with a sweet tooth should check out Candy Street (Calle de Los Dulces), lined with a myriad of shops and stalls.
A walk through the historic downtown area will showcase colonial architecture, baroque cathedrals, bustling main squares and cobbled streets filled with craft stands, cosy cafes and traditional restaurants serving authentic dishes. Do not miss El Parian Market for Mexican arts and crafts.
Take a day trip to the Great Pyramid of Cholula, considered the largest pyramid in the world by volume. Get here early in the morning to enjoy the best views of the surrounding volcanoes. In contrast, visit the smallest volcano in the world, the 13m tall Cuexcomate Volcano can be observed from the centre of Puebla city.
Barrio las Artistas is a small neighbourhood right near the El Parian Market. As the name may suggest, this neighbourhood is popular with local artists and musicians. You can expect to find trendy restaurants and bohemian cafes, with live music being played most afternoons.
The Barrio de Los Sapos neighbourhood is the definition of picture-perfect. Famous for its antique shops and colourful cobbled streets. A visit to the Alley of the Frogs is a must.
The historical downtown has an array of small eateries and up-market restaurants around the main square. Here, you can also stay in boutique hotels and spend time wandering around the leafy garden plazas, stopping for delicious churros while admiring stunning colonial architecture.
The best time to visit Puebla is during the dry season, which usually lasts between October to May. The wettest time of year is generally around July. We also recommend visiting Puebla on May 5th for the colourful Cinco De Mayo festivities, where the city celebrates its victory against the French Empire in 1862.
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