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Top Choice Vegetarian in Puebla

La Zanahoria

This (entirely meat-free) godsend for vegetarians is an excellent place for lunch, and is moments from the zócalo. The drawcard is the popular daily buffet from 1pm to 6pm in the spacious interior colonial courtyard…
Top Choice Tacos in Puebla

Las Ranas

This local institution is the place to try one of Puebla’s great dishes: the taco árabe. Unbelievably moist al pastor (shepherd-style) pork is marinated and spit-grilled then rolled in fresh, slightly charred Middle…
Notable Building in Puebla

Casa de la Cultura

Occupying the entire block facing the south side of the cathedral, the former bishop’s palace is a classic 17th-century brick-and-tile edifice that now houses government offices, the Casa de la Cultura and the State…
Museum in Puebla

Museo de la Revolución

This pockmarked 19th-century house was the scene of the first battle of the 1910 Revolution. The house retains its bullet holes and some revolutionary memorabilia, including a room dedicated to female insurgents.
Cathedral in Puebla


Puebla’s impressive cathedral, which appears on Mexico’s M$500 bill, occupies the entire block south of the zócalo. Its architecture is a blend of severe Herreresque-Renaissance and early baroque styles. Constructio…
Museum in Puebla

Museo Casa del Alfeñique

This renovated colonial house is an outstanding example of the over-the-top 18th-century decorative style alfeñique, characterized by elaborate stucco ornamentation and named after a candy made from sugar and egg wh…
Museum in Puebla

Museo Amparo

This superb private museum, housed in two linked 16th- and 17th-century colonial buildings, is loaded with pre-Hispanic artifacts. Displayed with explanatory information sheets in English and Spanish, the collection…
Mexican in Puebla

El Mural de los Poblanos

Set back from the street in a gorgeous, plant-filled colonial courtyard, El Mural de los Poblanos serves excellent, traditional poblano dishes in an elegant setting. The house specialty is five kinds of mole. Other …
Church in Puebla

Templo de San Francisco

The north doorway of this church is a good example of 16th-century plateresque; the tower and fine brick-and-tile facade were added in the 18th century. In the north chapel is the mummified body of San Sebastián de …
Mexican in Puebla

Restaurante Sacristía

Set in the delightful colonial patio of Mesón Sacristía de la Compañía hotel, this is an elegant place for a meal of authentic mole and creative twists on rich poblano cuisine, or a cocktail or coffee in the intimat…