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Top Choice Palace in Tlaxcala

Palacio de Gobierno

Inside the Palacio de Gobierno there are color-rich murals of Tlaxcala's history by Desiderio Hernández Xochitiotzin. His style is vividly realistic and detailed and reminiscent of modern graphic novels. The 500 sq …
Top Choice Museum in Tlaxcala

Museo de Arte de Tlaxcala

This fantastic small contemporary-art museum houses an excellent cache of early Frida Kahlo paintings that were returned to the museum after several years on loan to other museums around the world. Both the museum’s…
Top Choice Church in Tlaxcala

Santuario de la Virgen de Ocotlán

One of Mexico’s most spectacular churches is an important pilgrimage site for those who believe the Virgin appeared here in 1541 – her image stands on the main altar in memory of the apparition. The classic Churrigu…
Museum in Tlaxcala

Museo de Arte de Tlaxcala

A branch of the museum that holds interesting temporary exhibits and a good permanent collection of contemporary Mexican art.
Plaza in Tlaxcala

Zócalo

It’s easy to pass an afternoon reading or just people-watching in Tlaxcala’s shady, spacious zócalo. The 16th-century Palacio Municipal, a former grain storehouse, and the Palacio de Gobierno occupy most of its nort…
Historic Building in Tlaxcala

Ex-Convento Franciscano de la Asunción

Built between 1537 and 1540, this was one of Mexico’s earliest monasteries and its church – the city’s cathedral – has a beautiful Moorish-style wooden ceiling. It's up a shaded path from the southeast corner of Pla…
Mexican in Tlaxcala

Desayunos Lupita

This ultra-popular breakfast and lunch spot serves quintessential tlaxcalteco food, like huaraches (an oblong, fried corn base with a variety of toppings), tamales, atoles (sweet, corn-based hot drinks) and quesadil…
Wine Bar in Tlaxcala

Vinos y Piedra

This wine bar is complete with spittoons at each table, a basement wine cellar (visible through a section of see-through floor) and domestic and imported vinos. A hangout for Tlaxcala’s elite, it serves tapas (M$45 …
Church in Tlaxcala

Parroquia de San José

Off the northwest corner of the zócalo is the orange-stucco and blue-tile Parroquia de San José, ringed with fountains. As elsewhere in the centro histórico, bilingual signs explain the significance of the church – …
Mexican in Tlaxcala

Jaque's

Jaque's is just a few steps from the zócalo, but the Mexican fare is much better here than elsewhere in the area. Plus you still have the white tablecloths and bay windows peering down on the street. The pechuga a l…