Puebla Food Tasting and Shopping Tour, Puebla

Puebla Food Tasting and Shopping Tour (Self Guided), Puebla

In the city of Puebla there is something for everyone, from exquisite handmade elements, talaveras and embroidery to delicious Mexican sweets and tasty cemitas. Take this self-guided food and shopping tour to sample the local food and gather the treasures of the city in your backpack.
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Puebla Food Tasting and Shopping Tour Map

Guide Name: Puebla Food Tasting and Shopping Tour
Guide Location: Mexico » Puebla (See other walking tours in Puebla)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: HelenF
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Callejón de los Sapos (Alley of the Frogs)
  • Mercado de Artesanias "El Parián" (Parian Crafts Market)
  • Barrio del Artistas (Artist Quarter)
  • Calle de los Dulce (Sweets Street)
  • Uriarte Talavera Workshop
  • Mercado Venustiano Carranza (Cemitas Market)
  • Mercado de Sabores Poblanos (Market of Poblano Flavors)
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Callejón de los Sapos (Alley of the Frogs)

1) Callejón de los Sapos (Alley of the Frogs) (must see)

The Alley of the Frogs (Callejon de los Sapos) is a popular street and square in the historic center of Puebla city and an ideal place for collectors and art lovers. It is the location of many stores housed in historic buildings. Most of these stores sell antiques ranging from furniture to books.

Along with the antique shops, the street offers outdoor entertainment on weekends. Musicians play open-air on Saturdays and Sundays while vendors sell handicrafts from outdoor booths. There are also several restaurants and cantinas for those who prefer drinking and dining.

The name of the street is believed to have come from the colonial period of Puebla. The story is that the alley was often flooded with stagnant water. It attracted a large number of toads, which caused locals to refer to it as Toad Alley.

The buildings themselves offer a marvel for the walking tour. They are designed with traditional colonial architecture and painted in bright blues, pinks, and yellows. A beautiful fountain in the middle of the square, along with a toad sculpture is a constant reminder of old times.

The Alley of the Frogs was built in 1849. A bullring was held in the plaza until it was demolished in 1867. Bullfighting gave way to shops and a weekend flea market that still exists today. Shoppers will find paintings, statuettes, postcards, collectible coins, and old records among the treasures.

The stores at the Alley of the Frogs are open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. However, the square is available for visitors to enjoy 24 hours a day.
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Mercado de Artesanias "El Parián" (Parian Crafts Market)

2) Mercado de Artesanias "El Parián" (Parian Crafts Market)

Parian Crafts Market, or El Parian, is a crafts market in Puebla. It is the only traditional handcraft market in the city and one of the most-frequented tourist attractions.

El Parian first opened in 1760. It operated until the end of the 19th century. Most of the buildings of El Parian use traditional Puebla architecture, made of brick with Talavera tile accents ( a type of majolica pottery, distinguished by a milky-white glaze.)

The advent of the railroad caused the market to falter. El Parian turned into a flea market for over 100 years until it was revamped into the handicrafts market seen today. It has been in steady operation as a handcrafts market since 1961.

El Parian offers more than 100 stores and services. Handcrafts from around Mexico are available to peruse and buy. The typical offerings are pottery, clothing, leather, wood items, jewelry, silver, traditional candies, and Talavera pottery.

The market is open daily from 10 AM to 7:30 PM.
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Barrio del Artistas (Artist Quarter)

3) Barrio del Artistas (Artist Quarter)

The Artist Quarter (Barrio del Artistas) is an iconic artists' zone of Puebla with numerous spaces for artists to work and exhibit. Most of the members of the Artist Quarter are painters, but there are also sculptors and at least one musician.

There are more than 45 workshops in the neighborhood that allow visitors to watch as artists learn and practice their crafts. There are exhibitions of these works of art every 15 days. The artists' union also mounts exhibits that travel throughout Mexico each year.

The neighborhood emerged in 1941. It was founded by brothers artists Jose and Angel Marquez Figueroa, both teachers at the Academy of Fine Arts in Puebla. They approached the governor, Gonzalo Bautista Castillo, with the plan of creating an area for artists to practice their trade. The governor granted them a location for an artists' collective, the Union of Plastic Arts of Puebla.

Today the Artist Quarter is a popular area with cafés and studios and a brightly colored colonial square. The visitors can relax on a bench and admire the artistic treasures to be found all around this bohemian and dynamic zone.
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Calle de los Dulce (Sweets Street)

4) Calle de los Dulce (Sweets Street)

Sweet Street (Calle de los Dulces) is a street in the center of Puebla, lined with stores selling sweets. Tourists will see candy shops, bakeries, cookie stores, and gift baskets. There are approximately 40 of these stores that sell items as varied as sweet potatoes (camotes) and crystallized peaches.

Sweets Street occupies about three blocks of 6 East Avenue near St. Domingo Convent, Victory Market, and the Main Theatre of Puebla. Along with sweets, shoppers will find boutiques that sell jewelry, handbags, sporting goods, and handicrafts. The street is an excellent place to find souvenirs, local foods, and a variety of delicious.

The sweets shops are primarily owned by families who have had the stores and the recipes passed down for generations. Many shop owners live above their stores just as their ancestors did before them. The oldest of the shops is the Great Fame (La Gran Fama), which opened in 1892.

Most of the stores on Sweet Street open around 10 AM. Closing hours vary from store to store.
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Uriarte Talavera Workshop

5) Uriarte Talavera Workshop

You just cannot leave Puebla without visiting Uriarte Talavera workshop, because it is the only place in the city where you can witness the elaborate process of making talaveras. At Uriarte there are exquisite decorative items for sale, such as astrays, urns, pots, platters and many other talaveras. Come, admire and pick your own talavera.
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Mercado Venustiano Carranza (Cemitas Market)

6) Mercado Venustiano Carranza (Cemitas Market)

Mercado Venustiano Carranza is also known as the Cemitas Market. It is a special food market, where you can purchase fresh fruit and vegetables. You will also get acquainted with the culinary delights of Mexico. There is no other place in the world that makes cemitas better than in Puebla.
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Mercado de Sabores Poblanos (Market of Poblano Flavors)

7) Mercado de Sabores Poblanos (Market of Poblano Flavors)

The Market of Poblano Flavors (Mercado de Sabores Pablons) is a market that promotes and sells cuisine from the Puebla region. It was opened in 2011 by the mayor of Puebla Blanca Alcala.

The market offers more than 130 spaces that sell traditional Poblano foods and sweets. Fourteen franchisees sell foods such as quesadillas, tamales, and carnitas.

The Market of Poblano Flavors is popular with both tourists and locals. Prepared meals and drinks are available along with a dining area with open seating.

While food is the primary focus of the Market of Poblano Flavors, some vendors sell handcrafts and souvenirs. Visitors will also enjoy open-air art displays by artist Luz Elvira Torres and a mosaic mural by Jose Lazcarro that decorates the building.

The market is open daily from 9 AM to 7 PM.

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