Just about 30 miles southeast of Mexico City as the crow flies is the trendy city of Puebla.
Foodies already know about this place; it’s one of the premier destinations for tasting the local mole sauces, considered the best in the world. There are hundreds of mole places to try out. The city is also renowned for its sweets; there’s even an avenue, Calle de los Dulces, dedicated to selling confections. But don’t overlook Puebla’s natural wonders, rewarding archaeological sites and colonial flavor that mixes in seamlessly with the city’s more ancient roots.
With over 6 million people living in the greater metro area, Puebla is all hustle and bustle. Any number of old churches stand side by side with the modern buildings of the landscape. There are art museums and special bars serving only local drinks. Just outside the city, there’s a national park with volcanoes to climb. The up and coming Xanenetla neighborhood is known for its many charming murals. Feel like treasure hunting? Head to the Callejón de los Sapos, where artisanal craftsmen restore and sell antique furniture.