Eat Mexico and offers two tours of the Puebla food scene: A Taste of Puebla, a downtown walking tour that includes tastes of a half-dozen popular Poblano foods, and the Ultimate Food Lover’s Day Trip, an extended day of tasting, nibbling and sightseeing.
Puebla’s rich gastronomic culture dates back to the 16th century and it’s the birthplace of many of Mexico’s most famous dishes: rich, luxurious mole poblano; the famed chile en nogada (a poblano pepper stuffed with sweet-and-savory picadillo); the messy, abundant cemita sandwich; and spit-roasted tacos árabes. Puebla food culture also includes dozens of delicate, old-fashioned candies originally invented by nuns, including fudge made from pumpkin seeds and candied sweet potatoes.
Puebla is a bustling city filled with beautiful colonial architecture, located about 75 miles southeast of Mexico City. It’s easily reachable on a comfortable luxury bus. The trip takes about 2 hours leaving from either Mexico City’s TAPO terminal or the airport.
Our Taste of Puebla Tour does not include transport, while our Ultimate Food Lover’s Day Trip does include a roundtrip ride on a luxury bus. (To learn more about traveling to Puebla via bus from Mexico City, check out this article from All About Puebla.)
Remember that our tours are designed as small, intimate experiences for groups of six or less.
Our also tours include a lot of walking, and they’re best suited for people who can handle a moderate amount of physical activity. If you have limited mobility, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make arrangements for a taxi or public transport.
Learn more about our Puebla tours below!
A Taste of Puebla
Time: 4 hours
Held: Monday through Sunday, generally 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or sometimes at 1:00 p.m.
Meeting point: The Tourism Information Office on Puebla’s main zocalo
Description: There’s so much more to Poblano food than mole. On this walking tour, we’ll explore some of Puebla’s best-known snacks, including tacos árabes, pelonas and — of course — the glorious, stacked-high cemita, pictured at right. We’ll wrap up with a taste of a local artisan liqueur. This tour also includes a 45-minute visit to a local market and can be adapted for vegetarians.
Price includes tastes of six to seven foods, one bottle of water and the artisan liqueur mentioned on the itinerary.
- $85 USD per person for 2 people, with discounted rates for groups of 3 to 6.
- We can accommodate solo travelers on their own tour for $125 USD. Please email us if you are traveling alone, or if you would like to join an existing group.
- Private tours cost an additional $10 USD per person. Private means we close off bookings to the public; otherwise we may create a group of up to 6 people.
The Ultimate Food Lover’s Day Trip to Puebla
Time: Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Duration: 8 hours
Style: Walking Tour, with Bus Transport to/from Puebla
Location: Downtown Puebla
Meeting Point: Puebla’s CAPU bus station (the exact point will be emailed to you)
Description: If you’re searching for a more wide-ranging introduction to Poblano food, this tour is for you. We’ve meticulously researched the downtown center’s best restaurants, food stands, and culinary-oriented activities to bring you our Puebla favorites.
You’ll start by taking the 9 a.m. luxury bus from Mexico City’s TAPO bus station. Once in Puebla you’ll immediately be greeted by your local, Puebla-born bilingual guide. From there you’ll dig into the culture and the cuisine, heading to the Zócalo for a little history, then trying a cheese-stuffed chipotle pepper, stuffed into a warm corn tortilla and sold underneath the downtown porticos. You’ll taste the old-fashioned candies of Puebla’s Calle de Los Dulces and the albondigas al chipotle (homemade meatballs in smoky chipotle sauce) from newcomer eatery Anafre Rojo.
You’ll nibble on fresh, warm bread from a longstanding Puebla bakery, and visit the centuries-old workshops of the artisans who make clay mole pots, which are still the preferred serving vessel for mole today. You’ll also learn about the nuns’ influence on Poblano cooking with a visit to the Ex-Convento de Santa Mónica, where the famed Chiles en Nogada were invented. (We’ll try a chile en nogada on the tour, when it’s the season!) And of course, you’ll try Puebla’s famed cemita, from our favorite stand inside the La Acocota Market. We’ll end the tour with the real deal: a mole tasting from famed restaurant Mesón Sacristía,
Throughout the day, our local guides will help you understand the important elements of Poblano cuisine and what makes it so special. You’ll end the tour with a broad understanding of local food, from street stands to restaurants. This tour can also be adapted for vegetarians.
Note: While it’s possible to return to Mexico City once the tour is over, you’d return around 8 p.m. at the earliest and that’s a very long day. We recommend staying in Puebla overnight. Our favorite hotels are the Casareyna, La Casona de la China Poblana, and the Descansería.
The price includes roundtrip bus transport, all food and beverages on the itinerary, entrance to the Ex-Convento de Santa Mónica, and taxi fare from Puebla’s CAPU bus station to the Zócalo. This is a private tour, so no one else will join your group.
- $145 USD per person for 2 people, with discounted rates for groups of 3 to 6.
- For an extra $45 USD per booking, an Eat Mexico guide will personally accompany you to Mexico City’s TAPO bus station, guide you to the appropriate bus, point out the taxi stands for your return and offer other helpful information. Choose the Bus Station Concierge Service at check-out!
Take advantage of introductory pricing!
The Ultimate Food Lover’s Day Trip is new and we’re still gathering feedback. For a limited time, we’re offering this 6-hour day tour for $125 per person, bus tickets, food and beverages included, in exchange for your feedback! Use the code DAYTRIP at checkout and come and see what Puebla has to offer.
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