Puebla, Mexico – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

Puebla is in a scenic mountainous region about 120 km southeast of Mexico City.

It is the fourth-largest city in Mexico and is the home of mole, a popular Mexican sauce. 

POPULATION: 1,500,000


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THINGS TO DO IN PUEBLA

Visit the Barrio del Artista, Puebla’s cool Brooklynesque neighborhood.

Visit Museo Amparo, the most important museum in the city.

Visit the Museo San Pedro de Arte, an art museum in a 16th century hospital.

Hike up to the Mirador de Los Fuertes.

Take the cable car!  Here the tramway is called Teleférico Puebla.

 

RENT AN APARTMENT IN PUEBLA

$400-$500. For $500 you can get a small and modest 2 bedroom or a nice 1 bedroom apartment. Stay near Cholula (SEE NIGHTLIFE), a neighbourhood about 15 km away from downtown Puebla.

 

BEST BARS & NIGHTLIFE IN PUEBLA

7/10 (Only addresses Cholula)

The city is also known for its nightlife, but nightlife in Puebla only exists Thursday-Sunday. A good nightlife scene can be found in Cholula as well, but some the clubs (and some of the people) are a bit stuck-up. However, there’s a lot of choice and you’re sure to find something suited to your personality.

There is a cluster of 4 bars just off Osa Mayor. There should definitely be something going on here on weekends. These bars areBeirut Beer Pong Angelópolis, Panic Botanic, BAR 27.

My Latin Life recommends:

Porfirio’s Angepolis: Good place for fancy dinners with meat and plenty of alcohol. Close to the cluster of bars.

Axxwel Club: One of the biggest nightclubs in Puebla.

Bambukos: (Apparently now closed!) Legendary bar in Plaza Palmas with music and atmosphere.

Menjurjería Milagros: Very cool cocktail bar with psychedelic decorations and great views of the city.

Bars in Puebla, Mexico
Bars in Puebla, Mexico

 

SAFETY IN PUEBLA

Safe in downtown Puebla and in Cholula. I’ve heard the outskirts of the city are dangerous, but I heard it from rich Poblanas who have probably never been within 10 km.

 

COST OF LIVING IN PUEBLA 

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You’ll need a minimum of $987 USD/month to live in Puebla, Mexico

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FINAL THOUGHTS

A charming city that requires future visits.


OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10


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