Zócalo

Zócalo, Puebla: Address, Phone Number, Zócalo Reviews: 4.5/5

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An old fountain rests at the center of this bucolic plaza, located in Puebla's historic district.
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Ron
Savannah, GA430 contributions
Large plaza surrounded by historic buildings
Sep 2021 • Couples
Huge plaza surrounded by churches, museums and government buildings. Heavy police presence with riot police around the plaza.
Written September 10, 2021
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Kris F
Urbandale, IA129 contributions
Disappointing front ataff
Mar 2021 • Couples
While I’ve been here many times the new front staff is rude and complete without customer service. I was advised I would need to add my name to a wait list during a busy time which I happily did. After an hour of not hearing any update I checked in to find many tables open and other comments from patrons advising of rude service. Outside of the front service the rest of our experience was delightful with open seating, a great menu and happy wait staff. If you can get past the first rude experience you won’t be disappointed.
Written March 6, 2021
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MONTYHADES
Visalia, CA755 contributions
No words to describe this place
Oct 2020 • Friends
Yes I might be vías since I am from Puebla, but then again, I have visited most of the zócalos of the main cities in Mexico and in my opinion this zocalo with the one in Yucatán are still the best ones, Mexico City would be in the list but the city had allow idiots to invade it so yeah. In this zocalo you find all that you could need to have a nice time walking around. Food all around, a nice fountain, next to the biggest Cathedral in Mexico and all kind of vendors. Over all you definitely need to visit the zocalo if you are in Puebla! Ven a Puebla, seguro te quedas!
Written January 26, 2021
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Albert F
Zephyrhills, FL260 contributions
Very active.
Oct 2020 • Solo
Zócalo has a nice fountain in the center.
Government tourism information office, tour busses, restaurants and stores all open and practicing social distancing and disinfecting procedures. Nice to walk around, Cathedral also located right there.
Written December 18, 2020
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Jim L
541 contributions
The world would be a better place if...
Jan 2020
The world would be a better place if every city and town had a Zocalo. And, every municipal planner, park director and art manager should visit Puebla to learn how to make an amazing public space. I couldn't get enough of downtown Puebla - the streets and parks are alive with happy people. Smiles are frequent and laughing comes easy. And that's on a workday. Everything is super clean and we felt safe both day and night. The Zocalo, or central park, is the centre of it all. Surrounding the Zocalo are enough culture, historic sites, scenic streets, restaurants and shops to make any city jealous.
Written May 13, 2020
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Lilirogz
Morelia, Mexico415 contributions
Must see in Puebla!
Jan 2020
This is a typical plaza in a colonial Mexican city, but it is gorgeous. Very big and full of trees. Surrounded by restaurants and other businesses. Lovely place!
Written April 17, 2020
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Alok Jolly
New York City, NY335 contributions
Forget everything you thought you know about Mexico and its cuisine…. It’s better !!
Aug 2019
The first thing about a trip to Mexico is that Mexico is everything you didn’t know about Mexico…. and more ~ and in a land that offers the very best of cross-cultural experiences ranging back thousands of years, to today’s best, modern-day, but tradition-based foods and accompaniments, and offers everything in a dazzling array of colors, shapes and flavors. The cuisine is exotic, unfailingly creative, unerringly spiced and flavored, and exquisitely balanced in more ways than one would think possible. Forget tacos, nachos and tortillas.. that’s just scratching the surface of a vast repertoire that sucks you in and keeps your head spinning with more. Raw, fresh vegetables, dried herbs and preserved flowers, roots and other plant parts are creatively incorporated loosely and unhesitatingly into the mainstream of the meal: so much so that some dishes, when served, appear like floral arrangements more to delight the eye than the palette… but if you didn’t know better, you’d miss out hugely. Me ? I hadn’t a clue… but what a way to learn !! It grabs you by your taste-buds, and then dances around swinging you like a rag doll until it’s done… which may be never.

We were invited to visit Mexico by a dear friend from our neighborhood in NY, who goes there every year. This was a special treat, and we were really lucky to be able to accept. Besides staying with her in Puebla for 5 days, we spent two days in Mexico City and then 2 days in Puerto Vallarta. Each place was an experience in a culture that amazed and delighted.

Puebla has dozens of amazing restaurants all over the ancient city. The biggest attraction, though, is the 40-plus churches scattered across almost every central block in the City. And the main central square, the Zocalo, is the principal meeting place in town, where everything happens… slow and easy. On weekends, this space is filled with market stalls, hawkers, tradesmen, and the like, and the surrounding arcade is taken over by the numerous restaurants that occupy the square, offering fresh and delightfully prepared foods for a traditional breakfast, brunch or well into the evening meal, all eaten at out-door tables set up amongst a dazzling array of local tradesmen selling their wares as they walk around carrying impossible loads of things, wearing stacks of hats, and also carrying children on their hip, to boot. Fascinating. But unlike such hawkers in other countries, these folks do not bother you at your table unless one were to call them for something.

So, this was our first full day there, and Sunday is market day, so we went out for a late breakfast, and I mean late: pre-siesta, almost… at the Zocalo. We settled at an establishment that looked promising, Puerta Azul, on the shady side of the vast square, and helped ourselves to a sumptuous meal of eggs, chicken bits, round crispy tortillas with shrimp and salsa, chicken with another kind and a bunch of beers and tequila (yes !) to start our day. When in Mexico, do as the …? The brunch was served buffet style, so you help yourself to as much as you like and they bring you the coffee, juices and drinks as you ask for them. No rush: it’s just another day in the park.

For the three of us, our tab came out to 432 pesos, which at the time was about $22.00. Amazing, how far the Dollar goes in some places.
Written April 5, 2020
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dpendgracs
Manitoba, Canada197 contributions
Take time to explore the Zocalo during the day and night
Jan 2020
We loved arriving in Puebla in the evening, so we could take a walk through the Zocalo and see everything lit up so beautifully. We also enjoyed strolling through the area in the daytime. Puebla is beautiful.
Written March 16, 2020
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vespersmarquess
Barcelona, Spain119 contributions
Lovely
Feb 2020 • Solo
Lovely place for a evening stroll. You can find bunch of restaurants and bars there, it is always full of people, street food and great atmosphere.
Written March 10, 2020
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JoAnne H
Washington State398 contributions
The finest zocolo that I have seen in Mexico
Feb 2020
This is a lovely space, not just because of the greenery, but there is always something going on... political protests, environmental and art expositions, bawdy clowns, families and school groups. It is fun to watch. Many people come to use the free Wifi. Many restaurants surround the rectangle, so you can sit out and have a beer and snacks and breathe it all in. I also enjoyed an art exhibition in the "square," called "El misterio de los disfrazos," about a group of indigenous people in the state of Veracruz."
Written March 2, 2020
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