I generally don't like to hit the touristy places. I'm the type of traveler who much prefers to immerse myself in the culture of where I’m visiting by hanging out with the locals, eating the food they eat in the way that they prepare it, instead of in the uninspiring version tailored to finicky tourist’s taste buds. I like to visit the places the locals hang out, to see how they spend their off time, instead of joining a bunch of other tourists being herded to the “tourist trap” shopping venues where the prices are jacked up ten-fold in contrast to the off-the-beaten-path venues. However, having said that… if you go to Parian in Puebla, you really can get a taste of the culture and food, since the locals seem to like to hang out there, too! The food really is authentic; and if you feel the prices are too high, just move down a couple of blocks. In addition, the local scene is not far away. Only a few blocks away is Los Sapos, where— yes, I admit, is a tourist trap during the day— but at night, the place is ALIVE and hopping with the locals at all the bars along the Los Sapos strip (which are closed during the day, but all open at night). I know, because I used to live in Puebla and dated a young Poblano. And this was one of our favorite places to hang out on a Friday or Saturday night. Get ready to let your hair down and dance and go crazy! (Just be careful with your valuables. Better not to bring them!)
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