Shopping in local stores in Mexico is an adventure. Crockery made of talavera ceramic is definitely the most frequent souvenir from a trip to Puebla – the cobalt blue will be sure to add a touch of class to your table. The region’s traditional candies are second on visitors’ shopping lists. These sweets have been perfected over the centuries and come in all shapes and sizes but with one thing in common: they’re all delicious.
Los Sapos is a neighborhood right in the heart of the historic downtown. Every Sunday from 12:30, it turns into a shopping precinct. This is the best place to buy all kinds of handicrafts, antiques, clothes, candies, and any number of different mementos.
San Pablito, in the municipality of Pahuatlán, in Puebla’s Sierra Norte, is a place to buy hand-crafted amate bark notebooks, which are still used by the local shamans to cure the sick. Some amate scrolls can be bought in the city’s markets such as at El Parian and Analco; here you can also find handicrafts made of clay, stone, wood, and metal.
For art collectors, some hotels sell works that conjure the past, such as the Mesón de la Sacristía, which stocks pieces of religious art from the 18th and 19th centuries. Leobardo Antigüedades and Casa Poblana also stock sculptures and replicas.