What's it like being gluten-free and/or vegan in Puebla?
Puebla was my first stop in Mexico, so it was a rude awakening to discover that the food in this city is hugely meat-focused. Perhaps because Puebla isn't considered a tourist hot spot (yet), it doesn't cater to vegetarians and vegans that well in the city's centre.
Most of the decent-looking vege cafes and restaurants are in the more suburban parts of the city, suggesting that the locals are more mindful of what they eat than those visiting the city.
There are two veggie restaurants in the historic centre (La Zanahoria and Siddharta Vegan), but both their menus are so bread-heavy that I basically couldn't eat anything there.
In terms of gluten, the cuisine in Puebla was generally ok, aside from the surprising amount of bread, some sneaky wheat tortillas and flour used as a thickener in classic dishes such as mole.
The most challenging thing is that restaurant staff were often unaware of gluten intolerance. So, I had to get confident with my Spanish pretty quickly, always checking if their dishes were made from maiz (corn) or harina (flour)/trigo (wheat). I recommend giving Legal Nomads' impressively detailed guide to gluten-free food in Mexico a read before you dine out.
Surprisingly, the best food I had on my trip to Puebla was in the nearby town of Cholula. When you head there to see Tlachihualtepetl, the great pyramid, make sure you arrive with an empty stomach.
Tonico 12 is an excellent brunch/lunch place, with its menu clearly marked for what type of veggie each option is. The staff were also able to clearly explain which dishes are gluten-free as well.
Flor de la Tierra Repostería Sin Gluten was a dream come true for me. A simple cafe, filled with baked treats such as doughnuts and the unmissable cubilete. If you call a few days in advance, you can also see if you can pre-order some pan sin gluten to take home with you (as it's almost impossible to find gluten-free bread here).
You can find all of these places on my map below :)