Guadalajara

Guadalajara is the capital of the central state of Jalisco in Mexico, and the second-largest city in the country, with about a million and a half citizens (known as "Tapatíos"). It is considered a colonial city, though much of its architecture dates from the independence period.

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Villa Ganz

In the heart of Guadalajara's historic, charming Zona Rosa stands this stunning 1930s mansion-turned-boutique hotel which is arguably the most luxurious lodging in Guadalajara. In homage to storied Jalisciense author Juan Rufo, Villa Ganz's ten suites boast names instead of mere numbers, names which pay tribute to Rolfo's literary creations—standard master suites boast such names as "Los Joseses" and "Tacha y Jacinta", and grand master suites include "Pedro Páramo" and "Doloritas". These rooms contain standard amenities such as air conditioning, cable TV, hair dryers, and free WiFi as well as sumptuous touches such as genuine antique furnishings and decor, custom-designed toiletries, designer bathrobes and slippers, and bedding and duvets containing imported goose, as well as bookcases containing a wide-ranging selection of literature and elegant French doors looking out either onto the peaceful garden or lively Avenida López Cotilla. A concierge is on staff to help guests with any information they may need regarding their stay in Guadalajara. Guests at Villa Ganz also receive complimentary access to the Kristal Century gym, located one block away from the hotel—this even includes yoga, Pilates, and dance classes. Complimentary breakfast is served, as well as wine and appetizers in the evening.


Omnilife Stadium

This is the stadium where most of the outdoor events for the 2011 Pan-American Games were held, and—more importantly—where the most popular football team in the city and the whole country, Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas), has played since 2010. Chivas plays here every other Saturday at 19:00, unless otherwise specified. If you happen to be in Guadalajara on a Saturday, you are most likely to find either a Chivas football game in this stadium, or an Atlas game at Estadio Jalisco (below). Big games to watch out are Chivas vs. Atlas (which can be held in either stadiums depending on which one is scheduled as the home team) and Chivas vs. América—the "National Superclassic" ''(superclásico nacional)''—as these teams are bitter rivals. Either of these match-ups are sure to sell out the stadium and treat those lucky enough to get tickets to an intense atmosphere. It should be noted that Estadio Omnilife is a difficult place to reach by public transport. It is close to the Periférico Oriente, so taking a taxi is the best option. Alternatively, use any bus that will go around Periférico and you'll eventually get there, just ask the driver to let you know when you are there, since the stadium's visibility from Periférico is very limited.



Fiesta Americana Guadalajara

The Fiesta Americana offers the best of both worlds: it's located in a quiet yet hip residential area in the shadow of the Glorieta de la Minerva monument, and its lively nightclub attracts its share of hip young locals—yet at heart it's a business hotel, located only minutes from the World Trade Center Guadalajara and boasting the city's second-largest convention center. Whichever half of the equation draws you there, you'll be impressed with the dizzying range of amenities at the Fiesta Americana: each room contains a coffeemaker, minibar, and cable television, with deluxe rooms also boasting individual sofas with footrests and multiple phones. Guests can take advantage of the hotel's business center and room service, both of which operate 24 hours a day, as well as the fitness center, laundry, dry cleaning and ironing service, gift shop, currency exchange, concierge, restaurant, airport shuttle—on and on. There's free high-speed wireless Internet all over the property. Parking costs $50/day, but it comes with complimentary valet service.


Quinta Don José

Travelers rave about this charming 19-room boutique hotel in the heart of historic Old Tlaquepaque. The amenities are great—high-speed WiFi, cable TV, air conditioning, complimentary continental breakfast (a full breakfast featuring traditional Mexican favorites is also available for an extra fee), an onsite tequila bar and restaurant ('''TlaquePasta''')—but the real selling point of Quinta Don José is the immense beauty of the hotel and its grounds. Beginning with the impeccably landscaped exterior, which boasts a stunning tiled pool, verdant manicured gardens, and a leafy terrace, the aesthetic perfection continues into the interior, with airy, sun-drenched rooms whose decor owes equal debts to Old Mexican traditionalism and contemporary simplicity. Best of all, the hotel organizes group tours of the artisan workshops that have made Tlaquepaque famous, as well as excursions to the Laguna de Chapala, Guachimontones, Tequila, and downtown Guadalajara (only 20 minutes away by car). All this for surprisingly reasonable prices!



Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

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Jalisco Stadium

Located in Colonia Independencia, it can be reached by taking any bus along the Calzada Independencia and asking for the Estadio Jalisco. You will almost definitely see it if you look out, it will be on your left as you come from the center. Here the football team Atlas plays. Chivas used to play on this stadium until 2010, when Estadio Omnilife was completed. During the season there are league games every other Saturday. If Atlas is playing as a visitor, then you can look for a Chivas game at Estadio Omnilife. A big game to watch out for is Atlas vs. Chivas, which has an incredible atmosphere, though most games are worth experiencing. If you are of a nervous disposition, perhaps avoid the upper stands when there is a large crowd as it's known to shake when the crowds begin to jump.



Hotel San Francisco Plaza

In operation since 1986, this colonial-style hotel is centrally located a few blocks from the storied Teatro Degollado and is centered on two covered courtyards. There are some awful rooms, so it's worth talking to the person you reserve with to see what it will cost to get a room on one of the courtyards, on an upper floor, and away from the north side of the building where there is quite a bit of traffic. Merced is a good guy to talk with about this or anything else. Although he denies being "el jefe", he seems to be in charge. Air conditioning, full baths, free WiFi. Suites available. Personal laundry available for a small fee. Breakfasts at the hotel restaurant ("Don Quijote") are very good. Beatriz, the usual morning waitress, is a bundle of sunshine.


La Mansión del Sol

"Modern yet unmistakably Mexican" is a good way to describe the decor of this luxury boutique hotel in Zapopan. A verdant, manicured exterior with sitting areas, a fountain, palm trees and ubiquitous hummingbirds surround this lovely property whose airy rooms boast all the modern amenities: 32" LCD flat-screen TV's, CD stereo system, alarm clock, hair dryer, workspace, free wireless Internet, ironing board, and dessert minibars. Other amenities include an on-site bar and restaurant ("Los Colibríes"), laundry and dry-cleaning service, sauna and steam room, business center, gym, complimentary continental breakfast, and room service.



City Museum

Exploring Guadalajara's over 450 years of history, the Museo de la Ciudad is situated in a former convent in the Centro Histórico that dates to the 18th Century. The museum's permanent collection is housed in six exhibition halls arranged chronologically according to century (16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st) and comprises artifacts and explanatory tests related to the history of Guadalajara in terms of art and architecture, ethnography, urban development, and the everyday life of Tapatíos. Temporary exhibits are also displayed, and lectures, workshops and symposia often take place in the auditorium and outdoor courtyard.


Plaza del Sol

This mall, Guadalajara's second-largest, is located near the corner of Avenidas López Mateos and Mariano Otero. The mall boasts a multi-story car park and an open layout, with big, open spaces in the middle, surrounded by hallways. Served by bus routes 357, 101, 24, 258, 626, 629, 645 and 701, as well as the longer-distance buses that connect the nearby town of Santa Anita with the metropolitan area. The '''Torrena Tower''', measuring 336.5 meters in height, is under construction next to both Plaza del Sol and '''Plaza Torrena''', a smaller, underground mall nearby that can be recognized by its white concrete dome.


Liberty Market

Known by locals as '''Mercado San Juan de Dios''' because of the river that used to pass through the area, the Mercado Libertad is a very busy, multi-story enclosed market; with hundreds of vendors, it's the largest market in Latin America. The market also houses a very popular and very good food court featuring everything from seafood to local favorites like '''birria''' (goat stew) and '''pozole''' (hominy and pork stew). It's a great place to get souvenirs. Unfortunately, it isn't the safest place in town, so make sure to always keep on the lookout for purse-snatchers.


Independence Day

Visitors who find themselves in Guadalajara on the 16th of March are in for a festive and patriotic treat. One traditional way that Tapatíos enjoy celebrating this holiday is with a reenactment of the "Cry of Dolores" ''(Grito de Dolores)'', the incident that, in 1810, kicked off the war that ended with Mexico's independence from Spain. At the stroke of midnight, locals go to the main square and shout out in unison: half yell "Viva" and the other half "México", going on to the names of important heroes of Mexican history: "Viva Hidalgo", "Viva Morelos", and so on.

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Casa Venezuela

This charming B&B a few blocks off hip Avenida Chapultepec boasts three rooms whose luxurious decor is Old Mexico to the hilt. Guest rooms boast linens of the finest quality, hair dryers, and TVs with DVD player. The breakfast is fabulous, encompassing a full slate of American and Mexican specialties served on authentic locally-produced crockery. Complimentary cocktails are served on the terrace each evening. Guests rave about the American-born owner, George, and his encyclopedic knowledge about everything Guadalajara and the surrounding vicinity have to offer.


Christmas

A Tapatío Christmas tradition that you may witness if you're in Guadalajara over the holidays is known as "Las Posadas" (The Inns). Children parade through the neighborhood recreating the passage of Joseph and Mary through Bethlehem, asking for shelter and being refused. Generally nowadays this is a celebration for family and friends, but if you know a Mexican, it's a great way to experience Mexican culture firsthand. Regular appearances include piñatas, mariachi bands, Mexican beer, tequila and general merriment.

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Hotel La Calandria

What this hotel lacks in luxury, it more than makes up for in old-Mexico charm. A very clean and generally very nice property for very reasonable prices. Bilingual staff, WiFi available in public areas. Located a short distance south of the Centro Histórico, near Parque Agua Azul as well as the old bus station, where buses leave regularly for popular regional destinations such as Cocula and Tequila. On-street parking, but there are many free parking lots available (including Walmart, which is also nearby).


Blue Water Park

Open air concerts, a butterfly enclosure, an aviary and plenty of greenery are some of the things that can be enjoyed at Agua Azul. This is a good place to take a break from the often dry, dusty and crowded environment of the city. The park houses a museum of paleontology, and there is a museum of regional archaeology just across Calzada Independencia. The 1.5 km from the Centro Histórico to the park is quite walkable, but it is also accessible via the 62A and 62D buses along Calzada Independencia.


Colomos Forest

This lovely, family-friendly green space is a 92-hectare urban forest that boasts 30,000 trees of diverse species. Its mission is to conserve a beautiful example of a native woodland in an urban environment and educate visitors on ways for humans to better coexist with nature. In terms of visitor amenities, Colomos boasts lovely gardens including a Japanese garden and a cactus garden, goldfish ponds where children enjoy feeding the fish, and horseback riding. Smoking is strictly prohibited.


Hotel NH Guadalajara

A luxury business hotel located adjacent to Country Club Guadalajara in the heart of one of the city's most exclusive financial districts, this high-rise hotel boasts 137 guest rooms with contemporary decor, amenities galore, and, in many cases, stunning views over the city. Luxury perks run from free WiFi, a state-of-the-art fitness center, restaurant ("Nhube") and garden bar, to a cutting-edge conference center, concierge services and complimentary shoeshine. Suites available.


Plaza de los Mariachis

The official name of this small triangular plaza is Plaza Pepe Guizar, named for the composer who was responsible for the song "Guadalajara". However, its popular name comes from the mariachi bands who, for a small fee, will serenade you while enjoying the restaurants and bars around the square (a word of warning, though: this neighborhood becomes sketchy after dark). The Plaza de los Mariachis is where the famous '''Mexican Hat Dance''' ''(Jarabe Tapatío)'' was born.


Guadalajara Cathedral

Construction of this Guadalajara landmark started in the 1560s and took about 50 years to complete. The current towers were replaced on 1854 by architect Manuel Gómez Ibarra after an earthquake destroyed the originals in 1818. While visiting the Cathedral, a must-see is the mural "The Immaculate Conception" ''(La Purísima Concepción)'' by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. The cathedral's architecture is an eclectic mix of the Gothic, Neoclassical and Palladian styles.


Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas offers one of the best views of the cathedral, as well as the '''Government Palace'''. It features a French ironwork bandstand that was purchased by former Mexican president Porfirio Díaz in 1885, and four statues on the corners of the place symbolizing the four seasons. The bandstand serves as the performing arena for marching bands, but due to its recent use for all kinds of political protests, it's guarded by the police 24/7.

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IbeuroHotel

Decent prices here, but you get what you pay for. For a large business hotel—one located directly next to the Expo Guadalajara convention center, no less—this place skimps on the amenities. Still, the rooms are clean and all the basics are covered: color television, air conditioning, telephone, free wireless Internet, laundry and dry cleaning. Adequate if unimpressive food is served in the cafeteria. Private covered parking lot.


Pilgrimage of Our Lady of Zapopan

Celebrated in Guadalajara on October 12th, this event honors the local Virgin Mary figure of the Guadalajara area, the Virgen de Zapopan. On this day, over a million people parade the famous statuette from the downtown cathedral to its home in the '''Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Zapopan'''. This festival is only celebrated in the Guadalajara area, and is one of the largest examples of a romería outside Spain.

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Hostal Galería

Located a short walk from the bars, nightclubs and restaurants of Chapultepec, 15 minutes by foot from the Centro Histórico. The hostel has twin size beds in all the rooms, WiFi, hot showers, roof terrace, roof garden, free breakfast, and helpful staff. For an extra fee, walking tours of Guadalajara are offered as well as longer bus excursions to regional destinations such as Chapala and Tequila.


Guadalajara Film Festival

The biggest film festival in Latin America as well as one of the most important showcases for Mexican and Latin American cinema on the world stage, the Festival Internacional del Cine de Guadalajara takes place annually in early March. A bevy of awards are given in all categories of film, and it also serves as a forum for education and creative interchange among Latin American cineasts.


Independencia Overlook Park

This lovely park is located at the northern terminus of Calzada Independencia adjacent to the Barranca de Huentitán-Oblatos, with beautiful views of the canyon. Pretty gardens and benches are peppered around the park, allowing visitors to sit and enjoy the different views the park has to offer. This is also the starting point for many of the hiking trails that traverse the canyon.

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Galerías Guadalajara

Guadalajara's biggest mall, located at the intersection of Avenidas Vallarta and Rafael Sanzio. It houses Guadalajara's biggest multiplex cinema, with 20 THX projection rooms and 4 VIP rooms. Has multi-level parking ramps as well as more than 1 square kilometer of open parking space shared with a Wal-Mart and a Sam's Club. Served by bus routes 25, 47 and 629.


Rotunda of Illustrious Jaliscans

This lovely circular monument of fluted columns is a mausoleum containing the ashes of 98 important men and women born in Jalisco. The bright and busy atmosphere of the park around it contrasts with the serious aspect of the Rotunda itself. On the southern side (across the street from the cathedral) is the bus stop for the previously mentioned TuriBus.

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Nuevo Progreso Bullring

Located right across the road from the Estadio Jalisco, just off Calzada Independencia, bullfights take place at the Plaza Nuevo Progreso every Sunday at 16:30. Those arriving by bus might not be able to see the bullring from the street, as it's hidden behind some trees, so get off when you see the Estadio Jalisco and go in the opposite direction.


Guadalajara Zoo

The modern Guadalajara Zoo is located adjacent to the Barranca de Huentitán-Oblatos. It's worth visiting not only for its view of the canyon, but also for its collection of animals, its safari ride and its panoramic train. Other highlights include a reptile house, a nocturnal environment exhibit and a tropical forest simulated environment.


Plaza de la Liberación

This plaza features two large cup-shaped fountains and a gigantic sculpture of Miguel Hidalgo, the man who signed the Mexican Declaration of Independence in the current Governor's Office. It also serves as an atrium for the oldest surviving theater in the city, the '''Teatro Degollado''', and it's the usual spot for massive free concerts.

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Kamilos 333

Unpretentious, traditional Mexican fare reigns supreme here—Kamilos' menu goes heavy on meat dishes, which are juicy and delicious. Breakfast served daily. Those who don't speak Spanish well may have trouble with the (intentionally) misspelled words on the menu—"camarones" becomes "kamaronez", "quesadilla" is rendered "kezadya", etc.


Minerva Roundabout

This ''glorieta'' (traffic circle) showcases a giant statue of the Roman goddess Minerva (one of the most important symbols of Guadalajara), surrounded by a fountain. It's sometimes shut down to traffic and opened to pedestrians when there's a major city celebration—such as when the '''Chivas''' football team wins a major game.


Plaza Patria

Bounded by Avenidas Patria, Ávila Camacho and Américas, this two-story mall, smaller than many of the others on this list, nonetheless has a sizable assortment of stores. Clothes and electronics can be bought here, and there are also convenience stores and a supermarket. Served by bus routes 24, 25, 604, 622, 632, 634 and 701.


Centro Magno

Located between Avenidas Vallarta and López Cotilla, the Centro Magno has a big, wide, closed space in the middle, surrounded mostly by restaurants, fashion, electronics and bazaar stores, with a cinema on the top floor. It's served directly by bus routes 629A and 629B, and routes 626, 622, 24, 258 and 101 are also nearby.


Tianguis el Baratillo

The largest tianguis in Guadalajara, this market sells anything and everything—tools, furniture, food, clothes and accessories, kitchenware, toys, and all manner of other articles—with an emphasis on used items sold at great bargains (hence its name El Baratillo, which roughly translates as "The Flea Market").


The Expiatory Church of the Blessed Sacrament

This finely detailed Gothic Revival cathedral was built over decades starting in the late 19th century. There is a mechanical clock in the bell tower that features a procession of the Twelve Apostles at 9:00, noon and 18:00. The interior of the church features a lovely collection of stained glass windows.


Suehiro

Laid-back Japanese restaurant whose gargantuan menu encompasses excellently prepared cuisine in the teppanyaki, nabemono, and tempura cooking styles, as well as a huge selection of sushi and sashimi. Quality and service are beyond compare. Outside is a beautifully landscaped garden complete with koi pond.


Posada del Marqués

An all-suite property located near the charming Minerva district. The living areas, kitchenettes, and work areas all boast modern decor and amenities such as air conditioning and free WiFi. Some suites also have full kitchens. There's also a fitness center, an outdoor pool, and complimentary breakfast.


Hotel de Mendoza

At the Hotel de Mendoza, guests can stay in a peaceful, airy ambience within walking distance of all Centro Histórico destinations. Rooms (including suites) include free WiFi, 32-inch flat screen TVs, and charming colonial decor; the hotel also has a business center, gym, restaurant and outdoor pool.


Government Palace

This is the historical center of the government of the State of Jalisco. Today it is mostly visited for its murals, the work of the famous Jalisciense artist, José Clemente Orozco. The most famous of these is a huge portrait of Miguel Hidalgo in the vault of the old chambers of the State Council.


Plaza Andares

Guadalajara's newest mall, located at the corner of Avenidas Patria and Puerta de Hierro. Designer stores abound here: DKNY, Cartier, Hugo Boss, Mont Blanc, Helmut Lang, Fendi, Alexander McQueen, Versace, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Valentino, Diesel, Cavalli, Calvin Klein, Channel and Dior.


International Book Fair

The "FIL" takes place every November in Guadalajara. Companies and delegations come from all over the world to exhibit their books and see books from other places. Every year a country or region serves as the guest of honor, presenting books that represent its particular literary tradition.

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El Parián

This central square of Tlaquepaque's historic downtown boasts several restaurants with a bandstand in the center. It's a nice place to sit and have a drink or enjoy a meal, with numerous mariachis who will play for you for a small fee and also public performances that begin at 21:30.


March 3rd Stadium

The Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara's football stadium in the north of the city, where "Los Estudiantes" play, is named for the date of the founding of the university in 1935. The Estudiantes play in the '''Primera Liga''' along with the other Guadalajara teams, Atlas and Chivas.


TlaquePasta

Located within the '''Quinta Don José Boutique Hotel''', a nice mix of cuisines is on offer here, with traditional Tapatío dishes rubbing shoulders on the menu with the only Italian specialties available in Tlaquepaque. Great tasting food, attractive setting, and reasonable prices.


International Mariachi and Charrería Conference

Mariachi bands from all over Mexico and the world meet the last week of August and the first week of September, usually at '''Teatro Degollado''' and the surrounding area, to play and compete for the delight of fans. You won't witness anything like this unique event anywhere else.

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La Fonda de San Miguel

The restaurant is housed in an old convent, with most of the seating in the covered courtyard. It is quite picturesque. The fare is traditional Mexican, including standards like chicken in mole poblano, chiles en nogada, etc. Open for lunch and dinner Su-M; lunch only Tu-Sa.


Chapalita Roundabout

A verdant gathering place in a lovely neighborhood ''(colonia)'' in the suburb of Zapopan, this "garden of art" sees local artists showing off their creations every Sunday while local residents show off their dogs. Raucous celebrations take place here on national holidays.


Plaza Guadalajara

Located directly in front of the cathedral, Plaza Guadalajara contains a circular fountain and an outdoor restaurant. Under the fountain there is an underground commercial center which offers all kinds of goods for sale including fruit, beverages and even jewelry.

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Cross of Plazas

These four plazas are laid out in the form of a cross, with the Catedral at the center. Any of them offer a nice spot to walk through or rest in for a few minutes, and most have plenty of food vendors nearby. The plazas that make up the Cross are:

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Chop

Lovely deli located midway between Chapultepec and Minerva and owned by a local chain of coffeehouses. Salads, sandwiches and wraps, paninis, calzone and pizza are on the menu, as well as a large selection of breakfasts served daily. Kids' menu.


La Rinconada

Located on the Calle de Morelos pedestrian mall in the Centro Histórico, in a restored 19th-century mansion. Traditional Mexican fare (including breakfast) is served to the tourist crowd, with serenades by strolling mariachis in the evening.


Hostel Hospedarte Guadalajara Centro

This youth hostel is situated in a stately National Heritage building from the 19th Century. Reading room, common area with TV, free wireless Internet. Organized tours to Tequila leave regularly from the hostel, including two distilleries.


Hostal de María

A great place with a bohemian vibe, centrally located in the historic neighborhood of Nueve Esquinas. Hostel has dormitories with shared baths as well as private rooms with private baths, and a common dining area perfect for lounging.


Belén Cemetery

This old cemetery dates back to 1786. It has been converted into a museum that is full of interesting stories of cemetery hauntings and Tapatío culture in general. There are also night tours Th-Sa that many people are afraid to take!


Tintoretto

Elegant and mouth-watering—and surprisingly reasonably priced—Italo-Argentinian fare featuring a mind-boggling selection of steaks and chops, carpaccios, wood-fired pizzas, salads, pasta dishes, desserts, and fine wines.


Los Famosos Equipales

One of its famous drinks here is named "Las Nalgas Alegres" (Happy Buttocks), which is a delicious pink-colored but deceptively strong concoction. A jukebox plays music constantly, and snacks are available too.


La Chata

Very popular and very crowded. Traditional food the way mom used to make it, or so they say. Needless to say the prices are higher here than in other places serving the same fare—but still pretty reasonable.


Hostel Tequila Backpacker

Free breakfast, hot showers, very clean, excellent reviews. Restaurant on ground floor that serves traditional Mexican food. Promotions are available (buy 3 nights get a 4th free, student discounts, etc.)


Almacén del Bife

"Beer and wine, our passion" (in translation) is the motto of this Argentinian restaurant in Plaza Andares. In addition, a wide selection of chicken dishes, pastas and a daily seafood special are offered.


Angel's Club

Located at the center of the gay nightlife district, the '''Zona Rosa''', the biggest LGBT bar in Guadalajara also attracts a healthy-size straight female crowd with its thumping music and smart decor.


Birrería Las Nueve Esquinas

Well known for its lamb birria, a specialty of Jalisco, this popular place is located in an old part of the Centro Histórico called "Las Nueve Esquinas" (Nine Corners), for its unusual street layout.


Guadalajara Regional Museum

A pleasant museum to spend a few hours in, especially on a hot day when you need some time out of the sun. It features the skeleton of a mammoth found on the nearby Laguna de Chapala.


Huentitán-Oblatos Canyon

This is the forested gorge of the Río Lerma-Santiago, accessible via buses #62A and #62D which run along Calzada Independencia. There are two locations with fine views of the gorge:


Bar Américas

Popular with fans of electronic music, this lively bar and concert venue features DJs spinning house, trance, and techno tunes and ladies' night every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.


Guadalajara Cultural Tianguis

Popular especially with young people, the Tianguis Cultural is not only a great place to buy clothes and music, but also to catch free open-air concerts, mingle, see and be seen.


Vallarta Arch

This Romanesque double arch stands at what was once the western edge of the city. There are nice views to be had from the top, and interesting murals to view on the way up.


Monument of the Child Heroes

A massive stone spire that memorializes six teenage military cadets who died defending Mexico City's military academy from U.S. forces during the Mexican-American War.


El Sacromonte

The food here is traditional Mexican served a little more artfully for a more well-off clientele. Subdued, violin-centered mariachis play here in the early afternoon.


Galería del Calzado

This is an entire mall that contains over 60 shoe stores, great for the dedicated footwear obsessive. As you can imagine, all prices and styles can be found here.


Tacos Providencia

The tacos this place serves up—particularly the tacos al pastor, the specialty here—have been described as the best in Guadalajara. Quesadillas are also served.


Il Duomo

Creative Italian cuisine at reasonable prices including pastas, meat dishes and fine wines, served by polite and attentive (but not over-attentive) waitstaff.


Cabañas Cultural Institute

This UNESCO World Heritage Site east of Plaza de la Liberación is a cultural and art center where the fresco paintings of Jose Clemente Orozco are exhibited.


Casa Fuerte

An artful and upscale, yet faithful, take on traditional Mexican cuisine served up in an elegant old mansion in historic downtown Tlaquepaque.


Impala Bar

Located directly in front of the Expiatorio, this place is very popular with the college hipster crowd and occasionally hosts live music acts.


Anime Bar

Well-known to the locals known for its lit up bottles on the shelves, the Anime Bar has low-key lighting and plays contemporary music.


La Oveja Negra

Immensely popular bar and nightclub, performances by internationally famous live music acts, the place to see and be seen in GDL.


Foundation of Guadalajara

Held on February 14th, this is a celebration to commemorate the foundation of the city of Guadalajara on that day in 1542.

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El Palco Sports Bar

Sports bar in the heart of historic downtown Zapopan featuring beer, snacks, and many large-screen TVs showing sports.


El Primer Piso

A lively and fun jazz bar with good music, good food and a red upholstered ceiling are trademarks.


Goa... Un Sabor de la India

A restaurant specializing in North Indian cuisine served in a lovely and exotic environment.


La Jijurria

This laid-back place in downtown Zapopan features food, drink and occasional live music.


La Diablita Cantina

Beer and snacks with a side order of live alternative rock (no cover).


Salón del Bosque

Upscale, laid-back atmosphere featuring live jazz and bossa nova.


Bostons Whiskey Bar

Extensive selection of cocktails and live rock music.


La Incondicional

Every drink you can imagine, and DJs every night.


Barba Negra

Features live rock music.


About Guadalajara

Guadalajara is Mexico's second largest city, and one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country. This growth has been driven in part by the booming electronics industry in the industrial outskirts of the city. Other important and growing industries are pharmaceuticals, food processing, and fashion.


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