Collected by Mario Alberto Anaya
Calle Cabañas 8, Las Fresas, San Juan de Dios, 44360 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
This 19th-century complex, originally built as a hospital for the disadvantaged, is host to an impressive display of modern art, most notably a series of frescoes by famous Mexican muralist Jose Clemente Orozco. The collection includes one of his...
Avenida Javier Mina 52, San Juan de Dios, 44380 Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
In operation since 1958, Mercado San Juan de Dios (also known as Mercado Libertad) is one of Mexico’s largest markets, with three floors and nearly 3,000 stands and stalls. Vendors sell everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to...
Av. Fray Antonio Alcalde 10, Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Built in 1618, the Guadalajara Cathedral plays host to the mummified remains of Santa Inocencia, who, according to legend, was killed in the 1700s by her father, who disapproved of her interest in Catholicism. Local rumors have it that her hair...
Avenida Ramón Corona 31, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Guadalajara's Government Palace, built in the 18th-century, has been the setting for some important episodes in Mexican history. The 1810 law abolishing slavery was signed here, and the structure served a brief stint as the seat of the federal...
Av. Dr. Roberto Michel 577, Rincón de La Agua Azul, 44460 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Calle Venustiano Carranza 16, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Though it was built in 1968, Hotel de Mendoza reflects its 16th-century surroundings. Nestled in the heart of Guadalajara’s centro historico, the hotel features 104 simple yet elegant rooms, with hand-carved, colonial-style...
Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
With its impressive colonial architecture and its plazas bustling with vendors and passersby, Guadalajara is a lovely city to see by horse-drawn carriage. Carriages line up along the periphery of Plaza de la Liberación, then clip-clop along...
Calle Manuel López Cotilla 161, Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Rollerblade, bike, run, walk, or even hula-hoop your way through Guadalajara’s car-free streets every Sunday along the Via RecreActiva. In an effort to promote health and community, the city of Guadalajara has closed some of its most beautiful...
Calz. Jesús González Gallo 20, El Rosario, 44898 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
This huge, government-run store is one of Guadalajara’s most reasonably priced options for local handicrafts. Spread over two floors, it’s a one-stop shop for high-quality souvenirs, from artisan pottery and hand-blown glassware to...
Av. Francisco Javier Mina 172, San Juan de Dios, 44360 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
More than just a neighborhood bar, the cantina plays a central role in Mexican life and lore. Yet as local entrepreneurs look to capitalize on global trends, the traditional cantina is being replaced by hipster bars. Fortunately, there are also...
Calle Libertad 1697, Americana, 44160 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
This welcoming spot serves more than 50 varieties of teas, tisanes, and infusions, as well as fresh-baked pastries, like conchas, a Mexican specialty. Sip your favorite tea while enjoying the small art gallery on-site or relaxing on La Tetería's...
Calle Leandro Valle 895, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Like the torta ahogada, birria is a culinary specialty in Guadalajara, served everywhere from street-food stalls to sit-down restaurants. To leave the Pearl of the West without sampling it would be a loss, as it offers a...
Calle Pedro Moreno 1398, Americana, 44160 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Sacromonte has long been one of Guadalajara's most popular fine dining restaurants. Its colorful, spacious dining room is the backdrop for a meal characterized by updated traditional Mexican favorites, often beautifully presented. House...
Av Circuito JVC 2800, El Bajio, 45019 Zapopan, Jal., Mexico
One of the best ways of experiencing a culture anywhere is witnessing and sharing the passion of its sports fans by attending a game. In the U.S., that might be baseball or football. In Mexico, it's soccer. And in Guadalajara, the hometown teams...
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