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Guadalajara is a cultural destination that at once offers the best of local, Jaliscan and Mexican tradition, as well as a global consciousness, from its food, to its architectural diversity, to its art scene.
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Centro, 45500 San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jal., Mexico
Charales can be found throughout central Mexico. They are tiny lake fish that are deep fried whole and eaten with hot salsas or ketchup. A bit fishy tasting, but excellent hot, they are a popular snack food.
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Av Niños Héroes 3051, Jardines del Bosque, 44520 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Since the 70’s, La Trattoria has been cooking recipes brought back from Italy. Their menu specializes in the mediterranean country’s varied cuisine and their menu focuses on customary dining—with a range of anti-pastis and some of my favorites...
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Av Mariano Otero 3047, Victoria, 45089 Zapopan, Jal., Mexico
Mr. Pampas welcomes you to try Brazilian dishes in a family-owned atmosphere. Try their “rotating system” where you can try each of their fresh cuts—Brazilian steak, chicken, lamb, shrimp, and more—prepared differently. In addition they have a...
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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...
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44600, Av. México 2074(1700, Santa Teresita, 44600 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Step back in time at Guadalajara’s Antique Market, where velvet-covered armchairs, crystal chandeliers, and finely detailed bronze statues inspire visions of elegant Mexican haciendas. The Sunday market—open from 9am to...
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Av 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...
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Calle Cabañas 8, Las Fresas, San Juan de Dios, 44360 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Absolutely sleep-deprived from a red-eye flight to Guadalajara, Mexico, we somehow managed to make fake our Spanish and make our way to the city center by bus, two buses to be exact. The sun had yet to rise over the horizon. The streets were...
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Calle Donato Guerra 180, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Knowing how to read and speak the language where you're traveling gives you access to a whole other layer of a country and its culture. This is especially true in Mexico, where even the most amateur efforts at communicating in español are...
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Montes Pirineos 1930, Monumental, 44320 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
While it’s certainly not for the faint of heart, attending a bull fight at the Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progreso is a time-honored Sunday activity for many folks in Guadalajara. From the traje de luces (the matador’s flamboyant,...
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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...
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Calle Leandro Valle 895, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Like the torta ahogadabirria 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...
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Av. de la Paz 1701, Americana, 44160 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Entering the spotless, spacious Suehiro can provoke a moment of cultural dissonance, a sort of "Where am I again?" double-take. Suehiro looks wholly Japanese, from the lacquered wood accents and the impressively large, neatly manicured Asian...
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Calle Justo Sierra 1984, Ladrón de Guevara, Americana, 44600 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
You likely know Corona and Negra Modelo, Tecate and Pacifico, but you've probably never tasted Mexico's best beers because few of them are exported. Just as the craft brewing craze has taken hold in the U.S. over the past decade, so too has it...
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Calz. Jesús González Gallo 20, El Rosario, 44898 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
No worries about the provenance of souvenirs bought here: the government-owned and operated Instituto de la Artesania Jalisciense certifies that all of the handcrafts and work on sale in this shop were made by artists who call the state of Jalisco...
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Providencia 4a. Secc, Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Not all of the goods at this funky boutique are local or even made in Mexico, but there are plenty of Mexico-themed goods you could buy to remind you of your visit: lucha libre-themed socks and luchador figurines; milagros; and Day of the Dead...
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Plaza del Sol, 45050 Zapopan, Jal., Mexico
Plaza Del Sol Mall is favored by Guadalajara’s growing population of luxury shoppers for its’ colorful Mexican atmosphere, fresh outdoor design, classy boutiques, designer department stores, and gourmet snacks. Found between Guadalajara’s main...