Guadalajara with Friends
Collected by Francisco Aguilar
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.
Calle Federico Medrano 67, San Juan de Dios II, 44360 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Loud rock music, strobing lights, screaming fans, and the thrill of watching masked Mexican wrestlers attack each other in a crazy show of theatrical posturing, punching, and prat-falling: Truly there is no more fun to be had than a night at the...
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...
Av. Javier Mina S/N, 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 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...
Av. Circunvalación Agustín Yáñez 1009, Moderna, 44910 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
The lavishly appointed Jose Cuervo Express ambles through the rolling agave fields of Jalisco, Mexico. You sling back another shot of tequila and follow it with a Mexican postre (dessert). Stars twinkle in the blue-black sky, but you hardly notice...
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...
Calle Belén 684, El Retiro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
It may seem morbid but, in certain cities, cemeteries are worthwhile places to visit. In fact, some are so unique that they reflect important details about their community and its respective culture. Guadalajara’s Panteón de...
Av. Dr. Roberto Michel 577, Rincón de La Agua Azul, 44460 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
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...
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...
Tierra de Fuego 3160-2, Providencia, 44630 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Guadalajara has several cultural claims to fame—charreria, mariachi music, and the Fería Internacional del Libro (International Book Fair), to name just a few—but it has a few culinary claims to fame, too. One is the torta...
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 Pedro Moreno 1567, Lafayette, 44160 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
The former inhabitants of the 19th-century house now occupied by Chupiteria la Favorita would be rolling in their graves if they knew that the historic home had been turned into a bar boasting Guadalajara's largest selection of shots, or...
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