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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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Calle Federico Medrano 67, San Juan de Dios II, 44360 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
When in Guadalajara, be sure to visit the Arena Coliseo for Mexico’s own version of freestyle wrestling: lucha libre. Similar to WWE but even wilder, the sport provides hours of entertainment. Wrestlers wear dramatic outfits and masks, while...
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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...
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Av. Javier Mina 47, 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...
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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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Av. Circunvalación Agustín Yáñez 11, Moderna, 44190 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...
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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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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...
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Av. Dr. Roberto Michel 577, Rincón de La Agua Azul, 44460 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Don’t remind the country’s rabid soccer fans, but Mexico’s official national sport is charreria, a Western-style riding and roping that’s best seen in Guadalajara. Visit in September, when the National Charro Championship...
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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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Tierra de Fuego 3160-2, Providencia, 44630 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
The torta ahogada, or drowned sandwich, is a Mexican specialty that can only be authentically sampled in Guadalajara—the salt used to make the distinctively dense, crusty bread comes from the region. The sandwich is filled with meat...
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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...
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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...