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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...
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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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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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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...
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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. 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 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...
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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...
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Calle Miguel Lerdo de Tejada 2308, Lafayette, 44160 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Housed across a 1940s mansion and modernist tower, Casa Fayette is a stylish boutique lodging inspired by Guadalajara hometown hero Luis Barragán. With the architect in mind, Milanese interiors firm Dimore Studio designed the hotel’s...
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Camino Escénico a Playa la Ropa S/N, Playa La Ropa, Playa la Ropa, 40880 Zihuatanejo, Gro., Mexico
When we decided to spend a long weekend in "Zihua" we wanted a hotel with great views, conveniently located near a beach, and within walking distance of town. Casa Que Canta delivered these in addition to a tasty good restaurant with helpful,...
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Parque Italia S/N, Providencia 4a. Secc, 44630 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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Calle José Guadalupe Zuno Hernández 2083, Obrera, 44140 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Mexico’s most influential architect—and the only one to receive the Pritzker Prize—Luis Barragán was born and trained in Guadalajara and practiced in the city until he was 34. He then moved to Mexico City, where...
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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...
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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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Av. Ignacio L. Vallarta 1342, Americana, 44160 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Guadalajara is increasingly becoming a destination for food lovers, with "alta cocina" (fine dining) restaurants popping up all over the city in the past few years. Cocina 88 was one of the original alta cocina restaurants in Guadalajara, and...
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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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Av. 16 de Septiembre 127, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
If you're nostalgic for the days of five and dime stores like Woolworth's, a stop at Sanborn's will undoubtedly evoke memories of such sundries shops. Sanborns is a chain found throughout Mexico, and its stores in Guadalajara offer the same stock...
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Calle Belén 684, Centro Barranquitas, 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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Diagonal Golfo de Cortés 4152, Monraz, 44670 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
This upscale restaurant specializes in Italian-Mexican fusion. That would be interesting enough, but the menu becomes even more intriguing with a wild game section, with deer and jabalí (wild boar) among the selections. Be sure to check the wine...
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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...
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Calle de Morelos 1743, Ladrón de Guevara, Lafayette, 44600 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Modern Mexican cuisine is the focus at Pachuco, a trendy restaurant that opened in the summer of 2015. Some ingredients and dishes, such as rabbit flautas (crispy tortillas rolled up and deep-fried), may be unfamiliar, but they're definitely worth...
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Calle Federico Medrano 67, San Juan de Dios II, 44100 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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Avenida Mariano Otero 3047, Victoria, La Giralda, 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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Avenida Circunvalación Washington 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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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...