Visitors travel to this cosmopolitan destination to experience a plethora of attractions including nearby magical towns such as Tequila, where the popular spirit is produced; explore colonial architecture; and visit museums and small towns with exquisite crafts and artwork. Fuente: https://visitguadalajara.com/about-guadalajara
One of the best ways to experience a destination is through its food and Guadalajara is no exception, boasting cuisine that is synonymous with Mexican culture that cannot be found anywhere else.
Made with pork and hominy (dried corn), pozole is a traditional Mexican soup that is available at food stands, markets, and restaurants throughout Guadalajara. This dish is served at celebratory events such as Mexico’s Independence Day, Quinceañeras, weddings, birthdays, and baptisms. Get the full Recipe
The Spanish adjective tapatío means coming from the city or region of Guadalajara, and these simple enchiladas originate from Guadalajara. Get the full Recipe
Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs
Chilaquiles are a breakfast staple in Guadalajara. This hearty dish is typically served three different ways, either verde (green salsa), rojo (red salsa) or divorciados (a combination of red and green salsa). Get the full Recipe
The metropolitan area of Guadalajara consists of four urban districts – Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque, Tonala, and Zapopan – and three suburban districts, Tlajomulco, El Salto, and Tequila.
Tlaquepaque is best known for its craftsmanship and longtime tradition of mariachi performances. Local arts and crafts fill the showrooms and stores in this town, where travelers will find carved wood furniture, colorful ceramics, and hand-stitched clothing among other goods. Pedestrian malls and plazas are lined with more than 300 shops, many run by families with generations of experience. The downtown area has a pleasant square and many pedestrian-only streets, making this a good place to take a stroll. Tourists and locals also come to Tlaquepaque to catch the daily mariachi performances at the local restaurants and cantinas, some with outdoor seating perfect for people-watching.
Among the region’s oldest pueblos is Tonalá, a unique place filled with artisan workshops small and large. Tonalá is one of the largest municipality’s within the metropolitan area of Guadalajara and is the fourth largest city in the state of Jalisco. With a greater focus on business than pleasure, many international companies have offices within the city limits. There is a concentration of stores in downtown Tonalá on Avenida Tonalá and Avenida de los Tonaltecas, and many more shops and factories can be found spread throughout Tonalá’s narrow streets. The best bargains can be found in Tonalá since most local goods—from furniture to glassware and ceramics—are made here. On Thursday and Sunday, bargain-priced merchandise is sold at a street market (Av. Tonaltecas at Calle Benito Juárez, 45400) packed with vendors from 9 am to 5 pm. Vendors set up ceramics, carved wood sculptures, candles, glassware, furniture, metal crafts, and more. Look for vajilla (ceramic place settings), but note that the more high-end ceramic offerings are sold at more formal stores.
Mexico’s former corn-producing capital is now a municipality of wealthy neighborhoods, modern hotels, and malls surrounded by hills. Farther out, some farming communities remain. The central district of Zapopan is a 25-minute cab ride from downtown Guadalajara. Zapopan boasts some of the newest and oldest architecture in the area with the Palacio de la Culture y la Communicaion (PALCCO) and the aged Basilica de Zapopan that is home to the city’s most revered religious icon. Near the Basilica is a pedestrian corridor filled with restaurants and bars popular with young patrons. The Auditorio Telmex, which seats up to 11,000 people, is a popular venue for performances from national and international artists. The Auditorio Telmex is part of the new Centro Cultural Universitario, comprised of five other buildings including museums and libraries built by the University of Guadalajara, and is the largest culture and arts district in Guadalajara. A favorite for locals and visitors is the new Andares Mall, filled with luxury brand retail stores and high end restaurants
In the area around the town of Tequila, greenish blue fields of agave stretch out mile after mile over the rugged, hilly terrain. All of the tequila in the world is produced in this region, which includes parts of the states of Guanajuato, Nayarit, Michoacan and Tamaulipas. The fields of blue agave plants are so beautiful that they have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Guadalajara’s southeast suburban district of Tlajomulco’s name originated from the words of “tlaxomúlli” and “co” which translate to “land in the corner.” In 1530, the area was conquered by Nuño de Guzmán and was later divided into the district of Nueva Galicia. The district was made up primarily of Tonalá Indians. In July of 1939 it got its name Tlajomulco de Zúñiga in honor of General Eugenio Zúñiga who was native to Tlajomulco. During that same year it was converted into a municipality. Today, it’s the only municipality in Mexico to have five cities of over 25,000 inhabitants.
El Salto is one of the two suburban districts that surround the Metropolitan area of Guadalajara. The district was established on December 22, 1943, when it broke off from the neighboring municipality of Juanacatlán. Today, El Salto has a population of over 110,000 residents. The municipality and the city within it that bears the same name, are located southeast of Guadalajara. It is surrounded, in a clockwise direction from the north, by the municipalities of Tlaquepaque, Tonalá, and Tlajomulco.
Top Things to Do in Guadalajara
Visit Guadalajara’s best museums, malls, murals, markets and more. No visit is complete without a look at one of the several historic cultural sites and a tour inside a genuine tequila distillery. If time allows, be sure to include the ancient archeological site of the Guachimontones Pyramids, just one hour west of the city.
Explore the historic Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan which is a 17-century sanctuary and abbey located in the state of Jalisco.
The Hospicos Cabañas was built at the beginning of the 19th centurey to provide care and shelter for the disadvantaged – orphans, seniors, the handicapped and chronic invalids. This large complex which incorporates several unusual features designed specifically to meet the needs of its occupants, was unique for its time. It is also notable for the harmonious relationship between the open and built spaces, the simplicity of its design and its size. In the early 20th century, the chapel was decorated with a superb series of murals now considered some of the masterpieces of Mexican art. They are the work of Jose Clemente Orozco, one of the greatest Mexican muralists of the period.
Hospicio Cabañas Essential Information
Address: Cabanas No. 8 Col. Las Fresas, Plaza tapatia C.P. 44369
Tel: +(33) 3818 2800 ext. 31642
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Libertad or San Juan de Dios Mercado
Libertad Mercado, also known as San Juan De Dios Mercado, is one of the largest roofed markets in Mexico. Covering around 40,000 sq. meters, shoppers will find crafts of different materials like: ceramic, silver, blown glass, leather, palm leaf crafts, etc. Among the articles sold there are: embroidered clothes, typical outfits, “jorongos”, overcoats, blankets, sweaters, “guayaberas” leathers coats and bags. Visitors will also find arts & crafts from all around the country: Chinconcuac, Saltillo, Santa Clara del Cobre, Taxco, Paracho, etc. On the second floor there are small restuarnats with assorted Mexican “antojitos”. There are approximately 2,800 stands in the market every day and it is open all year long.
Libertad or San Juan De Dios Maraket Essentail Information:
Address: Javier Mina #52 (in between Alfareros and Cabanas) Guadalajara, 44380
Tel: +(33) 3618 0506
Catedral de Guadalajara
Guadalajara’s cathedral is the city’s most beloved and conspicuous landmark with distinctive neo-Gothic towers built after an earthquake toppled the originals in the mid-19th century. Begun in 1588 and consecrated in 1618, the building is almost as old as the city itself. Time your visit right and you will see light filter through the stained-glass renderings of The Last Supper and hear a working pipe organ rumble sweetly from the rafters.
The interior includes Gothic vaults, massive Tuscan-style gold-leaf pillars and 11 richly decorated altars that were given to Guadalajara by King Fernando VII of Spain (1814-33). The glass case nearest the north entrance is an extremely popular reliquary, containing the hands and blood of martyred Santa Inocencia. In the sacristy, which an attendant can open for you on request, is La Asuncion de la Virgen, painted by Spanish artist Bartolome Murillo in 1650. Of course, architectural purists may find flaws. Much like the Palacio de Gobierno, the cathedral is a bit of a stylistic hodgepodge, including Churrigueresque, baroque and neoclassical influences.
Catedral de Guadalajara Essential Information:
Address: Alcalde Ave. #10 (between Hildalgo Ave. and Morelos) Guadalajara, 44100
Tel: +(33) 3613 7168
Hours of Operation: 8:00AM – 8:00PM
Basilica de Zapopan
Zapopan’s pride and joy, the Basilica de Zapopan, built in 1730, is home to Nuestra Senora de Zapopan, a petite statue of the Virgin visited by pilgrims year-round. During the Fiestas de Octubre, thousands of kneeling faithful from the Jalisco region crawl behind the statue as it is carried from the basilica to Guadalajara’s central cathedral. The procession involves dancing and colorful tradional wear. The early evening is magical when local families throng the plaza outside and streams of pilgrims, nuns and monks fill the pews.
Basilica de Zapopan Essential Information:
Address: Evan Briseno #152, Guadalajara
Tel: +52 (33) 3633 6614
Hours of Operation: 9:00AM-8:00PM
Andaras is a shopping mall located in the Zapopan district of Guadalajara. This outdoor and indoor shopping center opened on November 19, 2008 and has been drawing local and visiting shoppers ever since. All the well recognized international luxury and commercial brands as well as independent retailers are housed there. The mall regularly offers free outdoor concerts, dance performances, film screenings and farmers markets. Surrounding the shops are fine dining restaurants and high end bars.
Andares Essential Information:
Address: Blvd. Puerto de Hierro #4965, Guadalajara, 45116
Tel: +(33) 3648 2280
Andares is an indoor and outdoor shopping center located in the city of Guadalajara.
Construction on the noble neoclassical Teatro Degollado, home of the Guadalajara Philharmonic, was begun in 1856 and completed 30 years later. Over the Grecian columns on its front is a frieze depicting Apollo and the Nine Muses. The five-tiered interior is swathed in red velvet and 23 karat gold-leaf and crowned by a Gerardo Suarez mural based on the fourth canto of Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Teatro Degollado Essential Information:
Address: Av. Hildalgo y Morelos, Zona Centro, Guadalajara, 44100
Tel: +(33) 3614 4773
Viewing times: Monday to Friday from Noon – 2:00PM
Museo de las Artes
To scratch your modernist itch if you’ve overdosed on classic art, head three blocks west of Parque Revolucion to this museum housed in a French renaissance building that formaearly served as the admin buildings for the University of Guadalajara. The highlight is the Paraninfo (auditorium), whose stage backdrop and dome feature large, powerful murals by Orozco. The rest of the space is given over to well-curated temporary exhibitions focusing on contemporary Mexican art.
Museo de las Artes Essential Information:
Address: Av Jauarez #975, Guadalajara
Tel: +(33) 3134 1664
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00AM – 6:00PM