First Time Tourists Guide in Guadalajara

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Guadalajara is located in western Mexico and popular for its tequila and mariachi music

Guadalajara’s city center is dotted with colonial monuments and plazas such as neoclassical Teatro Degollado and a cathedral with twin gold spires

For tourist attractions, this city has Palacio del Gobierno houses which are famous for murals by José Clemente Orozco



Guadalajara is a unique city in Mexico full of history and culture. It is famous for its museum, park, cathedral, and cowboy shows. Museum and cathedral buildings in the city are built around the 14th to 15th centuries. Tourists can visit Instituto Cultural de Cabañas, a place where works of modernist murals José Clemente Orozco.

Instituto Cultural de Cabañas

The Hospicio Cabañas in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, a World Heritage Site, is one of the oldest and largest hospital complexes in the Americas


Guadalajara’s downtown icon is Guadalajara Cathedral or Catedral de la Asunción de María Santísima. It is the city’s first cathedral built in 1541 and now becomes an enchanting ancient building. Guachimontones Archaeological Site is also one of the ancient archaeological sites. It is located in 40km west of Guadalajara downtown.

Guadalajara Cathedral

This grand cathedral housing the relics of St

Innocent was built during the 16th & 17th centuries

Guachimontones Archaeological Site

One of the ancient archaeological sites, located in 40km west of Guadalajara downtown


Most shopping centers where tourists can get souvenirs and handicrafts are located in Jalisco and Michoacán. Most Gualadarajan handicrafts producers and markets can also be found in Centro Magno, the 2 kilometers west from the center of Guadalajara. Plaza del Sol is 7 kilometers in the southwest of city center. Visitor can get many items in both two places. It only takes ride on bus to reach them.

Centro Magno

Elephant & palm tree sculptures mark the entrance to this stately indoor mall with shops & cafes

Plaza del Sol

Long-running retail center with a diverse mix of stores & restaurants in a relaxed, open layout

Address : Av Mariano Otero 1592, Cd del Sol, 44550 Zapopan, Jal., Meksiko


Finding foods in Guadalajara is easy, most visitors will be delighted to try the local cuisine such as birria (a spicy goat or lamb stew), carne en su jugo (‘meat in its juice, a type of beef soup) and, above all, the torta ahogada (literally ‘drowned sandwich’). For a better experience in trying the various foods, Mercado San Juan de Dios can also be the best choice. Many food stalls can be found easily in this area.


Guadalajara is the cultural center of western Mexico. “Pearl of the West” is the nickname of the city because of it kept the tradition of Jalisco, like mariachi music and Catholicism. Visitors can visit Guadalajara Cathedral and Plaza de Armas to learn deeper about the culture of Guadalajara.

Guadalajara Cathedral

This grand cathedral housing the relics of St

Innocent was built during the 16th & 17th centuries


Best time to visit is between October and December.


Guadalajara is a crowded city and finding place to stay is easy. Casa de Las Flores can be your option, located 2.36 miles from city center, you’ll find a comfortable night with less noise from the crowd. But, if you want to feel the ambiance of the city center, you can stay at Hotel Real Maestranza and easily come and go to the city attractions place.

Casa de Las Flores Bed and Breakfast

Guadalajara, Mexico bed and breakfast Casa de las Flores, named one of the world’s ten best places to stay in a San Francisco Chronicle readers’ poll and praised in the Washington Post, is also a guidebook favorite for Guadalajara, Mexico

Hotel Real Maestranza

A new hotel is born in Guadalajara

An original and different project that combines tradition and design to satisfy the good taste of travelers who do not settle for model hotels, without personality


Alcalde is a favorite restaurant in Guadalajara that serves a variety of menus. Visitors can have American wagyu in a rich red mole, rice pudding with cinnamon ice cream and toasted chocolate, and green aguachile soup with green apples. Another restaurant that serves Mexican cuisine is Tortas Ahogadas Migue. It is famous for serving a hangover cure named tortas ahogadas.

Restaurante Alcalde

The philosophy that rules Alcalde’s cuisine and service, is focused on the simplicity, sincerity and genuine as key elements

Tortas Ahogadas Migue

This restaurant is famous for serving the best tortas ahogadas in Guadalajara, Mexico


Café Madrid is a 1950-style café in Guadalajara that is open all day. It is a nice place to have breakfast. They also serve cilaquiles, a fried tortilla strips cooked with chili sauce. If you want to try Asian and Western cuisine, La Cafetería is the place. They serve hamburgers, enchiladas, lasagna, crepes and Vietnamese sandwiches.

Café Madrid

This cafe is a nice place to have breakfast with a cup of coffee

It is designed with 1950s style and gives a comfortable experience

La Cafetería

Traditional coffee shop with gourmet neighborhood offer


La Mutualista offers you an antique glamour of Old Havana. They provide spirits and salsa nights on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. And there’s also Cuban band kicks-off in the mid-night. In the other sides of Guadalajara, Cantina La Fuente is there with its 1920s music ambiance. A trio of piano, bass, and violin will be there to entertain.

Bar La Mutualista

Bar with Salsa Dance every Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays located in Guadalajara, Mexico

Cantina La Fuente

It's comfy and acozy cafe located in Guadalajara, Mexico, with trio musicians alongside with delicious Guadalajaran cuisines since 1920s


Cathedral de Guadalajara is a must-see when visiting Guadalajara. The 17th-century cathedral has become the oldest building of Catholicism and neo-Gothic style towers. And there is Basílica de Zapopan, which is another important church in the city that was built back in 1730. It will for sure amaze visitors with its old and ancient design.

Guadalajara Cathedral

This grand cathedral housing the relics of St

Innocent was built during the 16th & 17th centuries

Basílica de Zapopan

Baroque-style Franciscan complex with an ornate church sanctuary, an abbey & the Huichol Museum


Guadalajara has many interesting places to be put on pictures. For your Instagram feed, Museo Pantaleón Panduro is the best place to take pictures with its 300 pieces of national folk arts. Plaza de los Mariachis is also a must visit place. It is street in Guadalajara with classic day look, mariachi musician on the street, and plastic tables and chairs.

Museo Pantaleón Panduro

The Pantaleón Panduro Ceramics National Prize Museum disseminates handicraft products made by artists from the region, in order to give it a national and international projection

Plaza de los Mariachis

Charming square in the city center known for its bronze statue, fountain & live mariachi music