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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.