Top 7 things to do in Guadalajara, Mexico

In 2009, Google added streetview to their maps of Guadalajara, so I’ve added the occasional link (marked as “SV”). The links show images from 2009 but you can slide the date range to see more up-to-date pics.

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We´re at the end of a fairly long stream of visitors and little by little you hone your tour guide skillz. The following is by no means an exhaustive list, just some of my favourite things to do in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico – la Perla Tapatía… on a relatively small budget

1 : Wander round the historic centre and go to San Juan de Dios

Guadalajara has a stunning downtown area (SV). There’s a series of 7 plazas that make up the centre situated around the iconic Cathedral with a range of museums (from the sublime, Orozco’s murals in the Instituto Cultural Las Cabañas, the Government Palace, or the Regional Museum to the ridiculous, the Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not), and tons of statues, monuments and sculptures so there’s plenty to photograph. Go on a weekday and there’s lots of people, but Saturday and Sunday is when it comes into its own with everyone and their grandparents strolling and hanging out feeding pigeons, buying balloons and snacks and, strangely, having their shoes polished.

San Juan de Dios Market in things to do in guadalajara
“San Yonys” (San Juan de Dios Market in the center of Guadalajara)

For me the highlight has to be the Mercado Libertad or San Juan de Dios (SV), a gigantic 3 level market that caters to if not all needs, then a good few. You could spend hours there and not see everything. There’s sections for local handicrafts, fruit, meat, veg, DVDs, computer programs, bags, sugar cane drinks, shoes, cowboy boots, guitars, sombreros, stereos, car alarms, watches, battery replacement… and the list goes on but half the fun is stumbling into a new section and seeing something you didn’t know you needed and haggling for it. Going in without a clear idea of what you’re after is probably your best bet.

One word of warning; If you are of a nervous disposition or vegetarian or both, and find yourself in the butchers section on the ground floor, immediately do a 180 degree turn and walk away fast. Or alternatively grab your camera and start snapping pictures of meters of tripe, pigs heads and cows’ feet… Also, I’ve never got sick of anything in the (delicious) food section but I think the trick is to wash your hands before eating…

2. Lucha Libre

Has to be seen to be believed, or disbelieved, really. You go in as cynical as you like expecting the usual pantomime theatrics and little by little you get caught up in the spectacle. Yes. Masked men really are grappling for the crowd’s pleasure. Yes, the audience are shouting well honed insults at one another and then suddenly at you and your mates. Yes, the people serving you at the bar really are 8 years old. It’s addictive, fun and really worth a visit. There are traditionally two sides: rudos (rude/bad boys) vs. tecnicos (the goodies), though it’s often hard to tell them apart. You’ll see about 5 fights starting with the lesser know luchadores then progressing to the headliners where you will believe that 15 stone men can fly.

luchadores in Guadalajara's Lucha Libre Coliseo things to do in guadalajara
luchadores in Guadalajara’s Lucha Libre Coliseo

The Coliseo is in Calle Medrano (SV), just off La Calzada de Independencia. Look for people in masks heading towards it. It all happens on Tuesdays from around 8pm to 11ish and Sundays 5:30 to 8ish. On Tuesdays a large percentage of the fun is from the “audience participation” as class divides become apparent and at 10.45 or so the people in the more expensive seats round on the people in the cheap seats and chant “Your going to miss your bus…” and worse. It goes both ways though…


Buy your own luchador mask outside and re-enact the evening’s events with your friends later, or just have your photo taken with the El Santo and Blue Demon Hollywood-style stars in the pavement. On Tuesdays, have a swift pint before and after in El Rincon de la Doña in Calle Heroes (closed) :( ), nearby, or if you´re feeling brave, any of the bargain basement cantinas opposite the coliseo´s main entrance.

3. Charreria

I´m relatively new to this, but it´s a relaxing and less morally ambiguous alternative to seeing a bull fight. You won´t find Charros in Spain, this is very much a Mexican thing. Look at the number of words that come from the Spanish to realise how long this has been going on- lazo-lasso, Rancho-ranch, Rodeo-rodeo (rounding up of cattle), lariat-lariat, and, er… Vaqueros- buckaroos… Basically a group of Mexican cowboys, charros, take it in turns to perform feats of bravery/skill with bulls and horses. Nothing gets killed if all goes to plan. I´m all for this kind of sport as it´s the kind of thing you can see arising organically as bored macho cowboys found games to play until it gradually became institutionalised. “Oi reckon I can fell ee bull with me lasso from over ere on me orse.” “Ave at im then” “Noice one!” type thing.

charros en things to do in guadalajara agua azul
Buckaroo comes from the Spanish for cowboy, vaquero

It´s on every Sunday at midday for a couple of hours just behind the Parque Agua Azul (SV). You may like to bring a cushion to sit on the hard stone steps. Arrive a little early for a seat in the shade. Order a bucket of ice and mini beer bottles and enjoy the show and for extra points, buy a football rattle (una matraca, I think) from San Juan de Dios and bring it along to join in with the crowds if a charro deserves it.

4. Upscale but affordable Restaurants: La Matera / El Sacromonte / La I Latina

As with any modern metropolis, there are new restaurants opening / closing every week in Guadalajara. And depending on your tastes you may well disagree with my current top 3 faves. I’m still into the meat I’m afraid… the main dish in most of these places will set you back between 12 and 18 bucks. Then there’s the appetisers, wines, desserts, espressos… So, La Matera, on Avenida Mexico 2891 (SV), between Lopez Mateos and the Galeria de Calzado, is a fantastic place. Nice ambience, truly INCREDIBLE cuts of meat cooked to perfection, friendly waiters, ample parking and a well rounded wine list. A matera is the gourd thing you drink mate (tea often made with coca leaves) out of in Argentina for the record. Order the Caña de Lomo for 2 if there’s 3 of you, or for 3 if there’s more of you and you’ll not be disappointed. Reservations are recommended, but there’s plenty of tables and a waiting area where they’ll bring you drinks while you wait. 100_9086 Also recommended its sister restaurant in Terranova 1227 (SV), Savora, a smaller, cosier place with cheaper food and a more limited menu but equally world class. Next up, el Sacromonte in Calle Moreno 1338 (SV) , a few blocks down towards the centre from Av.Chapultepec. This place specialises in high end regional Mexican food but with major twists. If you can name 75% the ingredients in whatever you’ve just ordered you’re doing well. There’s always seasonal fruits and veg carved into the best possible presentation and the surroundings are nice too with fruit trees and local crafts everywhere. Recommendation for here is the Robalo or Sea Bass, though you can’t go wrong and the waiters’ve been there long enough to know the dishes inside out should you have questions. Nice little cantina next to it too, for the record. And also opposite there’s a modernish bar called E who have for some reason expropriated the angled E Enron logo. La I Latina (SV) is still achingly hip despite having been around for a good few years now. Find it in Calle Inglaterra by the railway off of Lopez Mateos. Reservations aren’t a bad idea for this unlikely fusion of Thai and Mexican food. Again, there’s little chance of error with the menu, I’ve yet to try anything less than sublime. There’s often live music if you go at the weekend and eat at a normal Mexican time (9:30pm + ). If it’s the afternoon and you fancy a large exotic meal you could do a LOT worse than try Anita Li (I Latina backwards) next door. I recommend the shrimp tacos with thinly sliced jicama instead of tortillas… I’m now officially hungry…
(a few more 2014 restaurant recs, Pig’s Pearls is fantastic, gourmet burgers… craft beers…)

5. Cantina Tour: Los Famosos Equipales, La Cava, La Fuente, Los Molachos, La Mutualista

hombre de los toques electricos guadalajara
Slightly photoshopped toques electricos bloke

Cantinas are traditional Mexican bars, originally for men only but now open to all and sundry. There’s usually free botanas (Mexican tapas), colourful characters, a jukebox packed with Mariachi/ ranchera music (and one Beatles album, I think it’s the law), and football on the telly. From the map below, join the dots and feel free to stop at any others you see along the way. The map is intented as a guide only, as I’m not 100% sure of the locations… It’ll only be one or two blocks out though at the most… click the icon on the top right of the map to biggify. Check out this list from El Ocio (click here for Google Translation) ( An events listing magazine free with El Milenio newspaper on Fridays ) for a few more. Most cantinas close around midnight, if you cross the calzada de independencia you’ll find plenty that open later, but probably best go with someone local as that side of town can get a tad treacherous after dark…

The only must try drink is from Los Famosos Equipales (SV), it’s called Nalgas Alegres (Happy Buttocks) and I’ll never quite remember what it contains. It’s a sweet, red coloured cocktail that packs a punch and is okay for men to drink. Hierbabuena (bucket’o’mojito)’s also a good bet, particularly in Bar Martin & La Iberia. Also look out for el hombre de los toques eléctricos, itinerant bloke with a home-made electrocution device.

6. El Baratillo and other ‘Tianguis’

Every Sunday in the Oblatos barrio there’s a huge street market. It goes on from 10am to 2h30ish and sells everything under the sun. You can barely walk from one end of it to the other in the time it takes to open and close. Clothes, CDs, TVs, stolen goods, fruit, tacos, animals and engine parts are the first 8 things that spring to mind when I think of it, But there’s more. So much much more… You can taxi it there or take the surprisingly efficient metro and get off at Belisario Dominguez. Watch your pockets and practice your haggling.

baratillo de oblatos guadalajara domingo
Get your haggle on at the Baratillo

Other street markets (tianguis) of note:

Almost every barrio has a tianguis of some sort each week- mine’s every Thursday morning in El Zapote– try a Quesadilla from the lovely folks in ‘El Roger’… Ask your hosts about your local one and skip breakfast and eat there.

Saturday:
El Tianguis Cultural: Hippy/ Emo/ Hipster market for all your Che-Guevara-themed needs. You’ll smell the patchouli from several blocks away. Have a swift hierbabuena in Bar Martin before/ after. If you like your death metal sung en español, hang around for the free concerts from 2ish onwards.
Paseo Chapultepec – From 6pm ish till late has all manner Huitchol bead art, cultural bookshops, chess tournaments, art, mini-concerts and is surrounded by restaurants and purveyors of booze aplenty. Nice place to start a Saturday evening. All along the length of Avenida Chapultepec. Check the website for upcoming gigs and add around 2 hours to whatever time they say said gig starts at.

Sunday:
Mercado de Santa Tere: Mainly clothes and groceries, but is pretty sprawling with plenty of good food along the way. Very traditional setting.
Tianguis de Antiguedades: Antique flea market at the bottom of Avenida Mexico. A bit pricey, but very interesting. Makes for a nice contrast with nextdoor’s Santa Tere market. For nearby tacos al pastor? Tacos Fonseca over the road.

7. Tacos / street food

 


Don’t miss a chance to eat some of the best and cheapest food in all of Mexico. Find any stall with lots of people there, scrutinise the hand-written menu signs, wisely decide against tacos made of words for body parts you recognise (ojos, lengua, cabeza, etc) and order up something. Tacos al pastor are my faves, like mini donner kebabs (pork), bistek (steak) and chorizo (pork sausage) and go crazy with the cilantro (coriander), onion and salsas. You can eat until you’re bursting for about 3 quid, (or 5 american bucks). Including a soft drink to put out the fire of the salsa you thought wasn’t hot. My favourite tacos stands: ‘Ta Corte, Americas y Reforma (SV), Most of San Juan de Dios and the one outside the Lucha Libre. But as I said, just make sure there’s a queue…

Raul, who writes one of my favourite Guadalajara restaurant/ food blogs, now offers Guadalajara street food tours. I’ve never actually done one, but the descriptions look spot on, and he knows his stuff. He even has a 60 point scorecard for comparing the respective merits of tortas ahogadas.

torta ahogada de guadalajara jalisco mexico
A ‘torta ahogada’ – super traditional spicy, tomatoey, porky, breakfast hangover cure

So there you go. Thanks for reading and if you have any other suggestions, comment away below :)

And here’s another article of mine on Moving to Mexico

Spanish speakers / hispanohablantes! Chequen http://conoceguadalajara.com/ pa lo más actual

43 thoughts on “Top 7 things to do in Guadalajara, Mexico”

  1. I can vouch for many of these- Gwod is indeed a great place..
    Keep up the research!

  2. That market looks great (even though I don’t like shopping).

    Is mexico very disabled-friendly?

    (BTW does John ever update his blog? I left a comment and then realised it was the first since Christmas… oops!)

  3. Shall do, Dad,

    and Flash: Aye, it´s a great market, but disabled-friendly it aint. I´ve never travelled around in a wheel chair or with anyone in a wheel chair, but my gut reaction would be no. Too many raised pavements, stairs and potholes. I could be wrong though. There´s a fair few buses fitted out with special lifts and the like…

    Dad´s blog doesn´t get updated, but you might like to try his Flickr feed

  4. wow, you may know more about this city (and perhaps this country) than me!!

    It’s funny how when you see some thing since you are a kid you don’t notice that are not very normal, as kids serving beer in the luchas or people going out to a central square to have their shoes cleaned. I think a Beatles CD’s are part of the starting kid of the Rockolas.

  5. Hola Mario!

    Thanks for explaining the probable origin of the Beatles CD. Makes perfect sense :)

    While I know a fair amount about this fair city, there´s still lots to learn. I´m still working on this list here to be a proper tapatío.

    Especially:
    1. Le pone limon a sus tacos al pastor

    13. Tiene algun conocido que conoce a alguna de las esposas/amantes/novias de Alejandro Fernandez

    15. Ha escuchado la cancion “porque te tatuatis”

    33. Ha tomado o vende Omnilife

  6. Ja! The thing bout the Beatles CD was also a Joke! maybe my humor is more british tahn yours.

    “por que te tatuatis”??? never heard of it.

  7. Fue ironía inglesa mi respuesta ;)

    I´ve never heard of “por que te tatuatis” neither. I get about 5 hits a month in my blog of people googling it. I´ll probably get more now.

  8. I recently moved to Guadalajara with my 2 boys and my wife. I have been here for about a month now. I have lived in the suburbs of Los Angeles all my life. I am a big football fan and am looking for a cantina/bar to watch the games, any suggestions. By the way, my wife and I are renting a terraza for parties in the City of Arboldeas. Maybe, we should get together and set something up. Get back to me if you have a chance. Thanks…it’s nice to find fellow Americans here. You can also find me in Myspace under rojanomano. Take care

  9. Hi Alex, Bienvenidos a Guadalajara! I can personally vouch that it is 100 times better living here than in any suburb of LA (me wife’s from Downey).

    Cantinas to watch football in, hmmm. Well you’re spoilt for choice really. Most of the cantinas mentioned above show important matches. La Cava and Los Equipales have the biggest screens… Then, of course, there’s the football stadium, which is huge and invariably fun. There’s a booze-free, no-smoking family section if you want to bring the missus and boys too.

    If you want to find fellow americans, brits or canadians you might try the Chapala Forum Chapala.com Web Board which although a heavy lakeside bias also has a Guadalajara part.

    We’re actually moving back to CA in a couple of months, so life’s pretty hectic, but you may see me wandering with my camera or chela in or around the city. Feel free to email/ comment me if you have any other questions,

    Salud!

  10. Oh, I just found yr blog. I am a US ex-pat (and designer), and I could’ve used your advice in the previous year I have spent in GDL, looking for just the kind of tips you offer. Well, I am staying put, so I guess I can still use them. I just got back from the Oakland area on holiday, it’s wonderful up there! I should think you’ll like it fine, as long as you can afford it! (wow, some of the prices up there!)

    I have some nice pics of MExico and CA. Take a look, feel free to use them if you like.
    At: flickr.com/photos/lancekoz

    PS Don’t you miss England horribly? I vivited it twice and found it wonderful.

  11. You’ve some grand photos there, Lance, cheers for sharing and I look forward to seeing your uploads.

    Aye, Oakland’s alright. I’m just spoilt living in Gwod right now. We’ve a fair few friends up there so it’ll be easy enough to settle in. We used to live in Santa Cruz, just down the road from there, now there’s a place for high prices…

    Yep, I miss dear old England. i even miss Wales too occasionally, but between Skype and Flickr I get to live it vicariously. Anyroad, thanks for the comment, I hope you get the chance to come back and do some of the stuff in the list, though I’m sure you’ve already done lots. Coming soon is 7 day trips from Guad, and 7 things to do around the city (not just the centre) Cheers!

  12. BTW, I can’t help but to reply to the question above. I can think of no less wheelchair friendly place on earth, except perhaps San Miguel Allende. Even though there are a fair amount of curb cuts, the sidewalks go every which way to allow for height change and monster tree roots, and there many cars parked across the path, forcing road travel for pedestrians.

  13. que chingon esta esta onda de las siete cosas de Guanatos… aaaaaaaah mi querida yu odiadísima guanatos

    saludos

  14. I’m traveling late July to Guadalajara for a week with my family. I have a 11yr old boy and it looks like a dad/son trip on a Sunday evening to see Lucha Libre will be worth it. He loves the WWF back here so this would be a treat. This may be one of the only events that I would leave my wife and 18 yr daughter out of based on the photos you have. It looks like mostly men there. We’re planning to do the Charreada earlier in the day and that looks like good family fun. We’ll be staying in Tlaquepaque. Thanks for the blog.

  15. Hi Florida John,

    It is mostly men at the lucha but there’s still lots of women and girls too. The photos I have are from a Tuesday which is a very different beast to the Sunday family-orientated spectacle… Tuesday’s more rowdy with chanting and outbreaks of machismo (casual misogyny and homophobia) I’ve lots of female friends who love the lucha though, something about greased, muscled men… (Aranza for example, here’s a link to her photos from a Tuesday)

    Late July’s probably one of the best times to visit too. The rainy season’s ended, the countryside’s looking green again, temperatures are just about right. You’ll have a great time.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. Happy trails and if you have any questions, feel free to email.

    Cheers!

  16. hey gwyn,
    Seems like pretty helpful information. I spent about 8 days in Guad but am moving back in 2 weeks for at least the next 5 years. I will be attending UAG and I was wondering if you had any suggestions about housing… Im aware that its a pretty sizable city and that may sound like a vague request or question, but any areas of the city that are recommendable in terms of proximity to UAG and other areas of interest? Any general recommendations in terms of apartments, houses, etc, affordability, qualities and services that are a must, etc? Anything would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again,
    Ryan

  17. My main advice would be stay in a posada with parking + wifi for the first couple of weeks or so and ask your profesors/ other students. Your best bet for info though is the MSN UAG forum. We bought and sold a fair amount of stuff on the forum there even though we’re not affiliated and it’s great for asking questions like this.

    Here’s the address and best of luck with the move.

    http://groups.msn.com/UAGMD/

  18. Our family wants to move to GDL. How will you describe the following neighborhoods: San Javier y Lomas de Valle y Santa Anita.

    How far are they from the Airport?

    How much will a taxi ride cost from the airport?

  19. Hi casamalm, I can’t say I know those neighbourhoods very well. They’re residential and a fair way out from the centre.

    At the airport you pay for your taxi in advance. Go to the booth, give them the address (colonia) and they’ll tell you how much it will be. I’m guessing around MX$250.

    Good luck with the move!

  20. jajaja! Una amiga mía conoce a una de las novias de Alejandro Fernandez.
    Por supuesto que también le pongo limón a los tacos al pastor!! Pero como los del DF, ninguno

  21. For Football in GDL, Go to el Alegre o Superfeliz…they are betting bars (legal by the way) the have laike 50 all T.V. with all kinds of sports!!!

  22. Good to know, Antonio- Gracias!
    Y voy a estar en GDL para el Mundial este año :)

  23. I love tacos de lengua in Guadalajara. A good piece of advice: definitely avoid taco stands that offer only one type of meat! That is a warning sign for some suspicious meat source.

    Also don’t take a taxi to/from the airport. Take a “camion”; “Camion al Centro” for downtown. To downtown you will save about $150-$200 MX one-way.

  24. Thanks Jack! Fine advice on both counts. Also love the baking and pastries chart over at your site. Was that all your own research?

  25. You are welcome. Yeah, all that pastry research was original, did some of it in Guadalajara. I love GDL. I vacationed there for almost 4 months. Other great ‘contemporary’ things are their rock climbing wall (Punto de los Muertos) and their Recreativa every Sunday, theres also a gay cowboy variety show/dance party every sunday near Federlismo y Hildalgo ($60 MX). Across the street there is a heavy metal/punk rock club with gutter punks and the like, much, much more. We should write a complete guide. I just don’t want people to find out about Guadalajara :)

  26. Hola de Sonora … we are planning to come to Guadalajara NEXT week (semana santa) with our 2 children. Is it a total waste to come that week ? I hear that lots will be closed Thurs and Friday but not the weekend, but am surprised to hear that things would be open on Easter Day. What do you think ? I want to go to the rodeo-thing you describe above but it falls on Sunday. Do you think things like that will be happening ? Sorry for me long comment but … thanks for your response and for the info you posted !

  27. Hola LaLa, I don’t live in Guadalajara anymore so I’m not 100% sure what’s happening this semana santa. I’ve posted your comment on my Facebook wall to see if any of my amigos tapatíos can help out. I think you’ll find plenty of things to do, it’s a huge city and there’s always something going on.

    As I’m typing… here’s an idea from one friend
    “Si llevan niños, siempre está el Trompo Mágico…” http://www.trompomagico.com.mx/

    *update* Here’s the feedback from my friends on Facebook:

    Roberto: Justamente los días santos pueden aprovechar para conocer los templos del centro y comprar empanadas afuera. El domingo pueden ir a la vía recreactiva. Seguro que hay muchas cosas por hacer. Posiblemente Ocio (del periódico público) en su versión en línea ya tenga algunas opciones… además, siempre hay cafecitos, pueden recorrer Chapultepec… me imagino que pueden ir al Zoológico también a llevar a sus niños…

    Supernova: Estoy buscando información detallada sobre los recorridos turísticos que organiza el Ayuntamiento. Hasta ahora sólo encontré esto.

    Ale: Oh todo lo que iba a sugerir ya esta en tu blog… Ir a San Johnny, a las luchas, al centro… O a las charreadas! Que buenos recuerdos! Yo vivía cerca del agua azul y me iba al mercadito los domingos a probar tooooda la fruta que esta buenísima y que te dan a probar en casi todos los puestos. Para ir a cenar hay que ir a la noche azul en López Mateos… Eso o que vayan a misa

    Paz: Todas la opciones, de una podrian aprovechar los “dias santos” para tener a los ninhos en la alberca del hotel y ellos a descansar…

    And this just turned up in my feed: Metropoliblog is also a good source of what’s on.

  28. Here’s the translation of everyone’s advice above:

    On the actual holy days, they could visit the temples in the centre and buy empanadas outside. On Sunday they could do the Via Recreativa (the main streets get shut down and dozens of miles of roadway become a big family bike ride/ sunday stroll). There are lots of things to do. Ocio (the El Publico newspaper’s events listing magazine) has an online version which might have some ideas ( http://www.ocioenlinea.com/ ), and there are always little coffee places, you can explore the Chapultepec area. I think they could go to the zoo too with their kids…

    I’m looking for details about the tours organised by the city council, but I’ve only found these so far: http://www.vivirguadalajara.com/2010/03/26/semana-santa-en-guadalajara-recorridos-gratuitos/

    Oh, everything I was going to suggest is already in your blog… go to San Johnny (San Juan de Dios market), the luchas, the center, or the Charros! What good memories! I used to live near Agua Azul park and I’d go to the little market there every sunday to taste all the fruit which was so good, and they give you free samples in almost all the stalls. Then for a meal, you have to go to the Noche Azul in Lopez Mateos… That or go to mass…

    Another possibility is they could take advantage of the “holy days” to take the kids to a hotel swimming pool and they could have a rest…

  29. thanks so much to you and your fb friends for these ideas (and for your translation) !

  30. Great advice on Guadalajara’s tourist attractions, you missed visiting Chapala and Ajijic (the biggest lake in Mexico) you can walk around the “malecon” whilst enjoying a “michelada” (beer and spices)! There are some new and nice restaurants, one in particular very upscale but then again affordable, really representative of the Mexican culinary traditions the name is Avocado you can check the web page http://www.a-vocado.com or find them on FB under A-Vocado…
    Definitely Guadalajara has it all, including the prettiest people in Mexico

  31. Thanks very much for this post, I really enjoyed it! I used to work in Mexico as an English teacher, and it’s great to read things like this that remind me of how much fun it was.

  32. Great post and still very relevant 6 years later! Mercado San Juan de Dios is a headtrip where everyone is your amigo, and I bought the best pair of kitshickers there… Still have not been to Lucha Libre, but plan on doing so soon with some of wonderful local friends. This is such a great town, and everything you said in your guide to living in Mexico is incredibly true. Great post!

    Oh, BTW, are you now in D.F.?

    Thanks

    Jack

  33. Thanks Jack! Very kind. Yeah, the only real change in 6 years has been the occasional cantina/restaurant closure/opening and the market for DVDs piratas has shrunk. Enjoy las luchas, it’s hard not to.

    (Still in GDL, DF was just for a weekend, but heading back to gringolandia for xmas)

    Saludos,

  34. Thanks for all the ideas, I was born in Mexico but have lived in the states most of my life. However all of my fathers family still lives in GDL, and I visit at least twice a year. I had no idea there was so much to do in the city, since I usually just hang out with family. I am going to be visiting in June and will be taking my children, do you have any suggestion of places they would enjoy. Ages range from 9-13 Thanks for your blog :)

  35. Hi, Thanks for this post! My boyfriend and I are looking at spending 2 nights in GL in March, wondering if you have any recommendations on where to stay? Since we are only passing through, would be great to be able to walk places, and be in/close to some sweet, artsy neighborhood…not big box downtown. Maybe an inexpensive boutique hotel? Or pensione of some sort?

    Thanks again!

  36. Hi Jessie, I’d recommend Tlaquepaque, there’s a bunch of nice little boutique hotels there and it’s a really cool, picturesque, artsy neighbourhood. Downtown’s about 20-30 minutes away by taxi, but there’s plenty to see/do in the Tlaquepaque area. Hope that helps, feliz viaje!

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