25 Top Things To Do In Guadalajara, Mexico

December 12, 2022

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Hola from Guadalajara, Mexico! I just got back from an incredible trip to Guadalajara and I’m excited to share with you why you need to add this destination to your travel list. Located in the heart of the country with easy access from Puerto Vallarta or Mexico City, this charming city is alive with an energy that holds something special for everyone. Get ready to experience a culture full of traditional Mexican cuisine, breathtaking historic buildings, lively music, nightlife, and much more – all set against a backdrop of stunning sunsets and rolling hills. From vibrant city streets buzzing with live entertainment to peaceful mountain trails perfect for soaking up nature’s beauty; packing your bags has never felt so exciting when you imagine the infinite possibilities available in Guadalajara!

SEE ALSO: 13 Top Things To Do In Puerto Vallarta

If you’re looking for a warm destination, Guadalajara and the town of Tequila is the perfect getaway. With some many things to do and so little time this is the travel guide I came up with based on a few days in downtown Guadalajara and with the conversations I had with locals and tour guides.


Casa Habita in Guadalajara Mexico

Stay at Casa Habita

Casa Habita is the perfect place for a luxurious stay in the heart of Guadalajara. Nestled amongst tree-lined streets and vintage 20th century houses, Casa Habita offers a unique experience that combines beauty and grandeur with modern amenities. With 37 beautifully decorated Art Deco rooms, two bars, a restaurant, and a spa, this hotel is sure to make your stay in the trendy Lafayette neighborhood of Guadalajara a memorable one. Whether you are looking for a night of rest or an evening out with friends, Casa Habita offers something for everyone. With its unique blend of classic and modern style, Casa Habita is truly an oasis in Guadalaraja.

C. Miguel Lerdo de Tejada 2308, Col Americana, Lafayette, 44160 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico


Café palReal in Guadalajara Mexico

Breakfast at Café palReal

Located just a few blocks away from Casa Habita, Café palReal is a laid-back restaurant with beautiful outdoor seating. It serves a variety of classic daytime and breakfast dishes, including delicious cocktails. We loved the chilaquiles and affogato for breakfast.


Colonia Americana in Guadalajara Mexico

Explore Colonia Americana

Shortly after a delicious breakfast, we walked over to the Colonial American neighborhood for a few hours. The Colonia Americana neighborhood was named the ‘Coolest Neighborhood in the World by Time Out, Colonia Americana is considered the epicenter of Mexico’s cultural identity. It’s an edgy neighborhood with a blend of art deco and neoclassical buildings with some of the city’s best bars, music venues, and restaurants.

A few recommendations: 

  • El Terrible Juan Café
  • Barra Matilde Mi Amor
  • De La O Cantina
  • La Postrería


Centro Historico in Guadalajara Mexico

Historic City Center Tour (Centro Historico)

Enjoy a walking historic city center tour to explore architecturally impressive landmarks dominating the skyline, including that of UNESCO World Heritage Site Museo Cabanas and the golden-hued Palacio de Gobierno (government palace), both with stunning murals by Jose Clemente Orozco.

A few stops on the tour:

  • Teatro Degollado
  • Guadalajara Cathedral


Dinner at Hueso

Hueso is one of the most unique dining experience I’ve had – the restaurant is all white. Everything from the ceiling, the floors, decor and tables – everything is white. The staff is also dressed in nude colors so you can focus on the food.

Looking to make some new friends during your trip? Look no further than Hueso, located in the Lafayette neighborhood of Guadalajara. Named one of Trip Advisors Travelers’ Choice in 2021 and Eaters’ Top 30 Essential Guadalajara Restaurants, guests are seated together at the same table which hosts over 40 guests. The menu, curated by Chef Alfonso “Poncho” Cadena, is a seasonal menu and rotates with the availability of certain Jalisco ingredients.


San Juan de Dios Market in Guadalajara Mexico

Cooking class with Casa Jacaranda

Our cooking experience with Casa Jacaranda is one of the best experiences I’ve ever done – we had so much fun! The morning started with Beto of Casa Jacaranda taking us on a tour of the San Juan de Dios Market. Here, we learned all about the history of spices, fruit, grains, and more that traveled in and out of Mexico. We got to sample quesadillas, tortillas, and more in the market. 

Beto then invited us to their home in Guadalajara for the cooking class experience. Over the next few hours, we learned how to make tamales, salsas, birria, and tortillas – all from scratch. This was incredible! We enjoyed family meal and then ended with a tequila/mezcal tasting.

I would highly, highly recommend Casa Jacaranda – they’re moving back to Mexico City soon. 

SEE ALSO: 5 Best Late Night Taco Spots In Mexico City


Tlaquepaque in Guadalajara Mexico

Explore Tlaquepaque

El Parián de Tlaquepaque in Guadalajara is one of the city’s most popular and vibrant locations. Located in the historic downtown area, it offers a unique mix of traditional Mexican culture, artistry and artisanal goods that can’t be found anywhere else. El Parián market has been part of Tlaquepaque since 1845 when it was formed to provide local people a place to sell their goods. It is the perfect spot for visitors to experience Mexican culture and grab some unique souvenirs. From hand-crafted jewelry, art galleries, and ceramics to traditional clothing, El Parián has it all! The area also hosts street performers, art shows, food vendors, and even festivals throughout the year. Every Saturday, El Parián lights up with life and energy as locals and tourists alike come to explore the stalls of craftsmen and enjoy the evening entertainment.

C. Juárez 68, Centro, 45500 San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jal., Mexico


Casa Luna restaurant in Tlaquepaque Mexico

Dinner at Casa Luna

Tlaquepaque’s renowned spot for amazing eats has got to be Casa Luna! This place is truly a feast for the senses with both its vibrant flavors and stunning décor. From the fillet steak, to the seafood soup and famous chicken mole, Casa Luna offers such an array of delicious options for every palate. Whether you’re looking for an aesthetically pleasing backdrop for your Instagram photos or just wanting to try some of Tlaqeupaque’s best eats, Casa Luna guarantees you won’t be disappointed. Plus, this hacienda-style restaurant even has an outdoor terrace and offers up delicious tequila and mezcal drinks so the night is sure to be a memorable one.

Calle Independencia 211, Centro, 45500 San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jal., Mexico


Jose Cuervo Express Train in Guadalajara, Mexico

Ride the Jose Cuervo Express Train

If you’re visiting Guadalajara, you have to ride the tequila train to Tequila! From Guadalajara Train Station, we boarded the Jose Cuervo Express Train to Tequila. This is a scenic 4-hour train ride that let’s you take in the rural sights, a lot of tequila tastings, and let’s you learn more about the process of making everyone’s favorite drink. If you like tequila, you’re going to love the tequila train.

We got to tour the Jose Cuervo distillery and learn all about how tequila is harvested and distilled in Tequila. We even got to visit the agave fields to see the agave being harvested and enjoyed a festival of elotes, and churros.

Later that evening, we enjoyed dinner at La Cueva de Don Cenobio – one of the top restaurants in town run by executive chef Karla Castro. We enjoyed the night markets afterwards too.

agave fields in Tequila Mexico

The next day was breakfast at La Antigua Casona Restaurant, the in-house restaurants of Solar de Las Animas, perfect for my last meal here. Preparing for another tour, this time at the iconic Matices Hotel de Barricas. Seeing how beautiful this property is I was excited at the potential of coming back and checking in to further enjoy the space and explore the Town of Tequila.

I’m writing create a post for Tequila given my experience and how much there is do to there.

Other things to do to do in Guadalajara

While I wasn’t able to fully explore Guadalajara, I saw there were other things to do, including going on a walking tour past the Plaza de Armas and Government Palace, learning about the famous artist José Clemente Orozco, walking past the Plaza Tapatía, going on a lucha libre tour, taking a day tour to Guachimontones, or eating street food such as charro beans in the historic center. Below are some of the other top things to do and day tours to be had in Guadalajara. Of course, you’re quite near Tequila which I combined on my trip visiting different distilleries.


Guadalajara Cathedral

Guadalajara Cathedral is an absolute must-see if you’re looking for a unique and captivating piece of history to explore. The stunning 16th-century temple stands as an ode to Spanish Renaissance architecture, with two yellow neo-Gothic spires towering over the building. Inside, visitors can enjoy several beautiful stained-glass windows that let the light shine through and transport them back in time.

The cathedral is accessible to anyone who wishes to enter it, although guided tours offer a much richer experience. During these tours, travelers can learn more about the cathedral’s history and appreciate its unique architecture and art. In addition, they also have an excellent opportunity to discover the beauty of surrounding towns like Tlaquepaque or attractions such as Teatro Degollado (Degollado Theater) and the Plaza de Armas.

Guadalajara Cathedral is an impressive sight and a fantastic way to immerse yourself in local culture. As soon as you step inside the cathedral, you can feel its energy; it’s a place where the old meets new, where local traditions meet modern perspectives. Surrounded by shops, cafes, and restaurants in the downtown area, it’s impossible not to get lost in exploring all its corners and discovering what this amazing place has to offer!

Av. Fray Antonio Alcalde 10, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico


Acuario Michin Guadalajara

Are you looking for an awesome place to visit in Guadalajara, Mexico? Look no further than Acuario Michin Guadalajara! This fantastic aquarium will surely provide a unique and unforgettable experience for all visitors. With five different pavilions, each one offering a variety of interactive activities, guests will find plenty to explore here. Get up close and personal with some of the most impressive species from both the marine and terrestrial world and learn about their habitat, behavior, and much more. Kids will especially love the interactive games, which allow them to have fun while simultaneously learning about conservation.

Aquarium Michin also offers various educational activities related to awareness campaigns to promote responsible consumption of natural resources. They also offer guided tours for those wanting to learn more about the species on display here and how they interact with their environment. If you’re feeling a tad adventurous, sign up for a snorkeling tour to explore the depths of Michin’s underwater world! And if you want a more relaxing experience, why not attend one of their evening shows featuring music and light displays that are sure to mesmerize you? Whatever your preference, you’re sure to enjoy your time at Aquarium Michin Guadalajara.

C. Mariano Bárcena 990, Zona Centro, 44200 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico 


Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara Mexico

Teatro Degollado

Teatro Degollado is an exquisite neoclassical theater that stands as a crown jewel in the central plaza located on Belen Street between Hidalgo Avenue and Morelos Avenue. This 19th-century building is a must-see destination for anyone traveling to the area. From its iconic Divine Comedy fresco, which adorns its interior dome, to its diverse performances and artistic design, Teatro Degollado offers a truly unique experience for all visitors.

For those looking for an immersive cultural experience, Teatro Degollado provides several options that are sure to impress. Tourists can take a lap around the exterior to marvel at its impressive facade before stepping inside to learn more about the masterful muralism movement from one of the many guided city tours available. Those seeking an even more comprehensive overview of Mexican colonial history can also opt for multi-day packages that include visits to other sites of interest as part of their itinerary.

In addition to being a place filled with history and culture, Teatro Degollado is also renowned for its lively performances, which attract audiences from all over Mexico – making it an ideal spot for travelers looking to experience the country’s vibrant art scene first-hand. Dance recitals, operas, symphony concerts, and numerous other theatrical productions fill the calendar year-round, while many breathtaking events such as plays, musicals, and gala nights make this theater one of Guadalajara’s most sought-after destinations. Moreover, there are also plenty of exciting activities in store during intervals between shows – including live music, comedy acts, and readings by local authors – ensuring that nobody ever needs to be bored while visiting Teatro Degollado!

So whether you’re looking for an intriguing day trip or an evening out on the town – make sure you add Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara to your list of must-see places. This grandiose theater awaits with plenty of exciting adventures waiting around every corner – making it truly worthy of its status as one of Mexico’s most beloved tourist attractions!

C. Degollado s/n, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico 


Tonalá Street Market

Tonalá Street market, or Tianguis Tonala, is a rich, cultural experience that is not to be missed! Located in the heart of Mexico’s second-largest city and home to numerous historical sites, the biweekly market offers locals and travelers alike access to unique shopping experiences, delectable culinary treats, and an immersive atmosphere steeped in rich local culture.

At Tonalá Street market, visitors can find themselves inundated with awe-inspiring sights and sounds. The open-air marketplace is bustling with thousands of vendors offering traditional handicrafts and ready-to-eat foods such as tacos, tamales, salsas, and more. The colorful stalls are filled with traditional Mexican items like pottery and ponchos and modern takes on classic garments. No matter what strikes your fancy, you’re sure to find something special at this incredible market!

The scents emanating from Tonalá Street market alone could keep visitors entranced for hours. Whether it’s the mouth-watering aroma of carne asada, freshly made tortillas wafting through the air, or the sweet smell of churros being fried, this special place has something for everyone! Plus, each item purchased directly supports local artisans and makers – so you can feel good about your purchases while exploring this unique attraction.

The atmosphere at Tonalá Street Market is also something special to behold. It’s full of energy and excitement throughout the day, so make sure to arrive the earliest if you want to avoid the crowds! During your visit, you may even catch glimpses of Aztec dances or performances by local Mariachi bands that really bring this destination alive.

From indulging in delicious street food dishes to browsing through handmade jewelry – there’s something for everyone here. So grab a bag and get ready for an unforgettable experience; a visit to Tonalá Street Market will leave you both satisfied and inspired!

Calle 16 de Septiembre 276-298, Tonalá Centro, 45400 Tonalá, Jal., Mexico http://www.tonala.com.mx/portal/index.php


Plaza de los Mariachis

If you’re looking for a truly magical and unique experience, then head to Plaza de los Mariachis. This iconic square is home to some of the best mariachi music in the country and offers a vibrant atmosphere that will make it hard to leave. From experiencing traditional Mexican culture to sampling delicious street food, Plaza de los Mariachis is an excellent place for anyone interested in experiencing Mexican culture up close.

Located in the downtown neighborhood of Guadalajara, this bustling plaza is filled with authentic Mexican vibes from early morning until late at night. During the day, mariachi bands fill the air with lively music, and passersby can grab a beer from one of the many bars and restaurants that line the plaza’s edges. The evenings bring out locals who flock to enjoy live music performances and festive food stalls serving classic dishes such as tacos and tamales.

Whether you’re looking for an unforgettable night out or want to soak up some of Mexico’s rich culture, Plaza de los Mariachis has something for everyone.

C. Álvaro Obregón 23, San Juan de Dios, 44360 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico


Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan (Basilica de Zapopan)

The spectacular Basilica de Zapopan is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. Built-in 1690, it is one of the city’s oldest existing structures and stands proudly as a symbol of its rich history. With its ornate architecture, the basilica makes for an impressive sight, but it’s not only worth a visit to admire the majestic building itself. Inside and out, there are plenty of activities to explore—from the Museum of Virgin of Zapopan to the Huichol Art Museum—allowing visitors to delve deep into Mexican culture and tradition.

The most notable attraction inside is definitely the Museum of the Virgin of Zapopan. This free-to-enter museum displays many offerings made over time to honor Our Lady, such as jewelry, coins, rosaries, and paintings, all contributed by devoted believers from across Mexico—a fascinating insight into local beliefs and customs. There’s also an adjacent Huichol Art Museum where you can admire some of Mexico’s indigenous artwork, including traditional textiles, masks, and altars created by Huichol people and Tepehuán and Cora tribespeople. Exploring these museums allows you to uncover different aspects of Mexican culture, which is always great fun when traveling!

All in all, visiting Basilica de Zapopan really should be on your itinerary if you’re ever in Guadalajara! It’s an incredible place steeped in history that offers plenty to see and do at no cost whatsoever – so why not take some time out here next time you’re in town?

Calle Eva Briseño 152, Zapopan, 44250 Zapopan, Jal., Mexico 


Bosque Los Colomos

State of Jalisco’s Bosque Los Colomos is a hidden gem that many local citizens enjoy visiting on weekends and holidays. This picturesque urban park is the ideal destination for those seeking to get away from city life while still being close to downtown. Boasting dramatic landscaping, winding walking paths, tranquil picnic spots, and a beautiful Japanese garden, Bosque Los Colomos has something to offer people of all ages.

The park spans over forty acres of lush greenery and peaceful lakeside surroundings. Visitors can explore trails winding through the trees with ease or take in the natural beauty of the park’s many gardens. In addition to its scenic landscape, the park also offers a variety of recreational activities such as jogging, cycling, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, swings and slides for children, mini golf courses, and even an outdoor auditorium where live concerts are held during summer months. Picnic areas provide an excellent place for families or couples to spend some quality time together while admiring the views around them.

One of the highlights of Bosque Los Colomos is its breathtaking Japanese garden which features intricate stone pathways leading through elegant bridges connecting two small islands in a lake. Beautiful statues adorn this section of the park alongside numerous bonsai trees and shrubs which have been carefully tended for generations by local gardeners. With its tranquil atmosphere and colorful flora-fauna, this area is perfect for meditation or simply enjoying a serene moment alone or with loved ones. Not only does it provide an opportunity to soak up some Mexican culture, but visitors are also able to connect with nature without having to leave town – making it an ideal spot for locals or tourists alike looking for a unique experience right here in Mexico!

C. El Chaco 3200, Providencia, 44630 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico 


Zoológico Guadalajara

Zoológico Guadalajara is one of the most exciting locations to visit in the area. From its incredible assortment of exotic animals to its awe-inspiring attractions and activities, visitors can marvel at some of the zoo’s famous inhabitants. The zoo is home to over 2,000 animals from 360 different species, with giraffes, tigers, penguins, sharks, and exotic birds on display. For an extra fee, you can take a Safari-style adventure through the Masai Mara exhibit or soar above the Sky Zoo cable car enclosures. With a standard admission ticket, visitors enjoy access to eight permanent exhibits and more activities.

But that’s not all! In addition to exploring some of nature’s most fascinating creatures in their natural environment, visitors can also experience unique events such as educational talks or a “Dinner Under the Stars,” where you can dine among some of the zoo’s residents while learning fascinating facts about them. Moreover, all-inclusive admission tickets typically include access to additional activities like riding the Panoramic Train or enjoying special shows featuring sea lions or parrots – perfect for kids who love animals!

Whether you are looking for an educational day out with friends and family or just want to relax in beautiful surroundings and appreciate nature’s wonders, Zoológico Guadalajara is sure not to disappoint! With endless opportunities for exploration and fun available at every turn, this extraordinary place is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience that will keep bringing you back again and again.

C. P.º del Zoológico 600, Huentitán El Alto, 44390 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico 


Avenida Chapultepec

Avenida Chapultepec in Guadalajara, Mexico, is a must-see destination for any traveler looking to explore this bustling city’s vibrant culture and sights. It’s an avenue lined with shops, restaurants, and bars, making it the perfect place to while away an afternoon or night out. Strolling down the avenue, you’ll find a variety of Mexican cuisine, traditional markets selling souvenirs and handmade artworks, and unique stores offering fashion items for all your style choices. There’s something for everyone here!

At night, Avenida Chapultepec takes on a whole new life of its own as lights from cafes and bars twinkle along the street, and music fills the air with a festive atmosphere. Live music can be heard coming from multiple venues across the avenue – some even hosting salsa competitions that serve as a great chance to join in on the local festivities! For those looking to just soak up the atmosphere, Avenida Chapultepec has outdoor seating areas throughout where visitors can relax, and people watch – perhaps even enjoy some delicious street food like tacos al pastor or elote!

In addition to its many attractions, Avenida Chapultepec also serves as an essential hub connecting different parts of Guadalajara via public transport links allowing visitors easy access from nearby districts like Colonia Americana and Tlaquepaque. Whether you’re looking for a cultural experience or just want to let loose for a night out, Avenida Chapultepec won’t disappoint!

Av. Chapultepec SurGuadalajara, Jal., Mexico 


Eat tortas Ahogadas

Visiting Guadalajara, Mexico, is an experience you won’t soon forget. The culture, the architecture, and the music will stay with you long after you’ve left. One of the signature foods that makes this vibrant city so unique is the torta ahogada. Literally translated as “drowned sandwich,” the torta ahogada has been popular in Guadalajara since its invention over a century ago. This delicious sandwich consists of a toasted bolillo roll stuffed with refried beans, pork carnitas, and pickled red onion and then drowned in salsa. It’s become an iconic staple food among locals and visitors alike.

The dish originated in the state of Jalisco in the early 1900s, quickly becoming famous for its unique combination of flavors and ingredients. The traditional torta ahogada is served with salsa made from guajillo peppers, adding a delicious smokiness to the flavor profile and giving it a distinct look. There are many variations on this classic dish now found throughout Mexico, but they generally consist of similar ingredients such as pork or beef, refried beans, onions, and salsas ranging from mild to spicy, depending on your preference. However, if you want an authentic experience while visiting Guadalajara, then it’s best to try out one of these delicious sandwiches right at its birthplace.

Tortas Ahogadas can be found all over Guadalajara, including casual street stalls, gourmet restaurants, and even some bakeries specializing in them! Some famous restaurants are Tortas Ahogadas Don José, Tortas Ahogadas las Famosas, and Tortas Ahogadas Colomos. They range in price depending on where you get them, but generally, they are quite affordable, so no matter what your budget is, you’ll still be able to sample some of this tasty treat! Eating a torta ahogada is truly an unforgettable experience that will have your taste buds thanking you for days afterwards! It’s no wonder this Mexican specialty has become so beloved by locals and travelers alike!

Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico


Hike in Parque Mirador

Parque Mirador Independencia is an incredible place for hikers, joggers, and nature lovers. Situated in the Barranca de Huentitán National Park, it’s a great starting point for exploring the surrounding area. In addition to its breathtaking views of the canyon below, this park offers plenty of opportunities for leisurely people-watching, dining at its on-site restaurant, or simply reading a book while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere in the amphitheater.

For those looking to get up close with nature, Parque Mirador Independencia is perfect for short or long hikes. You can take trails that snake through lush forests and stunning mountain ridges, offering spectacular views at every step along the way. Additionally, you may come across local wildlife such as coatis, skunks, armadillos and even jaguars – so keep your eyes peeled! If you’re lucky enough to spot any of these creatures during your journey be sure to remain quiet and respectful of their environment.

One thing is certain – you won’t be disappointed if you add this destination to your list when visiting Guadalajara. Whether you plan on just spending an hour people-watching or taking full advantage of all that Parque Mirador Independencia has to offer by going on a hike through its beautiful landscape, it’s guaranteed that your experience will be memorable and rewarding. So don’t forget your camera – you’ll want to capture all of its beauty!

Calzada Independencia, Guadalajara 44259 Mexico 


Day Trip to Lake Chapala

Lake Chapala is a stunning destination that offers something for everyone. From its tranquil waters to its charming villages, this region is a haven of tranquility and natural beauty. The lake itself is the largest freshwater lake in Mexico, and it’s surrounded by five municipalities: Ocotlán, Chapala, Jocotepec, Poncitlán, and Jamay. Its shallow waters are home to several islands such as Scorpion Island and Mezcala Island – the latter boasting a ruined fortress from centuries ago. The villages around the lake are known for their friendly and laid-back atmosphere. In particular, the towns of Chapala and Ajijic draw tourists year round due to their unique shopping experiences and delicious local cuisine.

Apart from sightseeing and sampling cuisine at local restaurants, visitors can also enjoy activities like fishing on Lake Chapala or exploring its many nearby villages. Various guided tours are available during which you can visit both Chapala and Ajijic while learning about their unique histories. For water-lovers, boat rentals let you explore different parts of the lake at your own pace with opportunities for swimming, sailing or just admiring nature’s beauty. Meanwhile hiking trails offer breathtaking views over the lake and surrounding countryside.

With its incredible landscapes and warm welcome from locals, Lake Chapala guarantees an unforgettable experience.


Explore Mercado Libertad

Mercado Libertad, better known as Mercado San Juan de Dios, is an iconic landmark in the city of Guadalajara, State of Jalisco, Mexico. It’s the largest indoor market in Latin America and a great place to explore for both locals and travelers alike! Here you’ll find a vibrant selection of handicrafts and traditional Mexican products as well as services like lottery sales, fabric stores, money exchange offices, restaurants, jewelry stores and much more.

When you visit Mercado Libertad, there are many things to keep you entertained, from haggling with shop owners to sampling the local cuisine. You could easily spend days wandering through its endless corridors filled with interesting sights and sounds. Whether it’s searching for unique souvenirs or simply admiring the colorful surroundings, this marketplace has something for everyone. Stroll through its meandering pathways while soaking up some of the best street food around or peruse one-of-a-kind crafts – Mercado Libertad is always full of surprises!

The many stalls within this sprawling complex offer anything from traditional garments and handmade bags to musical instruments and religious artifacts. There are also shops selling books, toys, and household items, all at very reasonable prices just waiting to be discovered. Of course, you can’t miss out on trying some of the delicious snacks like tacos al pastor or tamales available from numerous vendors throughout the market. And don’t forget about Mexico’s beloved sweet treats – churros con chocolate or dulce de leche ice cream can make any day even more special!

From its bustling atmosphere to its warm hospitality Mercado Libertad truly captures everything that makes up Mexican culture. Visit this unique shopping destination in Guadalajara today and experience it all first hand!

C. Dionisio Rodríguez 52, San Juan de Dios, 44360 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico


Instituto Cultural Cabanas- Hospicio Cabañas

The Instituto Cultural Cabanas- Hospicio Cabañas is a unique and historically significant place that should be on the top of your list of places to visit. Established more than 200 years ago, this former orphanage and hospital complex has been repurposed into a museum filled with art, culture and architectural beauty. Its magnum opus frescoes painted by the renowned muralist José Clemente Orozco have made it one of the most important cultural centers in Mexico.

Visitors to Instituto Cultural Cabanas- Hospicio Cabañas can wander through the beautiful gardens of this large complex and admire its stunning architecture. Inside, you will find numerous murals depicting various scenes from Mexican history as well as exhibitions about local folklore. You can also explore the onsite library which houses an impressive collection of books related to Mexican culture, literature and religion. Other areas like a theater hall and several galleries can also be explored here where you can appreciate sculptures, paintings, photographs and other works of art from various Mexican artists.

If you’re looking for things to do during your visit to Guadalajara, then make sure not to miss out on experiencing everything that Instituto Cultural Cabanas- Hospicio Cabañas has to offer. Not only will you get to enjoy its rich cultural heritage but also appreciate traditional Mexican art and architecture while gaining insight into local customs and traditions – making this an absolute must-visit attraction!

C. Cabañas 8, Las Fresas, 44360 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico 


Expiatory Temple (Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento)

If you’re looking for an awe-inspiring experience that transports you to the past, look no further than Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento in Guadalajara. This stunning neo-Gothic style church is considered one of the greatest works of its kind in Mexico. It took a massive 75 years to complete its construction, starting on August 15th, 1897 and ending in 1972.

A visit to this remarkable building offers visitors a chance to explore Mexican history and culture up close. Once inside, you’ll be surrounded by high ceilings with meticulously carved details as well as stained glass windows that create beautiful rainbow hues when light passes through them. There are also several murals depicting important moments from the Bible and other religious stories. The main altar features breathtaking statues made from Carrara marble, considered among the finest in the world.

But Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento isn’t just about admiring its architecture and artwork—it’s also home to many special events throughout the year. On Sundays there are Masses offered in both Spanish and English for those wishing to attend services or receive Communion. During Holy Week, processions of people wearing traditional costumes pass by for colorful parades honoring different aspects of faith. And then there are special festivals like Las Fiestas de Agosto during which locals come together to celebrate with live music, firework displays, and food stalls serving local delicacies like tacos al pastor and elotes.

For those seeking to learn more about this iconic building’s history, guided tours are available that offer insights into its varied design elements as well as anecdotes about how it was built over such a long span of time. All in all, Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento offers something for everyone—from art aficionados to religious practitioners—and provides an unforgettable experience that will leave lasting impressions no matter who you are or what your beliefs may be!

C. Manuel López Cotilla 935, Col Americana, Americana, 44160 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico 


Rotunda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres

Everyone should add a visit to the Rotunda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres in Guadalajara, Mexico to their bucket list! This is an amazing tribute to the incredible people of Jalisco state, and it’s been delighting tourists for decades. You’ll find 20 beautiful sculptures outlining the people responsible for the region’s rich culture, science and history. The highlight is definitely ‘El Quijote Tapatio’ – a rotating central statue that depicts a local folk legend. Make sure you take lots of pictures here and check out the statues of artist José Clemente Orozco, Luis Barragán and Rita Pérez Jiménez – they’re both inspirational and amazing examples of Mexican culture!


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.