Guadalajara is a foodie destination and many visitors find that meals here count among the highlights of their stay. A few local specialties to look out for include birria (a spicy goat or lamb stew), carne en su jugo (‘meat in its juice,’ a type of beef soup) and, above all, the ubiquitous torta ahogada (literally ‘drowned sandwich’), a chili-sauce-soaked pork roll said to cure everything (but especially hangovers).

Centro Histórico & Around

The adventurous might head for Mercado San Juan de Dios, home to endless food stalls serving the cheapest and some of the tastiest eats in town. The plaza south of the Templo Expiatorio is a good place to snag late-night tacos, tortas ahogadas and elote (grilled corn on the cob with mayonnaise and cheese).

Chapultepec & Around

Chapultepec is home to some of Guadalajara’s best cuisine.


Tlaquepaque’s main plaza overflows with street-food vendors – look for jericalla (a cross between flan and creme brûlée), coconut empanadas and cups of lime-drenched pomegranate seeds. Just southeast of the plaza, El Parián is a block of restaurant-bars with patio tables crowding a leafy inner courtyard. This is where you can sit, drink and listen to live mariachi music (but eat elsewhere).


Zapopan has its own multifarious food scene, although the places lining the main road to the basilica are generally best avoided. Head instead to the side streets to the southeast.