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Top Choice Museum in Guadalajara

Instituto Cultural de Cabañas

Standing proudly at the eastern end of the brilliant Plaza Tapatía is one of Guadalajara’s architectural icons – a Unesco World Heritage site, no less. Inside its enchanting neoclassical bones is a most unexpected s…
Top Choice Cathedral in Guadalajara

Cathedral

Guadalajara’s cathedral is the city’s most beloved and conspicuous landmark with distinctive neo-Gothic towers built after an earthquake toppled the originals in the mid-19th century. Begun in 1558 and consecrated i…
Top Choice Mexican in Guadalajara

Birriería las Nueve Esquinas

The village-like Nueve Esquinas (Nine Corners) neighborhood specializes in birria, meat stewed in its own juices until it’s so tender it melts in your mouth. Birriería las Nueve Esquinas, a delightful semi-open-air …
Top Choice Cathedral in Guadalajara

Basílica de Zapopan

Zapopan’s pride and joy, the Basílica de Zapopan, built in 1730, is home to Nuestra Señora de Zapopan, a petite statue of the Virgin visited by pilgrims year-round. During the Fiestas de Octubre, thousands of kneeli…
Top Choice Bar in Guadalajara

El Grillo

Not a brew pub, but the next best thing, this carefully undone bar stocks over 50 (mainly bottled) Mexican craft beers. Of interest are the Guadalajara-brewed Diógenes pale ale and the robust Grillo stout. The front…
Top Choice Mexican in Guadalajara

Parrilla Libertad

This tiny place, with its scattering of tables on the edge of the sidewalk, might be newly opened at the time of research, but its superbly executed dishes are so good we reckon it won't be long until it garners a …
Top Choice Breakfast in Guadalajara

Coffee Legacy

This cool, hipster-ish cafe has one foot under a shaded Parisian awning and the other in a shabbily chic old house in Chapultepec and is perfect for a strong latte or late breakfast (were eggs always this good?). Pa…
Top Choice Mexican Wrestling in Guadalajara

Arena Coliseo

Watching masked luchadores (wrestlers) with names like El Terrible and Blue Panther gut-punching each other makes for a memorable night out. Expect scantily clad women, insult-hurling crowds and screaming doughnut v…
Top Choice Fusion in Guadalajara

Allium

The sleek, new, fine-dining competitor on Guadalajara’s growing gourmet circuit puts the emphasis on locally produced food: 90% of its ingredients come from the state of Jalisco. The small minimalist interior is red…
Top Choice Bar in Guadalajara

Café Galería André Breton

Tucked away on a side street on the eastern side of the Centro Histórico is this charming bar, cafe and live-music venue. As bohemian as its name suggests, this is one of the city’s coolest hangouts. Enjoy the Frenc…