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Top Choice Museum in Guadalajara

Instituto Cultural de Cabañas

Standing proudly at the eastern end of dramatic Plaza Tapatía is one of Guadalajara’s architectural landmarks, and a Unesco World Heritage site since 1997. On the ceiling and inside the dome of the enchanting neocla…
Top Choice Cathedral in Guadalajara

Catedral de Guadalajara

Guadalajara’s cathedral is the city’s most conspicuous landmark with distinctive neo-Gothic towers built after an earthquake toppled the originals in 1818. Begun in 1561 and consecrated in 1618, the building is almo…
Top Choice Cathedral in Guadalajara

Basílica de Zapopan

One of the city's most important churches, 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. Since 1734 on October 12, thousa…
Top Choice Mexican in Guadalajara

La Fonda de la Noche

Set in a rambling art nouveau house, this restaurant is a stunner in every way. The cuisine is largely from the Durango region and it would be fair to say that absolutely anything is tasty. The menu is simple and la…
Top Choice New Mexican in Guadalajara

Alcalde

One of our favorite top-end restaurants in Guadalajara, the 'Mayor' is chef Francisco Ruano's latest local venture, having cut his teeth at El Celler de Can Roca in Girona and Noma in Copenhagen. Try his green aguac…
Top Choice Mexican in Guadalajara

Tortas Ahogadas Migue

Take it from tapatíos (native Guadalajarans) in the know: this bright yellow-and-orange cafe serves the city's best tortas ahogadas, Guadalajara’s beloved hangover cure. Baguette-like rolls called birotes are filled…
Top Choice Mexican in Guadalajara

El Sacromonte

This favorite alta cocina (gourmet restaurant) establishment in Chapultepec has whimsical takes on classic dishes – think quesadillas sprinkled with rose petals and strawberry aioli, avocado-watermelon soup and gian…
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 New Mexican in Guadalajara

Lulabistro

Guadalajara’s most inventive restaurant is this super-chic eatery west of the center. Sleek and industrial though the setting is, it’s the food people come for. The three set menus, which could best be described as …
Top Choice Dancing in Guadalajara

La Mutualista

With smoke-yellowed walls and antique chandeliers dangling from high ceilings, this vintage dance hall simmers with the decaying glamour of Old Havana. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are salsa nights, the real rea…