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Seafood in Chapala

Isla Cozumel

Among the best of the touristy lakefront restaurants, Cozumel sits just up from the boardwalk and bills itself as a 'Caribbean Escape on the Chapala Riviera.' It is very popular with visitors who enjoy the complimen…
Waterfall in Ajijic

El Tépalo Waterfall

El Tépalo waterfall can be reached on foot from Ajijic. From the center follow Guerra and Encarnación Rosas north, then turn right on Callejón al Tépalo; an empty shed with a basic map posted marks the official star…
Mexican in Chapala

Chapala's Fonda

For something more down to earth than the glossy restaurants around the lake, check out the simple restaurants under the portales (arcades) of the main plaza. The best regarded of these is Chapala's Fonda, where a h…
Mexican in Chapala

La Leña

Get away from the rather sanitized restaurants around the malecón and try a slice of local life at this semi-open-air place a flight above Chapala’s main street. With a great selection of meaty dishes, the specialty…
Mexican in Chapala

El Zapote

This friendly local restaurant decorated with antiquated farm implements serves its house specialty, the eponymous zapote (chimichanga), with pride but also does a mean pozole (traditional soup or stew made with hom…
Argentine in Ajijic

Ajijic Tango

Ajijic’s most popular restaurant is never less than rammed with locals, resident expats and visitors, all here to enjoy the excellent steaks (it is an Argentinian restaurant after all). But there are other dishes to…
Island in Chapala

Isla de Mezcala

The more interesting island to visit on Lago de Chapala is Isla de Mezcala. Here you’ll find ruins of a fort where Mexican independence fighters held strong from 1812 to 1816, repulsing several Spanish attacks befor…
Cafe in Ajijic

Café Grano

This thoroughly pleasant local cafe is everything a good coffee bar should be, with fine aromas, Mexican beans, wooden chairs tailored in coffee sacking and excellent cakes (M$22 to M$45). Bright murals tell the cof…
Seafood in Chapala

Beer Garden

This Chapala institution has drawn crowds to the lakefront since 1925. Enjoy guacamole mixed at your table (M$99), deep-fried local charales (whitebait), mojarra (tilapia) any way you like it and, of course, beer on…
Mexican in Ajijic

El Chile Verde

A world away from all the arty expat-style restaurants and cafes, this tiny lemon-and-lime-colored eatery serves up authentic and delicious home-cooked Mexican food that pulls in both locals and resident foreigners.…