8 Essential Experiences to Have in Guadalajara

Guadalajara Insider Guides
by Whitney Shindelar Sep 16, 2016

1. Galeria Bernabe

Galeria Bernabe

Tonalá, Mexico

World famous artisans making Petatillo Ceramic. If you arrive without a tour and you speak Spanish, ask for them to show you how the ceramic is made and to explain the history of their family in this business. This family is now in the 5th generation and will still tell you that they’re continuing to perfect their craft! The pieces are expensive to buy, but once you see their process and the time that goes into each piece, you couldn’t imagine they’d sell their art for any less!

2. Teatro Degollado

Teatro Degollado

Guadalajara, Mexico

Beautiful architecture in Centro Historico. Check in advance for any performances going on during your visit to truly experience the venue. If visiting late August-early September, try to get tickets for the International Mariachi Festival performances in the theatre together with the symphony. 🙌🙌

3. Aloft Guadalajara

Aloft Guadalajara

Guadalajara, Mexico

A fantastic 4* hotel that offers everything you need, but nothing extra. Occasional live music in the lobby and 3 nightclub areas all with different DJs. It’s best if you’re staying there as you can access all these areas without hassle, otherwise there may be a long line of locals waiting to get in. #club #dancing

4. Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres

Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres

Guadalajara, Mexico

A monument to the “enlightened children” of Jalisco, surrounded by statues of each person.

5. Guadalajara Cathedral

Guadalajara Cathedral

Guadalajara, Mexico

The Roman Catholic cathedral of Guadalajara. The current structure was most recently restored in 1854 and 2 earthquakes caused the towers to collapse. The most recent earthquake that caused damage occurred in 2003. The cathedral houses the remains of three cardinals, several bishops of the diocese, and the heart of a former Mexican president. #history

6. Calle Peatonal Independencia Centro Tlaquepaque

Calle Peatonal Independencia Centro Tlaquepaque

San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Mexico

A nice pedestrian street with artisanal boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. #souvenirs

7. Avenida Chapultepec

Avenida Chapultepec

Guadalajara, Mexico

With a pedestrian walkway down the middle, this street is the epicenter of the nightlife in Guadalajara. The entire street, and many side streets, are lined with restaurants and bars and are filled with locals. #food #cheap-eats #casual

8. Casa Fayette

Casa Fayette

Guadalajara, Mexico

A beautiful, well located design hotel. The restaurant serves a delicious menu and they have free bikes to enjoy a ride around the city! Only a 10 min walk from Avenue Chapultepec and a 10 min drive to the Jose Cuervo Express train station. #pool

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