The 10 Best Restaurants In The Zapopan Area Of Guadalajara, Mexico

Photo of Lauren Cocking
9 February 2017

Zapopan is an often overlooked part of Jalisco state, just outside the much more well-known Mexican city of Guadalajara. However, there is an excellent range of dining options here. Read on for our top 10 restaurants.

La Fonda de Doña Gabina Escolástica

For traditional Mexican dining in the more typically upmarket area of Zapopan, stop by La Fonda de Doña Gabina Escolástica. It is situated just blocks from the famous Zapopan Basilica. An assault on the senses in the best of ways, the La Fonda has walls that are lined with photos. Mexican-style bunting hangs from the ceiling and the brightly colored chairs and tables may provoke flashbacks to your childhood. The food is as you would expect from such a place. The menu is made up of pozole, enchiladas, and quesadillas, among other typical Mexican delights.

Javier Mina 237, Zapopan, Mexico, +52 33 3833 0883

Delhi 6

It’s unusual to find an Indian restaurant in Mexico, let alone a good one, so this is the place to be if you’re finding that curry craving hard to shake while holidaying in Mexico. Sometimes tacos just don’t hit the spot. Tucked away in an unassuming location, Delhi 6 serves predominantly north Indian cuisine and has a wide range of vegetarian options. Be warned that the portions, just like the restaurant itself, are smaller than the norm. However, this by no means speaks for the quality of the food which is flavorsome and reasonably priced.

Zapopan | © Humberto GE/Flickr

Da’ Franco

Look no further for great Italian food in the heart of Zapopan. Da’ Franco offers a delicious range of pizza and pasta dishes, making true the old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The decoration within is cozy and feels modern. There’s also a terrace option for those who wish to dine al fresco. If you do fancy something that goes beyond the classic dishes however, the trick at Da’ Franco’s is to order from the regularly updated and always superb specials menu. The excellent wait staff will be more than happy to provide recommendations.

28 de Enero 175, Zapopan, Mexico, +52 33 3633 7449

Ohlala Panadería Bistrot

The name of this quaint little spot suggests that all they offer are pastries and breads, but the main dishes served here are also highly recommendable. By all means stop by for a freshly baked pain au chocolat or a perfectly flaky almond croissant. But, don’t do Ohlala Panadería Bistrot the disservice of not trying at least one of its main meal options. From sweet potato and beetroot soups, to salmon accompanied with salad, the food here is both well-presented and freshly made daily. It’s a must-visit lunch spot.

Sebastian Bach 5074, Zapopan, Mexico, +52 33 1562 6995


Cafe, Bar, Mexican, $$$
If an indie vibe is what you’re looking for, as well as a place that offers both pizzas and beers, then the vintage style CaféCandela is for you. Popular with a youthful crowd, this restaurant-bar is a great option for a laid-back light dinner before heading off to one of the other great bar or club options in Guadalajara. Come prepared for casual, simple food, and potentially even live jazz music, at this relaxed restaurant with outdoor, terrace seating options.

La Chata

Restaurant, Mexican, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
Catrina | © Leo Hidalgo/Flickr
Another Mexican option that has a menu full of traditional treats, La Chata is a family restaurant that is also popular among the locals and can therefore be very busy at lunch time. We recommend scheduling your visit with this in mind. Perhaps even pop down for breakfast, given the range of Mexican breakfast foods that are on offer. Start your day with eggs, chilaquiles, or molletes and be sure to try the refreshing horchata if coffee isn’t your thing.


This restaurant is a beautifully decorated spot, with the traditional Mexican Catrina skull imagery dominating. From wallpapered teal-colored skulls lining the walls, to the black and white skeletal couple that make up Mikaela’s logo, it’s inescapable. Don’t be perturbed, as it all adds up to give the impression of a traditionally Mexican restaurant, albeit with an updated, modernized finish. This feeling is reflected in the food, which comes served beautifully presented. It is accompanied by the normal range of salsas presented in attractive glass jars instead of the usual plastic bowls. Get churros for dessert.

Avenida Tepeyac 1743, Zapopan, Mexico, +52 3070 0096


After the often grease- and cheese-heavy Mexican dishes you’ll have been enjoying, it’s understandable that sometimes you crave something fresh while on holiday. Stop by Nikoy for some tasty and fresh sushi that will satisfy that need for a lighter dining option. From maki rollos to tempura vegetables and sashimi, Nikoy offers all the sushi dishes you could desire. And, they taste amazing. Well-presented, a mark of a good sushi chef, and flavorful, this is one of the best sushi options in Zapopan. They even have a child’s menu, if you’re looking for somewhere that can cater to all the family.

Avenida Guadalupe 5010, Zapopan, Mexico, +52 3620 5558


Restaurant, Mexican, Seafood, Asian, Thai, $$$
Last year’s winner of the Tenedor de Oro award, Talento is a multi-award winning international restaurant. It is located in one of Zapopan’s most upmarket shopping centers – Plaza Andares. The menu features a varied selection, but we recommend you steer clear of the simpler dishes and branch out into the fantastic fusion dishes that are available at Talento. These include jalapeño pork chops or sesame beef. You should be aware that although it is marketed as international, the majority of dishes are Thai-style fusions. Food aside, the decor is fresh, modern, and polished.

Black Pepito

If fine dining isn’t your thing and you just want to enjoy a hearty sandwich or burger, Black Pepito is the right place. With an extensive menu of burgers, from veggie options to shrimp varieties, Black Pepito is a great spot for a casual dinner with friends. If you go on your birthday with a valid photo ID, you might even get your meal on the house. As well as serving great food, they also have a terrace and a bar. This means you can even come and enjoy the ambiance here if you’ve already eaten.

Avenida Guadalupe 1289, Zapopan, Mexico, +52 33 3647 3669

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