The 7 Coolest Neighborhoods in Guadalajara

Chapultepec I
Chapultepec I | © Alvaro Sánchez/Flickr
Pablo Mares

Known as the birthplace of tequila and mariachi music, in terms of neighbourhoods Guadalajara is a city that was divided historically into east and west. The east was always considered the domain of the lower classes, while the west as the residence of the upper classes. With this division still maintained today, here’s our guide to the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city.

Santa Tere

Built on commerce, this neighborhood is a square delimited by the Americas, Mexico, Enrique Díaz de Leon and Jesús García Avenues. In its center is the Municipal Market, and around this there are a lot of shops, banks and restaurants. For food, try Karne Garibaldi, a world-famous Guinness Record holder for the speed of its service. You can also enjoy authentic Japanese food at Usagui, a restaurant run by Japanese migrants.

Calle Juan Álvarez, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México


If you are looking for something more original, then this neighborhood is the one for you. As one of the oldest in the city, it still retains some of the ancient houses and temples. Of course, like any self-respecting neighborhood in Mexico, it has its local market where you can try typical dishes of the region. Make sure you don’t miss the famous Nieves de Garrafa for it homemade ice cream.

Barrio de Mexicaltzingo, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

Zapopan Centro

What was once a small town where corn was sown, is now one of the most attractive neighborhoods to visit in the city, with the Prolongación 20 de Noviembre avenue as the main axis where you’ll find restaurants and cafés. Don’t miss a traditional Mexican dinner in the Fonda de Doña Gabina Escolástica.

Arcos de Zapopan, Prol. 20 De Noviembre, Zapopan, Zapopan, Jalisco, México

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