Taking the time to have a proper Mexican breakfast – from early in the morning through to midday – “comida,” or lunch – from midday to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. – and dinner – from 6 p.m. through to midnight – is very important for Tapatios. Everywhere in the city, especially in downtown, there are a lot of options to eat. Here are Culture Trip’s 10 best restaurants in Guadalajara’s Historic Center.
La Fonda de San Miguel Arcángel
Restaurant, Mexican, Spanish
This restaurant is located inside what was once the oldest nuns’ convent in Guadalajara. Now, remodeled, this building is an excellent place to unwind from the hustle and bustle of downtown and enjoy gourmet Mexican food accompanied by a drink.
Located in Plaza Tapatía in the heart of the historic center of Guadalajara, this restaurant is set in a beautiful, French-style mansion from the late 19th century. You can have breakfast, lunch or dinner à la carte or select from the buffet.
Located in Plaza Guadalajara, in front of the cathedral, this place has a privileged view of the city. Its name refers to the umbrellas that are placed on the table. It’s an ideal place to stop and share a typical Mexican dish with friends while exploring downtown.
At this restaurant you will find a wide range of meals, from traditional Mexican breakfast alongside typical American fare. Located on the second floor of a building on the Alcalde Avenue, the main thoroughfare in the city center, it offers a very nice view of the Rotonda and the surrounding area.
Inside Mercado Libertad, better known as San Juan de Dios, this restaurant has its kitchen open to the public so that they can watch how their dishes are prepared. With a great variety of food, the restaurant prides itself on using fresh products of great quality. In September you can taste the “Chiles en Nogada,” a traditional national dish.
Mr. Pizza serves the best pizzas in Guadalajara’s downtown. A popular establishment with 25 years pizza-making experience, their products are made with the very freshest ingredients at a very affordable price.
If you are looking for some homemade food with traditional Mexican flavors, you should try the dishes that Menudería Lidia offers, especially “Menudo,” a spicy Mexican soup made from beef tripe, accompanied by freshly made tortillas.
Tapatios are seafood lovers and are pretty demanding with it. This restaurant has fulfilled those high expectations in just the few months it has been open. If you are looking for some ceviche or fried fish, this is a really good option in the downtown area.