The Top 10 Restaurants in Guadalajara’s Historic Center

Mexican restaurant / Krystal Hotels / Flickr
Mexican restaurant / Krystal Hotels / Flickr
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.

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La Rinconada

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$

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.

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Las Sombrillas

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$

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.

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Sandy’s

Restaurant, Mexican

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.

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San Pascual Bailón

Restaurant, Mexican

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.

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La Chata

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
La Chata, Avenida Ramón Corona
La Chata, Avenida Ramón Corona | Courtesy La Chata

The founder of this restaurant was Carmen Castoreña, known by her friends as “La Chata,” hence the name of this restaurant opened in 1942. Expect Mexican-style dishes made to their own secret recipes.

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Restaurante y Menudería Lidia

Restaurant, Mexican

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.

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Boca Del Cielo

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$

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.

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