The Top Brunch Spots In Centro Histórico, Guadalajara

Lauren Cocking

Guadalajara’s historic center is a veritable treasure trove of beautiful buildings, towering cathedral spires, and impressive architecture, all of which add up to make it both a tourist and local favorite. However, before you spend a day seeing the sights, don’t miss the opportunity to have a quick and traditional brunch at one of our top brunch spots in the centro histórico.

Guadalajara tradition

1. El Sazón de la Comadre

Restaurant, Mexican

Palacio Municipal, Guadalajara
© Angel Ortega/Flickr
A quaint little restaurant, one of many that line the pedestrianized walkway of La Coronilla in the center of Guadalajara, El Sazón de la Comadre is the perfect spot to start your day. Enjoy huevos rancheros, divorciados, or our favorite, huevos motuleños, a dish originating from the Yucatán peninsula. Two crispy tortillas, topped with refried beans and fried eggs, then doused in tomato sauce and sprinkled with cheese, ham, and peas. It truly is a hangover cure sent from above. Take advantage of the temperate climate of Guadalajara and dine at one of the outdoor tables.

2. Tortas Ahogadas El Güerito

Tortas Ahogadas El Güerito

Tortas ahogadas are a staple of Jalisco dining, and you can’t leave Guadalajara without having tried one at least once. A crispy baguette style bread is stuffed with carnitas, or sometimes panela cheese for vegetarians, and then bathed in a spicy tomato sauce. If spice isn’t your thing, then request the plain tomato sauce and tuck in anyway. We recommend you drop by Tortas Ahogadas El Güerito for a classic Guadalajara brunch before heading off to explore the historic center.

Address & telephone number: Pino Suárez 179-A, Guadalajara, Mexico, +52 33 4444 7145

Guadalajara cathedral © Armando Aguayo Rivera/FlickrGuadalajara cathedral © Armando Aguayo Rivera/Flickr

3. La Rinconada

La Rinconada

Located in a colonial mansion that was Spanish owned prior to the Mexican civil war, dining in the central patio of La Rinconada really is impressive and its position in the center of Guadalajara makes it the perfect spot to have drinks and a quick brunch. The service is friendly and efficient, with the food on offer mainly consisting of simple, traditional dishes such as flautas (rolled tacos) accompanied by frijoles (beans).

Address & telephone number: Morelos 86, Guadalajara, Mexico, +52 33 3613 9925

Clemente Orozco mural in Guadalajara © Armando Aguayo Rivera/FlickrClemente Orozco mural in Guadalajara © Armando Aguayo Rivera/Flickr

4. Chai


Chai is a favorite among locals, but particularly among foreigners. With several different locations throughout Guadalajara, the one located in the cute courtyard opposite the Ex Convento del Carmen is one of the most attractive, offering incredibly comfortable outdoor sofa seating options that make getting up and leaving after your meal very hard. Most definitely a spot for lunch, Chai offers well-priced and basic favorites, such as pastas and sandwiches, but also has excellent (and namesake) chai frappes in several flavors. The apple frappe is delightfully refreshing.

Address & telephone number: Avenida Benito Juárez, Guadalajara, Mexico, +52 33 3613 0001

Guadalajara Street © JosEnrique/FlickrGuadalajara Street © JosEnrique/Flickr

5. El Pilon de los Arrieros

El Pilon de los Arrieros

A great option for Mexican food lovers, El Pilon de los Arrieros is conveniently located in the historic center of Guadalajara and serves up huge and affordable portions of traditional Jalisco cuisine. The specialties of the house are the plates of birria and barbacoa – a rich goat meat stew. The location is attractive too, right on a square surrounded by a selection of other bars and restaurants.

Address & telephone number: Galeana 388, Guadalajara, Mexico, +52 33 3613 2799

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