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3 Days in Guadalajara

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For a fun trip to Guadalajara, read my three-day guide. Find out how you can admire the most beautiful buildings and discover places where nature and our ancestors have left a legacy. Grab your bags and prepare to try some of the best traditional and modern dishes — and prepare to experience some incredible moments during your stay in Guadalajara.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

20 Places

3 City Tips

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20 Places

Day 1

Chez Chouchou

Restaurants

Instituto Cultural Cabanas

Speciality Museums

Bosque Colomos

Gardens, Parks

Pig's Pearls

Restaurants

Panteon de Belen

Cemeteries

Parque Mirador Independencia

Parks

Barocco

Restaurants

Day 2

Oh la la! bistro

Restaurants

Expiatory Temple

Churches & Cathedrals

Guadalajara Cathedral

Churches & Cathedrals

Zoologico Guadalajara

Zoos

Romantic Lake Chapala

Historic Walking Areas

Allium

Restaurants

Day 3

El Chololo

Restaurants

Guachimontones

Ancient Ruins

Guachimontones

Ancient Ruins

Cortez, Cocina Autentica

Restaurants

Jose Cuervo Express

Scenic Railroads

La Artesanal

Restaurants

Enrique A's City Tips

  • Remember to wear comfortable footwear, clothing, and always stay hydrated.
  • It is best to carry around cash; MXN pesos especially as you will get a better exchange rate.
  • Getting around is easy; you can choose to rent a car or make use of the taxi / bus system. When taking the bus, you can choose from the regular bus or the electric bus.
    Day 1
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    Chez Chouchou
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    Enrique A Says:

    This restaurant serves the most yummy French cuisine that you'll find around Guadalajara. From the brunch menu to main courses, absolutely everything is excellent and extremely delicious! Don't forget the desserts after having such a wonderful meal, you'll be coming back for more!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The ambiance plus the great service and the terrific menu make this a place to visit again and again.
    • Don't miss the delicious Creme Brulee, it's a must!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 971 restaurants in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best French Onion Soup I Have Had 24/06/2017
    • Decent French Food, But Overpriced 04/05/2017
    • Chez Chouchou
    Address:
    Jose Maria Vigil 2905
    Colonia Providencia
    Guadalajara 44630
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 33 3640 3175
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$19
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 17:30
    Mon - Thu
    13:30 - 23:15
    Fri
    13:30 - 23:30
    Sat
    09:00 - 23:30
    Other:
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    Instituto Cultural Cabanas
    Speciality Museums
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    Enrique A Says:

    This is a beautiful old building, which is home to the most perfect murals by Jose Clemente Orozco. The great architecture that embellishes every corner of the Institute building — and the museum you'll find inside — makes this a gorgeous place to take a tour of while you're in this district.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to visit on a Tuesday, when admission is free.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 176 things to do in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Art 13/01/2018
    • We did not know how interesting this place would be 08/01/2018
    • Instituto Cultural Cabanas
    Address:
    Calle Paseo Hospicio 8
    Colonia Centro
    Guadalajara 44100
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 33 3617 6734
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Bosque Colomos
    Gardens, Parks
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    Enrique A Says:

    After you've had such a nice time at the institute, the Colomos makes a relaxing next stop. You can choose from a range of different activities here — just take a walk around, go jogging on the trail, or try some horseback riding if you feel like it. You'll have a wonderful time discovering the flora and fauna around the park, including the beautiful Japanese-themed gardens.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Visit on a Sunday morning as the entrance is free and there are less people than usual.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 176 things to do in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great huge park 22/12/2017
    • Peace & quiet in a busy city. 04/11/2017
    • Bosque Colomos
    Address:
    Avenida Patria
    Guadalajara
    Mexico
    Phone:
    3641-3804
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Pig's Pearls
    Restaurants (American, Bar)
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    Enrique A Says:

    This is the best burger joint in all Guadalajara! From the sides to the crafted beers, you'll find amazing, tasty food and the staff will always make sure you're enjoying yourself. Be sure to get there with an empty belly because you want to try everything!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't miss the lamb kebabs!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 971 restaurants in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice experience 18/01/2018
    • Best Pesto burgers in town. 27/12/2017
    • Pig's Pearls
    Address:
    Calle General Coronado 79
    Entre Hidalgo y Justo Sierra
    Guadalajara 44100
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 33 3825 5933
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$15
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    13:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Panteon de Belen
    Cemeteries
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    Enrique A Says:

    You might ask, is it a good idea to go to visit a cemetery? Believe me, this is a gorgeous place and not scary at all! Be sure to take the guided tour throughout the premises to learn more about the history of every sculpture and niche of this ancient and beautiful place.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can choose to take a tour during the day or at night.
    • Be sure to check the cost of the tour directly with the tour-guides.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 176 things to do in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Closed for the holidays 13/01/2018
    • Should NEVER charge to enter a cemetery! 03/08/2017
    • Panteon de Belen
    Address:
    Calle Belen 684
    Centro
    Guadalajara 44280
    Mexico
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 18:00
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    Parque Mirador Independencia
    Parks
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    Enrique A Says:

    You'll find several spots where you can take a break in the shade in this wonderful park. Enjoy beautiful views of the canyon and perhaps grab a beer and a bite to eat at the little restaurant near here, after your busy day exploring Guadalajara.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable clothing and footwear, a hat, sunscreen if needed, and most importantly water; you really need to keep hydrated.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 176 things to do in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Parque Nacional Barranca de Huentitan 13/01/2018
    • Beautiful view 10/01/2018
    • Parque Mirador Independencia
    Address:
    Calzada Independencia
    Guadalajara 44259
    Mexico
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    Barocco
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza)
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    Enrique A Says:

    The staff and the great menu make for such a wonderful experience that you'll want to stay until it closes! Pizzas and calzones are fantastic and pairing them with a delicious craft beer or some nice wine, makes the culinary experience even better. Enjoy the vibe and stay for the pizza, the staff — everything!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • It's best to make a reservation to ensure a spot for you and your party.
    • Keep in mind that the restaurant is closed on Sundays.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Closed down? 02/10/2016
    • Average pizza and excellent beer !!!! 24/07/2015
    • Barocco
    Address:
    Calle Aurelio L. Gallardo # 68.
    Entre Justo Sierra y Av. Hidalgo
    Guadalajara 44600
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 36156581
    Hours:
    Mon
    14:00 - 23:00
    Tue - Wed
    14:00 - 23:30
    Thu
    14:00 - 00:30
    Fri - Sat
    14:00 - 02:00
  • Day 2
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    Oh la la! bistro
    Restaurants (French)
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    Enrique A Says:

    A visit to Oh la la! bistro and bakery is a great way to start your day. Discover typical french cuisine — with homemade baguettes and croissants — and all with a beautiful street view and great service that is always on point and on time.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make sure to make a morning reservation.
    • Don't miss the delicious éclairs!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #96 of 971 restaurants in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cute French Bistro 13/09/2017
    • Average Food Nice People Watching 14/04/2017
    • Oh la la! bistro
    Address:
    Av Terranova 608
    Esquina Bonifacio Andrada
    Guadalajara
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 33 3640 6564
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 19:00
    Sat
    08:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Expiatory Temple
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Enrique A Says:

    This is another gorgeous place to visit when in Guadalajara. The neo-Gothic and well-preserved architecture of the church compliments the sunlight shining through the beautiful stained glass windows — leaving visitors in awe as they walk under its arches. The Templo Expiatorio is a paradise for architecture, history lovers, and photographers.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to arrive just before 9am, Noon, or 6pm to see the figures of the 12 apostles going round the clock outside.
    • Don't miss the stalls all around the plaza for well-priced food and knick-knacks.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 176 things to do in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful Neo Gothic example with sublime windows 20/12/2017
    • beautiful church 18/11/2017
    • Expiatory Temple
    Address:
    Calle Francisco Indelecio Madero 935
    Guadalajara 44100
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 33 3825 3410
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 20:00
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    Guadalajara Cathedral
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Enrique A Says:

    Inside and out, you'll be flabbergasted by the beauty, history, and architecture of this unique cathedral. This is another must-visit in Guadalajara, and is really well located in the city square, where you can find stalls selling trinkets and gifts, or take a break and grab a drink under the arches of the cathedral.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to get here early if you don't feel like being part of the mass — the cathedral opens at 8am.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 176 things to do in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome 10/01/2018
    • Faith, Architecture, & Art 07/01/2018
    • Guadalajara Cathedral
    Address:
    Av Alcalde 10
    Zona Centro
    Guadalajara 44100
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 33 3613 7168
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Zoologico Guadalajara
    Zoos
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    Enrique A Says:

    Have a fun time at one of the best zoos you'll find! There are lots of activities and places to explore at the facilities, such as the Sky Zoo, and everyone — from the little ones to adults — will enjoy learning about the animals and habitats and how are they preserved. Plus, the wonderful staff will ensure you have a great time!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to make the most of all the family activities you can do here.
    • There are several packages available, which include the Safari, SkyZoo, Train, and more.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 176 things to do in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding day trip to the best zoo I've ever visited 03/01/2018
    • Suprising 19/12/2017
    • Zoologico Guadalajara
    Address:
    Paseo del Zoologico 600
    Huentitán el Alto
    Guadalajara 44100
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 33 3674 4488
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Romantic Lake Chapala
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Enrique A Says:

    Take your time when visiting this lake as there is plenty to see. It's a great place that still has lots of the folklore and cultural characteristics of Ajijic, so be sure to go for a long walk here to enjoy the views, food, live music, and the atmosphere. You'll definitely miss it when you leave!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It is easier to get there on your own by taking the bus — just check the schedule and prices. Or you can book to go to the lake as part of a tour.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 176 things to do in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Attractive 16/01/2018
    • Nice Place for a Stroll, Shopping and Dining. 17/11/2017
    • Romantic Lake Chapala
    Phone:
    303-394-6920
    Other:
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    Allium
    Restaurants (International)
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    Enrique A Says:

    You'll find the best meat and vegetables from the area here, making it a wonderful restaurant to end your second day. The ambience is delightful and cozy, and the staff are hardworking and attentive.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Start with "ceviche de pulpo" (ceviche made with octopus) and move on to the pork belly — it's wonderful!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 971 restaurants in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • New Seasonal Menu 03/01/2018
    • Wonderful experience 30/11/2017
    • Allium
    Address:
    Lopez Cotilla 1752-A
    Esquina con Simon Bolivar
    Guadalajara 44150
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 33 3615 6401
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$3
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:30 - 17:00
    Tue - Sat
    13:30 - 22:30
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    El Chololo
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin)
    Enrique A Says:

    If you visit El Chololo, don't be shy but do what locals do after a night out — order tequila and the 'birria,' (spicy stew) but be careful with the salsa — the broth of the birria is already spicy and if you are not familiar with such heat, you are going to have a bad time!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The restaurant only accepts cash; no credit or debit cards.
    • It is always busy here so keep in mind that the staff do try their best to be attentive but sometimes the place can go a bit nuts!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 971 restaurants in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • not as good as we thought it will be 31/10/2017
    • Great tasting birria 15/04/2017
    • El Chololo
    Address:
    Carretera entre Guadalajara y Chapala
    Guadalajara
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 33 3688 0454
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
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    Guachimontones
    Ancient Ruins
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    Enrique A Says:

    This is a well-kept archaeological and cultural site, that will make you wonder and think about the past cultures that inhabited the area. At the interactive museum you'll find everything you need to know about the area — including that just 2% has been uncovered, so there's much more to dig up! It is a lovely walk and a really interesting way to spice up the cultural side of your journey.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Senior citizens can enter for free.
    • Be sure to be wearing comfortable clothes and shoes for the walk and take a bottle of water with you.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Teuchitlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • YOU SIMPLY MUST HIRE A GUIDE TO EXPLAIN THE AMAZING HISTORY OF THESE PYRAMIDS 19/01/2018
    • Mexican Pyramid Visit 19/01/2018
    • Guachimontones
    Address:
    Carretera Estatal 604 Guadalajara-San Marcos km 56
    Teuchitlan 46762
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 384 109 0388
    Other:
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    Guachimontones
    Ancient Ruins
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    Enrique A Says:

    After visiting Guachimontones, take a look at these ruins, which — although small — are steeped in history and surrounded by amazing natural beauty. After a walk around, you can grab some lunch nearby while enjoying the view of the lake.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Carry water and a hat, and wear comfortable shoes and clothes due to the heat.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Teuchitlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • YOU SIMPLY MUST HIRE A GUIDE TO EXPLAIN THE AMAZING HISTORY OF THESE PYRAMIDS 19/01/2018
    • Mexican Pyramid Visit 19/01/2018
    • Guachimontones
    Address:
    Carretera Estatal 604 Guadalajara-San Marcos km 56
    Teuchitlan 46762
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 384 109 0388
    Other:
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    Cortez, Cocina Autentica
    Restaurants (Mexican, Seafood, Contemporary)
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    Enrique A Says:

    At Cortez you'll find nothing but great Mexican food with a Spanish twist and — more importantly — the cocktail and the wine listings are incredible! The ambiance is great, the staff are really attentive, plus the great work from the chef and the kitchen staff make it a real treat to come here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to make a reservation to secure your spot.
    • If there are vegetarians in your party, don't be shy and ask for a customized dish.
    • Sea urchin and clam tostadas are the first thing you should order!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • I am a fan 25/04/2017
    • Almost Perfect! 15/03/2016
    • Cortez, Cocina Autentica
    Address:
    Prolongacion de Las Americas 1417
    Guadalajara 44630
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 33 3817 0859
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 18:00
    Tue - Wed
    13:30 - 00:00
    Wed
    12:00 - 01:30
    Wed - Fri
    13:30 - 01:30
    Sat
    13:30 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Jose Cuervo Express
    Scenic Railroads
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    Enrique A Says:

    This railway is a great experience on the way to the Jose Cuervo Distillery. It's gorgeously-decorated and cozy inside and so much more fun than going in your car and having to deal with traffic! A total must!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ask for a nice drink, the staff will come up with a great cocktail for you — of course with tequila!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 176 things to do in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Jam packed with activities and Tequila 24/12/2017
    • Day Full of Activities 11/10/2017
    • Jose Cuervo Express
    Address:
    Avenida Washington 10
    Guadalajara 45609
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 374 742 6729
    Hours:
    Sat
    11:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    La Artesanal
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Latin, Argentinian)
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    Enrique A Says:

    With a superb atmosphere and the greatest juicy steaks you'll ever have, La Artesanal will assured you and your party a great night! All of the meats are wonderfully grilled and sides lovingly prepared for you to enjoy. And trust me, with steaks this good you will want invest in a nice bottle of wine to go with it!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The menu is to die for and the prices are low for the quality — simply the best when talking about grills!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #75 of 971 restaurants in Guadalajara
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Best 08/09/2017
    • Great Flavor, Beef Quality and Pricing...make sure to reserve! 17/08/2017
    • La Artesanal
    Address:
    Calle Jesus Garcia 2347
    Esquina Aurelio L. Gallardo
    Guadalajara 44600
    Mexico
    Phone:
    36156356
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    14:00 - 11:00
    Other:
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