City Guide: Summer in Guadalajara

October 6, 2016

Since I moved to Australia, I’ve met many people that don’t know where Guadalajara (my hometown) is.  Mexico City & Tijuana may get the TV spotlight, Cancun & Cabo may get all the spring break glory; but there’s a lot happening in Mexico’s west coast during Summer.

Guadalajara is a unique city bursting with cool bars, seafood/mexican cuisine restaurants, amazing outdoor life and home of the best traditions. For me, July-September is the perfect period to visit this lively city, full of events, balmy weather, friendly faces and some of the best food in the world.

Here are SOME of my favourite places to eat/drink and some recommendations for things to do in Guadalajara!

– Boca del Cielo (Seafood) – Chapultepec
– Karne Garibaldi (Mexican) – Plaza del Sol
– Tortas Toño (Mexican) – Providencia
– La Vaca Argentina (Steakhouse) – Gourmetería
– El Tango (Steakhouse) – Ajijic
– Il Diavolo (Italian) – Providencia
– Fornino (Italian) – Chapalita
– Vita Bella (Italian) – San Juan Cosalá
– Uma Uma  (Ramen) – Chapultepec

– Cafe 5pm – La Estancia
– Maho – La Estancia
– Chop – Av. Mexico
– La Tetería – Chapultepec
– Many cool coffee shops at Av. Terranova

Great hotspots for a drink with friends are Chapultepec, Providencia and Chapalita.
– Red Pub – Chapultepec
– Brooke Wings – Chapultepec
– La Moresca – Chapultepec
– KinKin – Av. Mexico
– Molino 40 – Providencia

If you’re like me, you don’t spend much time working out on holidays but here are a few options if you are keen:
– Via Recreativa
– Parque Metropolitano
– Parque Colomos
– Bosque La Primavera

– A stroll around the Historic downtown, the oldest section of the city
– Jump into a guided tour bus “Tapatío Tour”
– Take the “Tequila Express” to the town where real Tequila is made
– Watch a Soccer game and cheer for “Las Chivas”
– Watch a “Lucha Libre” wrestling match at Arena Coliseo

– Tlaquepaque (magic town) – 40 min drive
– Lago de Chapala, Ajijic (lake) 1hr drive
– Tequila (magic town) – 1hr drive
– Tapalpa (mountain) – 2hr drive
– Santa María del Oro (lagoon) – 2hr drive
– Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita, San Pancho (beach) – 4.5hr drive

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and will make you feel like a local once there, and if you’ve been to Guadalajara, tweet me what do you love most about the city!


Last August I traveled from Brisbane (AUS) to Guadalajara (MEX) for a 3-week holiday to visit my family and friends. It was a wonderful summer break with my loved ones around, too many planes, car rides and delicious food. I hope you enjoy the video above!

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