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Meet Guadalajara

Bienvenidos a Guadalajara! This beautiful city is famous for its art, architecture, and for being the Silicon Valley of Mexico.

The Guadalajara that we know today was founded in 1542 by conquistador Nuño de Guzmán. In 1560, it became the capital of Spanish colonial province Nueva Galicia, attracting artists, poets, architects, scientists, lawyers, philosophers, and writers due to its economic prosperity. In 1823, two years after Mexico gained independence from Spain, Guadalajara became the capital of the new Mexican province of Jalisco, where it remains to this day. Nowadays, Guadalajara has become a cultural and educational center of Mexico.

Where to live in Guadalajara

Guadalajara is home to almost 1.5 million people, making it the third most populous city in all of Mexico. Many of its most popular neighborhoods are located in the center and west side of the city. However, for a quieter, more village-like experience, consider one of the neighborhoods located outside of the official city limits and in the Guadalajara metropolitan area.

Best Neighborhoods in Guadalajara

Neighborhoods in Guadalajara are referred to as colonies, and there are over 2300 different colonies in the entire Guadalajara metropolitan area. There are countless options to choose from, but here are some of our top picks for the best neighborhoods in Guadalajara:

Colonia Americana

The district of Colonia Americana is the cultural heart of Guadalajara. You'll find weekend street markets and free concerts held on broad avenues lined with palms, jacarandas and colonial mansions. Every turn in Colonia Americana reveals more bars, cafes and restaurants that combine to make Guadalajara’s culinary scene arguably its strongest selling point. From humble taco stands to high-end establishments, you can gorge on a broad range of traditional dishes and strange beverages that are often unique to this corner of the country.

Amazing Apartments, Coliving Spaces and More

We've been rounded up the best housing options in Guadalajara. All are available on flexible terms, so you can stay one month or as long as you want

Casa Prisciliano


Quick Facts About Guadalajara

Guadalajara is one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in Mexico—its art, architecture, and parks can’t be beat! Before you arrive in Guadalajara, here are some important things you should know:

Work in Guadalajara

Guadalajara is sometimes referred to as the Silicon Valley of Mexico because it’s the main producer of software and electronic components in the country. Companies like General Electric, IBM, Intel, Hitachi, HP, Siemens, and Hewlett Packard have facilities in Guadalajara or its suburbs. However, commerce, tourism, and textiles are also major industries in Guadalajara. If you’re arriving in Guadalajara looking for a job as an English teacher, be warned that you’ll likely need a master’s degree in education to work at most private schools, so don’t count on a guaranteed English teacher position.

How good is Guadalajara for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Guadalajara. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Guadalajara for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Guadalajara

Guadalajara has an amazing food scene, and its iconic traditional dishes are an absolute must for anyone visiting. Be sure to try birria, a stew made with beef, goat, or mutton marinated in adobo, and served with corn tortillas, onion, cilantro, and lime. Another iconic Guadalajara dish is torta ahogada, or drowned cake. It’s not actually a cake, it’s a sandwich with refried beans, pork, onions, and a spicy tomato sauce. Also give carne en su jugo a try; it’s another stew made with beef, beans, bacon, cilantro, onion, and radish. For dessert, try jericallas, a delicious flan or creme brulee-like dessert made with milk custard, egg, and cinnamon. Of course, you can’t go to Jalisco without trying tequila—the town that gave tequila its name is located only 40 miles away from Guadalajara.



Top 6 Things To Do in Guadalajara

Guadalajara is famous worldwide for its beautiful Spanish colonial architecture—for a glimpse of the best the city has to offer, visit the Guadalajara Cathedral, Hospicio Cabañas, Templo Expiatorio, de Santísmo Sacramento, Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres, and Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan. You’re also going to want to take a stroll through Tlaquepaque for a feel of traditional Mexican village life, and to see the beautiful papel picado art strewn throughout the neighborhood. Another fun activity is to visit San Juan de Dios Market, the largest indoor market in all of Latin America. There, you’ll find practically any food, souvenir item, or home good that you can think of. Finally, for a taste of Mexico’s diverse wildlife, visit Guadalajara Zoo, which is rated as one of the best zoos in Latin America. With so much to see, you’ll never be bored in Guadalajara!

Plaza de Armas

Av. 16 de Septiembre s/n, Zona Centro, Guadalajara


Plaza Guadalajara

Zona Centro, Guadalajara


Regional Museum of Guadalajara

Calle Liceo 60, Zona Centro, Guadalajara


Minerva Roundabout

Av. Ignacio L. Vallarta, Vallarta, Guadalajara


Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan

Calle Eva Briseño 152, Zapopan


Jose Cuervo Express

Av. Circunvalación Agustín Yáñez 11, Moderna, Guadalajara