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A Taste of Guadalajara Mexico - The Food and Culture of One of Mexico's Brightest Cities


Guadalajara, Mexico sits in Jalisco, Guadalajara, a crown jewel of a city renowned for its art, architecture, and its culture. With 22 museums, 6 universities, culinary institutes, and a thriving art scene, the city lives up to its reputation as the second most important cultural city in Mexico. Considered by many to be the home of Mariachi, tequila, and contemporary Mexican music styles. Guadalajara also has its own legacy, which dates back to colonial times and the start of the great city. And with architectural wonders ranging from the ancient to the modern, it's no wonder that they call Guadalajara the Pearl of the West. 


Tourists visit Guadalajara every year to see the city's diverse architecture, ranging from world heritage sights to modern feats of engineering. The Cathedral Basilica la Asuncion de Maria, first constructed in 1571, stands at its center. The Cathedral is a monument to different styles and eras, as it was rebuilt and repaired after earthquakes and now features Gothic, Baroque, Moorish, and Neoclassical styles. Other hotspots include the Degollado Theatre which was first inaugurated in 1866, and is now nearly infamous for its diverse artistic performances from primarily local artists, as well as the murals and paintings that make up the interior.  The Hospicio Cabanas is a world heritage site, and one of the oldest hospital complexes in Spanish America and is also a must-see for visitors. 

Guadalajara is home to a diverse array of architecture, stemming from different periods and cultures, including Incipient Baroque, Baroque, Viceregal, Neoclassical, Modern, Eclectic. Art Deco, Gothic, and Neo-Gothic. The result is a somewhat eclectic mix of styles, where a period building may sit next to a cheap hotel, but that is unique to Guadalajara. 


Tourists flock to Guadalajara for the shopping malls and plazas, tours of the area, the beaches situated a half day's drive away, and to surrounding areas including the Huentitan Canyon, Chapala, Tequila (town), Puerto Vallarta, Mazamitla, Tonalá, and many other regional areas. Guadalajara boasts a diverse array of things to do, suitable for almost everyone. 

Food and Cuisine

Like most of Mexico, Guadalajara's cuisine was developed around Pre-Hispanic and Mexican influences, but is unique, with its own flavors, techniques, and local ingredients. While many know the area as the home of Tequila, Guadalajara is home to local specialties that integrate the foods grown locally. These include Torta ahogada, or drowning sandwiches, which consist of birote bread packed with meat and covered with a spicy sauce made of chili flakes. Birria is another local favorite, typically available from street vendors, featuring a stew of lamb, goat, chicken, or beef with adobo spices, and typically served with corn tortillas, onion, and lime. Pozole is a corn hominy dish seasoned with chili peppers, onion, garlic, radishes, and avocado. The dish is usually served with meat like pork, and is available in spicy red versions and milder white ones. 

For dessert lovers, Guadalajara has plenty of options as well. Two of its most famous are bionico, a fruit salad topepd with sweet cream, coconut, granola, and raisins, and jericalla, a rich, sweet custard popular as a snack. 

Guadalajara is one of Mexico's most visited cities, and it's not hard to see why. With a rich cultural heritage, beautiful weather, and even better food, the city is a tempting vacation spot, no matter the time of the year.   

For those looking for a taste of Guadalajara, it starts right here in Ormond Beach, at Agave Fresh Mex and Cantina, with our Guadalajara platter designed to give you a feel for the authentic flavor of the city. We use fresh ingredients to recreate the flavors of one of Mexico's proudest cities, so you can try it right here at home.