With a flourishing scene of contemporary crafts, hyperlocal retail, colourful interiors and flourishing cafe culture, it is no wonder the city is fast becoming known as a cultural epicentre.
Key areas to keep on your radar include Zapopan Centro in the northwest of the city. As the home of Museo de Arte de Zapopan, it is quickly becoming a creative zone, dedicated to contemporary arts. MAZ specialises in audio-visual, theatre, dance, fine arts and interpretation. Currently exhibiting Cerámica Suro’s collaborations, productions and art collection, it celebrates Guadalajara as the home of ceramists pushing boundaries and combining tradition with innovative design. An exciting extension named MAZ+ is under construction – definitely one to watch.
For a European feel, the area of Colonia Providencia is home to public green spaces and upscale retail. It is recommended for newcomers and is one of the most expensive residential areas in Guadalajara. It has flourished with restaurants, coffee shops and bars, including multi-brand space Empathy, which specialises in upscale Mexican fashion, accessories and design, and promotes designers from all over the country in one shared space. Viento invites people to live a more sustainable and conscious lifestyle with its cruelty-free, plastic-free, eco-friendly products ranging from furniture to clothing.
Locally made brands celebrate traditions, specialities and diversity to help empower Mexican designers and artisans. Lifestyle and interiors store Chamula Hecho a Mano was founded by friends who shared a passion for Mexican craftsmanship. The project aims to promote folk art and is slowly expanding its collection with commissioned furniture pieces.
Mexico is known for its vibrant street food and locals are innovating the traditional tapatía cuisine while cherishing old favourites. One food stop paying homage to its heritage is Cantina La Fuente in Centro Histórico, the oldest and most emblematic cantina in Guadalajara. Founded in 1921, it was traditionally a gathering space for men – a place for drinking, enjoying botanas (bar snacks) and playing card games. Now women and children are welcome.
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