If you travel to Jalisco or Guadalajara, you cannot miss Visiting Tlaquepaque for a Day. A beautiful city, which also has just become Magic Town and is worth visiting even for a few hours.
Tlaquepaque is an authentic sample of the colorful Mexico. It is the perfect place to try delicious typical Jalisco food, buy unique handicrafts, listen to Mariachis, visit galleries or museums or simply discover the beauty of the streets.
It is a tourist center with beautiful colonial architecture focused on crafts of pottery, textiles and blown glass.
” A little Magic can take you a long way”
The Best Things to do in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco
This place can be enjoyed walking, since some of its streets are only for pedestrians.
Explore the center of Tlaquepaque
The first time I visited Tlaquepaque, what fascinated me the most was how easy it is to walk and discover all.
Walking you can enjoy the beautiful colonial architecture and the facades of the old houses, which are very well preserved. And they will be even more since Tlaquepaque was named Magic Town in 2018.
Independencia Street is where the most galleries, museums, restaurants, craft shops and the charm of this wonderful Magic Town are located.
It really is a wonder of color that makes you want to explore every corner. It is one of the most authentically Mexican places I have visited.
Here you can find: Tequila Stores, Mexican Furniture, Mariachis, Beautiful Embroidery, Blown Glass, Breweries, Pottery and of course authentic and delicious Mexican Food.
Mariachis and Mexican Food in The Magic Town
The best way to appreciate these wonders of Mexico is in El Parián.
The construction of Parián, which means Mercado, began around 1878; and it was used as a market for the sale of various products for nearby towns.
Nowadays El Parián is a must if you want to enjoy Mexican folklore. It is a building that congregates restaurants, bars and a very festive atmosphere.
The beauty of this place lies in the atmosphere that the different restaurants and cantinas have. All adorned with equipales, a traditional Mexican chair from Jalisco, as well as a kiosk in the middle of the spot.
You just have to decide which one you like and prepare yourself to taste delicious flavors and of course do it accompany by the joy of the Mariachi.
What you should try in El Parián.
Tortas Ahogadas: A bread stuffed with carnitas, beans and soaked in a red sauce.
Pozole: A pre-Hispanic broth that is prepared with meat, corn and when you eat it you can add lettuce, onion, lemon, radishes and oregano.
Birria: Spicy broth that is prepared underground with meat. You can put on top cilantro, lemon and onion.
Carne en su Jugo: Ground beef cooked with bacon and beans. It is also accompanied with lemon and onion.
Jericalla: A dessert similar to flan, sweet and delicious.
Any of these Mexican dishes must be accompanied with Tequila, Beer or My Favorite, a Cazuela (very fresh drink that is prepared with tequila, salt, lemon, citrus and grapefruit soda).
Of course, you can explore other food options, and if you want experience the nightlife there.
The Best Museums in Tlaquepaque, Mexico
Sergio Bustamante Gallery
If you like sculptures, art, jewelry Sergio Bustamante’s gallery is something you can not miss.
A local artist who currently sells his fantastic and unique art in different parts of the world. Some of its wonderful sculptures can be found at the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
To me it seems simply extraordinary, with a mixture of magic and popular art.
Regional Museum of Ceramics
This museum was founded in 1954 to preserve and promote indigenous art. If you want to know part of the art in the Mexican culture, you must visit this museum.
Rodo Padilla Gallery
The work and sculptures of Rodo Padilla are characterized by being a little “Chubby”. His chubby, but very creative sculptures will be something you will remember.
Pantaleon Panduro Museum
This museum exhibits winning pieces to the National Ceramics Award.
Shopping Handicrafts and Pottery
If you are looking for a Mexican souvenir, this is the perfect place. In Tlaquepaque you can find wonderful craft shops, embroidered clothing and colorful accessories at affordable prices.
For being one of the most important centers of pottery production in the country, the creativity here is unique.
Shopping Tequila and Mexican Candies
Another great idea for souvenirs or gifts for family or friends are definitely Tequila and Mexican Candy.
In some places you can even try before deciding on your favorite.
Visit Beautiful Churches
The churches in Tlaquepaque are also a very important attraction, for its beautiful architecture it is worth the visit.
San Pedro Apostol Parish, Nuestra Senora de la Soledad Sanctuary and Santa Sofia Parish.
Day of The Dead in Tlaquepaque
If you are lucky enough to visit Guadalajara between the last days of October and the first days of November; do not miss the celebrations in Tlaquepaque for The Day of the Dead.
Artistic, cultural and gastronomic activities that are worthwhile if you are visiting the state.
How far is Tlaquepaque from Guadalajara
Tlaquepaque is only 15 minutes from the Guadalajara Center. If you are staying in Guadalajara you can visit this Magic Town through a tour that will take you to explore the best of Tlaquepaque.
Although my recommendation is that you do it on your own, you can take a taxi or an Uber and explore the time you want.
I would also like to recommend that you do it preferably during the week and try to arrive early, so you can visit it without rush.
Visiting Tlaquepaque for a Day
Of course, you can stay at a hotel in Tlaquepaque, but because of the proximity to Guadalajara, it is not necessary. I have stayed near Tlaquepaque and also near the center of Guadalajara and it is very easy and accessible. In either of the two options, you’ll have a large number of hotel options at different prices and with all the amenities.
Visiting Tlaquepaque just for a day may seem like a short time, but I can tell you that it can be enough to enjoy that wonderful place.
Tips at Tlaquepaque
- Most of the time in Tlaquepaque, the weather is warm, although it can be a bit more during the summer.
- Comfortable shoes and sunscreen are a very good idea, because you will walk a lot!
Wonderful Places Near to Tlaquepaque, Jalisco
From Guadalajara you can also visit some other beautiful places nearby, such as Ajijic and Tonala, which are only a few minutes away.
But of course, you can also explore some of the most beautiful Magic Towns of Jalisco.
- Lagos de Moreno
Most of them are about an hour away, so it is very easy to visit one of them in a day, you can do it by hiring a tour or on your own.
History of Tlaquepaque
The word Tlaquepaque means on mud hills, and today the full name is San Pedro Tlaquepaque.
Before the Spanish arrived in these lands, some villages formed a kingdom, governed by a woman named Cihualpilli Tzapotzinco. It was a pre-Hispanic town settled on a hill, reaching 500 inhabitants.
In 1530 the Spanish arrived in the area and took possession of the kingdom. In 1821, Tlaquepaque was the site of the proclamation of the Independence of Jalisco.
This municipality began to be called San Pedro Tlaquepaque, since the end of the 19th century.
I am sure that your visit to this place will be wonderful, and of course let me know your experiences.
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