Nov 15, 2009, 7:08 PM
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The tianguis navideño where I have always gone is on Av. Alcalde, north of the Cathedral approximately 4 blocks. It's in the little square in front of Templo San José.
Re: [sioux4noff] A week in Guadalajara
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If you haven't been to the Hospicio Cabañas at the end of the last plaza behind the Cathedral, it's a must-see. José Clemente Orozco's most famous and intensely wonderful murals, including Hombre en Llamas, are there. If you visit the murals, it's well worth the money to hire a guide to talk to you about them. Seeing these murals with an educated eye makes the experience 100% more rewarding. The guides, some of whom are English/Spanish bilingual, are very inexpensive.
If you haven't seen the Templo Expiatorio, I highly recommend it. It's on Av. Enrique Díaz de León near Av. Vallarta. Don't miss the mosaics on the facade, the doors, the glorious stained glass, and the walkway behind the church altar. If you happen to be in Guadalajara on a Sunday late in the afternoon, the city government sponsors free danzón classes in plaza in front of the church. Whether you are a spectator or join in the dance, it's an unforgettable experience.
Just to the right of the Templo Expiatorio (as you face the church), there is a branch of the famous panadería Croissants Alfredo. The chocolate croissants are unbelievable--they freeze very well, too.
The Feria Internacional del Libro in Guadalajara (the second-largest book fair in the world) opens on November 28 and runs through December 6. It's located at the Centro de Exposiciones on Av. Mariano Otero. If you want a real treat, stop in. You'll want to spend a morning, a day, or an entire week there. So so so many books--if you haven't been there, you can't imagine how wonderful it is. Some of the book stalls are larger than...well...larger than my entire house and your house combined!
Karne Garibaldi, at the corner of Calle Garibaldi and Calle José Clemente Orozco. One-item menu: carne en su jugo and the best frijolitos refritos on the planet. Restaurant holds the Guinness Book of World Records record for world's fastest service.
La Matera, Av. México #2891, at the corner of Calle Nelson. Argentine, with beef cuts that are out of this world.
Ma Come No, Av. Américas #302. Italian and terrific. Don't miss the highly unusual salad bar.
Off the beaten path fun:
Tianguis Artístico en la Glorieta Chapalita, Av. de las Rosas, Colonia Chapalita. This artists' tianguis sets up every Sunday in the Glorieta Chapalita, a beautiful tree-filled park. It's great fun.
El Trocadero, a small antiques tianguis, sets up every Sunday on Av. México just west of Av. Chapultepec. It's easy to enjoy both the Chapalita artists' tianguis and El Trocadero on the same Sunday, El Trocadero in the morning and Chapalita in the early afternoon.
PM me; I'll be in Guadalajara for the FIL.