Things to do in Tlaquepaque Mexico

Tlaquepaque, pronounced ‘lake-paki’ is in the Mexican state of Jalisco just outside Guadalajara.  Its actual name is San Pedro Tlaquepaque. We were heading to Ajijic on Lake Chapala and needed a place to stay close by to Guadalajara Airport.  We had previously stayed in Guadalajara but wanted somewhere different outside.

(updated 2019)

We have written an e-book on Mexico – A Country Guide after spending many months travelling throughout the country.Things to do in Tlaquepaque Mexico

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What to do in Guadalajara

Things to do in Tlaquepaque Jalisco Mexico

Searching Hotels Combined we saw La Villa Del Ensueno and knew instantly this was the place to stay.

Things to do in Tlaquepaque Mexico


Have you ever booked somewhere just because you liked the look of the hotel?

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Hotel La Villa del Ensueno

We arrived into Tlaquepaque on a Sunday night expecting the small town 7 km from Guadalajara to be closed.  After checking into our hotel – La Villa Del Ensueno – we made our way down the 4 blocks following the noise of laughter and music in the distance.  Although the streets were dark we felt safe and secure.  The closer we got the noisier it was!

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Visit Jardin Hidalgo

The Jardin was packed with families. Smells of freshly cooked sausages, hot chips and of course tacos and spicy sauces wafted past us. Now, this is what you call a buzz!

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Queues outside churches


There was a long queue outside the church.  We wandered closer to find out why?  Parishioners and nuns were cooking up a feast for the families.  It was family night and every family in Tlaquepaque were out having fun.  This is a typical Sunday night in Tlaquepaque.  Can you imagine what a Fiesta night would be like?

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Church lit up for festivities on Sunday night

Mayan Pole Swingers were performing in Plaza Square. Check out our Youtube video.

Street food abounds around the Plaza and the smell of freshly cooked food, spices, fruit juices etc proved too much for us and we succumbed.

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Hot chips and fried pork skins

One of the most popular stands was the hot food stand selling thick french fries with deep fried pork skins.

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Fried pork skins and hot potato chips

The dish is served up with a variety of sauces, chilli and tomato and topped with a slice of lime. Cost: Mexican Pesos 60 = USD3.05

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Vegetarian Street Food

This vegetarian stand sold a dish that we could not find out the name of.  A plate of boiled potatoes, broccoli, white corn, white grated cheese topped with chili sauce.

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Vegetarian Dish Street Food

There was so much that I could not finish it. Cost: Mexican Pesos 40 = USD2.00.  Mexican street food does not get any better than this.

Down pedestrian-only streets we came across many restaurants, bars and boutiques.

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Could you finish this Mojito?

There was quite a queue to have a photo taken outside the Tlaquepaque restaurant –  Patio Restaurant drinking this large Mojito.

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Pedestrian Only Streets in Tlaquepaque

The streets were decorated with overhanging ornaments.

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Statutes in Tlaquepaque

Statues depicting historical events were great photo opportunities for visitors.

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La Valentina Cantina

All this Mexican street food and wandering around the streets worked up a thirst.  La Valentina Cantina has a rooftop bar that overlooks the church and the square.  A great place to sit down enjoy a beer or a mojito whilst enjoying the Sunday night atmosphere.

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Night View

Visit Calle Independencia

Things to do in Tlaquepaque Mexico

Calle Independencia

Calle Independencia during the night or day is a fun street to wander down.  Not only are there many restaurants and bars to choose from but you will need to look up towards the sky and enjoy the famous umbrellas overhead.

Tours to Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque

If you are visiting Guadalajara there is a half day tour available that includes both Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque. Click here for more details

Tlaquepaque arts and craft village  and a city tour of Guadalajara. Click here for more details

Where To Stay in Tlaquepaque Jalisco

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Where to stay in  Guadalajara Mexico

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Where to Eat in Tlaquepaque

For the top 10 Restaurants in Tlaquepaque, we checked out Tripadvisor.

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  • Looks really colorful & inviting. And the food, yum! Keep ’em coming you two!

  • Penny says:

    That sounds like my kind of Sunday night. You two sure know where to find the best fun things to do!

  • I love the sounds of Tlaquepaque. Pedestrian only streets winding into a maze of venders and a cacophony of smells. It sounds like a perfect Sunday night deep in the heart of Mexico.

  • Oh yes, I have! I have booked hotels going by the looks of it. I’d read the reviews later though, after I like the ‘look’ then book it!!! Haha.. Mostly works out good.
    Mexico is very much in my wishlist, but its a bit too far away for me! Hope I’ll get to visit there soon.
    I’m super happy to see the veggie version of street food. More often than not, I feel left out in that aspect!

  • Lisa says:

    You had me at fried pork skins and hot potato chips! I loved my time in Mexico and would return in a flash. I’ve never chosen a hotel because I like the look of it…yet! Tlaquepaque looks like somewhere I’d definitely visit. Love the look of your Mexico book too; would love to have a read!

  • Paul Healy says:

    This looks like one of those exotic Mexican towns you just have to visit. Sounds like there’s so much going on with the performers in the square and all that street food. Not sure about pork skins and potato chips, but when in Rome….

    • Hi Paul
      Thanks for your comments. Lots of street food in Tlaquepaque, but first time we have seen pork skins – very popular. At least there were many stalls to choose other food from.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Tlaquepaque looks so vibrant and happening. Though it has a tongue twister of a name, the place seems to bring alive the Mexican spirit. The street food scene looks really impressive. This is definitely a place that needs to be explored.

    • Hi Sandy
      Thanks for your comments. It took us a while to say the name correctly LOL but it is a great place to spend a night or two.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Blairvillanueva says:

    I could imagine myself up in that hotel overlooking the colored streets. This place is gorgeous and unique. If only the airfare is cheap from Manila to Mexico, I would love to explore it.

    • Hi Blairvillanueva
      Thanks for your comments. Hopefully one day airfares from Manila to Mexico will become cheaper so that you can visit.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Yukti says:

    Tlaquepaque Jalisco Mexico looks interesting and vibrant place to visit. I loved your quirky beautiful Hotel La Villa del Ensueno stay. Taking stroll in Calle Independencia would also be a great thing to do here.

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