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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Cultured in Guadalajara

5. Oddball Day

Greet the day at cheery cafe Piggy-Back; later, join the crowds at a lucha libre match.  

After immersing yourself in Guadalajara’s more highbrow cultural side, bask in the colorful glory of Mexican kitsch. Pull up a vinyl-cord chair and tuck into a breakfast of chilaquiles ($3.50) at tiny café Piggy-Back before hitting the Trocadero antiques market (Sundays along Avenida Mexico); if you’re lucky, you might find some vintage Mexican movie posters and lobby cards among the old clocks, books, suitcases, china, figurines, and other memorabilia. Browse the thousands of dusty LPs for sale at Roxy and Roll (747 Juan Manuel), whose eccentric owner also sells DVDs of Mexican cinema classics and an array of old books. Break for a lunch of shrimp in green curry ($11.50) or dorado fillet with quinoa ($13) at i Latina a bi-level Thai-Mexican fusion joint overseen by dozens of pig figurines installed inside the bright-red bar. Then it’s on to the main event: a lucha libre match at Arena Coliseo (67 Medrano), where masked wrestlers face off in dramatic, acrobatic feats of bravado that are as gracefully choreographed as a ballet (from $10). Grab a late dinner of pozole ($2.50–3.50) at La Morenita del Santuario (520 Pedro Loza), or opt for Guadalajara’s signature dish, the torta ahogada–a pork sandwich soaked in spicy salsa ($2.50). Finish the night at La Bombilla (751A Avenida López Cotilla), which has been serving its crispy-fried churros ($2) and hot chocolate ($2.50) since the 1950s.

Published on Feb 19, 2015 as a web exclusive.