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A Story About A Small Town: Tlaquepaque

Downtown Tlaquepaque is an amazing place to wander through its streets and enjoy its many art galleries. This city is known for its craftsmanship in leather, pottery and rich history.


Before the colonization of the Spaniards, this town was famous with the indigenous tribes as a place where high quality pottery could be found. It was ruled by a queen who managed and controlled a population of 500 inhabitants.


Upon the arrival of the Spaniards most of the customs of the local people were lost and Tlaquepaque was officially founded on the 25th of March of 1530 and was given the name of San Pedro by Fray Antonio de Segovia.


Since then, Tlaquepaque has been a center for change for the state and the country. Many key figures of Mexico have visited this town such as: Miguel Hidalgo, Benito Juárez and Porfirio Díaz, among others. In 1835, Tlaquepaque became the first city to open schools for both genders (male and female) and promoted equality of wages for all of its residents.


In modern times, Tlaquepaque has a healthy economy due to multi-national companies, tourism and its local festivals. Some of the most notable are: Day of the Dead Festival, Winter Cultural Festival and the Cattle Expo.



Tlaquepaque features many places to visit for which we recommend to use the local guide Descubre Tlaquepaque if you want to explore the city more in depth and to shop for some gifts.


Interesting things to do in Tlaquepaque:

Walk the Streets

Tlaquepaque is a place to explore by foot as many of its attractions are not far from the city center. We recommend walking through Independence Street to get a bigger scope of the traditional side of Tlaquepaque.

El Parian

This building is from 1878 and it's named after a Filipino word which means market. Nowadays it's a building that houses different restaurants that serve traditional Mexican food. Enjoy a meal here while listening to amazing mariachi music.

Food Parlors

Food is everywhere in downtown Tlaquepaque - from high end restaurants to mom and pop shops - the majority of these places sell traditional Mexican food and sweet bread. They cater to all types of budgets.

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