By Erica Sosa
Sometimes when you travel you want to exotic shopping options. But if you’re in a rush (like on a business trip) and just need to find some basics quickly, you long for the convenience and familiarity of a shopping mall.
Guadalajara has plenty of both types of shopping, but today we’ll focus on the classic mall where your non-adventurous palate can find chain restaurants such as Burger King, Carl’s Junior, McDonalds, Subway and Starbucks. Two local examples are the “Plaza Galerias” at Rafael Sanzio Av. #150 Residencial la Estancia District, and “Plaza Andares Mall” at Puerta de Hierro Blvd. # 4965 Plaza Andares.
“Plaza Galerias” is the most luxurious mall in Guadalajara, with a “Palacio de Hierro” store welcomes you near the sophisticated entrance. Inside you’ll find familiar retail therapy such as a Best Buy and an Apple store. Another mall with many of the same stores is “La Gran Plaza Fashion Mall” located in Vallarta Ave. #3959 in the Don Bosco District.
The prices at these malls can be as expensive as in their North American counterparts. The good news is the cinema prices are much cheaper. Each of the malls has a Cinepolis, the most popular movie theater chain in Mexico, with promotional pricing each Wednesday of $3.38 USD, regular admission of $4.46, IMAX films for $6.22 and 3D screenings for $6.62 USD.
No discussion of shopping is complete without mentioning shoes. Guadalajara has an entire mall dedicated to footwear and related leather products, the aptly named Shoe Gallery “La Galeria del Zapato” (Shoe Gallery) at Mexico Av. #3225 Vallarta San Jorge District. Most of the shoes sold there are made of leather and manufactured in Mexico, some of them in Leon Guanajuato, famous for its leather industry. There you can find shoes for women and men for $50-$150 USD, leather bags from $30-$120 USD, and many beauty supply stores.
A five minute stroll will take you across the street to “Plaza Mexico” where, if you’re in need of groceries, you can go to WalMart or visit a Starbucks.
In the immediate downtown area, you will also stumble upon many clothing, and shoe stores with fairly reasonable prices. For example, the “Plaza Universidad” at the intersection of Juarez Ave. and Galeana, Colon and 16 de Septiembre Ave. contains many clothing stores featuring prices from $5 – $50 USD and high-heel shoes from $20 – $60 USD.
You can reach the “Gran Plaza Fashion Mall” and “Galerias Mall” from downtown by taking the “Tren Ligero” (light train) and getting off at the “Juarez” stop, from which you can take the “Pre-Tren” bus for six pesos (¢0.47 USD).