The city's geography can be divided in:
* East-central: mostly empoverished ghettos, famous locally for the Obregón St., the city's red light district.
* North: a strange blend of ghettos, middle-class houses and upscale neighborhoods. The zoo, the planetarium, the Department of Transit and the Jalisco Stadium are located there.
* South: lots and lots of new middle-class neighborhoods, some ghettos (less than east-central though), a lot of pollution, and the place where you can find the city's biggest hills. The airport is located there, as well as the exit highway to Chapala.
* Far southwest: a little town about to be engulfed by the urban sprawl, and lots of big, posh neighborhoods, two of them in a hilltop. I happen to live in one of them.
* West-central: lots of cafés, restaurants, bars, art galleries, night clubs, furnitures, boutiques and big, tall buildings, as well as a couple of theaters. The best place to go out on a date.
* Eastern: this area is split in two: Tonalá and Tlaquepaque. Both of them used to be smaller towns absorbed by the urban sprawl. You can buy handicrafts here, but you can also go sight-seeing in Tlaquepaque.
* Western: mostly middle and upper class neighborhoods, also home of every single big mall in Guadalajara.
* Downtown: the first place where most visitors go. Visitors usually go there for the awesome sights, events and places, while locals go there because of the San Juan de Dios market (aka "San Johnny"), a place where you can buy smuggled merchandise, pirated CDs/DVDs/console games, cheap staple food, local souvenirs, and bootlegged apparel.