There are over 150 eating Antigua Guatemala restaurants, most within walking distance of each other – it’s a foodie’s paradise. This is not a comprehensive list, but there is plenty from where to choose. Whenever possible, the link on the name will direct you to the menu. Hey, don’t say we never did anything for you ;)
For a quick overview of the restaurant scene and if you’re short of time and pretty hungry, check out our Top 10 List right below our table of contents. But if you have time, definitely browse our more comprehensive list further down – there are some real gems on this page and great restaurants if you’re looking for a particular cuisine.
So you can quickly find the restaurant you’re looking for and determine how close or far away it is, we’ve grouped them by location. If street food is more your style, check out our Guatemalan food guide (opens in new tab). If looking for coffee, you may want to take a look at our coffee shop guide (also new tab).
Table of Contents
- Price Guide
- Top 10 List of Antigua Guatemala Restaurants
- On 1a Avenida
- On 2a Avenida
- On 3a Avenida
- On 4a Avenida
- On 5a Avenida
- On 6a Avenida
- On 7a Avenida
- On Calzada Santa Lucia
- On 1a Calle
- On 3a Calle
- On 4a Calle
- On 5a Calle
- On 6a Calle
- On 7a Calle
- Inexpensive Local Eateries
- Fast Food Restaurants
- Local Fast Food Chains
$ = Most Main Dishes under Q50 ($6.25)
$$ = Most Main Dishes are Q50 – Q100 ($6.25 – $12.50)
$$$ = Most Main Dishes are Q100 – Q150 ($12.50 – $18.75)
$$$$ = Main Dishes over Q150 (Over $18.75)
Top 10 List of Antigua Guatemala Restaurants
French Toast @ Tenedor del Cerro
Doña Luisa Xicontecatl
More delicious fresh-baked bread that you can shake a stick at. Try the banana bread. Breakfast is great here. Soups are great too. (4ta Calle Oriente #12). $
Great coffee and chocolate. Limited menu, but you can’t go wrong with anything you pick – has good WiFi too. (7ma Avenida Norte and Callejon Camposeco). $
Bills itself as the hangover recovery place to be. Don’t know about that personally -ahem- though I know that everyone raves about their muffins, sandwiches, pancakes, and friendly staff. I mean, c’mon… how can you say no to bacon pancakes, eh? Sunday brunch. (1ra Avenida Sur 10B and 6ta Calle). $
Refugio Coffee Bar
How serious are you about your coffee? Is it something you just have to push through to jolt you out of your slumber, or do you REALLY love it? Either way, check out Refugio. If you’ve never had the good stuff, this is a good place to start living life the right way, my friend. The smell of roasting coffee beans wafting to the street every morning should be your clue that you’re in for a treat. (7th Avenida Norte 18A). $
Inexpensive, good breakfast, sandwiches and salads at lunch time. Popular with the foreigners. They also have live music on weekends, open mike nights on Wednesdays. (7ma Avenida Sur #8 – International). $
Huevos Rancheros @ Panaderia y Cafe Santa Clara
Like at Doña Luisa, the strength of this establishment is its successful bakery. But its cafe is very underrated. All-day breakfast is tasty and priced right. They also have an extensive lunch menu. Go on the right day, and you’ll also catch live music. (2da Avenida Sur #18 – International). $
Strong coffee, great omelets. Conveniently located right across from Parque Central. And for you, late morning stragglers, you’ll be pleased to know they serve breakfast all day! Sunday brunch. (5ta Avenida, West side, across Parque Central). $
This place gets a mention not so much for the food, which is OK, but the marvelous views. Come here for breakfast on a bright, sunny day, and gaze at the volcanoes into the distance from atop beautiful Santo Domingo del Cerro – click to open in new window. To get here, catch a free shuttle at Hotel Santo Domingo. (Santo Domingo del Cerro – Closed Mondays). $$ (rating is for breakfast prices).
Outstanding – if pricey by Guatemalan standards – breakfast. It was here that for the first time, after multiple failed attempts, I fell in love with a well-done corn tortilla and delicious Guatemalan breakfast. Their coffee is top-notch, and you can browse their gift shop to get your hands on some. $$
Cafetenango is outstanding, though you’ll need a ride to get there since it’s about a five-minute ride from town in nearby San Felipe. No worries though! There’s a free, cool Unimog truck shuttle leaving every day from the following locations (ask the driver for return times if you don’t want to stay until lunchtime):
2a Avenida Norte & 2a Calle Oriente
8:20, 10:20 and 13:20 hrs
Ruins of San José El Viejo
8a Calle Poniente & 5a Avenida (near Porta Hotel Antigua)
8:30, 10:30 and 13:30 hrs
Ribs? Brisket? Pulled pork? In Antigua? Yup. Prepared by a born and raised Texan. Told you this was a town for foodies. Get a plate of ribs for Q25 on Fridays. Oh, and go early, because they run out fast out of everything. (6ta Calle Poniente #21B). $
Love this tiny restaurant. Friendly staff, though it tends to get busy at times. Try the beef tenderloin; you won’t be disappointed. (1ra Calle Poniente 9a – Next to La Merced Church). $$
Antigua’s first food truck is a great place to grab a sandwich for lunch. Try the meatball sub, a crowd favorite. Combos usually run at Q30. Read our report here. (1a Avenida Sur #4- “Closed” Mondays and Tuesdays). $
Sure, you can get ceviche out of the trucks parked out by Calzada Santa Lucia. But I have to be honest. I don’t get the appeal of eating delicious raw seafood while sitting on a stool placed on a dirty sidewalk, breathing chicken bus fumes. At the beach? Sure. But on the street? Instead, go to Hugo’s proper location. Not only is it pleasant, clean, and you get your pick of more delicious food, expertly prepared, but there are bathrooms, a small playpen for the young ones, and even free WiFi! Sure, some may disagree, but I’ll stick to the indoors location on this one. (7ma Calle Poniente #11). $$
Another restaurant that consistently gets high marks from everyone I talk to. What’s taken me so long to go and try some of their unicorn steaks? Your guess is as good as mine. Will visit, eventually. I hear their ice cream is amazing too. (4ta Calle Oriente #4A). $$$
A genuine French bistro. Excellent for lunch and dinner with a big wine list and absinthe – offers a Sunday brunch. Expen$ive. (4ta Calle Oriente #7). $$$
Skip the overpriced Mexican joint near the Arch – this is the place for authentic and delicious enchiladas, tacos, and burritos. Try the Pescado Loreto and the shrimp and bacon varieties. (6ta Calle Poniente #21). $$
With many raving fans, this restaurant is known for its fabulous seafood dishes. Run by a Belgian Chef, the staff is among the friendliest in Antigua. Pet-friendly, which is nice. (6ta Calle Poniente #6). $$$
Known for their eggplant dishes, this place won’t appeal to everyone due to its quirky ambiance. But hey, pubs are not Disneyland nor supposed to be for everyone – character has to count for something these days, right? (2da Avenida Sur #9a). $$
The place for a romantic evening or special occasion. Reserve the “Cueva” (grotto) if you really want to impress someone. High-end meals and wine to match, bring a loaded wallet and dress for the occasion. Although really, this IS Central America. You’d be easily paying double elsewhere for the same ambiance and food. (5ta Avenida Sur #19 – Continental cuisine). $$$$
This stylish restaurant started the crepe craze in Antigua. Nice, relaxing terrace. Be warned – it gets packed on weekends (6a Avenida Norte #40). $
On 1a Avenida
1a Avenida #15 – 7832-7300 – Opens: 8 am every day. Closes at 10 pm every day.
Rooftop bar with great views of Antigua and its volcanoes. A favorite place for tourists to enjoy cocktails at sunset. Offers mainly Mexican food – fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, etc., that’s popular with young crowds. The cafe has a downstairs sitting area and WiFi.
1a Avenida Sur #11A – 7832-3352 – Opens: 12pm every day. Closes: 11 pm every day
Pleasant courtyard, especially at night, near the bonfire. Angie, the owner, has her art on display throughout the restaurant (also for sale). Oven-baked gourmet pizzas and live music.
1a Avenida Sur #17B – 7832-9864
Opens: 12 pm every day. Closes: 9pm (Sun-Th), 10pm (Fri-Sat)
Great place if you’re in the mood for Italian food. Homemade pasta, bread, salads, soups, ravioli, and pizzas. Claudio, the owner, speaks perfect English.
1a Avenida Sur #6 – 7832-5717 – Opens: Lunch – 12pm-3:30pm (Mon, Wed-Fri), Dinner – 6pm-9:30pm (Mon, Wed-Fri), 12pm – 9:30pm (Sat-Sun)
Surrounded by Spanish colonial architecture, it can eventually dawn on travelers that, while the Maya culture is heavily emphasized and displayed everywhere in the form of Mayan textiles and designs, Spanish culture seems to be conspicuously absent. And that is by design, as the descendants of the same Spanish colonizers, claimed their independence and cut ties with the motherland, though retaining a sense of racial superiority.
One area where Spanish influence lives on, aside from the language, is in Guatemalan cuisine, as many ingredients and recipes were brought over from Europe, adapted and remixed to create the Guatemalan cuisine we know today. If you’ve had your fill of Mayan cuisine, then it’s only fair to go back to the source and explore the other side. La Gastroteca offers an authentic Spanish dining experience. From paella (rice and seafood dish) to seafood and quality wine, meats, and cheeses that are impossible to find elsewhere, a visit here is to tour Spain without having to cross over the pond. Expensive, but keep in mind all the money you’ll save by not needing to fly to Spain. Closed Tuesdays.
1a Avenida Sur #17A – 4079-2092 – Opens: 12pm daily. Closes: 9:30pm (Mon-Sat), 8:30pm (Sun). If you’re in the mood for huge, interesting, and affordable food portions, this is the place to visit. With a mix of Mediterranean, Indian, and Indonesian dishes, you’ll find something tasty to your liking in this simple and somewhat rustic establishment.
Not sure what to order? Ask the Dutch owner, Eduardo, a friendly fellow who’s easy to spot at the Mercado most mornings, looking for fresh produce. Try their curries, and famous fish and chips (the latter only available Thursdays and Fridays) are solid bets. Has a great selection of imported beers. Inexpensive too.
On 2a Avenida
Central Park Pizzeria
2a Avenida Sur #10B – 7832-1129 – Opens: 12pm (Wed-Sun). Closes: 10 pm (Mon, Wed-Th, Sun), 11 pm (Fri-Sat). Closed Tuesdays.
New to the scene, this authentic NY-style pizzeria is quickly becoming a favorite in town. The star is the pizza – fresh dough made daily, but you’ll also find real calzones (made with ricotta cheese, as it should be), and a small pasta/salad menu. Happy Hour is from 3 pm – 7 pm. Doors close at the stated times, but the Sports Bar keeps serving customers later. Delivery available.
2a Avenida Sur #12 – 7832-0886 – Opens: 6pm (Tue), 11:45am (Wed-Sun). Closes: 9pm (Sun), 10pm (Tue-Sat)
This Belgian-owned restaurant has recently relocated to bigger digs at 2a Avenida Sur. Has a nice ambiance and serves some of the best authentic Spanish dishes in town. Tuna tartare, steaks, pasta and high-end salads are good picks. Have chocolate mousse for dessert – you won’t regret it. Prices higher than average.
¿Y Por Qué No? Cafe
2a Avenida Sur, 9a Calle Oriente – 4324-5407 – Open: 6pm – 10pm (Mon-Sat)
This tiny restaurant is a favorite of locals and expats. Has only a couple of tables downstairs and a six more crammed upstairs in the makeshift attic – which you get to by climbing a steep narrow staircase with the aid of a rope (sounds worse than it is).
Tasty steaks, burritos, pizzas, quesadillas, shrimp curry and eggplant dishes. Fills up fast, so get there early or make reservations. Wait for a table outside – there’s no room to do so inside the restaurant – and mingle with other patrons and chat up the friendly owners. Funky decoration and you can write a message on the wall with the markers provided. Very good value.
On 3a Avenida
3a Avenida Norte – #11B – 7832-5545 – Open: 10am every day. Closes: 9 pm daily.
This upscale deli has an ample menu and great vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. From hamburgers to seafood, the food is fresh and well prepared. Lovely garden setting behind the restaurant as well. Pricey by Antigua standards.
El Cazador Italiano
3a Avenida Norte #1B – 7832-2955 – Opens: 12 pm – 11 pm daily.
Run by an Italian chef, this is the place to visit for high-end pizza. Thin crust pizzas with savory items, like prosciutto, are crowd favorites. Pasta and salads are available also, with a varied choice of Italian wines. Outdoor patio and beautiful terrace. Pricier than most local restaurants and a favorite of the affluent Guatemala City crowd.
Restaurante Las Antorchas
3a Avenida Sur #1 – 7832-0806 – Opens: Lunch – 11 am – 3 pm (Mon-Fri), until 4 pm (Sat), until 5 pm (Sun), Dinner – 6 pm – 10 pm (Mon-Sat). The elegant steakhouse has a good selection of meat cuts and traditional Guatemalan dishes. Kebabs and blue cheese steak medallions are two of their specialties. Pasta, soups, and salads round out the menu.
On 4a Avenida
On 5a Avenida
Los Tres Tiempos
5a Avenida Norte #31 – 7832-5161 – Opens: 8 am daily. Closes: 11 pm (Sun-Thu), 12 am (Fri-Sat). If you’re looking to eat typical Guatemalan food, presented with flair in an upscale setting, this is the place for you. Sure, you can have many of the same items a block away at La Merced Church for a fifth of the price, but if you can afford it, Los Tres Tiempos will deliver when it comes to ambiance, dish presentation, and quality of ingredients. Enjoyable terrace to have a drink in.
Frida’s Mexican Restaurant
5a Avenida Norte #29 – 7832-0504 – Opens: 12 pm – 1 am daily.
Frida Kahlo-themed restaurant with serviceable Tex-Mex food. Ideally suited for less-than-adventurous travelers craving a “Mexican” dining experience… in Guatemala. Good margaritas. Pricey by Guatemalan standards and located just a few steps from Arco Santa Catalina. Live music at night.
5a Avenida (Across Parque Central) – 7832-0038 – Opens: 7 am every day. Closes: 8 pm (Sun-Th), 9 pm (Fri-Sat). Tourists love the breakfasts here. Coffee is strong and very good, which they farm and roast – also available for sale. Their Sunday brunch buffet (eggs, pancakes, pastries, etc.) is very attractive and a good value at under Q80. Their New York Cheesecake is also a favorite menu item. Sandwiches and salads available. Expect to pay prices above average for Antigua.
Fonda de la Calle Real
3a Calle Poniente #7 – 7832-0507 – Opens: 12 pm – 10 pm daily. One of the oldest restaurants in the city, beautifully decorated, serving Guatemalan traditional dishes. Every celebrity and visiting dignitary – from Charlie Sheen to Bill Clinton, visits Fonda on their way through town. But that doesn’t mean you have to – there are better options elsewhere, in places where food is prepared on the same day and not heated in a microwave. Pricey, especially for the type of food they serve. One more reason not to trust lazy guidebook writers without asking the locals first.
Mesón Panza Verde
5a Avenida Sur #19 – 7955-8282 – Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm daily
Elegant restaurant with a beautiful rooftop area that doubles as an art gallery. It serves decent contemporary cuisine. Live jazz and piano music on weekends. Dress appropriately. On the high-end of the price scale, Panza Verde is suited for a romantic date.
On 6a Avenida
Luna de Miel
6a Avenida Norte #40 – 7882-4559 – Open: 9 am (Wed-Sun), 10 am (Mon-Tue). Closed: 9:30 pm (Mon-Sat), 9 pm (Sun)
Responsible for the crepe craze in Antigua. Lovely decoration and cute, comfortable covered terrace. Their crepes even get thumbs up from French visitors. Sweet crepes are their specialty. Smoothies and coffee are available.
6a Avenida Norte #19A – 7832-1984 – Open: 6 pm (Tue), 12:30 pm (Wed-Sun). Closed: 10 pm (Tue-Sat), 4 pm (Sun)
Japanese restaurant with an interesting concept, run by trained Colombian chefs – which explains the fusion of Latin and Asian dishes. Tempura, sashimi, and yakitori are among the recommended choices on their limited menu, but what they serve, they prepare expertly.
6a Avenida Norte #2 – 7832-5250 – Open: 7 am – 10 pm daily.
The most expensive steakhouse in town, but then again, cheaper than a comparable restaurant in the USA. Also, keep in mind that beef in Guatemala is leaner, which may result in steaks that, while healthier, can be a bit tougher than you’re used to. Try Madre Tierra next door, also run by the owners of Casa Escobar – pay half the price for a less-upscale setting.
The Londoner Pub
6a Avenida Norte #6 – 7791-2701 Opens: 12 pm (Mon-Thu), 10 am (Fri-Sun). Closes: 11 pm daily. This British pub has pies, fish and chips, and many of the Queen’s favorites. Popular expat hangout with daily meal specials, happy hour, and live music on weekends.
6a Avenida Norte #1 – Opens: 8 am every day. Closes: 9 pm (Mon-Sat), 7 pm (Sun). One of the prettiest cafés in town with delicious French-inspired desserts – great coffee too. Sandwiches, salads, and soups available.
On 7a Avenida
7a Avenida Norte – 7832-6953 – Opens: 7 am every day. Closes: 7 pm (Mon-Sat), 12:30pm (Sun). A laid back cafe with an open courtyard, known for its coffee, which is roasted on site.
7a Avenida Sur #8 – 7832-1919 – Opens: 8 am – 11 pm every day. A long-time favorite of expats and visiting tourists, Rainbow Cafe offers good breakfasts, soups, and sandwiches. The food is high-quality, and prices are in line with what a typical tourist on vacation expects to pay. Live music at 8 pm, open mic night on Wednesdays. Has a bookstore at the entrance to the restaurant.
On Calzada Santa Lucia
Portal del Comercio #8 – 7832-1244 Open: 8am – 11pm daily. Near the Mercado, this restaurant serves up tasty Austrian food – the schnitzel is as good as you’ll find in Central America. Good lunch specials, comfortable ambiance. Wifi available.
Pupusería El Sapo y La Rana
Calzada Santa Lucía #11 – Opens: Lunch and Dinner. Try pupusas, a traditional dish from El Salvador. Have a giant pupusa – aka Mayan Pizza – if you’re starving.
On 1a Calle
1a Calle Poniente #9A – 7832-9867 – Opens: 12:15 pm daily. Closes: 10 pm (Sun-Th), 11 pm (Fri-Sat). For a long time – and still, considered one of the best restaurants in Antigua, this intimate, upscale French-inspired bistro delivers a great dining experience. Tiny restaurant, so it will feel like you have the place to yourself. Arrive early to secure a table.
On 3a Calle
El Refectorio del Prior
3a Calle Oriente #28A (Inside Hotel Santo Domingo) – 7820-1222 – Opens: 7 am daily. Closes: 10 pm daily. Dinner service starts at 7 pm.
Located inside the former convent of the Dominican order, this restaurant has one of the more dazzling settings in town – the perfect place for a romantic date. Latin, Guatemalan and South American dishes are above average. The tasting menu is a worthy splurge. Its Sunday brunch is also popular with tourists and locals alike. Good wine. Make a reservation and arrive early, so you can stroll the grounds and museums next to the restaurant.
El Tenedor del Cerro
Cerro de Santa Ines – 7820-1221 – Opens: 7 am (Tue-Sun). Closes: 10 pm (Tu-Sat), 5 pm (Sun). Owned by the same company that owns Hotel Casa Santo Domingo. The restaurant is located inside a compound with an open-air gallery, aviary, and children’s playground. It’s a white-tablecloth restaurant, so expect prices to be higher than average for Antigua. International menu, with pizzas, pasta, and meat dishes. Great views of Antigua and surrounding volcanoes.
To get here, you can walk (not recommended, as it’s a kilometers-long, steep climb). Drive (there’s a Q10 parking fee), or better yet, take the free scenic shuttle that leaves from the entrance of Hotel Casa Santo Domingo (3a Calle Oriente) – it departs every 15-25 minutes.
3a Calle Oriente #21 – 7832-6579 – Opens: 12 pm every day. Closes: 10 pm (Sun-Mon), 10:30 pm (Tue-Th), 11 pm (Fri-Sat). Argentinian steak house – an excellent choice for meat lovers. The restaurant has a garden-like setting. Steaks are grilled any way you want and most dishes include access to their generous salad bar. Choose chorizo, fish, or pasta if you’re not in the mood for steak. Skip the appetizer and save room for dessert instead, which is also great – alfajores are highly recommended, if available.
On 4a Calle
Doña Luisa Xicotencatl
4a Calle Oriente #12 – 7832-2578 – Opens: 7 am – 9:30 pm daily.
While the take-out bakery gets all the accolades – the best banana bread you’ll ever have comes out hot out of the oven early in the afternoon, the two-story restaurant behind the bakery is worth a visit. Doña Luisa has a varied menu – soups and sandwiches, and salads.
4a Calle Oriente #21 – 7832-0630 – Opens: 12 pm daily. Closes: 10 pm (Mon-Th), 10:30 pm (Fri-Sun). It has one of the most romantic settings in Antigua. Quality international dishes – lobster, steak, rabbit, are expertly prepared. High prices, as it leans towards the “special occasion” category.
4a Calle Oriente #10 – 7832-3522 – Opens: 12pm (Mon-Tue), 8am (Wed-Sat), 9am (Sun). Closes: 10pm (Mon-Thu), 12am (Fri-Sat), 9pm (Sun).
Small bar with creative fusion cuisine – chocolate pasta? Coffee-glazed pork? Michos consistently ranks as one of the better dining options in town. Cocktails, like their Avocado Margarita, are tasty, as are lamb sliders. Small bar, but it has tables available in the courtyard behind it. Prices higher than average.
4a Calle Oriente #7 – 7758-9595 – Opens: 11 am every day. Closes: 10 pm (Mon-Sat), 8 pm (Sun).
Pricey upscale French bistro. Reservations are probably required if visiting on a weekend night. Duck and absinthe are these restaurant’s claim to fame. Bears repeating, but it’s expensive.
4a Calle Oriente #1C – 7882-4606 – Opens: 12pm every day. Closes: 8pm (Tue-Wed), 10pm (Th-Sat), 4pm (Sun)
Just a half block away from Parque Central. This restaurant serves European cuisine by French owner and chef Jean Francois. Pasta, steaks, duck, and seafood dominate the menu. The rooftop terrace oversees the ruins of Bishop Marroquin’s former residence, located next to the cathedral, as well as a direct view of surrounding volcanoes. Prices higher than average.
4a Calle Oriente #4A – 7832-3231 – Opens: 11 am – 10 pm (Wed-Mon).
Alex Ferrar, the owner/painter/writer extends his creative talents to the kitchen in this restaurant located less than a block away from Parque Central. It’s no ordinary menu. Fancy unicorn steak, or chicken in banana-jalapeño sauce? Alex will make it for you. And if you don’t like his food, he may challenge you to a duel – I’m not kidding. Margaritas, pizzas, and desserts are exceptional, as are the gourmet ice creams – flavors like beer and bacon, Cuban cigar, avocado, and apple pie, are worth tasting. Sobremesa also has a small ice cream shop around the corner (Helados Exóticos – 4a Avenida Norte #5A) where you can sample dozens of his ice cream creations.
On 5a Calle
Le Petit Saint Malo
5a Calle Poniente #3 – 7832-4060 – Opens: 11 am to 3 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm (Mon-Th), 11 am (Fri-Sun). Closes: 10 pm (Fri-Sun).
When it comes to crepes, this is as upscale as it gets in Antigua. Known for its savory crepes, which are a regional specialty of Saint Malo, France. Such is the premium placed on authenticity that buckwheat flour, requisite if making galettes (as savory crepes are known), is brought directly from France – other creperies in town can’t claim to have the same commitment to quality. Dessert (sweet) crepes are also available.
5a Calle Poniente #15C – 4150-3788 – Opens: 11 am every day. Closes: 9 pm every day.
Previously located just half a block from Parque Central. Owner Jin serves up authentic Korean dishes. Good kimchi and the Korean BBQ is always a fun experience, especially if you’re with dining with a companion.
5a Calle Poniente #8 – 7832-1784 – Opens: 11 am (Thu-Tue). Closes: 10 pm (Th-Tue).
Christophe, Meson Panza Verde’s former chef, prepares great pizzas and pasta in his restaurant, just a half-block away from Parque Central. Salmon, duck, frog legs and steak dishes are also available.
On 6a Calle
6a Calle Poniente #21 – 7832-2163 – Opens: 12 pm to 10 pm every day.
This is the best place in town for outstanding Mexican food and cocktails. Go for the famous shrimp and bacon tacos/burritos, or fish tacos. Pricey by Central American standards, but worth it. Live music most nights.
6a Calle Poniente #33 -7832-2200 – Opens: 7 am – 9 pm daily.
For fans of health-conscious eating, Samsara is the go-to spot in town. Plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options for everyone, including smoothies that are meals unto themselves. The restaurant is cozy and has a new-age vibe – all religions welcome if decorations are any indication. Also, has an extensive selection of teas. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
6a Calle Oriente #6 – 7882-4250 – Opens: 5:30pm (Fri-Wed) Closes: 9:30pm (Fri-Wed). This oasis’ origins is the typical Antigua story. A Japanese couple comes to Antigua to visit, fall in love with the city and decide to stay. Authentic Japanese food as if you were sitting at a table in a Japanese home on the other side the world. Has a simple menu with fresh, healthy, organic food. Chicken curry is excellent and pulled pork dishes highly recommended. Dinner only. Closed Thursdays.
Corner of 6a Calle Oriente & 5a Avenida Sur – 2420-9938 – Opens: 6 am – 10 pm daily. This bakery/restaurant is one of the most successful chains in Guatemala – and for a good reason. The bakery has a good variety of bread, pastries, and cakes, while the restaurant offers a diverse menu. Pasta, pizzas, soups, sandwiches, burgers and traditional breakfasts available and the service is friendly and attentive. San Martin has a large courtyard with additional, smaller seating areas. Lunch specials available.
6a Calle Poniente #21 – 7758-9595 – Opens: 11 am every day. Closes: 10 pm (Mon-Sat), 8 pm (Sun). As close as you can get to authentic barbecue from Texas in Antigua. Blake, owner, and native Texan has all the favorites: pulled pork, smoked meats, brisket, ribs, hamburgers, Texas chicken, and requisite sides. Generous portions, but not a cheap meal. WiFi/Delivery.
6a Calle Poniente #30 – Open: 7 am daily. Guatemala’s answer to Olive Garden – minus the endless breadsticks. More upscale than your typical chain restaurant. Has pasta, pizzas, and tasty garlic bread. Lovely terrace.
On 7a Calle
7a Calle Poniente #15 – 7832-0364 – Opens: 8 am – 10 pm every day. Israeli-oriented backpacker restaurant. A relaxed vibe in an open courtyard with floor cushions and low tables. Serves middle-eastern fare – great hummus, and has loads of vegetarian options.
Inexpensive Local Eateries
If you’re looking to have an authentic dining experience, look no further. These restaurants are a great bargain. The following places serve tried-and-true Guatemalan comfort food that is filling and light on the wallet (or purse).
6a Calle Oriente #8 – Opens: 7 am daily. My go-to place for an inexpensive, Guatemalan-style breakfast (oatmeal, eggs cooked your way, refried black beans, bread/tortillas, fried sweet plantains, cheese, and coffee) for only Q15 ($2USD). Lunch menu changes daily, but they often have good soups and pepián for only Q25, the latter a bargain and authentic to boot.
3a Avenida Sur #3. A bit more expensive (Q30 for lunch), their portions are huge – go for the Pollo a la leña (wood-fired roasted chicken), which is very tasty.
Refacciones y Pupuseria Odilia
3a Calle #1. Inexpensive home-cooked lunches served in a hole in the wall. Lunches cost 20Q, and you can choose whatever is on the grill that day. Longanizas (pork sausages) are great, as are their stews.
Casa de las Mixtas
3er Callejón Cofiño, an alley off 3a Calle Poniente, near Calzada Santa Lucia – Opens: 7:30 am, Monday – Friday. Closed weekends. Friendly staff, inexpensive (Q20) lunch menu – includes a starter soup, roll, main dish with sides, tortillas, drink, and dessert. Or get a burrito for the same price. Has a la carte menu. The Q30 fish fillet lunch, available daily, is worth the ‘splurge.’ Not the cleanest restaurant in town.
6a Avenida Norte #42 – Open: 7am – 10pm daily. A local institution, this ‘restaurant’ has been here seemingly forever and is listed in all the big guidebooks. To visit, enter the owner’s small ‘tienda’ and go behind the counter to the store in the back. While there are other places serving equal and/or better Guatemalan food in nicer settings, this place is worth a visit if only to experience what it’s like to have a Guatemalan grandmother serve you food right at her humble kitchen. If you’re the squeamish type, this place might not be for you. You might even see grandma Canche (slang for ‘blonde’) herself.
Fast Food Restaurants
If you’ve traveled thousands of miles and the only thing that will make your vacation perfect is a BigMac, who am I to judge? Maybe your children are picky eaters. Perhaps you’ve been traveling for a few months already and feel a little nostalgic for home. Could be you’re a bit curious if a Whopper tastes the same in Guatemala. Whatever your reason for bypassing the dozens of much better options in town, we’ve got you covered.
4a Calle Poniente #21. It’s been said that this location has the best courtyard in town – I can’t disagree. Check out the McCafé – in Guatemala, McDonald’s locations usually have a small, Starbucks-like café that’s separate from the restaurant. Don’t forget to try their fried chicken – it’s delicious. Has a children’s playground. Fact: Did you know that Happy Meals were invented in Guatemala?
4a Calle Poniente #7 – Opens at 6 am. Second class joint in Guatemala too.
4a Calle Poniente #18 – Opens at 7 am. A new addition in town. Just like McDonald’s, it sits in a beautifully restored colonial home. Expensive house, cheap food, outlets for your electronic devices – not a bad place.
5a Avenida Norte #10, across from Parque Central – Opens at 8 am. Lacks charm, but has a huge, quiet upstairs section with WiFi.
4a Calle Poniente #32A – Opens at 9 am. Another newcomer. Super popular with locals and cash-strapped backpackers. Can’t beat the value of a basic cheese pizza for only Q35, ham or pepperoni for Q40. Carry out only.
6a Avenida Norte #9 – Opens at 9 am. Has daily sub specials and promotions for small groups.
4a Calle Poniente #20. Why would anyone come here for coffee when there are so many excellent options just steps away is a mystery to me. Come for colorful donuts, often decorated to mark local holidays.
4a Calle Oriente #29E & Calzada Santa Lucía #12 – (7832-1043) – Opens at 9 am. 2×1 special Tuesday and Thursday.
4a Avenida Norte #2 – (2500-0000) – Opens at 10 am daily. Another newcomer in town. Same pizzas you remember from the US.
Local Fast Food Chains
5a Avenida Norte #14 & Calzada Santa Lucía #8 – Opens at 7 am. Guatemala’s most successful franchise, with locations in Las Vegas, Washington D.C., and New York. Good fried chicken, if pricey by Guatemalan standards.
4a Calle Poniente #17 – Opens at 7 am. Guatemala’s version of Applebee’s – huge menu filled with mostly bland food. Popular with groups.
4a Calle Oriente #27 – Opens at 12 pm. Local sushi chain restaurant. Not bad, but better elsewhere.
Calzada Santa Lucía Sur – Opens at 7 am. This hole in the wall fried chicken takeout joint is always packed.
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