In Antigua, cafes come and go, but Rainbow Café has been popular ever since its opening in 1992, and for good reason: the menu is extensive and affordable. The eggs florentine and falafel breakfasts are especially popular. There are also delicious nachos, sandwiches, salads and soups, but try to save room for one of the cafe’s signature licuado drinks. There are plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options for breakfast and brunch.
Meson Panza Verde is a boutique hotel that has one of the very best restaurants in Antigua. Every Sunday, it’s packed out with visitors enjoying its famous weekend brunch, which is served in the pretty inner courtyard. There are several good options, but the eggs Benedict here is considered the best in town. With a lovely setting and gentle piano music playing, its hard to beat for its relaxed and inviting ambiance.
Y tu Piña Tambien is one of the most unique and fun places to enjoy breakfast in Antigua. Late-risers need not worry, as all-day breakfasts are served here. The menu is extensive, but the Mexican breakfast is best: two eggs sunny-side-up with homemade ranchero sauce and melted mozzarella on a tortilla, served with black beans and escabeche. There are also fresh organic salads, smiling staff, cool regulars and an upbeat playlist.
Mama Jojo’s is tiny – little more than a hole in the wall – but if you get here in time to grab a table, count yourself lucky. Run by a perpetually smiling young French Canadian woman, Mama Jojo’s is perfect if you want to start your day with a few laughs as well as a good breakfast. The breakfast burrito is delicious and the most popular item on the menu, although the pesto BLT baguette is also outstanding.
Fernando’s Kaffee is focussed on chocolate and coffee, so visitors with a passion for either should definitely pay a visit. If you’re only peckish, you can enjoy a cup of freshly roasted coffee and a heavenly homemade chocolate cookie, but if you’ve got a hearty appetite, fear not. There are plenty of filling breakfasts here, from crepes filled with scrambled eggs, beans, tomato, onion and pepper, to the Típico – two eggs, beans, fried plantain and homemade tortilla.