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Guatemalan cuisine is arguably the most complex, flavorsome and varied in all of Central America, and as the sprawling capital, Guatemala City is one of the best spots to sample it. Whether you’re looking to try some local delights, dig into a bowl of delicious vegetarian food or just want to sip a cup of freshly roasted coffee, Guatemala City has it all. Here are the best cafes and coffee shops in town.
If you’re a veggie looking for a good but inexpensive lunch, head to Arbol de la Vida, Guatemala City’s original vegetarian restaurant. Though it first opened in 1974, Arbol de la Vida suffered a series of closures over the years due to unforeseen events, such as the devastating earthquake of 1976. However, since re-opening in 2003 this cafe has been thriving, and is one of the best spots in the city to enjoy a meat-free lunch. Choose from homemade soups, tasty quiches and delicious veggie burgers – with plenty of tofu and quinoa used in the dishes, this is one easy way to get a veggie protein fix that isn’t rice and beans. The salads are especially great; if in doubt, go for the ensalada de vida.