Guatemala arguably offers the most flavoursome and varied cuisine in all of Central America, and Antigua is the best place to sample it. Whether you’re after a healthy salad, some traditional treats or just a cup of freshly roasted local coffee, Antigua has it all.
Part café, part bookstore, Rainbow Café has been thriving since 1992 and is well worth a visit. The menu is extensive and affordable, with tasty breakfasts, nachos, sandwiches, salads and soups, and plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. As well as having its own independent bookstore, the café hosts regular lectures about Guatemalan social issues and has live music every night.
Directly across from the lovely La Merced Church is Café La Parada, a tiny no-frills coffee house. With only six seats available, this is a place for a drink and a break rather than a proper meal, but the quality of the coffee means it’s always busy with travellers. On a warm day, try their exceptional iced coffee.
Because of its great all-day breakfasts, Y tu Piña Tambien is one of the most popular spots for late-risers and travellers nursing a hangover – but this fun, quirky cafe also has a range of good food that you can enjoy throughout the day. The staff are friendly and chatty, the music is loud (but good) and the lunch options are tasty and plentiful.
Fernando’s Kaffee is focused on Guatemalan chocolate and coffee, so if you have a passion for either, you should definitely pop in. For lighter bites, freshly roasted coffee from one of Guatemala’s best plantations and a chocolate brownie will do the job, but there are plenty of proper meals available here, too. Choose from salads, tortillas, empanadas and crepes, or come in the morning for a hearty breakfast.
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