Guatemala has the most varied and delicious vegetarian food in Central America, and Antigua is one of the best places to try it. If you’re vegetarian or vegan and visiting this beautiful colonial town, you’ll be spoilt for excellent restaurants to visit.
While Saberico also serves meat, it has an extensive vegetarian menu that can easily be made vegan once you omit the cheese. This place is all about the bread, and there’s a mouthwatering array of baguettes, brioches, tacos and bagels, so if you have a thing for sandwiches, paninis or toasties, you’ll be in heaven here. There are also healthier options such as soups, salads and vegetable dishes. The restaurant has a lovely garden area for dining, indoor seating, a bakery and a chocolateria.
Part café, part bookstore, Rainbow Café has an extensive and affordable menu with lots of tasty vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Vegan options include falafel with hummus, salad, and pitta, rice and beans, and tofu stir-fry with vegetables, and there’s plenty more for vegetarians, including nachos, sandwiches, salads and soups. After you’ve eaten, pop into its independent bookstore, which stocks an eclectic array of books.
While not exclusively vegetarian, there are plenty of veggie and vegan options available at this fun cafe. Y tu Piña Tambien is known mainly for its excellent all-day breakfasts, but it has a good offering of salads, sandwiches and soups, too. Most vegetarian dishes can be made vegan – just ask the staff, who are knowledgeable. The veggie huevos rancheros are delicious, and the vegan club sandwich, with sliced avocado, tomato, hummus, olive oil and cracked black pepper, is seriously good.
Unlike Samsara’s Garden, Samsara does serve some meat dishes, but it also has a long selection of veggie and vegan dishes on its menu. The breakfasts here are very good, especially the kale scrambled eggs with turmeric, garlic and onion, and the local breakfast of scrambled eggs, avocado slices, beans and stewed plantains. The lunch menu is also great (the vegetarian tacos on black corn tortillas are best) but save room for a delicious and healthy smoothie, too.