Arbol de la Vida
Restaurant, Central American, $$$
Arbol de la Vida – the tree of life – first opened in 1974 when vegetarian principles were booming in Guatemala City. While working as a chef at a vegetarian restaurant, Anthony Bono, a Guatemalan living in New Orleans since 1970, had seen the benefits of a vegetarian diet, and he decided to open a vegetarian eatery in Guatemala City. After two closures over the years (one due to the tragic earthquake of 1976), Arbol de la Vida re-opened in 2003, and it is now one of the hottest spots in town to enjoy a veggie breakfast. The wide-ranging menu offers tasty soup, quiches and burgers featuring veg-friendly goodies such as tofu and quinoa. The salads are great, especially the ensalada de vida.