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Guatemala has the most varied and delicious vegetarian food in all of Central America, and as the capital, Guatemala City is one of the best places to try it. If you’re vegetarian or vegan and visiting this enormous metropolis, you certainly won’t go hungry. Here are some of the best restaurants to visit.
In Zona 1 of Guatemala City is Restaurante Rey Sol, and there are actually two branches downtown: one right on the main square and another on 11th Street. Good, fresh ingredients and some creative cooking ensure this strictly vegetarian restaurant is jam-packed at lunchtime, and if you can grab a table, the daily buffet will definitely hit the spot (the tamales, in particular, are exceptional). The restaurant also offers ‘Desayunos Aerobicos’ – basically ‘healthy breakfasts’ – which can include oats, granola, delicious brown bread and plenty of tropical fruit. This place is more of a local spot than a tourist trap.
Located in a modern mall in ritzy Zona 10, the elegant Tamarindos Bistro has an extensive menu that’s centred around Italian and Thai cuisine. With dishes ranging from fragrant curries and vegetarian Pad Thai to homemade soups, there’s something for everyone here, and the exhaustive wine list should please even the most discerning connoisseur. Be sure to try the refreshing juices (the passion fruit-cucumber combo is the most popular), and leave room for the signature banana bread dessert. Located among many lively and stylish bars in the Fontabella Plaza, Tamarindos is a great place to kick-off your evening.