Top 8 Things to See and Do in Guatemala City’s Trendy Zone 4

Guatemala City | © Rigostar / WikiCommoms
Guatemala City | © Rigostar / WikiCommoms
Photo of Jack Guy
28 October 2017

Guatemala City is undergoing something of a renaissance, and Zone 4 is at the forefront of the movement. While the area used to be known for high crime rates and disused factories, it is now home to a growing number of trendy cafés, bars and restaurants, as well as cultural centres and art galleries. Here are some of the best places to visit.

La Esquina

Styled like the traditional market stalls of Guatemala but with a distinctly modern twist, La Esquina promises a varety of different cuisines in each section of the building. It’s a top spot for brunch and there is an extensive menu for lunch and dinner, but it’s the taco cart that has really won the locals over.

La Esquina, Guatemala City, Guatemala, +502 2360 0294

Paradigma Café

Guatemala has long been known for exporting top quality coffee, but only recently has the national market enjoyed the beans. These days Guatemalans, and visitors, come from far and wide to sample the coffee at Paradigma Café, run by former barista champion Raúl Rodas. Geek out over the beans and brews, or simply enjoy an excellent array of coffees.

Paradigma Café, 1-75, Via 5, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala, +502 2334 2495

Mercado 24

Guatemala City is home to 23 public markets from which Mercado 24 buys its ingredients. In addition to this commitment to using local ingredients, the restaurant is known for its innovative menu. There aren’t many places in the capital where you will find calamari and snook tostadas on the menu.

Mercado 24, Via 5, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala, +502 2332 2632

Trova Jazz

Check out the events programme at the Trova Jazz music venue for the chance to see local acts in an intimate atmosphere. The drinks are cheap, the sound is good, and there are a variety of musical styles on show that go far beyond the eponymous jazz.

Trova Jazz, Via 6, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala, +502 2334 1241


It might be small, but Gula packs a punch when it comes to comfort food. There are mac-and-cheese burgers, gnocchi in tomato sauce, and other dishes that can’t fail to make you feel fuzzy inside. It’s great for a hungover Sunday.

Gula, Via 6, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala, +502 3078 5409

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