Pool bars are few and far between in Guatemala, but Karma is home to a rare table. It’s a light and airy bar that also does food, but the pool table makes it great for a rainy day. The drinks are slightly pricier than elsewhere, but the table is free to play on as long as you are consuming from the bar.
Karma, 1-81, Via 5, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala, +502 2360 1726
El Principe Gris
If craft beer is your thing, El Principe Gris is the place to be. Craft beer lovers aren’t exactly spoilt for choice in Guatemala City, but this little place is the epicentre of the movement. There are artisanal lagers, coffee stouts, and IPAs served up in a welcoming environment. Plus there are sausages for when you get peckish.
El Principe Gris, Via 5, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala, +502 4810 2260
This cultural centre is housed in a cavernous building in the centre of Zone 4, and has forged a reputation for hosting innovative art shows, musical events, and other cultural happenings. Check out the programme at laerre.org.
La Erre, Via 6 2-60, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala, +502 2331 4383
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
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
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
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