The picture-perfect town of Antigua is not only good-looking, but filled with great restaurants as well. Between us, we ate very well during our visits to Antigua and here we share our favourite restaurants for Breakfast and Lunch, for a more upmarket Dinner, and the best places to grab a Coffee.
Best Restaurants for Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch
Katja: Located around the corner from the Jade Museum, Arrin Cuan specialises in traditional Guatemalan food. The setting is very pretty, tables surround a grass-filled courtyard with volcano views. There are also dining rooms but get a table outside if you can. I tried the ‘Cuatro Caminos’, a selection of four speciality dishes, which was enormous! The flavours in Guatemalan cuisine are much more subtle than some Latin American countries so if you like spice you might find it a little bland. That said, the dishes at Arrin Cuan are very good and the staff are lovely. There is also a kids’ menu.
Address: Casa #2 Callejón Concepción
Best For: A traditional Guatemala lunch al fresco
Katja: For a quick snack, Señor Crepa is a good option. This small hole-in-the-wall is a guaranteed kid-pleaser – especially once they spy the wall of Nutella jars! Savoury options include ham and cheese, pesto chicken, and ham and egg. There’s a large number of sweet crêpes on offer including your traditional sugar options as well as ‘Red Velvet’, ‘Snickers’ and ‘Meli Melo’. The staff are also very friendly.
Address: #19, Poniente 4a
Best For: A quick crepe pick-me-up
Dona Maria Gordillo (Dulceria)
La Dulceria de Dona Maria Gordillo, otherwise known as Doña María Gordillo’s Sweet Shop, is the place to go for dulces tipicos, local candy. The family-owned shop has been swelling traditional sweets since 1872 and it’s a delight to explore. The sweets are made from local fruits (no chocolate here) and are mixed with ingredients including seeds, nuts and coconuts. Look out for tamarindo balls and yummy dulce de leche filled treats. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, it’s worth visiting just to see the characterful, original interiors.
Address: 4a Calle Poniente
Best for: a dulce de leche treat
Best Spots for Good Coffee
Fat Cat Coffee
in our opinion, Fat Cat Coffee House makes the best coffee in Antigua. The staff in this small family-run cafe really know their coffee and offer all kinds of brewing methods including Chemex, V60, Aero Press, cold brew, nitro and more. Fancy brewing methods aside, Fat Cat just makes a very good cup of coffee. We were pleased when we stumbled across this place!
Address: 4a. Calle Oriente #14
Cafe La Parada
Katja: Another good coffee option is the cheery Cafe La Parada, located opposite the Iglesia de Camino. This place brews a strong cup of coffee although it’s best to take away as there are only a few seats. Service is friendly and you can also buy pounds of coffee beans to go.
Address: 6a Avenida Norte
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