By: Katja & Victoria

Where to eat in Antigua Guatemala

Stop making us pose for photos and get us something to eat!

 

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

 

Epicure

Where to eat in Antigua Guatemala

Epicure

 

Victoria: We arrived at Epicure mid-morning after an early start from Tikal and it was the perfect spot for a hearty brunch. There’s a Deli at the front and the restaurant is located at the back, followed by a pretty outer courtyard. The menu is extensive with freshly-made sandwiches and burgers, roasted chicken and BBQ ribs, and a wide range of omelettes, quiche, salads, pasta and pizza dishes all featuring. There are also vegetarian and gluten-free options. Service is good.

Address: 5a Calle Oriente 11

Best for: Brunch or a casual dinner

 

 

El Viejo Cafe

Where to eat in Antigua Guatemala

El Viejo Cafe

 

Victoria: El Viejo Cafe was our favourite breakfast spot in Antigua. It’s a lovely cafe and bakery that boasts a rustic kind of charm and also serves great smoothies to start the day. The kids loved the pancakes and I enjoyed the bucket-size granola with fruit and yoghurt. We also took some croissants and baguette sandwiches to go for our horse ride up Pacaya Volcano.

Address: 6a Avenida Nort

Best for: A top breakfast, road-trip sandwiches

 

 

Luna de Miel

Where to eat in Antigua Guatemala

Luna de Miel

 

Victoria: Luna de Miel is popular with backpackers…and my kids! We came here just for their Nutella crepes, which were a hit! Plus, I was intrigued by their sign at their entrance that read “The Worst Terrace in Town!”. I had to go and check it out, and found half the town doing the same thing! The cafe can feel a little hot and stuffy but it’s a good option for a pick-me-up crepe.

Address: 6a Avenida Norte 40

Best for: A quick crepe fix.

 

 

El Sabor del Tiempo

Where to eat in Antigua Guatemala

El Sabor del Tiempo

Where to eat in Antigua Guatemala

 

Victoria: We stumbled across El Sabor del Tiempo quite by chance and enjoyed a tasty lunch here. Rows of dusty bottles cover the wall behind the bar and lend it the feel of a Spanish taverna, although the highlight is definitely and the terrace and its incredible views over Antigua’s tiled rooftops. There are various courtyards at the back where you can eat. My kids enjoyed the bruschetta and pork sandwiches and we enjoyed a cool Gallo beer!

Address: Av y Tercera Calle Poniente, Esquina 5

Best for: A light lunch and a drink soaking up the roof-top views.

 

 

Arrin Cuan

Where to Eat in Antigua

Typical Guatemalan food at Arrin Cuan

 

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

 

 

Señor Crepa

Where to eat in Antigua Guatemala

A wall of Nutella at Señor Crepa

 

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)

Where to eat in Antigua Guatemala

La Dulcerí­a de Doña Marí­a Gordillo

 

Katja: 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 Restaurants for Dinner & Fine Dining

 

Restaurante Casa Santo Domingo

Where to eat in Antigua Guatemala

Casa Santo Domingo

 

Where to eat in Antigua Guatemala

We finally decided on our flags!

 

Victoria: We ate at Restaurante Casa Santo Domingo on Christmas Eve and although it cost us quite a few quetzales, the food was superb! When we arrived our waiters asked us where we were from (which is always a little complicated with my kids because although they are Spanish / British, they consider themselves citizens of the countries where they were born – Vietnam and India!). After much debate the children settled for the UK, Spain and Panama (where we currently call home) and the waiters placed the respective mini flags on our table. Service was excellent and the kids declared their spaghetti and meatballs the best ever!

Address: 3a Calle Oriente 28 A

Best for: Celebrations and special dinners

 

 

Bistrot Cinq

Victoria: Bistro Cinq was my husband’s favourite restaurant in Antigua. It’s a French bistro with classic dishes such as steak frites, pate, tarte tatin and filet mignon. My kids enjoyed a macaroni with bacon and cheese (not particularly French but very kid-friendly!) There’s no outdoor dining space so it’s best enjoyed in the evening, when it’s not so hot and you’re not missing out on volcano views! The service is excellent, so much so that we ate here twice in our short stay.

Address: 4a. Calle Oriente No.7

Best For: A cosy dinner or lunch with a French twist

 

 

El Convento

Where to eat in Antigua Guatemala

El Convento

Where to eat in Antigua Guatemala

El Convento

 

Victoria: We stayed at Hotel El Convento when we were in Antigua and ate at their restaurant a couple of times. It’s an elegant restaurant and the vaulted ceiling creates a very intimate feel (perhaps too intimate for families with very little children!). However, it was convenient for us and the food (the menu boasts International dishes) was very good with kid-friendly options such as pasta.

Address: 2a Avenida Norte # 11

Best for: In-hotel dining or a swish family meal

 

 

Best Spots for Good Coffee

 

Fat Cat Coffee

Where to eat in Antigua

Fat Cat Coffee

 

Katja: 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

Where to Eat in Antigua

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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