By: Katja & Victoria
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
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
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
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
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.
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
You May Also Enjoy the Following Posts:
Pin for Later!
Bookmark this post by pinning the image below to one of your Pinterest boards