The place remains the same, the nachos still delicious! I also recommend the pizza, delicious, some nights they chicken wings and beer. The mad monkey is one of the good places to watch football with good atmosphere. It´s a great option to have a good time and good food, I definitely recommend it!
The bakery Xicotencad Doña Luisa is a landmark of Antigua Guatemala. Anyone in the capital who comes to spend the weekend passes by Dona Luisa to buy banana bread and other breads for the week. There is a patio where breakfast is served, or style breakfast with eggs cooked with beans and fried plantains, or more continental breakfast with pastries and breads. At noon they make sandwiches with breads, salads,and fruit smoothies to accompany them. The place is in a typical colonial house in Antigua, a lovely Spanish style courtyard. There are frescoes showing the women of Guatemala in their daily lives. The other piece is the Men of Guatemala, which represents the country's cultural traditions. From the room above, one can take advantage of lovely views over the rooftops of the Old and the volcano of Agua and Fuego. They also serve stuffed potatoes, burgers, but families generally arrive on Sunday afternoon to eat desserts. The most famous bread banana bread, delicious.
Don Rodrigo's Inn is one of the traditional restaurants in Antigua Guatemala. The food is served "Chapin" style, i.e. in the typical Guatemalan style with Cak Iq, which is a chicken soup with red pepper, roasted meat, which is often eaten on the road to the lake at the Chimaltenango level, where they also serve you. They serve you in the typical dress of the Guatemalan people. On Sundays and holidays, the marimba is playing, a group of 3 or 4 people stay there all afternoon playing traditional Guatemalan music. It's a place that's a bit expensive, but for those who aren't scared to try typical street food, despite being raised with your European standards. For example you need ice made from filtered water and bottled water, etc. Don Rodrigo's Inn is also a hotel with double and triple rooms from $ 100-110, and it's on the best street in the Old Arch Street. There is another Don Rodrigo Inn in the village of Panajachel, on the shores of Lake Atitlan. The hotel is a typical old colonial house with a beautiful inner courtyard where the restaurant is.
Angie is a Argentinan who opened this place, between grill, tapas, wines, beers and culture. At lunchtime you can enjoy a good 35Q menu, or different items (burgers, salads and grilled meats obviously!). What I like, besides the cute courtyard garden and the first room that´s actually an exposition room (photos, masks typical or contemporary artworks by people here and there), is the diversity of activities. Since I've been to Antigua (4 months), I have seen: electrocumbia DJs, songwriters with their guitar, movies on Mondays, theater ... The eclectic program turns the place into a nice destination for those who are looking not only for good food but a cool and fun atmosphere. You can see the facebook page to keep up with the activities! It´s a great option for a party with drinks, a relaxing and tranquil night, or a lunch!
Tintin is a restaurant in the charming village of San Pedro la Laguna, on the shore of Lake Atitlan. It's one of the cheapest towns of Guatemala for tourists, you can stay for $2/night, eat for $3-4 at a great restaurant as there is lot of competition, the food is usually very good and the restaurants have friendly atmospheres. The Tintin is in a lush tropical garden, it has a few tables outside and a small room inside. Like the other restaurants it has no more than 10 tables, but it is one of the most popular for beers during the day. There are many hippies, people who do volunteer work in the surrounding villages and foreigners learning Spanish in language schools, in short, people who stay for weeks, months or even years. Tintin sees some of them every night to share a drink. They also serve local foods, nachos with guacamole, grilled fish, fresh fruit smoothies - at a great price.
The Lion Café, like the cafe / restaurant Imeri, (now called Aida), is one of the several meeting places that comrises the Historic Center for intellectuals, artists and thinkers. Just a few minutes from Central Park and the Central Market, on 8th Avenue (with an entrance now also in 12th street,unless I'm wrong), the place has the feeling of the 50s, with its ceiling fans and a wooden bar. Obviously, as the name implies, the specialty of the place is the coffee, since the León Café is not only a café but also has been a producer of coffee since the 1930s. Actually can buy bags of coffee to take away. And for those, like me, ve do not appreciate this drink, there is much more to choose from. There are also croissants and other pastries for eating during a little break in the day! the place closes quite early (around 6pm ). Excellent place for taking a break if you are visiting the historic center!
I never would have thought I'd be recommending a US fast food chain here on minube. But I have to confess that McDonald's in Antigua Guatemala is a good option for those who want:
1. A good coffee (even though the older folks claim that theirs is better, or, at least, one of the best in the city.
3. A pleasant environment in the middle of the city
4. Eat fast and a lot of calories!
The terrace is really charming, and even Ronald McDonald would be enjoying the garden (look at the photos).
Right now (February 2011) there are deals with breakfast for 2.5 euros and a lunch menu also for this price. And of course the usual things like Big Mac and the diet menu hahahaha.
If you're bored with beans and nachos, it could be an option!
A Natural comfort, extremely food made with original recipes and cooked in milk stove, which provides a unique taste. Ecological environment, colonial atmosphere and welcoming service ... It also offers comfortable accommodations in cabins or rooms inside the forest .... Here you will have personalized service and quality.
You eat divinely well in Guatemala, and most people spend their lives eating, food stalls are everywhere in the street, on the sidewalk, in houses, on farms, in homes wher there are then carried food to offices or sold by the window (with a paper that says "no bread, no chocobananos, no lunch ..."), and the food is tasty, fresh and varied. A typical meal in a restaurant is more or less 12 to 15 Quetzales, or less than one and a half euros. This includes a plate, usually a chicken broth with rice, beans, three tortillas de mais, a soda, and sometimes a fruit or dessert. If you do not want to stand up or sit down to eat street food there Chéveres Lunches, which are like hot dogs, shucos, which are Chéveres, but with guacamole, and the sausage is made in steam but the guy puts you in a steak and cut into small pieces with cabbage, and you put your sauce on, with pupusas, which is cookie dough, mixed with mais with beans, meat or cheese, tamales, corn gruel, and more. These are worth 5Q, soda 3Q and oranges squeezed into a plastic bag 3Q same.
A few minutes from the central park of Guatemala City, if you dare to walk through the historic center (zone 1), there is a nice restaurant: formerly known as "Imeri", it was recently renamed "Aida". Within the busy downtown area, you can find this peaceful cafe, with a small courtyard with trees and plants. The menu is not very big: in addition to the daily menu (soup, main course and drink for 3.5 euros), there are many hearty pasta dishes, sandwiches or Mexican flutes . They also have several cookies made to go. YOu will find a number historians overwhelmed by their morning's work crossing in the General Archives nearby with clerks, as well as some foreigners lost in the area or volunteers working in Guatemala ... a cheap lunch, tasty, in a quiet place in the center!
This is a restaurant that serves Guatemalan food. The place has good service for avery good price: 12 euros per head or about 120 quetzals. I recommend you visit it, It is located in Zone 10 in the area of hotels.
It is the best restaurant around the Nebaj and Ixil area, the food is exquisite. It is clean and healthy for only 40 quetzals, approximately 5 Dollars or for 3 euros you can try whatever you want from the large varied buffet table. You can get there in a few minutes from any hotel in Nebaj, and the food won't upset your stomach. I recommend it to you, the staff are friendly too.
This excellent restaurant offers live Cuban music on Fridays, has very good service and the food is a delight, particularly the delicious fried beef. There should be more places like this in Guatemala. The atmosphere is very Cuban, the decor is impeccable, there is a lot of parking and security is very good. The Cuban Mojitos are the best that I have ever tasted!
If you go for a walk in zone 1 (the historic center) of Guatemala City - where not many tourists go, La Perla is a good option for lunch. Located in the central and renewed area of Sixth Avenue to Central Park, it is actually located one block from the park. The restaurant La Perla is one of many that offers an "executive lunch", or menu. The menu includes a soup, a drink ("refreshment" or flavored water), and the main course. It must be confessed that you can find cheaper menus, but this cost 35Q (3.5 euros more or less). But what I liked about La Perla is the decoration, styled in a way similar to the 1930's and 60's, its location with windows overlooking the bustling Sixth, and great choice of dishes to choose from: In general you can only choose between 2 or 3 courses here. There are nearly 10, including fish! And the dishes arrive full and abundant, good quality. There is also a great breakfast available - a fantastic place for travellers to dine.
I have over 15 years of experience eating cheese and wine, in addition to pizza. There are the special and unique breads that have been prepared by our friend, Maco. There's pasta and really any of the food here is delicious. The salads, the caprese, I better not say any more because I'll get hungry! Update as of today: The cheeses and wine is just around the corner from where it was before, making it a much wider variety, but since I arrived early at 10:00 PM the oven was already closed, so when traveling to Guatemala, be sure to come to the old place, as the newer one is theone with people who do not know anything (old known recommendation during the day and at night there are two different scenery choices. They're around the hostels that can be used for a night they are very comfortable financially. Cheers.
Six tables, about twenty some square meters and on a par with another restaurant called Travel Menu, we entered the Santa Maria Café when we were following the advice of an Italian friend. On the set lunch menu for 2.80 euros, you can choose from: chorizo, chicken fillet, fish fillet, and more. After going so long without eating fish I opted for the latter, which was accompanied by vegetables and homemade fries (you can also choose salad, baked potato, or rice). Something I thought was really tasty was eating bread instead of the usual, traditional tortilla that can also be ordered. It was quiet in there with only Guatemalans (good for me), and the place met my expectations: a good fish, hearty dish, music and quiet atmosphere for a reasonable price.
Before going out, finding a good place to have a delicious "chapin" breakfast at a reduced price is in Cafe Condesa. Situated in the Central Park West it's a very looked after area with a lot of charm where you can try classic beans with rice and fresh-squeezed orange juice. In the courtyard we found a small fountain surrounded by very nice plants. It was a quiet little hideaway where you can recharge your batteries to start a new day in Antigua.