Restaurants and Cafés
If the enticing Caribbean vibe doesn’t get you through the door, the best coffee in Antigua, soups of the day, and free Wi-Fi surely will. Piña brings you the best jugos, crepes and mate anywhere between Paris and Buenos Aires. Infused Rum and Ice Cold Beer are the absolutely perfect way to finish your day or start your night.
Nothing in town can hold a candle to Panza Verde for ambiance and atmosphere. Perfectly romantic spot for an anniversary, birthday, or if you just really want to get laid. Excellent service and quality preparation. Complimented by the finest selection of single malts in Central America.
We love the food, we love the bar, we love the staff, we really love the martinis – ask for ‘em “sucio como mi ex-novia” for a special treat. The menu is classic French bistro fare – steak frites, french onion soup, creme brulee. Don’t miss it.
High quality Japanese cuisine with a touch of Latin infused for attitude and accent. The Mango No Come Mango roll is out of this world.
Very interesting, and fairly new joint in town. Como Como offers a creative French /Belgian menu in a very relaxed atmosphere. Chef and co-owner, Eric, prepares practically everything at the time of order. Don’t pass it up. Great place to dine, but also to hang in the afternoons and evenings in their garden.
The dream of La Peña de Sol Latino started decades ago when a musicians’ collective began to play ethnofusion music around Central America. Out of the collective grew a bar/restaurant – the result of which is one of Antigua’s gems. Fantastic booze and eats – along with music every night that will charge and chill your traveler’s soul.
La Esquina is a relatively recent open and it brings great energy and elegance to the local scene. The menu is both classic and creative (por ejemplo: linguini in an onion and saffron cream….it’s frickin’ delicious!). Also worth noting: the bartenders and the wait staff are all knockouts. They say this wasn’t planned. We don’t believe them.
It’s Antigua’s home of stray dogs and boozy eyed dreamers, but what is often missed by folks just passing through town is the eats. The Mexican cuisine has been perfected on their new menu. Tacos, pulled pork burritos, hand crafted hot sauce and more. Great place to meet travelers, artists, musicians, ex-pats, locals and the insane.
It’s a 15 minute drive out of town but lots of locals make a trek to Earth Lodge for dinner. Drew and Bri take great care of their guests – making some of the best vegetarian meals we’ve ever had. Meat dishes are available on request, just let them know when you call to make reservations.
Recent arrivals in Antigua might not know that there is a HUGE difference between Guatemalan and Mexican cuisine. The Guatemalan palate is more tender and the spicing of their dishes more subtle, theirs is a tendency towards a finer bouquet… Oh, screw it… Guatemalans hate spicy food, so if you want a bit of fire you need to go Mexican, and the best place in town to do it is Fridas. Go Now!
If you’re feeling a bit peckish in the middle of the day, drop on by Luna de Miel for the best crepes in town. The atmosphere in their lounge is muy tranquilo and if the Guatemalan heat is wearing you thin, their Rosa de Jamaica tea can’t be beat. It’s also a great place to pick up travelers’ tips and hang for a few hours while cutting your Spanish classes.
Picture Homer Simpson standing with his face pressed up against a plate glass window, his voice tremulous and halting, only managing to stammer a longing, “…..mmmmmmmm, steak.” That’s me every time I walk by Las Antorchas when they are grilling. It is a top pick of ours for fantastic service, quality cuts of oink, gobble and moo, and a very romantic atmosphere.
Vegetarian deli with fine pastries, fresh homemade bread, herbs, spices, organic veggies and world fusion cuisine to go. And she even serves knishes (or their Guatemalan equivalent.) Fantastic. Restaurants and Cafés The Insider 3Rum and Ice Cold Beer are the absolutely perfect way to finish your day or start your night.