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A Guide to Guatemala City

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Guatemala City, Guatemala's largest urban area, lies on a high mountainous valley surrounded by ancient volcanoes. It's an ideal destination for those interested in exploring both the Latin American city lifestyle as well as its gorgeous and unique natural environment.
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zona 10, 5A Avenida 14-67, Guatemala
Sizzling, juicy steak will keep you coming back to Hacienda Real in Guatemala City. A favorite of tourists and locals alike, this steak house is famous for its tenderloin called "lomito." Giant shrimp or flaky fish grilled and smothered in garlic...
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5A Avenida, Guatemala
The vintage charm of this Spanish restaurant fits perfectly with the architecture and Spanish colonial history of Zona 1. This place is light on tapas, but has an extensive list of delicious entrees. Tip: Order the paella!
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14 Calle 0-61, Guatemala 01010, Guatemala
I'm one of those travelers who has to find some type of cultural artifact to bring home with me from my adventures. Not a "souvenir," per se, but an item that meant something to me during the trip. Typically this ends up being a local's piece of...
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
When you get the craving for mid-day tacos in Guatemala City, stop at one of the many Tacontentos in the area. They specialize in tacos, and they know what they're doing. I personally loved the carne asada ones, but the pork was also tender and...
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12 Calle, Guatemala
When in Guatemala it may feel counter-intuitive to visit a European-style pub, however a night out at Reilly's Irish Tavern is guaranteed to be a good time. A haven for locals and expats who are looking for live music outside of the Latin genre,...
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Via 6, Guatemala
While checking out the music scene at TrovaJazz, sample the Ron Zacapa Centenario. This premium rum is made with concentrated sugar-cane juice, then aged and blended. Supposedly its unique flavor is due to its location; the barrels are stored just...
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Centro Histórico de, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
When visiting Guatemala City I decided to hire a private guide for the day, vetted through Tours By Locals, and see as much as I could since I only had one day to spend there. The guide took me to the main square where we visited the beautiful...
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18 Calle, Guatemala
A great shop full of bright hand-crafted fabrics, leather goods, pottery, paintings, jewelry, and housewares. I was particularly interested in the beautiful patterns in the fabrics, and happily purchased a couple to bring home with me. Great stop...
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7ta. Avenida 6a, Guatemala
For an immersive tour through Mayan history in Guatemala City, visit the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. They have carefully curated one of the most intriguing collections of Mayan artifacts. Each hall caters to a different time period and...
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Las Americas, Avenida Las Americas, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Junky Glam has a great collection of vintage and trendy items for sale, ranging from graphic tees to neon accessories. Similar to an Urban Outfitters, sans the hefty price tag, this is the perfect place to pickup a fashionable memento. While the...
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Zona 2 de Mixco, Guatemala
When U.S. school buses are decommissioned, they are reincarnated in Central America and given new life. Repainted and rechristened, they become tropical intercity transport worth taking. For travelers, a journey on one of these is an immersive...
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6A Calle 6, Guatemala
The incomparable beauty of Mayan textile arts is often the first thing that strikes a visitor to Guatemala and one of the memories that sticks with them the longest. The Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, or the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Dress,...
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9 Av 14-75, Zona 13, Guatemala 01013, Guatemala
Guatemala City was developed in the valley between three ancient volcanos: Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango. When flying in to the area try to get a window seat because the view of these giants will be stunning. The Spanish built their first colonial...
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13 Calle 2-75, Guatemala
After indulging in delicious local Guatemalan fare – plantains, rice, beans, and the like – you may want to let your body take a breather with some healthier sustenance. Thankfully, Guatemala City is home to a branch of Pitaya Juice Bar (Antigua...
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
In Plaza Constitucional you'll find walking vendors from around the region selling uniquely crafted items. This lady traveled over 100 miles from her home village to stay with friends in the city and sell these goods. The combined weavings,...
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Guatemala City 01010, Guatemala
Wherever you travel, it's always good to locate the nearest bookstore to your hotel. And in Guatemala, you don’t want to be caught without a book: there’s too many plazas and lush patios for you to lack some easily accessible literature at any...
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Colonia del Maestro Uno, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Da Francesco Ristorante serves home-style Italian dishes created from fresh, unique Guatemalan ingredients. The dish pictured, Anacates al Ajo, was created from anacates, a wild mushroom from the highlands of Guatemala. While they look similar to...
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Diagonal 6 65, Guatemala
Cafe Saul has a funky feel for Guatemala. The little cafe serves both European and traditional Guatemalan food, at cheap prices. Between the crepes, coffees, and vibrant atmosphere of Cafe Saul, you will definitely get your needed energy before...
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
Tamarindos is a wonderful, high-end restaurant in Guatemala City's Zone 10, with a nice lounge area. We went on a Saturday night, and while it was packed the food was absolutely phenomenal. It is a fusion of traditional Guatemalan ingredients with...
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Avenida La Reforma 13-89, Guatemala 01010, Guatemala
After a full day of sight-seeing, make your way to Melancolía Blues Café to unwind with a drink and live music. The soothing jazz and blues played by these local musicians set the mood for a perfect night. While one wouldn't immediately associate...
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Centro Comercial Pradera, Local 110, Guatemala 01010, Guatemala
This shop is perfect for any man in your life: youthfully stylish but classic. Their fitted dress shirts, well-made jeans, and flattering flannel will tempt you to buy a new wardrobe. The staff are wonderful and it's quintessentially Guatemalan....
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zona 10, 5A Avenida 14-67, Guatemala
BOHO is a quirky little shop that I wish was in California. It has a great variety of jewelry, accessories, and clothing, all of which I love. Bright colors and bold patterns really make them stand alone from the other shops in the area, and I...
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7A Avenida 14-68, Guatemala
There’s a reason that Zona 10 in Guatemala City is called Zona Viva, or the lively neighborhood. Allegretto, a restaurant, bar, and dance venue with a self-described "European ambiance," is part of that reason. During the day, locals pop in for...
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
If you happen to be in the mood for sushi while in Guatemala City, check out Sushi Itto in Zona 10. I was amazed at their colorful menu which included "Rollos Picantes"; various Spicy Rolls that my friends and I devoured. Our favorite was the...
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Mercado Central, Chimaltenango 04001, Guatemala
Mario Rene sells fresh jalapa cheese and quesadillas in In the Mercado Central of Guatemala City. Unlike the typical quesadillas you'd find in America, these are created using cornbread and Zacapa's regional cheese. An unexpected find, this shop...
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5A Avenida, Guatemala
This energetic restaurant facing the south side of Parque Concordia serves authentic Guatemalan food, with chefs at work along one side and orange-aproned waitresses scurrying about. They also have a marimba band on weekends which is not to be...
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5A Calle, Guatemala 01013, Guatemala
I love checking out local zoos while traveling—especially when they're clean, humane, and informative. The Aurora Zoo in Guatemala is definitely a great spot to take the kids for an easy day of excitement. It's been open since 1924 and actually...
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6A Calle, Guatemala
On the relaxed back patio of Cafe de Imeri I ordered a slice of tres leches cake and discovered a new favorite treat. I don't even like sweets, but this cake was not over sweetened and delicious. Worth a quick stop to Cafe de Imeri.
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3A Avenida 10-40, Guatemala 01010, Guatemala
Porcino Pollo specializes in simple chicken dishes that will surprise you. I ordered the breaded chicken with a side of rice, and it came out perfectly. The chicken was crispy and delicately seasoned. Our server was extremely sweet and funny, and...