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5a Avenida Norte, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Few cities in Central America can rival Antigua Guatemala for its setting: a mile high, surrounded by volcanoes, with a spring-like climate all year round. The first time we visited Antigua, we spent a week here, taking intensive Spanish classes...
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In the marketplace of Antigua, colorful sawdust piles hint at the beginning of Semana Santa. Starting at midnight on Holy Saturday, artists all over Guatemala labor through the night designing giant sawdust carpets to blanket the cobblestone...
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1a Calle Poniente & 6a Avenida Norte, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
With a façade like a fondant wedding cake, the Iglesia de la Merced in Antigua Guatemala is a baroque fantasy from the mid-18th century. The first time my wife and I went to Antigua, we stayed for a week. Linguistically, it was a reboot for me and...
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2 Avenida Sur, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
We stumbled upon this place on an evening stroll in Antigua. I vote this bar run by an energetic couple, Carlos and Carolina, the most AFARish place in the city. You feel like you are in their living room because you basically are. You can dine...
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3a Calle Poniente #5, Antigua Guatemala 03001, Guatemala
If you're feeling a bit peckish on a Saturday in Antigua Guatemala, do your tastebuds and your eyes a favor and head straight for Cafe de la Fuente. The graceful colonial courtyard setting of the restaurant makes it worth a stop pretty much any...
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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
This is my friends' Bob & Megan's Super Natural Jugo Cafe in Antigua, Guatemala. They go to the Mayan market everyday to buy the freshest mango, papaya, coconut, zanoria, fresa, banano, mora, and more. I lived off the panqueques de banano - and...
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3a Calle Poniente, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
A woman walks past a door on the streets of downtown Antigua in Guatemala. Antigua is a picturesque colonial town, like many other colonial towns one might see in Central and South America. Old colonial buildings abound, as expected, but the city...
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4a Ave Sur 24A, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Menu changes daily in this local lunch spot. For less than $3 USD you get a complete meal and beverage. If you are in Antigua you are a fool of you don't eat here!
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1a Avenida Sur 15, Antigua Guatemala 03001, Guatemala
Having traveled to Antigua many times, I'm always drawn for an afternoon drink to Cafe Sky. The rooftop bar offers panoramic views of the city, as well as the looming and beautiful Volcan Agua. The staff is friendly, food so-so, but the ambience...
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1a Avenida Sur, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
"No visit to Antigua is complete without stopping in Cafe No Se!" I was told this several times, by different people, before and throughout my trip to Guatemala. Unfortunately, my itinerary left me with very little time to spend drinking "Illegal...
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9 Calle Oriente, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
In the midst of enchanting Antigua Guatemala, La Cuevita de los Urquizu allows you to see, smell, and taste delicious stews steaming in clay pots. An order gets you one stew with your two side dishes for the cost of two typical meals the same size...
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1a Avenida Norte #1, Antigua Guatemala 03001, Guatemala
Antigua is one of the few Latin American cities where it's possible to really find extraordinary coffee: roasted and prepared to specialty standards, but with an intuitive knowledge of origin and varietal that only comes with living in a place...
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No. 9, 1a Calle Poniente, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Hector's was my favorite restaurant in all Guatemala. The meat was delicious and tender - It was perfectly cooked. The tiny restaurant only has 8 or so tables and a mini bar overlooking the kitchen where Hector works his magic. The place is dark...
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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
For delicious French cuisine and old world ambiance Bistrot Cinq can not be beat. Have a seat at the intimate bar for an afternoon glass of Sancerre (or absinthe!) or a delicious dinner of steak frites. The escargot was amazing and the staff...
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Numero 2 Local 1, 7a Avenida Norte 2, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Make your way to the terrace to enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding volcano and mountains. The Pizza isn't bad either. We visited at lunch but I imagine this place is fantastic in the evening too.
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6a Avenida Norte No. 42, (Frente a Iglesia de la Merced), Antigua Guatemala 03001, Guatemala
Tiny spot with super friendly baristas and spot on coffee. Take away or sit at the bar and soak up the atmosphere of this small square. Some super carrot cake bites here too. Enjoy.
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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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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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Open from morning till late night, you can get a great value breakfast buffet at this fun restaurant with a lively atmosphere, but the main event is definitely the imported-from-Argentina butter-soft steak. Splurge on a grill meal but try and save...
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3 Avenida, Guatemala
Dive into heaped plates of spicy enchiladas, refried beans, crazy-good queso fundido, and oh so many delicious margaritas at this popular Mexican restaurant with art from Frida Kahlo and her partner Diego Rivera hanging on the walls. Great fun...
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1 Avenida, Guatemala
A pleasingly thumping sound system, well-priced drinks, and an up-for-it crowd make this one of the best bets for a fun night out clubbing in town. Check their Facebook site for special deals and if it's your birthday make sure you tell them—...
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01010, 4A Avenida 12-59, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Seek out this pretty little shopping mall with a picturesque fountain out in its main plaza and take a break from the crowds. Refresh yourself with fresh-squeezed juices and indulge with chocolate-y patisserie or get stuck into a serious shopping...
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Avenida La Reforma, 0-63, Ciudad de Guatemala 01000, Guatemala
Explore the country’s only botanical garden—the first of its kind in Central America—and find a leafy sanctuary in the heart of the city. You’ll be able to see some 1,400 varieties of local and exotic plants here and many are rare and endangered....
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2 Avenida 13, Guatemala
The ambiance at Kacao, a small restaurant and café situated under a thatched roof, is laid-back and easygoing, a contrast from the lively streets of the Zona Viva. The simple restaurant serves up classic Guatemalan fare, making it a great stop for...
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Named for one of Guatemala’s most celebrated artists, the Carlos Mérida MOMA is a gem inside and out: The colonial Renaissance-style building boasts a mahogany ceiling and many works by Mérida in what was once his studio. You can also see the work...
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If you’ve never visited a thermal hot spring, you’re in for a treat on this tour, which takes you out of the city to one of the many natural spring spas nearby. Take time to do a thermal circuit: Spend about 20 minutes heating your body up in the...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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8A Av, Guatemala
Jamaica (hibiscus flower) and cheese crepes and a steaming cup of cappuccino will have you coming back to Roque Rosito Café Gourmet in the historic district of Guatemala City. This Italian-Guatemalan fusion café offers a quiet place to unwind—in a...
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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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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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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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6A Calle, Guatemala 01001, Guatemala
Packed with murals, fountains, and stained glass windows, the Palace Nacional de la Cultura, once the official seat of the Guatemalan president, is an extensive museum. Sculptures and paintings by famous Guatemalan artists adorn the many rooms of...