My favorite thing to do in Antigua was honestly just eating. In fact, I think I spent more time eating food than doing anything else when I lived there. So in those three months, it’s safe to say that I tried almost every restaurant down to the last food truck!
The funny thing about living abroad instead of just visiting is that you don’t think to take a lot of pictures. So unfortunately, I have very few pictures of my favorite restaurants in Antigua, or of the city at all, really. I guess I’ll just have to go back to snap some more pics! But in the meantime, here is my personal list of the best restaurants in Antigua, Guatemala!
Best Local Bites in Antigua
Saberico is one of the most beautiful, versatile and best restaurants in Antigua. Catch up on your travel journaling with a cup of coffee and a fresh pastry in the courtyard. Enjoy an exquisite dinner at one of the tables hidden among the lush foliage in the secret garden. Or sample some decadent treats from their homemade chocolates. They even have a small grocery section, which includes plenty of gluten-free and vegan options!
Cerro San Cristobal is the place to go for a memorable dinner in Antigua. For just about a dollar, you can catch a shuttle bus from the famous yellow arch in downtown Antigua to the restaurant. Trust me, the short trip is well worth the views! I recommend going for dinner, arriving a little early to explore the beautiful gardens, greenhouse, and terraces that surround the restaurant. Then, settle down for a scrumptious meal as you watch the sun set over the city.
Samsara has an extensive menu of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food. This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Antigua for people with any type of dietary restriction. Plus, the food is heavenly! They serve all meals and are open all day. It’s a bit hippy-ish, but even if that’s not your thing it’s still worth checking out. After all, good food is good food, and Samsara’s food is to-die-for!
Hobbitenango is a restaurant and eco lodge up in the hills above Antigua, near the school where I worked in Vuelta Grande. It has beautiful views over Antigua and of the lush countryside, and the food is delicious! It is named Hobbitenango because the indoor parts of the restaurant are designed to look like Hobbit houses! And of course, -enango is a common ending for the names of towns and cities in Guatemala. You can snuggle up in one of the hobbit houses to eat, or relax out on the patio in the sun. This place and Cerro San Cristobal are inarguably the best restaurants in Antigua when it comes to views of the city!
Looking for authentic, cheap and phenomenal tacos? Be sure to check out one of Ta’cool’s two locations. This spot is all about quick service and delicious, traditional food.
Best Foreign Food in Antigua
Travel Menu is an English pub and restaurant with delicious food, friendly staff and a lively environment. They often have live music, too, and the sweet potato fries here are to-die-for!!!
Living in Spain has made me a harsh critique of Spanish restaurants outside the country, but O’Tapas passed my test with flying colors. The food was authentic and full of flavor. Plus, the sangria glasses were huge! Definitely worth checking out if you like Spanish food. I went here for dinner right after hiking the 12,000 foot Volcán de Agua to refuel 🙂
Luna de Miel is a delicious crepe restaurant in downtown Antigua. The crepes are quite filling and rather inexpensive (by American standards). Plus, there are couches on the second floor terrace with cool breezes and nice views. The crepes here can be made gluten free, if needed.
Hector’s Bistro is a French restaurant next to the famous la Merced church and park. It’s a little pricier than the other restaurants I mention here, although still not at all expensive by American standards. The food is absolutely phenomenal, though, so well worth the slightly higher price. It’s not your average French food either; it’s been reinvented with local ingredients and flavors.
If you’re looking for some Italian comfort food, El Cazador is the place to go. The pizza there is especially good, with a wide variety of different toppings offered.
Being from Seattle, I grew up eating a lot of Asian food. When living in Guatemala, I satisfied my sushi cravings at Akai Sushi. Despite not being beachside, the food was delicious and surprisingly cheap (at least by American standards)!
Best Cafés and Sweets in Antigua
Union Café is a little café facing the park Tanque la Union. The shop specializes in delicious, healthy snacks such as smoothie bowls, and has scrumptious coffee, too! The atmosphere upstairs is cozy but spacious, with plenty of comfy nooks for chatting with friends or journaling.
Bella Vista is a coffee shop with delicious drinks, snacks and pastries. But the best part, as the name hints, is the incredible views from the rooftop terrace looking out over Antigua and Volcán de Fuego. It makes great place to watch the sun rise or set while enjoying a cup of coffee or sweet treat! Although there are innumerable coffee shops in town, Bella Vista is the best in Antigua when it comes to views!
Amanecer is a wonderful juice bar in Antigua with fresh, cold-pressed juice. You can order from the menu or pick out your own ingredients to make the perfect juice combo. It’s the perfect spot for a refreshing pick-me-up while exploring Antigua in the afternoon heat!
Although touristy, it’s worth dropping by one of Choco Museo’s two locations. They have some good information about the history and production of chocolate, although the main attraction is the shop and restaurant. It’s a bit over-priced, but they have some unique souvenirs in the shop that could make fun gifts for friends and family back home!
Helados Exóticos Sobremesa serves home-made ice cream in a wide array of unusual but delicious flavors. There are many spots to grab a cone in town, but the flavors here make this place one of the best in Antigua. Some of the flavor combinations might sound crazy, but I’ve tried a lot of them and never found one I didn’t love! Check out some of their unique flavors listed in this photo:
Best Bars and Clubs in Antigua
Las Vibras is inarguably the most popular club in Antigua. Mostly frequented by 20-somethings, it’s a great place for dancing to Reggaeton and frequented by locals and foreigners alike.
El Barrio is the perfect place to go bar-hopping, as all the bars are in one (surprisingly quaint) building with a courtyard in the middle and an open terrace on the roof. They often have live music and the environment is fun and upbeat. It’s very safe, too – they card everyone and pat you down before you can come into the building.
Monoloco is one of the most popular sports bars in town, with two stories of tables and innumerable TVs showing fútbol games. I watched the heated finale of the Guatemala Championship here, between Antigua and Guatemala City. The game was intense, and the whole city went crazy when Antigua won! Monoloco was the perfect place to watch the game, with air conditioning, a lively audience, and great food and beer.