After years of traveling to Guatemala, the Directors of Education And More find they often return to the same restaurants and hotels each time they are in the country and want to share with you their favorites in Antigua and in the Lake Atitlan areas.
Posada La Merced -- Located in Antigua just a couple blocks from La Merced church, this is a quaint hotel that has a real charm about it. Most of the desk clerks and the owners speak English. The German couple that own the hotel also own the coffee shop and cafe next door, Fernando's Kaffe. The cafe has delicious food and the coffee is the best- they roast and grind it themselves.
Posada Juma Ocag -- This is a family owned hotel and if you want a room be sure to call well in advance because they are often booked up. It is located just 3 blocks from the Central Parque in Antigua, so is very convenient for walking around sightseeing. Across the street is the local market as well as the large Artisan Market. Room rates are very reasonable.
Mario's Rooms -- Mario's Rooms is our go to choice in Panajachel because of the reasonable prices and the friendly family that own the hotel. Breakfast is included and you have the use of a small safe in your room to lock up your passport, computer or other valuables when you are out sightseeing. The staff have been there for years and are very accommodating and helpful.
Posada Don Rodrigo, Antigua -- This hotel is one of the most charming hotels in Antigua. Originally it was 3 colonial homes that were restored and made into this hotel that showcases old world Antigua!
Hotel Regis -- A great hotel when you want something a little fancier. Prices are a bit more expensive but they do have unique hot tubs made of stone that are fed by hot volcanic water, massages available, an outdoor sauna, beautiful flowers and landscape and rooms.
The Deli, Panajachel - They have 2 locations in Pana – one is at the end of Santander close to the lake and the other is near the other end of Santander. Vegetarian choices, pastas, sandwiches, hamburgers, soups, burritos, enchiladas, fantastic breakfasts, typical Guatemalan food and so much more. You're going to love it!
Sunset Cafe, Panajachel - Located at the end of Santander overlooking Lake Atitlan. Wide variety of foods available and all really excellent choices. Choose a beautiful evening and watch the sunset while you eat dinner.
Salvadorian Puposas, Panajachel – This is not a restaurant but a street side vendor, making and selling pupusas to order. Absolutely delicious! The lady that runs this little stand sets it up on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. It is extremely popular so be prepared for a wait to get your steaming pupusas.
Atlantis Cafe, Panajachel
Great atmosphere and excellent food. From Santander walk towards the Market on Calle Principal and it will be on the right side of the street. Very friendly staff and some waiters do speak English.
This is a new favorite we just found - healthy foods of all types. Their homemade yogurt is delicious as is their typical meals. They have a bakery and a little store to buy granola and other delicious goodies they make in house.
Restaurante Fonda de la Calle Real, Antigua
All time favorite for us! Near the central park and a wonderful colonial look to the restaurant. Food is excellent with many different choices but the best would be the typical Guatemalan dishes. Plato Tipico is a favorite because you have several typical Guatemalan foods on the plate – pupusas, fried plantains, volteados (refried black beans), chili relleno and guacamole.
El Cafe Viejo, Antigua
This restaurant has been in Antigua for many years and has a lot of atmosphere. Lots of locals eat here and we really love it. You have got to try the nacho platter - they are a full meal!
Cafe Condessa, Antigua
Love their breakfasts! Buffet brunch on Sunday morning is excellent, but really, all their food is exceptional. They use the freshest ingredients and many are organically grown. Don't forget to try the fantastic desserts. Very charming restaurant. Across the street from the central park.
Cafe Atitlan, San Pedro La Laguna - Really good food and very friendly staff. Smoothies are excellent! We have eaten here for breakfast and dinner and both are excellent.
Now let us hear of some of your favorites too! Post them in the comments below and we will try them out on our next trip.