All you need to eat, sip, and sleep your way through Antigua, Guatemala

Go ahead and book your ticket! This curated list is all you need to eat, sip, and sleep your way through the beautiful Antigua, Guatemala.

EATS

Y Tu Pina Tambien // (Known as "Antigua's Best Little Coffeehouse") Order El Chapin for breakfast, smoothies and juices, Al says they have the best banana bread he's ever had, their black bean brownies are also to die for. Real talk.

Caoba Farms // Farm to table restaurant that sits on acres of farms, their salads and housemade dressing are incredible, Al ordered the lamb burger and loved it, they also have a cute gift shop where you can buy local coffee, chocolate, organic bug spray, etc. It closes at 4pm each day, so plan on going here for lunch and live music. 

Cactus // Known for their tacos, the strawberry mezcal cocktail is amazing! 

Roots Cafe // Lots of vegan and vegetarian options, my fave is their salad topped with falafel, smoothies, healthy bites, etc.

El Cazador Italiano // Known for their lobster dinner for two and fresh pasta or risotto, get the Aperol spritz, skip the sangria, and walk to San Simon for more cocktails after. 

Frida’s // Get their large mint margarita :)

La Casa Dulce Tipicos // This is my favorite hole in the wall, European-feeling sweets shop; get the meringues especially when they are fresh, they’re to die for! 

 

DRINKS

Rama // Natural cocktail bar, love their cocktails with popsicles, yummy sangria, located in El Barrio near the main square/park

San Simon // Craft cocktails, no menu, speakeasy style, just tell them what you like and they'll make you a custom cocktail, be sure to tell Chema the owner we said hello; he also owns the “cusha” aka moonshine bar next door and makes it himself; check out the sake bar around the corner after. 

Chermol // Yummmmmy sangria, Argentinean food, also known for their ceviche and octopus

Cafe No Se // Ex pat mezcal bar, cool speakeasy vibe, their fries are BOMB

Adra Hostel // Also a hostel, but open to the public for coffee in the morning/afternoon and cocktails in the evening 

Tap and Barrel Tasting Room haven’t been personally, but walked by it and it looked cool, might be worth checking out

Café Sky

 

SLEEPS

The Good Hotel // Minimal, Scandinavian style hotel focused on sustainability and ecotourism 

Casa de Stela

Hotel Casa Santo Domingo

Adra Hostel 

 

SHOPS

Stela 9 // My friend Jess owns this little shop, she supports local women artisans, beautiful clothing made from organic dyes and materials

Manos Preciosas // Located near Stela 9, "great gifts made fair," lots of great gifts to bring home to friends and family, supports local artisans

UXIBAL // Beautiful goods, little boots, higher end, on a street with lots of fun shops and cafes 

Nimpot Centro

 

TRANSPORTATION

NELSON // Our friend is amazing and can take you just about anywhere, including to/from the airport, to the Lake, etc. tell him we sent you!

Uber // Yes, Antigua has Uber! It's a bit slower than in the States, but still reliable and pretty cheap

 

HOLIDAYS

If you’re ever able to visit Antigua the month or weeks leading up to Semana Santa (Holy Week and Easter), it’s an extremely special time with the processions and “alfombras” (colorful carpets made from sawdust and flowers). It’s often one of the more expensive, crowded times to visit Antigua, but worth it! 

 

TOURS + ACTIVITIES

Cerro De La Cruz Hike

The Avocado Tour

Filadelfia Coffee Tour

Carly Mask