If you are looking for some tasty food in Guatemala, then you’re in luck because there are so many tasty cafes and restaurants in Antigua that choosing only 13 of the best restaurants in Antigua, Guatemala is difficult.

If you followed me on Instagram during my time in this adorable colonial city, then you’d have seen how many amazing meals I would post about on my stories.  I swear, every other post was “this has been the best meal in Antigua”.

After hiking the Pacaya Volcano and the strenuous Acatenango overnight hike, there’s nothing better than a delicious meal.  The Antigua food game in Guatemala blew me away.

In Antigua, you can find all types of cuisines…I’m talking Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Indonesian, Indian, you name it, I probably ate it.

Honestly, I thought that I found the best place to eat in Antigua, then the next day it’d be topped.  Before we get to the nitty gritty details of where to find the best food in Antigua, let’s go over some Guatemalan cuisine to try.

Best Restaurants in Antigua

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Guatemalan cuisine is a rich blend of Mayan, Spanish, and other Central American influences.  Here are ten traditional Guatemalan food to try.

  • Pepián – A hearty and flavorful stew made with meat (often chicken or beef), vegetables, and a distinctive blend of spices, including seeds and chili peppers.
  • Kaki’k – This traditional Mayan turkey soup is seasoned with achiote, chilles, and other spices, creating a distinctive and savory flavor.
  • Rellenitos de Plátano – Sweet plantains stuffed with black beans and chocolate, then fried.  A delightful combination of sweet and savory.
  • Jocòn – A green stew made with chicken, green tomatoes, tomatillos, and cilantro, flavored with a rich green sauce made from pumpkin seeds.
  • Tamales – A staple in Guatemalan cuisine, tamales are typically made with masa (corn dough) filled with meats, vegetables, and often accompanied by a spicy sauce.
  • Chiles Rellenos – Large, mild chil peppers stuffed with meat, rice or vegetables, then battered and fried.  They are often served with tomato sauce.
  • Atol de Elote – A warm and comforting beverage made from ground corn, water, cinnamon, and sugar.  It has a pudding-like consistency.
  • Platanos en Mole – Plantains cooked in a rich, flavorful mole sauce made from chocolate, spices and chili peppers.
  • Hilachas – Shredded beef stewed in a tomato and tomatillo-based sauce, often served with rice.
  • Flambre – A cold salad dish made with a variety of meats, vegetables, and pickled beets.  It is traditionally served on November 1st during the All Saints’ Day celebrations.

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Things to Know About Antigua Guatemala Restaurants 

Before you dine at any of these Antigua Guatemala restaurants, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • 💴 Currency: Everything is priced in the local currency Quetzales. Many restaurants only accepts cash. If you do pay with credit card, expect an extra fee added to the bill.
  • 🍽️ Food Scene: Antigua boasts a diverse culinary scene. You can find traditional dishes, Japanese, Italian, Indian, etc.
  • 🫔 Local Food is plentiful and inexpensive.
  • 🍔 If you’re getting a craving, there are chain restaurants in Antigua Guatemala, such as a Pizza Hut, Starbucks Burger King, McDonald’s..etc
  • ☕️ Cafes and Coffee Culture: Antigua is known for its coffee culture. Most cafes in Antigua serve high-quality, locally grown coffee.
  • 💰$ It is very inexpensive to have a good meal in Antigua compared to places like the Untied States and Australia.
  • ⏰ It’s best to make reservations in advance at some of the restaurants in town if you are traveling to Guatemala during high season or plan on eating during peak dining hours.
  • 💧Tap water is unsafe to drink in Guatemala but some restaurants will provide filtered water when you sit down. 
  • ☀️ Many Antigua restaurants have lovely outdoor seating areas, allowing you to enjoy the pleasant weather and city’s charm.
Door in Antigua Guatemala
Antigua Unesco World Heritage Site

Tipping in Guatemala

Do you tip in Guatemala?  Before we get started with the best restaurants in Antigua list, let’s talk about tipping in Guatemala.  Tips or propina in Spanish is normally 10% in restaurants. 

Propinas are usually added onto the bill which I love because it just makes things so much easier.  If a tip is not included on the bill and you would like to add one, you must tell the cashier/waiter before they run your card to add a tip or simply leave some quetzals on the table.

Best Restaurants in Antigua, Guatemala

After spending over 3 weeks in Antigua and getting the low down from the locals, in no particular order, these are the best restaurants in Antigua, Guatemala that are worth a visit or shall I say taste.

Pepian a traditional dish in Guatemala
Jocon at one of the best restaurants in Antigua

La Casa de las Sopas

  • Price: $-$$
  • Open: 11am-9pm daily
  • Must Try: Pepián & Joćon Stews

Starting off our list of the best restaurants in Antigua is La Casa de las Sopas.  This mouth watering eatery stays true to its name and has a delightful menu full of soups.

You can satisfy your tastebuds with some international inspired soups or try one of the typical Guatemala cuisine like the Pepián or Jocòn.  I tried the Pepián which is made from toasted aromatic seeds, chicken and veggies.  It’s basically a chicken stew and a national dish in Guatemala.

Joe tried the, green tomatoes, chicken, veggies in a creamy cilantro sauce.  Both dishes were amazingly good and perfect for a crisp evening.

This Antigua restaurant only accepts cash and sits about 50 people. La Casa de las Sopas hours are from 11am-9pm daily. 

Yummy Tacos at Cactus Tacos restaurant in Antigua Guatemala
Chips and Salsa at Cactus Tacos

Cactus Tacos

  • Price: $
  • Open: Daily from 12-10pm
  • Must Try: Alambre tacos & Tacos de Birria

If you love tacos (I mean who doesn’t), then you can’t miss out on Cactus Tacos.  This low key establishment serves up some tasty Mexican cuisine and the tacos by far are the best thing on the menu.

The Alambre Tacos are a safe bet, you can choose between beef, chicken or pork.  Served with grilled onions, crispy bacon and cheese.  The Tacos de Barria are also outstanding. We ate here several times so you can always count on quality.

This Antigua restaurant is smaller in size with about 30 seats.  The menu also includes a nice selection of mezcals, tequilas and beer.  This is where to eat in Antigua for huge portions and cheap prices.

Casa Escobar one of the best restaurants in Antigua Guatemala

Casa Escobar

  • Price: $$$
  • Open: Daily from 12-10pm
  • Must Try: Steak & Wine

If you love the finer things in life, don’t miss out on Casa Escobar, this is by far one of the most upscale restaurants in Antigua.  Think white table cloth, fine wines and epic views of Antiguo Colegio de la Compañía de Jesús.

Of course the best thing to order on the menu at this Antigua steakhouse is the steak.  Eating here is definitely a splurge.  Joe and I ordered the surf and turf for two which consisted of 16 oz. of sirloin steak and grilled shrimp.  Pair this with a nice bottle of vino tinto and life is good my friends.

Indonesian Curry in Antigua Guatemala

Toku Baru

  • Price: $
  • Open: Daily 12-9:30pm
  • Must Try: Any of the curries

This restaurant in Antigua has a lot of personality.  Not only is Taku Baru’s menu a mix of Indian, Indonesian and Mayan food but the place is decorated in classic pop bands memorabilia.  I’m talking bands like the Beatles, the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac.  The music also matched the decor.

I opted for the Indonesian Kare Curry made with coconut milk and lemon grass.  Joe tried the Madras which was a spicy Indian curry.  All curries were served with sautéed spinach, rice and a side salad. 

Portions were huge and some of the cheapest prices we’ve seen in town.  This is definitely one of the best places to eat in Antigua on a budget.  Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Samsara restaurant - The best restaurant in Antigua, Guatemala
Eating breakfast food in one of the best restaurants inA ntigua
Eating vegan food in one of the best restaurants inA ntigua

Samsara

  • Price: $
  • Open: Thursday-Sunday 8am-10pm, Monday 8am-8:30pm, Tuesday 9am-10pm, & Wednesday 8am-10pm
  • Must Try: Avocado & Quinoa Salad

Calling all vegans and vegetarians 👋.  Samsara is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant in Antigua that has a menu full of super foods.  The hardest part will be deciding what to order.

Joe and I loved this restaurant so much, we ate here 4 times!  I think this goes without saying but this is the best restaurant in Antigua because it’s my personal favorite.

I feel like we tried most of the menu but the wok curry which is a bunch of vegetables tossed in a yellow curry sauce, avocado and quinoa salad, and any of the breakfasts are a good choice.

Make sure to try the Eye of Hours fermented tumeric & ginger drink, you won’t regret it.  They even provide free water which is a rarity in this town…or shall I say country.

Burger at Hectors Bistro
Burger at Hectors Bistro

Hectors Bistro

  • Price: $$
  • Open: Daily from 7am-10pm
  • Must Try: The Burger & the French Stew

Hectors Bistro is an upscale bistro that has a fantastic menu.  Located right down the street from Samsara, Hectors offers a warm and welcoming ambiance with outdoor seating and heaters.

Indulge in carefully crafted dishes, from savory tapas to exquisite mains, all prepared with attention to detail and a touch of culinary innovation.  Most of the dishes are served with fries with a choice of regular or sweet potato.

They have a cool library in the back of the restaurant that is perfect for a larger group or to enjoy a drink and just to read a few pages from a book.  The bar is also inviting and a great place for happy hour from 3-6.

Tacos at Fridas
Fridas Restaurant in Antigua Guatemala

Fridas

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Open: Monday-Friday 12-10pm, Saturday 12-11:30pm & Sunday 10am-10pm
  • Must Try: Tacos & Mezcal

Fridas is an upscale Mexican restaurant in Antigua.  Located near the Santa Catalina Archway, you can’t beat the location.  The menu consists of your typical Mexican cuisine such as tacos and quesadillas with a twist of course.  The tacos were fantastic.

The bar in my opinion is the star of the show as it has a wonderful selection of mezcals and tequilas.  You can order flights to sample or even a whole bottle if you’re enjoying dinner with friends.

We happened to be here on a Wednesday at 6 o’clock and the bar rang a bell and next thing we knew, they were handing our free margaritas.  #Winning.  Come here for the mezcal, ambiance, tacos and margaritas.

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    Rincon Tipico

    • Price: $
    • Open: Daily from 6-10pm
    • Must Try: Pepián

    Rincon Tipico is one of the cheapest places to eat in Antigua that offers an authentic taste of Guatemalan cuisine.  When you eat here you can expect traditional dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

    Whether it’s hearty stews, flavorful tortillas, or regional specialties, come here for a cheap meal of local cuisine.  Portions are huge and prices are just right.

    Japenese food in Antigua Guatemala

    Kombu Ramen Shop

    • Price: $$
    • Open: Wednesday – Sunday 12-3pm & 6pm-9pm
    • Must Try: Any of the Ramens of course

    If you want to feel like you’re in Japan don’t miss out on Kombu Ramen in Antigua.  This tiny joint is the real deal and will transport you to the heart of Japanese comfort food in the midst of Antigua.

    This intimate ramen shop takes pride in crafting authentic and flavorful ramen bowls.  From rich and savory broths to perfectly textured homemade noodles, each bowl is mouthwatering goodness.

    This is one of the best restaurants in Antigua to enjoy on a chilly day.  They don’t accept reservations but do accept credit cards.
    Fresh Salad at Coaba Farms in Antigua Guatemala
    Eating at Coaba Farms

    Caoba Farms

    • Price: $$
    • Open: Wednesday – Sunday 8-5pm, Closed Monday’s & Tuesday’s
    • Must Try: Smoothies & Anything from the Garden

    Caoba Farms, fresh, organic and oh so tasty.  Located 20 minutes outside of town via foot, Caoba Farms is not just a restaurant in Antigua but an immersive journey into farm-to-table gastronomy.

    As soon as you enter the farm, you’re greeted by the scent of fresh herbs and vibrant flowers.  All the ingredients on the menu are grown from the farm which you can explore after your meal.  Everything was fresh, crisp and delicious.  It was definitely worth the extra walk.

    We tried the Philly Cheesesteak special, but the salad which was definitely the way to go. The smoothies were also excellent.  Each bite told a story of sustainable agriculture and the commitment to supporting local farmers.  Eat well, feel good.

    Vegan Restaurant in Antigua Guatemala
    Once, Once - One of the best restaurants in Antigua Guatemala

    Once Once (Vegan Restaurant in Antigua)

    • Price: $$
    • Open: Wednesday – Saturday 12-3:45pm, 6-9pm, Sunday 12-5pm & Monday-Tuesday Closed
    • Must Try: Dumplings, Smoothies & Tres Leches

    Once Once is one of the best vegan restaurants in Antigua.  This delightful restaurant serves a delicious selection of plant-based meals.  The menu offers a wide variety of delectable options, from creative main courses to share platters.

    Their inventive menu demonstrates their dedication to serving cruelty-free food.  The dumplings were out of this world good and the rosemary flavored water that they gave us as we sat down was a nice touch.  From the ambiance to the service and of course the tasty menu, don’t miss out at dining at this eatery.

    Avocado salad in front of a fire
    • Price: $$
    • Open: Wednesday-Friday 11am-10:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-10:30, Mondays – Closed, Tuesdays 3-10pm
    • Must Try: Avocado Salad & the Craft Beer

    Now this joint totally surprised me.  Antigua: El Bosque promises a unique and flavorful experience for beer enthusiasts and food lovers alike.  The brewery offers a diverse selection of craft beers, and tasty menu.

    The menu features artisanal pub-style snacks, pizzas and empanadas.  Joe and I came on a whim for a beer and had the avocado salad and some snacks.  The salad was amazingly good, fresh and affordable.

    The ambiance at Antigua Cerveza is a blend of colonial charm and a modern beer garden vibe, creating the perfect setting for a laid-back afternoon or evening hanging by the fire.

    Osteria di Francesco

    • Price: $$
    • Open: Tuesday – Friday 12-8pm, Saturday 12-9pm, Sunday 12-7pm & Closed on Mondays
    • Must Try: Gnocchi or Pizza

    Our one and only Italian restaurant in Antigua to make the list is Osteria di Francesco.  This hidden gem has a lovely garden setting, offering a taste of Italy against the backdrop of Antigua’s colonial charm.

    This restaurant is located a little farther out of town on the south side but I promise, the meal is worth it. From classic pasta dishes to fine wines, eating here you can anticipate a menu crafted with care, featuring traditional Italian dishes prepared with the finest ingredients.

    Honorable Mentions of the best restaurants in Antigua Guatemala

    Restaurants in Antigua, Guatemala | Honorable Mentions

    Tacos in Antigua Guatemala
    Food at some of the best restaurants in Antigua Guatemala

    Best Cafes in Antigua, Guatemala

    During my three week stay in Antigua, we hit up a lot for coffee shops.  Here are some of my favorite cafes in Antigua, Guatemala.

    • La Prada – Located on the main drag.  Great coffee, sandwiches and desserts.
    • Fernandos Coffee – Speciality coffees and Guatemalan chocolate.
    • Fat Cat Coffee House
    • Café Boheme
    • Cafe Condesa – central location, great for people watching.
    • Café Sol
    • XQ No? (Por Qué No? Cafe) – a quintessential “dive bar” restaurant in Antigua.
    • Sofia Cobián – Pastry Shop where Joe claims he ate the best macaroon of his life.
    • Luna de Miel – Amazing pastry shop that always has a line out the door.
    • El Viejo Café – popular cafe in the center of Antigua with food, coffees, pastries and more.
    ULEW Cocktail Bar in Antigua Guatemala
    Craft Beer in Antigua Guatemala

    Best Bars in Antigua, Guatemala

    • Ulew Cocktail Bar – Semi-secret speak easy through a British telephone booth.
    • Cafe Sky – Rooftop bar where you can see Fuego puffing in the distance.
    • El Mirador Rooftop Patio – Another decent rooftop bar in Antigua.
    • Tabacos Y Vinos – a place where the wine keeps getting cheaper as you buy it 🍷
    • La Sala – for salsa and free salsa lessons on Sunday nights.
    Santa Catalina arch the most popular thing to see in antigua

    Antigua Guatemala Travel Guides

    I spent 3 weeks roaming around Antigua’s cobblestone streets and eating at all the amazing restaurants in town. I haven’t traveled to every country in Central America yet, but from the ones that I did, Antigua comes in as my favorite city in Central America.

    There are many reasons to love this town but between the adventures on the surrounding volcanos and the delicious food, I promise you will love your visit to Antigua. Check out the guides below to help plan your trip.

    Overnight Trek on Acatenango Volcano – This 2 day, 1 night adventure takes you up Acatenango Volcano for front row seats of Volcan Fuego erupting through the night. Located an hour from Antigua.

    Best Things to do in Antigua – This is the big guide of 31 awesome things to do in Antigua, including the most popular day trips.

    Hiking Pacaya Volcano – An active volcano that takes you on a hike through lava rocks.

    Where to Stay in Antigua – Find out about the best places to stay in Antigua for all travel styles and budgets.

    How to Get to Antigua from Guatemala City – A detailed guide on getting from Antigua to Guatemala City.

    15 of the Coolest Places to Visit in Guatemala – Get inspired on other beautiful places to visit in Guatemala.

    Final Thoughts on the Best Restaurants in Antigua Guatemala

    The food scene in Antigua is outstanding. There are so many exquisite places to eat that makes traveling to Antigua more than just a trip, its a journey through the culinary world.

    Do you have any favorite restaurants in Antigua, Guatemala?  Let your fellow food lovers know in the comments below 👇.

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