About Arielle W
Lives in State College, Pennsylvania
Since Apr 2015
Flea & Street Markets
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Speciality Museums, History Museums, Art Museums
Churches & Cathedrals
Gift & Speciality Shops, Speciality Museums, History Museums
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Sacred & Religious Sites
History Museums, Speciality Museums
Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
Make your first stop the Panaderia y Café Santa Clara for a hearty breakfast before beginning your three-day adventure through Antigua. Choose from a yummy menu of savory breads, fruits, and breakfast sandwiches.
After a yummy breakfast, check out the street market towards the public bus station. You'll find hundreds of vendors displaying everything from accessories and clothing made from authentic indigenous fabrics, to handmade jewelry, home decor, and hammocks.
La Casaca is a quaint coffee shop across the street from central park. You can order tea and coffee, smoothies, pastries, and sandwiches. After exploring the street market, a coffee/tea/pastry break might be just what you need! You can even enjoy free WiFi and a terrace view of the park while you indulge.
After your afternoon treat at La Casaca, make sure to check out Parque Central. It has many benches located throughout the area, so it's a popular place to hang out. You'll see a lot of locals conversing with one another and vendors selling scarves or jewelry.
You can ask the carriage driver to drop you off at the Casa Santo Domingo, which is a museum/hotel/restaurant. There are six museums: Colonial Museum, Archeology Museum, Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and Modern Glass, Marco Augusto Quiroa and the Artist Halls, Silver Museum, and the Pharmacy Museum. You'll also find nature gardens and preserved colonial monuments within the hotel grounds. There is enough variety to satisfy most enthusiasts!
If you're feeling hungry, you can stop for lunch at Hector's Bistro. It's a cute restaurant that serves authentic French-inspired cuisine. The delicious food and affordable prices make this place a winner for your stomach and your wallet!
After your meal, you can head on across the street to La Merced, the colonial trademark in Antigua. You can walk inside the church to admire the preserved colonial architecture, high-ceilings, and religious artifacts within the church.
If you like handcrafted jewelry, then Casa del Jade is a place you must visit. You'll find jewelry and accessories made from Jade and also a museum exhibiting murals and the various uses of this precious stone in Mesoamerica.
End your evening with dinner at Café Sky. You'll find plenty of options on the menu including hamburgers, soups, ice creams, smoothies, and alcoholic beverages. With one of the best terrace views in Antigua, you can sit on the terrace and enjoy the sunset as you eat your meal.
Start off your second day in Antigua by a trip to Earthlodge, located just 20 minutes up the mountain in Aldea El Hato. The lodge is located at 6,000 feet elevation giving it a view of all three volcanoes (Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango) and cities neighboring Antigua. You can order breakfast and lunch anytime from 8am-3pm, including smoothies, soups, quesadillas, and homemade natural juices. There's plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, hammocks to lounge in, plus nature trails and grassy areas to explore. It's the perfect place to escape the noise of the city and embrace your inner nature-lover. You'll want to spend a few hours here at least!
On your way back down to Antigua, you can stop at Cerro de la Cruz, which offers another fantastic view of the city.
Perfect for chocolate-lovers, the Ixcacao factory has handmade chocolates in about 10 different flavors, such as mint, macadamia, orange, almond, and mocha. There are also dark, white, and milk varieties available. All chocolate is fair-trade and prepared organically in Guatemala. You'll even find Mayan Sipping Chocolate here!
Take a look at more Mayan handicrafts at the Mayan Creations Arts and Crafts shop. You'll see such items as home decor, pottery, and paintings.
If you're getting hungry for dinner, get a bite to eat at the Rincon Tipico to get your typical Guatemalan food fix of pipian soup, rice and beans, fried plantains, tortillas, and grilled chicken. All of the main entrees are great value, plus, there is cozy courtyard seating as well.
After your meal, stop by the Cathedral de Santiago, another colonial church close to the corner to central park. You can go inside to check out the architecture and artifacts hung around the church.
If you're still not full from breakfast and lunch, enjoy your dinner at La Pena de Sol Latino. The menu is full of more typical Guatemalan food to satisfy your taste buds, plus desserts! It's a really tranquil environment and a good destination for a meal at any time during the day.
Give yourself a hearty breakfast at Bagel Barn before another long day out on the town. Enjoy a full menu of breakfast sandwiches, deli-style sandwiches, smoothies, coffees, and teas. The bagels are freshly made every morning after 8am. Enjoy free WiFi too! You'll also find free educational movies about Latin American culture and language in the evenings.
This museum is a great place for Mayan culture and coffee enthusiasts. You'll learn about the production of coffee and indigenous dress and traditions all in one place! La Azotea Cultural Center is in Jocotenango, about a 15-minute bus ride from Antigua. With your admission, you get access to three museums: Mayan Music Museum, Rincón Sacatepéquez, and the Coffee Museum.
Enjoy a yummy lunch at this cute cafe that serves deli-style dishes, smoothies, pastries, coffee, and tea. The seating space is very comfortable and tranquil, relieving you from the bustle of the afternoon in the city.
Take a stroll towards Arco de Santa Catalina. This arch goes back many centuries to colonial times and is famously captured in many mural paintings.
By now, you know that Antigua has colonial churches on every other block; meaning that there are plenty of opportunities to visit at least a few of them. Here is a reference to another beautiful church with preserved colonial architecture that will leave you impressed.
Rainbow Cafe is a great destination for dinner. With friendly ambiance and mural-painted walls, you'll enjoy taking a couple hours to enjoy a delicious meal here. There are entrees of typical Guatemalan foods, soups, hamburgers, french fries, cakes, ice cream for dessert, and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. Plus, there's a bookstore in the front room of the café, which offers a diverse genre of books, cute post cards, souvenirs, and chocolates.