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This is a guide to help fellow travelers enjoy their visit to 'La Antigua Guatemala' (The Old Guatemala) to the fullest on a tight schedule of three days.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Like a Local

22 Places

14 City Tips

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22 Places

Day 1

Panaderia y Cafe Santa Clara

Restaurants

Street market

Flea & Street Markets

La Casaca

Restaurants

The Plaza Central Park

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Casa Santo Domingo Museums

Speciality Museums, History Museums, Art Museums

Hector's Bistro

Restaurants

Iglesia de La Merced

Churches & Cathedrals

Casa del Jade

Gift & Speciality Shops, Speciality Museums, History Museums

Cafe Sky

Restaurants

Day 2

Earth Lodge

Hotels

Cerro de la Cruz

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ixcacao Chocolate Factory

Factory Tours

Mayan Creations Arts & Crafts

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Rincon Tipico

Restaurants

Cathedral de Santiago

Sacred & Religious Sites

La Pena de Sol Latino

Restaurants

Day 3

The Bagel Barn

Restaurants

La Azotea Cultural Center

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Y tu Pina Tambien

Restaurants

Arco de Santa Catalina

Ancient Ruins

Church of San Francisco

Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Rainbow Cafe

Restaurants

Arielle W's City Tips

  • The 'Mercado Artesania' (Artesian Market) in Antigua is a popular tourist destination for a reason. There are over 100 venders within the yellow gates of the market displaying clothing and accessories made from authentic indigenous fabrics, hand-made jewelry, home decor, and dish-ware.
  • If you're an architectural or history enthusiast, this city will enchant you with its museums, church ruins, and its wonderfully preserved colonially-designed buildings.
  • Enhance your experience in one of the oldest cities in Central America with a carriage ride around town. You can find them parked along every corner of central park. They are pretty inexpensive, too!
  • Try some 'comida típica,' (typical food), from the snug restaurants called 'comedores' (translates to 'dining room' in English) during your stay. A typical dish includes 'gallo pinto' (rice and beans) and tortillas, sometimes accompanied by chicken or beef, fried eggs, fried plantains, or fresh fruit.
  • Learn enough Spanish to be able to communicate basic needs and negotiations, such as asking where the bathrooms are, ordering food, and negotiating prices on items. Even the most basic skills can give you the greatest liberty!
  • Assume that all prices on goods being sold from street vendors or clothing markets are negotiable. The vendors will always re-discuss final prices on almost all items. Keep in mind that the goods are all hand-made from indigenous Mayan fabrics. Don't be shy to ask the vendor about the origin of the product.
  • The Antigua outdoor market is a unique experience all in itself. It is very large with many passage ways that lead to little kiosks full of fruits and vegetables, and stores that are stocked with clothing and other goods.
  • Generally, tipping 10% in restaurants, bars, and cafés is standard. Sometimes the tip may already be included in the bill, especially for large parties. Always double-check the receipt before paying.
  • If you're looking to take a bus from Antigua to another neighboring city, finding transportation is easy and very affordable. Taxis are also easily accessible, but they will cost double or triple that of the public bus.
  • By 10.30am, the sun begins to peak to its strongest intensity. Make sure you apply sunscreen before going out, especially if you have fair skin (like mine!). Even if it is cloudy out, you should still apply sunscreen to your exposed skin and/or wear a hat to protect your eyes and face. Don't let those clouds fool you!
  • The roads are made of cobble stone making them uneven in some areas, so it is best to wear good walking shoes that protect your feet. Thong flip-flops are in danger of breaking, not to mention you could stub your toes!
  • Even though Guatemala generally has a tropical climate, Antigua is located in the mountains at 5,029 feet elevation, so the temperature can significantly drop into the 60s in the evening. Bringing a light jacket may be a good idea.
  • If you visit Antigua during the rainy season (mid-May through October/November), be prepared for unpredictable precipitation. It could rain for anywhere between 2-5 hours. Make sure you bring a rain-repellent jacket and maybe even rain boots.
  • There are ATMs on every corner to get local Quetzales using your debit/credit card. There is usually a fee to withdraw money.
    Day 1
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    Panaderia y Cafe Santa Clara
    Restaurants (Cafe, Guatemalan, South American, Central American)
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Definitely make sure to sample the homemade breads here. You can choose from a large selection of breads including those stuffed with jam, meat, or cheese.
    • You can eat there or take it to-go. If you eat there, you can even sit on the terrace.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #105 of 338 restaurants in Antigua
    • Nice Bakery To Grab And Go Nice Restaurant To Have Dinner And Stay For The Music 04/12/2017
    • I find their food disapointing 04/12/2017
    • Panaderia y Cafe Santa Clara
    Address:
    2da Avenida sur No 18
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7832 6131
    Other:
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    Street market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Prices on handmade goods are negotiable. The vendors will almost always offer you a "discuento," which means discount.
    • Check out multiple vendors to compare prices of the products you would like to buy.
    • Only remove from your wallet the exact cost of a product.
    • Most vendors do not accept debit/credit cards or United States Dollars. Exchange your money for the local currency, Quetzales, beforehand.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 88 things to do in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Across from the bus terminal 02/01/2018
    • handicrafts and souvenirs 17/12/2017
    • Street market
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    La Casaca
    Restaurants (Cafe, Latin, International, Guatemalan, South American, Central American)
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Definitely check out the view from the terrace.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #102 of 338 restaurants in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice typical breakfast, spacious upstairs 11/10/2017
    • Nice food for breakfast 17/09/2017
    • La Casaca
    Address:
    5ta. Avenida Norte No. 10 A
    Portal del Comercio
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7832 4676
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$5
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 20:30
    Other:
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    The Plaza Central Park
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go for a horse-drawn carriage ride! During the ride, you can scope out other places you may want to visit on your trip.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 88 things to do in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Centre of attention 16/01/2018
    • Charming Park 15/01/2018
    • The Plaza Central Park
    Address:
    Plaza Mayor
    City Center
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7832 4801
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    Casa Santo Domingo Museums
    Speciality Museums, History Museums, Art Museums
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    Arielle W Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check out the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and Modern Glass, if pre-Hispanic artifacts made from glass, stone, and ceramics interest you.
    • Check out traditional handicrafts such as glazed crockery, painted ceramics, 'pyrogravure' (decorated wood with burn marks), wrought iron, and carpentry made by the people of the Sacatepéquez region of Guatemala.
    • Take a look at antique cylinders and containers that were used to keep medicinal products as well as the original furniture belonging to the 'Farmacia Oriental' located in Guatemala city in the 19th century.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 88 things to do in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful grounds museum variety 16/01/2018
    • Outstanding and artfully curated 31/12/2017
    • Casa Santo Domingo Museums
    Address:
    3a Calle Oriente 28
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7820 1220
    Other:
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    Hector's Bistro
    Restaurants (European, Fusion)
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    Arielle W Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It is better to go here during the day because it tends to be less crowded than in the evening. The restaurant is small so the noise level is also higher during the busy evening hours.
    • The roasted tomato appetizer is delicious. And definitely try the homemade ketchup!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 338 restaurants in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of best "hamburgers" ever 14/01/2018
    • Limited seating 13/01/2018
    • Hector's Bistro
    Address:
    1ra. Calle Poniente No. 9A
    Besides La Merced church and around the corner from the famous Arch
    Antigua
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7832 9867
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:30 - 22:00
    Mon - Sat
    12:30 - 22:30
    Other:
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    Iglesia de La Merced
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Many of the churches have dress codes prohibiting shorts above the mid-thigh, low-cut shirts, and other revealing clothing.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 88 things to do in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very ornate exterior 02/01/2018
    • A good central place 31/12/2017
    • Iglesia de La Merced
    Phone:
    +502 7832 0559
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    Casa del Jade
    Gift & Speciality Shops, Speciality Museums, History Museums
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The tour through the Jade museum is pretty educational. You'll learn about the history of Jade, uses of it in Mesoamerica, and how it is mined. You'll even see mural paintings from other indigenous Mayan regions such as Tikal.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 37 Shopping in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • If you're looking for the real deal 02/01/2018
    • Beautiful jewelry and great customer service 02/01/2018
    • Casa del Jade
    Address:
    4 Calle Oriente # 10
    Edificio El Jaulon
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7932 5701
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 18:30
    Other:
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    Cafe Sky
    Restaurants (Mexican, American, Bar, Cafe, Guatemalan, Central American, International)
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The ice cream is served in a large margarita glass making it the perfect dessert to share!
    • I recommend eating on the terrace. The view is a "must-see!"
    • There is a bar located on the terrace as well. It's a great place to have a few drinks for those nightlife seekers.
    • For an after dinner drink. Cafe No Se – almost next door – is a great option.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 338 restaurants in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great atmosphere 15/01/2018
    • Cheap eats with a view 13/01/2018
    • Cafe Sky
    Address:
    1a Avenida sur # 15
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7832 7300
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Earth Lodge
    Hotels
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    Arielle W Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Call Earth Lodge to organize a private shuttle transfer at your convenience. This is cheaper and much easier than a taxi or tuk tuk (which are often also reluctant to make the journey.) You can even call from Old Town Outfitters (one of the pick-up points) for free!
    • There is a hill to walk down in order to get to the lodge. Comfortable walking shoes are a good idea!
    • For burger-lovers, the famous 50/50 avocado bacon cheeseburger (half smoked pork, half beef) will stimulate your taste buds!
    • All the menu items are made from scratch, and ingredients are bought locally.
    • There is an avocado farm on the property, so avocado is added to many menu items, even the smoothies!
    • The tip is included in the bill here.
    • The staff prepare homemade kombucha tea, fermented ginger ale, orange juice, and lemonade.
    • Many hiking trails also start from the lodge, so you could explore more of the mountainside while you're here – ask staff for a map.
    • If you're driving, Earthlodge has two parking areas available for guests – though you still have to walk for a while in order to get to the lodge. Email the lodge to request driving directions – available in both Spanish and English.
    • Yoga classes are offered every morning when a resident yoga teacher is staying at the lodge. Check the website/Facebook page for updates.
    • Earthlodge hosts many special events such as live music and BBQs on selected Sundays. Check the website/Facebook page for updates.
    • Ask to see the Famous Tree House and other quirky accommodation options while you're here – you may even find yourself staying over for the night!
    • You'll have much more space to yourself – and peace and quiet – if you come here during the week rather than at the weekend.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 121 Accommodation in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth for day trip with kids 30/12/2017
    • The best place to relax 21/12/2017
    • Earth Lodge
    Address:
    Aldea El Hato
    What3words: ///rums.juggles.adoring
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
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    Cerro de la Cruz
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Arielle W Says:

    On your way back down to Antigua, you can stop at Cerro de la Cruz, which offers another fantastic view of the city.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wearing good walking shoes is ideal for this destination.
    • You can either request a return shuttle transfer from Earthlodge, or walk back down the mountain. It's about an hour's walk back in Antigua, and the road is very quiet.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 88 things to do in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect view over Antigua 16/01/2018
    • Beautiful Location Offering Beautiful Views 14/01/2018
    • Cerro de la Cruz
    Address:
    Antigua, Guatemala
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Other:
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    Ixcacao Chocolate Factory
    Factory Tours
    Arielle W Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The dark chocolate is safe to eat for people who are dairy-free, vegan, or vegetarian.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 56 Tours in Antigua
    • Informative and fun 30/12/2016
    • Sweet Place 29/12/2015
    Address:
    Cerro Candelaria # 10
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 4406 6415
    Other:
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    Mayan Creations Arts & Crafts
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • The home decor products make for great souvenirs.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 88 things to do in Antigua
    • Excellent quality arts and crafts 02/03/2017
    • Explore the art 02/01/2016
    Address:
    4a Avenida Norte No. 22
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7832 9382
    Other:
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    Rincon Tipico
    Restaurants (Latin, Barbecue, Guatemalan, Central American)
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can modify many of the dishes to be vegetarian-friendly!
    • The restaurant is only open until 8pm, so plan accordingly.
    • There are always yummy specials for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 338 restaurants in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pollo asado 15/01/2018
    • Nothing special 14/01/2018
    • Rincon Tipico
    Address:
    3ra Avenida sur No. 3
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 5504 4827
    Other:
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    Cathedral de Santiago
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The church is lit up at night making it look spectacular!
    • Remember the dress code for most churches in Antigua. It is prohibited to wear shorts above the knee and revealing clothing.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 88 things to do in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Most interesting to Catholics 16/01/2018
    • Photogenic ruins 06/01/2018
    • Cathedral de Santiago
    Address:
    Calle Oriente 5
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7832 0909
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    La Pena de Sol Latino
    Restaurants (Latin, Mediterranean, American, International, Spanish)
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • There is live music playing in the evenings, which enhances the ambiance.
    • Definitely try the chicken fajitas – they are excellent!
    • There are yummy margaritas and piña coladas on offer here, if those strike your fancy!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Gluten Aware and Delicious 16/09/2016
    • Enjoyable 02/02/2015
    Address:
    5a Calle Poniente # 15
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7882 4468
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$11
  • Day 3
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    The Bagel Barn
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you are a cream cheese fan, I recommend trying the strawberry cream cheese!
    • For Kombucha tea fans, you can order this probiotic tea here. It's homemade!
    • Check out the Maya Nut smoothie with Mayan nuts, milk, and cinnamon sugar. Definitely worth a try!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 338 restaurants in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bagel and a huge cup of coffee 10/01/2018
    • Nice hangout 01/01/2018
    • The Bagel Barn
    Address:
    5a Calle Poniente # 2
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7832 1224
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$8
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:30 - 19:00
    Other:
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    La Azotea Cultural Center
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It is easy to find transportation to La Azotea. There are public buses that leave every 15 minutes from the central bus station (behind the Artesian Market) in Antigua.
    • During your tour through the Coffee Museum, you get a complimentary cup of coffee!
    • There is a gift shop in the museum for those who would like to purchase an artifact or souvenir.
    • It is better to bring cash to pay for your admission fee(s).
    • The museums is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and Saturday from 8:30am to 2pm – but is closed on Sundays.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Jocotenango
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting History of Mayan Music 04/10/2017
    • Wonderful place! 17/04/2017
    • La Azotea Cultural Center
    Address:
    Calle del Cementerio
    Final
    Jocotenango 03002
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 3011 0786
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Other:
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    Y tu Pina Tambien
    Restaurants (Cafe, American)
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Many of the dishes are suitable for vegetarians.
    • You can order breakfast foods all day here.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 338 restaurants in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious snacks and smoothies 14/01/2018
    • Breakfast 12/01/2018
    • Y tu Pina Tambien
    Address:
    1ra Avenida sur 10b Esquina de 6ta Calle
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Sat
    07:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Arco de Santa Catalina
    Ancient Ruins
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure to bring your camera to snap a few photos!
    • I recommend visiting the arch during the day because the view of the mountains in the background enhances its beauty.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 88 things to do in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Colonial architecture 16/01/2018
    • Beautiful architecture 15/01/2018
    • Arco de Santa Catalina
    Address:
    Av. Norte and 2 Calle Poniente 5
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7832 3080
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    Church of San Francisco
    Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The historical Santo Hermano Pedro is entombed in the church. People come to his coffin daily to pray.
    • Remember the dress code for the churches. You will not be allowed into the church if you are wearing revealing clothes such as low-cut shorts, short skirts, or short dresses.
    • There are ruins outside around the outdoor courtyard to explore. There is a fee to enter that part of the church.
    • Tourists cannot enter the church to sight-see on Sundays due to religious services. After the service though, the area in front of the church is full of people and vendors. It can be quite an experience!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 88 things to do in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful place to spend some time 13/01/2018
    • Classic Antigua experience 06/01/2018
    • Church of San Francisco
    Address:
    Calle Oriente 7
    Calle de los Pasos
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7882 4439
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    Rainbow Cafe
    Restaurants (Bar, Cafe, Guatemalan, Central American, International, Healthy)
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    Arielle W Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The falafel with homemade hummus is my personal favorite.
    • Every Wednesday evening, there is an Open Mic where people sign up to perform.
    • There is a fully-stocked bar with a wide range of liquors and beers, including BrookIPAs, lagers, and pennants.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 338 restaurants in Antigua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very good food, decor and service 12/01/2018
    • A magic place to have a god time in Antigua 28/12/2017
    • Rainbow Cafe
    Address:
    7a Avenida sur No. 8
    Antigua 03001
    Guatemala
    Phone:
    +502 7832 1919
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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