Foods of Guatemala – 2023
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Guatemala is probably not on the list of many to visit for adventure and relaxation, but it should be. Guatemala offers a plethora of joys and enriching experiences. From its stunning natural beauty, rich history, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality, Guatemala has something to offer every type of traveler. One of the things you’ll notice immediately is the country’s breathtaking natural landscapes. From towering volcanoes and lush rainforests to serene lakes, Guatemala boasts some of the most diverse and picturesque landscapes you can see in a small country. The country is home to the majestic Lake Atitlán, surrounded by volcanoes and indigenous Mayan villages. Guatemala also is home to the charming city of Antigua. This UNESCO World Heritage site is known for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture, cobblestone streets, and vibrant local markets. Exploring the city’s historic churches, plazas, and colorful buildings is a delight for history and architecture enthusiasts as well as foodies alike. Guatemalan cuisine is a fusion of Mayan, Spanish, and Caribbean flavors that mix together wonderfully. A vacation in Guatemala is sure to leave you with cherished memories and a deep appreciation for this captivating country. Below are some of the meals I enjoyed during my travels:
Restaurante Ecológico Los Pumpos – Panajachel, Guatemala
Restaurante Ecológico Los Pumpos is a charming eco-friendly restaurant located in Panajachel, Guatemala. Nestled in the heart of the picturesque town on the shores of Lake Atitlán, Los Pumpos offers a unique dining experience that combines delicious food with a commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness. Fresh caught tilapia from Lake Atitlán brought directly to the restaurant that was stuffed with herbs and spices, sauteed veggies, potato wedges, and sangria. This meal was flat out amazing!!!! You must dine here during any stay in Panajachel.
Restaurante MiraLago – Panajachel, Guatemala
Dining here you can enjoy a front row seat to the picturesque lake as it offers a unique dining experience with beautiful views and a tranquil ambiance. The restaurant is tastefully designed, featuring comfortable seating and large windows that allows guests to relax and enjoy their meal in a peaceful setting. I had the camarones empanizados which were delightful. Huge and flavorful with fries and rice.
Cakchiquel Restaurant at Porta Hotel – Panajachel, Guatemala
Upon entering the Cakchiquel Restaurant, you will likely be greeted by a warm and inviting atmosphere that showcases elements of Cakchiquel culture. The restaurant may feature traditional artwork, handicrafts, and decor that pay homage to the indigenous heritage of the Cakchiquel people. I enjoyed Pepián, a hearty meat stew made with chicken, simmered with a thick and aromatic sauce composed of roasted seeds, chilies, and spices served with tortillas and the steak special which was tender and cooked nicely.
Pappys BBQ – Antigua, Guatemala
This is a typical BBQ restaurant, but it is located in Antigua. It offers a relaxed and casual atmosphere with rustic decor elements, wooden tables and chairs, and some BBQ-related decorations. I enjoyed cheese nachos, wings that were VERY good, ribs, fries, and veggies.
Señor Crêpa – Antigua, Guatemala
A charming destination that specializes in serving delicious crêpes, which are thin French pancakes made from wheat flour and filled with a variety of sweet or savory ingredients. They can satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth with options like Nutella and strawberry and ice cream which is exactly what I had.
Restaurante Las Velas at Hotel Camino Real Antigua – Antigua, Guatemala
The restaurant is renowned for its charming ambiance and beautiful décor, which features an elegant and rustic Mediterranean-inspired design. The name “Las Velas” translates to “The Candles,” and true to its name, the restaurant is adorned with soft candlelight that adds a romantic and intimate touch to the atmosphere. The talented team of chefs combines fresh, locally sourced ingredients with international culinary techniques to create a diverse range of dishes that cater to various tastes and preferences. My dish was beautifully plated, showcasing the culinary artistry and creativity of the kitchen. Even though I was only there for breakfast enjoying fresh fruits, pancakes, eggs, bacon, and hash brown, the combination of exquisite flavors, elegant presentation, and warm hospitality created a truly memorable dining experience.
Madre Tierra – Antigua Guatemala
Just a block away from the Central Square of Antigua, Madre Tierra is a nice choice to dine at. The décor incorporates elements of Mayan art, vibrant textiles, and natural materials, creating a warm and inviting ambiance. I had the Tacos Chapines and grilled chicken. The meal was good and service was friendly.
Xocolatl – San Antonio Palopó, Guatemala
Xocolatl Guatemala is a renowned chocolate brand that specializes in crafting high-quality artisanal chocolates. It draws its inspiration from the rich history and traditions of chocolate-making in Guatemala, a country known for its exceptional cacao beans. The name “Xocolatl” is derived from the ancient Mayan word for chocolate, highlighting the brand’s connection to the region’s cultural heritage. Xocolatl Guatemala offers a diverse selection of chocolate creations, including dark chocolate bars, milk chocolate bars, truffles, bonbons, and chocolate-covered fruits or nuts. I went with the milk and dark chocolate bars and they were divine. The view enjoying your treats here is breathtaking.
La Fuente at Barceló – Guatemala City, Guatemala
La Fuente is designed with a contemporary and sophisticated style, featuring tasteful decor, warm lighting, and comfortable seating arrangements. The restaurant provides both indoor and outdoor seating options, allowing guests to choose their preferred dining environment. The night I visited was a seafood buffet and offered a delightful dining experience with its decent cuisine, ambiance, reasonable price, and excellent service.
Katok – Tecpan, Guatemala
Katok is nestled in the picturesque landscapes of the Guatemalan highlands. It is surrounded by rolling hills, lush forests, and agricultural fields, creating a charming and serene atmosphere. The town is known for its strong preservation of Mayan traditions, customs, and language. The area around Tecpán is rich in archaeological sites and ancient ruins. One notable site is Iximche, an ancient Mayan city that served as the capital of the Kaqchikel kingdom. It is an attraction and offers insights into Mayan history and architecture. Katok lets you rest after a visit to Iximche and I had a burger with fries.
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