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For chocolate aficionados, this is a shrine...
This offbeat cafe is a point of reference for travelers and language students, with quirky decor made from found objects...
This cozy cafe has quality espresso, with coffee beans roasted on the premises, and it's a fine place for breakfast or snacks (crêpes, croissants, soups and salads Q20 to Q30)...
On the plaza end of the elegant Pasaje Enríquez, alive day and night with a healthy mix of Guatemalans and foreigners quaffing Cabro by the liter, the Tecún claims to be the country's longest-running bar (since 1935)...
Run by a group of alternatively minded indigenous women, the Boutique is a pocket of boho culture behind the Town Hall...
Just off the park's southwest corner, this colonial relic now houses Xela's premier cultural center...
The pool tables are worn and the cues crooked, but this slackers' clubhouse remains a friendly and refreshingly non-trendy spot. While waiting for a table, you can be the DJ, choosing from the PC's 30,000-odd tracks.
Quetzaltenango's grand neoclassical theater north of the center is the main venue for plays, concerts and dance performances. An elaborate two-tiered curved balcony has private boxes for prominent families.
The simple layout here features a courtyard with a bar and wood-fired oven and a living room for live rock and cumbia (Wednesday and Saturday), making an attractive haven for global slackers.
With specially designed viewing counters overlooking the Parque Centro América, this lively cafe on the upper level of the Pasaje Enríquez makes a nice perch for morning espresso or evening cocktails.
Definitely the mellow alternative to the Pasaje Enríquez scene, this coffee house with loft seating attracts a more contemplative kind of drinker, with live rock and jazz on weekends.
The Spanish Society cultural center hosts a women's theater group that stages monthly performances, and occasionally has events such as book launches and poetry readings.
The apt name of this split-level corner joint might describe any of the beer-guzzling, sports-viewing establishments along the south side of the Pasaje Enríquez.
This glitzy, strobe-lit disco offers free salsa classes on Wednesday night (basic and intermediate); other evenings have guest DJs and drinks giveaways.
This 'open minded' disco-bar is always fun and attracts a mixed crowd, with good dance music, drinks specials and drag shows on Saturday night.
Some nights it's mellow, some nights it goes berserk, but this friendly little bar a few steps away from the Parque Central is always worth a look in.
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