Top Choice International in Apaneca

El Jardin de Celeste

This heavenly garden venue is one of the culinary highlights of the region and warrants a stay or, at the very least, a coffee and cake. Located between Apaneca and Ataco, Celeste is best enjoyed with friends, laugh…
Top Choice Salvadoran in Juayúa


R&R is still the finest restaurant in Juayúa, and possibly in the whole Ruta de las Flores. El chef, Carlos, puts a twist on steaks, salads and Mexican food. Even when Juayúa is dead, the tables at this small, b…
Top Choice International in Santa Ana

Inna Jammin

The Rasta vibe flows over two levels in this happening new restaurant with a broad international menu. The pizzas rate highly, but the Salvadoran grills are exceptional and the cocktails are generously poured. The a…
Top Choice Cafe in Metapán

Balompie Sports Bar & Cafe

Fronting the town square and backing onto Metapán's football stadium, this incongruously good sports bar is more than a place to sink beers and cheer on Los Caleros. Here you can sit on a sunny terrace and enjoy aut…
Top Choice Cafe in Santa Ana

Café Expresión Cultural

This versatile establishment is a favorite among intellectuals and artists who come for the live music and the well-stocked bookshop. Tourists and young lovers enjoy the big breakfasts, fine coffee and accessible ar…
Top Choice Cafe in Ataco

Café Tayua

'The night' just keeps on getting better. Homemade pizza, salads and gourmet sandwiches use fresh herbs from the garden out back, while the decadent sweet pastries are perfect for dunking in coffee. Live music bobs …
Salvadoran in Ahuachapán

Las Mixtas

Colorful and friendly and teeming with young couples, Las Mixtas serves, you guessed it, mixtas, which is basically a sloppy sandwich filled with too much of everything, including pickled vegetables. Locals rave abo…
Salvadoran in Ataco


This cafe rates as one of the best and most affordable places to eat in Ataco. Sit upstairs for views of the square while you feast on grilled meats, rice dishes, sticky puddings and chilled wine. It's on the wester…
Market in Apaneca

Mercado Saludable

Cheap eats deluxe, this market facing the park offers good little eateries serving ham, eggs and beans, and atole (a corn-based drink), as well as chicken dishes and pupusas.
Ice Cream in Santa Ana

El Sin Rival

This outfit has been making ice cream and sorbet (and amazing fruit cones) for decades. Try the tart arrayán (a bittersweet local fruit) or mora (blackberry).