Top Choice Guatemalan in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Café Sabor Cruceño

Up in the village, this brilliant community project comedor is run by local students who are learning to make traditional Guatemalan dishes to global tourism standards. Such Kaqchiquel fare as subanik (a tomato sauc…
Top Choice Cheese in San Juan La Laguna

Café El Artesano

El Artesono offers one of Guatemala's best dining experiences. Let the staff guide you around the platter of two dozen cheeses (all produced in Guatemala and aged in-house), from creamy goat through blue to hard pec…
Top Choice Italian in Panajachel

Circus Bar

Behind the swinging doors, Circus Bar has a cabaret atmosphere, with live music nightly from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. There is good pizza and even better pasta, plus a respectable wine list and imported liquors. Flamenco,…
Top Choice Guatemalan in San Marcos La Laguna

Comedor Konojel

This cheerily-painted clapboard canteen serves up big healthy portions of Guatemalan food according to a changing daily menu to help support a wider feeding program and other community projects in the area around Sa…
Top Choice Guatemalan in Panajachel

El Patio

This is a locally popular joint for lunch; the front terrace makes an obvious meeting place. Try to make it for Monday lunch when everyone chows down on caldo de res (chunky broth), served with all the trimmings.
American in Panajachel

Mister Jon's

All the perks of a US diner are here in abundance, including buttermilk pancakes, great omelets with hash browns or country biscuits on the side, and free coffee refills (of Guatemala's finest). But it's no gringo g…
Japanese in Panajachel

Restaurante Hana

Serving authentic Japanese cuisine, Hana is ensconced in the serene courtyard of the Casa Cakchiquel, graced by hanging plants and a gallery of photos of old Pana. Besides preparing such classics as nigiri sushi, sa…
Salvadoran in Panajachel

Chero's Bar

Usefully located in the nightlife zone, Chero's can get pretty lively, with beer-drinking patrons gathering around simple wood tables as tuk-tuks zip by. Salvadoran staff slap out pupusas, either straight up or fill…
Middle Eastern in San Pedro La Laguna


Sabich, an Israeli sandwich lovingly stuffed with hard-boiled eggs, hummus, and fried eggplant, is just one highlight on the menu at this cheerful Mideast eatery upstairs, midway between the Pana and Santiago docks.…
Japanese in San Marcos La Laguna


This groovy little shack can be found by the creek east of the village. Japanese owner Seiko makes a mean miso soup, plus vegetarian sushi and tempura platters, and the plum wine is divine. All this, and complimenta…