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Top Choice Guatemalan in Quetzaltenango

Café Canela

For breakfast and lunch on weekdays, Martha, aka la nicaragüense, has a simple setup with a sunny patio and alternative vibe. You'll find creative variations on the essential menú del día (Q20), nicely dressed salad…
Top Choice Indian in Quetzaltenango

Sabor de la India

Authentic south Indian fare is whipped up here by a fellow from Kerala. Servings are huge; the thalis – platters of curried veggies, chicken or beef – are highly recommended. Often populated by groups of gringos, th…
Top Choice Cafe in Quetzaltenango

Café La Luna

For chocolate aficionados, this is a shrine. Made from scratch on the premises, the chocolate is velvety smooth and served in a variety of beverages: the chocolate cappuccino is mind-blowing. Groups of friends gathe…
Top Choice Pub in Quetzaltenango

Salón Tecún

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…
Cafe in Quetzaltenango

Café Nativos

Part of a hostel/arts center in the Pasaje Enríquez, Café Nativos is an inviting place with good natural fare, espresso, French toast for breakfast, falafel and tofu in mole. A terrific balcony terrace, with counter…
Cafe in Quetzaltenango

Café El Cuartito

This offbeat cafe is a point of reference for travelers and language students, with quirky decor made from found objects. It serves a good range of vegetarian snacks, herbal teas and organic coffee just about any wa…
Bakery in Quetzaltenango

Xelapan

This branch of the city-wide bakery chain off the Parque Centro América is worth stopping into just to admire the fancy pastries on display, including the glazed turtle-shaped items called tortuguitas. The little ca…
Cafe in Quetzaltenango

Café Armonía

A simple place, Café Armonía is Xela's main outlet for the small growers of Guate's chief coffee-growing regions, including Acatenango, Huehuetenango, Atitlán and San Marcos beans, which are grown at a higher altitu…
Guatemalan in Quetzaltenango

La Red Kat

An alternative cultural center focusing on the economic reintegration of returning migrants, La Red Kat also provides grants for young chefs in training, which translates into gourmet meals at popular prices. Locall…
Museum in Quetzaltenango

Museo de Arte

An interesting if chaotic collection of some 400 paintings by Guatemala's leading modernists is exhibited here, including works by Efraín Recinos, Jorge Mazariegos and the landscape artist José Luis Álvarez. Most pr…