The Highlands restaurants

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 Cafe in Chichicastenango

Villa Cofrades

This charming cafe is tucked into the outside corner of Centro Comercial Santo Tomás and is a gem if you want to step back from the bustle of the market but still get a view of the action outside. It's decorated wit…
Top Choice Asian in Quetzaltenango

Esquina Asiatica

This charming upstairs restaurant refreshes palates with generous plates from around Asia – Chinese dumplings, Indonesia satay, pad thai, Vietnamese spring rolls and more, against a backdrop of vintage travel poster…
Top Choice Guatemalan in Huehuetenango

La Tinaja

As much a cultural center as a cafe, the home of historian/gourmand Rolando Gutiérrez has an interesting library and a collection of old clocks, radios and namesake tinajas (urns), all displayed in a series of invit…
Top Choice Guatemalan in Quetzaltenango

Aj de Lunas

This simple but cheerful dining hall is a good place to savor Quetzalteco home cooking, with daily specials like jocón (stew with tomatillo and cilantro) and caldo de patas (cow foot soup) served with a pile of tort…
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, and the paneer (cheese) almost as good a…
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.