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Top Choice Park in Panajachel

Reserva Natural Atitlán

A former coffee plantation being retaken by natural vegetation, this reserve is 200m past the Hotel Atitlán on the northern outskirts of town. It makes a good outing on foot or bicycle. You can leisurely walk the ma…
Top Choice Pub in Antigua

Por Qué No?

This alternative cafe is a vertically oriented space that takes up an absurdly narrow corner of an old building (grab the rope to reach the upper level) with vintage bric-a-brac hanging from the rafters and every su…
Top Choice Japanese in Panajachel

Restaurante Hana

Serving absolutely 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…
Top Choice Fusion in Antigua

Mesón Panza Verde

The restaurant of the exclusive B&B Mesón Panza Verde dishes up divine continental cuisine in an appealing Antiguan atmosphere. The menu features an eclectic global lineup, with the French-trained chef putting a…
Top Choice Cafe in Panajachel

Crossroads Café

Bay Area native Mike Roberts has made Panajachel a major crossroads for coffee aficionados. When he's not roasting beans or working the Cimbali at his narrow cafe near the center of town, Mike spends his time combin…
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…
Top Choice Live Music in Guatemala City

La Bodeguita del Centro

There's a hopping, creative local scene in Guatemala City, and this large, bohemian hangout is one of the best places to connect with it. There's live music of some kind almost every night from Tuesday to Saturday, …