Where to eat in Antigua

**Rainbow Cafe** [Burg's choice!]
Address: 7 Avenida Sur. #8
Open: 08.00-23.00 (Happy Hour 17.00-19.00) everyday

This charming and charismatic restaurant/café was by far our favourite place in Antigua. The staff members were friendly and approachable and the extensive menu boasted a great selection of healthy, creative dishes both local and international. There was also a good vegetarian choice, in particular the Israeli falafel was fantastic and the best meal we had during our two week stay in Antigua. The décor is rustic yet sophisticated with a Spanish colloquial indoor terrace patio surrounded by colourful plants and bamboo. During the day, the atmosphere was calm and relaxed which made it an ideal place to read or browse the internet on the free Wi-Fi, whist enjoying a top class coffee or a massive fruit juice and beautifully presented brownie. By night, the place was lit by candles and was buzzing with live music from local bands. Wednesday was particularly popular as “Open Mic Night” invited new comers to take the stage, with the incentive of a free drink for every performer, while the audience enjoyed the music with a beer or cocktail (be sure to try the Cuban Mojito!). Rainbow also has a small bookshop at the entrance filled with both English and Spanish books that are available to buy or swap. We found ourselves in here for hours at a time and we would highly recommend Rainbow to anyone who visits Antigua.
The highlight: The Israeli falafel dish

The amazing falafel dish



Y tu Pina Tambien
Address: 1ra Avenida Sur 10B, Esquina de 6ta Calle
 
This cute little café is perfect for a healthy lunch or to relax with a good coffee and some worthy desserts, especially the brownie! This place has good sandwiches, smoothies and vegetarian options. There are several comfy seats in the back room and with free wifi.
The highlight: Good coffee and brownie!


Super Natural Juice Café
Address: 6 Calle Poniente, #19
Open: Everyday 07.30-19.00

This Californian themed juice bar is a refreshing change to the other cafes. Ran by a friendly couple from California, this place has an impressive selection of healthy smoothies, juices and burritos. Best place for a satisfying breakfast or afternoon juice.
The highlight: We can highly recommend the ‘smoothie bowl’ and the ‘breakfast burrito’ (with bacon).


Sabe Rico
Address: 6A Avenida Sur #7

Located in a beautiful garden, this restaurant is a nice treat for a slightly fancier lunch. The menu has a choice of healthy dishes and delicious fruit licuados, which are typical Latin American fruit drinks, similar to smoothies but made with milk or water. There is also good choice for vegetarians.There is also a nice chocolate shop at the front of the restaurant with good looking cakes. The downside to this place is the food is average, fairly expensive and the service was inattentive as nobody came to check if our food was ok. Be careful when ordering the beef burger as ours came undercooked. We had get up to find a waitress and they were fairly slow at replacing it.
The highlight: the beautiful garden setting.


Café Condesa
Address: Inside La Casa del Conde, West side of the Central Park
Open: 07.00-20.00 Sun-Thu; 07.00-21.00  Fri-Sat

Extremely well known as one of Antigua’s best cafe right in the heart of the city next to the Parque Central. Food is a bit pricey but the dessert selection is extensive and very tempting. The brownie made it into our top 5. Take out is also an option.
The highlight: great dessert selection!


Doña Luisa de Xicotencatl
Address: 4ª calle oriente No. 12

Nothing could be better than the smell of freshly baked bread and cakes, at Doña Luisa’s you can enjoy this pleasure throughout the entire day. Dozens of loafs of bread stand waiting for the eager customers to purchase at Antigua’s most famous bakery. They are renowned for their banana bread which is delicious (especially toasted!) and only Q26 for a large loaf. There is also a café towards the back in a quaint court yard, although the prices are quite steep.
The highlight: the banana bread!


La `Cenicienta
Address
: 5ª avenida norte No. 7

We tried several brownies in our pursuit for Antigua’s best brownie and this place came up on top! Well known for its beautifully decorated cakes, this bakery/ café presents a wide variety of cakes, pies and cheese ckaes but the most tempting was the extra gooey chocolate fudge brownies. They were incredibly soft but very rich, one is definitely enough. Recommended for anyone with a severe sweet tooth!
The highlight: Antigua’s best brownie!

 Antigua's Top 3 Brownies
  1. La `Cenicienta  
  2. Café Condesa
  3. Y tu Pina Tambien

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