During my recent trip to Antigua Guatemala, Mike and I did lots of walking around and sightseeing, but what we were most excited about was getting our eat on. We heard traditional Guatemalan food was EVERYTHANG, but we were a little worried about how vegetarian friendly restaurants in Antigua would be.
Luckily, we discovered Antigua luh the vegetarians and vegans! And I’m not talkin’ about black bean burgers either. We found a few restaurants that catered only to vegetarians/vegans and many more that have plenty of meatless options on their menus.
Pitaya Juice Bar
Our first morning there, I was seriously feenin’ for a smoothie. I guess I wanted to replenish my body from all the airport BS I ate the day before. So, Mike and I found Pitaya Juice Bar located right across from the Antigua Gym. We got a seat and checked out their English menu full of breakfast items, fresh juices and smoothies, soups, salads, and wraps. No, everything wasn’t meatless, but there were vegetarian/vegan options. Everything was so good and fresh, so we came back for breakfast on our second day.
La Tortilla Cooking School
I briefly mentioned our experience at La Tortilla Cooking School in my last post about Guatemala, but I had to share again because the food was excellent and meatless! Here, we cooked the vegetarian version of traditional Guatemalan meal. Since Mike and I were the only ones in the class, we participated in cooking every part of the meal. This made our experience even better! Did I mention UNLIMITED WINE was served during the basic class? Once we finished preparing the pepián (without chicken) and side dishes, we sat at the family style table and smashed! LaTortilla will also email you the recipe after your class so you can make this meal at home.
Catty-cornered to the coffeehouse right next door to Pitaya Juice Bar is a cool vegan-friendly (tons of options) restaurant call Samsara. We went there for lunch one day, and I was really blown away by its menu offerings. I definitely never thought I would find a place like this in Antigua. It’s vibe was really chill and holistically/spiritually driven with calming music setting the ambiance. Of course, Mike and I got smoothies. He also got a something called like Sweet Potato Tortilla Pie, and I got a platter with hummus, baba ganoush, quinoa croquettes, and veggies. Sorry, I forgot the actual names of the dishes, but again, there’s so much to choose from.
Origami Organic & Oriental
On our last night, Mike and I decided to try out Origami Organic & Oriental, which is a Japanese and Asian influenced restaurant that uses local organic ingredients. It was really cute and quiet with an outside courtyard seating area. The menu wasn’t huge, but there were definitely meatless options. We both ordered the Indian Style Curry with Tofu, which was actually pretty good.
Our ride back to the airport was arriving at 10am, so we decided to take one last walk to the city center and grab breakfast at Rainbow Cafe. Apparently, this restaurant is really popular among both locals and tourists, and I could see why. It was really cute with a bookstore at the entrance, and the food was really good, fresh, and inexpensive. Of course, there are vegetarian options. Mike got the Eggs Florentine, and I got the Guatemalan Breakfast and Greek Yogurt.
Eating in Antigua as vegetarians definitely proved to not be a challenge. There were definitely options for us, and many more restaurants than what I listed above. The best part about it was everything we ate was fresh and cooked in the healthiest way. I can honestly say Mike and I ate really well in Antigua Guatemala.