A Unique Cafe in a Parisian Style – Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua is famous for it’s hidden finds. Either a great restaurant that is tucked in some corner or a hotel that looks tiny and opens up into a huge place with a courtyard.

We just happened to ‘happen upon’ a restaurant with all these elements and more:

  • It’s tucked away on a cobble-stoned
  • It looks like a quaint, but tiny cafe – until you walk inside and it has a large courtyard with a fountain
  • The restaurant is designed like a street cafe in Paris
  • The menu is one of the most creative I’ve seen in all of Antigua. Reason being – it’s done up by a husband and wife team that are both professional chefs!

The place is Cafe de la Rua! And is definitely worth a meal!

paris style cafe antigua guatemala coffee and sandwiches

When I visit a restaurant, I always love to hear what are the specials of the place. Victor Ruano, the owner, recommended two eggplant appetizers that I have NEVER heard of before and couldn’t wait to try.

Eggplant Carpaccio – an awesome creation!

Eggplant Carpaccio

Eggplant with caramelized onions and mozzarella cheese

Eggplant with caramelized onions and mozzarella cheese


After these tasty appetizers – we checked out the main meals which are mainly nacho dishes and sandwiches. The Sandwiches had the most appeal by far due to the special sauces!

Baguette with chicken and special coffee sauce

Baguette with chicken and special coffee sauce

Phyllie Steak Ciabbatta

Phyllie Steak Ciabbatta

We had such a great time and can’t wait to go back – thank you!!!

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About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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