Art Café El Colibri is a laid back spot on the shore of Lake Atitlan. In really beautiful garden you can relax with your book and a cup of local fresh coffee. Café specializes on creps, don´t miss it! You can also support a special educational project by painting a cup there. For just 16 Q you will help to local students to go to the university. You can also ask for a private painting classes led by the owner - local Mayan guy Domingo.
Favorite Dish: Definitely crepes with strawberry and Nutela! Fresh and delicious!
I have never met such rude and inconsiderate people as when I went to this restaurant. While trying to appear like a french restaurant, they were actually just a bunch of drunks and druggies, quite rough and rude. The owners were very unpleasant and I would recommend that anybody avoid this place.
Favorite Dish: The food was mediocre at best.
El Jardin is on a corner of the main calle past several other food and drink places. That said, the garden is laid out in such a way that you can have private tables among the trees for two or bigger groups can be housed in a covered area.
I avoided this place for quite a few days as it is on the (relatively) pricier side. However, after having had their salads recommended to me and craving food which had not been fried, I gave it a try. It is run (owned?) by a young French couple and they may have had something to do with the quality of the food coming from the kitchen. If not, they have a good cook in there!
Favorite Dish: I was there twice. First, I had a "small" salad which was very fresh and sufficient for a meal in its own right.
I decided to treat myself on my last night in SP and went there again. I had their house special, Dominican Tuna, and it was very good. Followed with a very nice chocolate mousse accompanied by honey-glazed fruit. I waddled home very satisfied!
Located in a self-proclaimed "Canadian-Style" house a bit off the beaten track, the cafe offers good food, a nice view across some trees towards the nearby mountains and very friendly service.
I resisted going there because of the "Canadian-Style" description but was very pleasantly surprised when I eventually did drop in. It has the fastest wi-fi I've found in SP and a very relaxed atmosphere.
The free espresso (offered when you walk in the door) is pretty good and their normal coffee is also good. I had three really good breakfasts here.
An unusual quirk is that they declined tips and offered a discount card for the next visit. I don't know why but suspect their non-obvious location is proving a challenge.
Located in the grounds of the San Pedro Spanish School, it opens at 7am and offers pretty good breakfasts and lunches with very pleasant staff.
It offers good wi-fi connectivity and has a very pleasant upstairs deck (no balustrade on the stairs) under a palm-thatched roof. Several of the tables upstairs have power-points next to them.
I spent many hours here but the drawback is that it is relatively expensive in SP terms.
Favorite Dish: The best meal I had here was an omelette. I love omelettes and am always happy to find a good one!
An Irish pub, run by Irish folk, in San Pedro with a bar and a pretty decent menu. It has average decor and no wifi.
The biggest drawback is that the manager and friends and clients smoke while eating and drinking. If you're a non-smoker, either sit outside and upwind if possible or avoid the place.
Favorite Dish: The Irish Stew, only available on Saturdays and Sundays, is probably the best I have ever eaten. Be advised, though, that it runs out early (on Sundays, at least) and so you want to get there earlier rather than later if you plan on having it.
In an idyllic garden this place has one of the coolest patios you'll ever see, with a variety of seating options from a candlelit table to a big group table with pillows for seats. Serves delicious French and Italian food. They use local ingredients and everything is homemade from the bred to pastas.
Most of all the waste are recycling. Organic go to compost and the rest go in constructions
Before going to San Pedro, I researched virtual tourist for good places to eat. Someone had written about this restaurant, and mentioned the "best crepes in the world". My fiance and I decided to give it a try. Trust me when I tell you this, the crepes are absolutely the best you will ever find. The restaurant is a little hole in the wall on top of the hill. It is a local family and definitely not a touristy spot. We ended up going there for breakfast everyday we were in San Pedro. We sampled many delicious items from the menu, and all were delicious. But every time someone mentions crepes, my memory keeps going back to Pacha Mama's. Seriously, you cant leave San Pedro without going to this hidden spot.
Jarachik is a very nice european owned bar restaurant ,they play loungemusic and have a bonfire in the middle of their beautiful garden.
There are chickenrolls,beef medallions,curries etc.
Definitly worth visiting this place!!
Favorite Dish: my favorite is the beef medallions.
the meat almost melts on your tong.
its marinated in red wine and soysauce!!
Nice place with great views of the lake... awesome smothies... great mojitos (if you get the right server!)... great sized dishes. Besides the restaurant/bar services... they have some computers where you can download MP3s to your IPod or burn thousand of CD and (I think) some movies, too.
Favorite Dish: I had chips and guacamole, never fails!!
This cute and upbeat little restaurant is a bit away from tourist center and close to the dock used to go to Santiago. They have a great selection of Pizzas, Calzones and Sandwiches on homemade breads. The inside is decorated with beautiful photos from around the lake and around Guatemala. They are the kind of shots you always wish you could take, but never seem quite able to. They also promote the art of a young Tzutujil artist named Moses. His work is a mix of traditional Mayan and Lake Atitlan themes in modern dreamscape type settings, it's a treat. They show movies or have live music most every night. While I was there they had 3 travellers with a guitar, mandolin and flute playing a mix of bluegrass and jazz, all in candlelight. They are always looking for travellers who would like to play in the evenings in exchange for food and drink. They also have the best selection of wines I saw at the lake. I highly recommend you include this charming little bistro in San Pedro La Laguna in your trip to Lake Atitlan.
Favorite Dish: One night I had the Chicken Parmesan Pizza with a white garlic suace-WOW! I also tried their Meatloaf sandwich with red suace for lunch one day, also WOW! Oh yeah Homemade hot brownies with vanilla ice cream, caramel and chocolate sauce!!!!
Zoo La is perhaps the place with the best ambiance in San Pedro, I'm not a fan of San Pedro but I could hang out at Zoo La all day. They have a hotel but the restaurant is what makes the place. There are a few tables but go to the front and sit in the areas on the floor with the huge woven mats and pillows all around. It is a great place to just chill and not worry about anything.
Favorite Dish: Everything is simply amazing. Many Israeli dishes, but all some German and typical Guatemalan. Get anything that is made out of eggplant... simply amazing.
A three story bar, restaurant and lounge with some of the finest Asian food I've had in Central America. The gourmet 'Mayan curries', Pepian & Jocon, are delicious and I couldn't believe the quality and presentation of their Sushi. The menu was so extensive I had to come back 3 or 4 times to try everything I wanted. The first story has an awesome bar with a pool table and dartboard. The second floor is plush and loungey with a platform seating area that converted into a stage hosting a blues jam one night. That same night we were sipping tasty cocktails with our feet kicked up smoking a banana/strawberry hookah pipe and digging the blues. Perfect. The rooftop terrace has an amazing view of the lake, volcanos and surrounding hillsides.
Favorite Dish: The Thai Curries are definitely my favorites. Spicy and as authentic a dish I could imagine such a quirky little town.
Perhaps its one of the best restaurants around the lake. Secure it has got the best homemade "Spaetzles" (Pasta) in centralamerica and a fantastic original swiss Raclete. It runs by a very friendly german and an nicaraguan guy. The plates ar soooooo big, that it's nearly impossible to eat all. But be carefull. Eating in "el picasso" it's like a drug. Impossible that u don't come back.
Favorite Dish: Raclete, Spaetzles, Monster-Sandwich, fresch Salad