Guatemala Travel Guide: Best Hostels & Restaurants

As a backpacker, you’re normally quite conscious about budget but at the same time you want to have a good time and you value a good night’s sleep. Food is also super important and you will want to try the local cuisine for a real authentic experience. But we all know, there comes a point when you really crave some Western food. So here are some tips on where to sleep and eat in Guatemala.

All this is based on my two trips to Guatemala in 2014 which I’ve shared with you in previous posts: Guatemala itinerary for 1 week and Guatemala itinerary for 1 or 2 months

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Where to sleep

  • AntiguaZoola (Q70/night in dorm) or The Terrace for party or Base Camp for volcano tour (discounts), opposite The Terrace in a dead end street is a very cheap option (Q40/night)

zoola hostel antigua guatemala

Zoola in Antigua Guatemala

  • Lago AtitlanZoola for party (especially the Sunday pool party) and a good value quite option is Hospedaje Casa Elena (lake front views) in San Pedro La Laguna or Tepepul Kaan

zoola hostel san pedro la laguna guatemala lake atitlan

Zoola in San Pedro La Laguna

  • Río DulceBackpackers Hotel (cooperating with the school/orphanage Casa Guatemala) (Q30/night in dorm)

backpackers hostel rio dulce guatemala

  • FloresHostal Los Amigos, great value, beautiful garden area with good food, laundry service and a tourist office open until late at night (Q50/night in dorm)


Where to eat

djuice girls san pedro la laguna

d'juice girls san pedro la laguna lake atitlan guatemala

cafe home san pedro la laguna guatemala


  • San Marcos La LagunaIl Giadino or a very sweet café a little further up the road from the main dock serving very good vegan cakes and crèpes (forgot the name)

il giardino san marcos la laguna guatemala

  • Río Dulce: When staying at Backpackers Hotel, it’s most convenient to eat their restaurant as you’d have to walk across the bridge for most other options. It’s okay. During the day it’s better to eat street food in Fronteras.
  • Livingston: Tapado is a typical Caribbean dish served in Livingston – it’s famous and rightly so because it’s so tasty!!! Gaby’s restaurant (Antojito Gaby) was recommended to us and she really did do a great job cooking up the Tapado. Get ready to dig in. Q65 only.

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  • FloresHostal Los Amigos serves delicious international food (e.g. Indian Curry or their brownies) just don’t take their lunch bag, the sandwich is disgusting after a few hours. Along the water front are some restaurants but they’re a bit more expensive.

What are you favourite hostels and places to eat in Guatemala? Let me know in the comments below!

2 Comment

  1. Cafe Homewhich is mentioned as one of the places to eat in San Pedro on Lake Atitlan is now called Fifth Dimension and located beside Hostel Fe, near to the dock for the boats to Pana and San Marcos.

    1. Thanks so much for the update!

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