Guatemala: Food Guide - Dining Out

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Guatemalan cooking offers diversity and excellent value for money. With each of its 22 regions having its own style of cuisine, you may want to sample the local fare in situ if you intend to travel around. Wherever you go, eating out in Guatemala provides excellent value for money. You can eat at some of the country’s best restaurants, for example in the stylish Zona Viva in Guatemala City, for as little as £10 per person. When even one of the most expensive meals at the Puerto Barrios restaurant costs around £20 per person, there will be plenty of gourmet fare to choose from.

There are plenty of eating options for those on a smaller budget too. You will find medium priced restaurants offering meals for around £5.50 upwards in Guatemala City and cheaper fare in other parts of the country. Budget restaurants and fast food outlets are easy to find too. You can often fill up with tacos and other fare for as little as £1.50 to £2 in many cafes and cheaper restaurants.

If you feel like something a little different, why not try a Chinese meal? Guatemala’s larger towns and cities have an abundance of Chinese restaurants. Of course, you may prefer to savour local delights and delicacies. If you enjoy breakfast, why not try it local style? This is often an eclectic array of tortillas, black refried beans, fried eggs and mixed fruit, including the purple prickly pear. Not to be missed also is the tamal, a combination of meat, beans and chiles stuffed in corn dough and served in a cornhusk.