Guatemala City, with more than 3 million inhabitants, is the largest city in Central America. It serves as the economic and cultural heart of Guatemala. Visiting the capital is a must to get a complete picture of Guatemala.
Guatemala City, or Guate as we call it, is divided into 22 zones. Zone 1 is the oldest part of the city, where you’ll find the civil and historical centers. The city is a true cultural melting pot, boasting numerous museums and galleries that showcase Guatemala’s rich history and art. Enjoy the lively music and dance performances that bring the city to life. Stroll through the charming streets of the historic neighborhoods and fall in love with the colonial buildings and colorful markets.
In this area, you’ll find many attractions such as Parque Central, the Palacio Nacional, and the Central Market. Exploring the interior of the Palacio Nacional is breathtaking, and a visit to the underground Central Market offers a sensory experience. Enjoy fresh fruits and colorful vegetables at this local market.
Zone 4 is home to 4 Grados, a cultural district that has risen from an old area with factories and warehouses. It is now the hipster side of the city, with a bohemian atmosphere where art, technology, and gastronomy converge. You can wander through the streets to admire colorful street art and visit art galleries and exciting places like Casa del Águila and La Erre.
Museo Popol Vuh is renowned for its extensive collection of pre-Columbian and colonial art from the Maya culture. Museo Ixchel explores Guatemalan textiles and clothing traditions throughout the country. Both museums are located on the campus of Francisco Marroquín University.
Visit the impressive ruins of Kaminaljuyu and learn about the ancient Maya civilization that once inhabited this region. At this historic site, you’ll encounter the ancient crafts and traditions of Guatemala.
Guatemala City is also a gastronomic destination: four of Latin America's top 100 restaurants are located in our capital. There are plenty of opportunities to indulge in delicious food and taste the essence of Guatemala.
Sublime, named the best restaurant in Guatemala by Latin America’s 50 Best, offers a gastronomic experience that tells Guatemalan stories through its dishes.
Diacá (meaning ‘from here’ in Spanish) won the Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award 2022. This restaurant offers a contemporary experience, combining indigenous and local ingredients with modern techniques.
Let your taste buds be delighted by the delightful Guatemalan cuisine in Guatemala City. Sample traditional dishes such as pepian, a rich meat stew, and chiles rellenos, stuffed peppers. Discover the vibrant food scene of Guatemala City and be amazed by the culinary delights this city has to offer.
Flor de Lis was the pioneer of signature Guatemalan cuisine. With an almost theatrical approach to cooking, they tell the stories of the Popol Vuh through their tasting menu.
Mercado 24 is my favorite restaurant in Guatemala City. It has an unpretentious kitchen, even irreverent. The name comes from the fact that there are 23 markets in the city, and they cook only with fresh produce from the market, making them number 24. They are passionate about what they do, and you can taste that in their food.
This city of contrasts between old and new, cultural highlights, and mouthwatering gastronomy will surely surprise you.
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