Guatemala City

An intriguing metropolis with distinctive energy and plenty to see and do.

The largest and more populous city in Central America. Guatemala City is the country’s economic and cultural center. An intriguing metropolis with distinctive energy and plenty to see and do.

Visiting the capital is a must to have the whole 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 civic and historical centers.

Many landmarks are in this area, like the Parque Central, the Palacio Nacional, and the Central Market. Visiting the interior of the Palacio Nacional is breathtaking and venturing into the underground Central Market offers a five-sense experience.

4 Grados in zone 4 is a cultural district resurged from an old area of factories and warehouses. Now it’s the hipster side of the city with a bohemian atmosphere where art, technology, and gastronomy meet. You can stroll around the streets to check out some colorful street art, and visit art galleries and exciting places like Casa del Águila, and La Erre.

Museo Popol Vuh is known for its extensive collection of pre-Columbian and colonial art of the Maya culture. Museo Ixchel explores the Guatemalan textiles and traditions of dress throughout the country. Both museums are located on the campus of Francisco Marroquín University.

Visiting the capital is a must to have the whole picture of Guatemala.

Guatemala City is also a gastronomic destination. There are four restaurants on the 100 list of Latin America’s best restaurants, and many options to eat deliciously and taste the essence of Guatemala.

Sublime, named the best restaurant in Guatemala by Latin America’s 50 Best, is a fine dining experience that tells Guatemalan stories through its dishes.

Diacá (which means “from here” in Spanish) earned the Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award 2022. This restaurant offers a contemporary experience combining native and local ingredients with modern techniques.

Flor de Lis was the pioneer in signature Guatemalan cuisine. With an almost theatrical approach to cooking, they tell the stories of the Popol Vuh through its tasting menu.

Mercado 24 is my favorite restaurant in Guatemala City. It has an unpretentious cuisine, irreverent even. The name comes from the fact that there are 23 markets in the city, and they only cook with fresh market products, making them number 24. They are passionate about what they do. You can taste it in their food.

This city of contrasts between old and new, wealth and poverty, strive and struggles, will not leave you indifferent.

Hi, I'm Paula!

Hi, I'm Paula!

Guatemala Travel specialist and proud chapina in body and soul.

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