Friday, July 29, 2011


Casa Santo Domingo – 3a Calle Oriente No. 28A; 011-502-7820-1220 or 011-502-7820-1222;; built among 17th Century monastery; stone basins in hallways daily filled with floating flower petals; excellent food.
Porta Hotel – 8a Calle Poniente No.1; 011-502-7832-2801;; opened in 1948 as coffee plantation’s cafeteria; colonial-style accommodations near courtyard garden have fireplaces, parquet floors, and wood furniture; great food.
Quinta Maconda – 11 5th Avenida Norte; 011-502-5309-1423 or 866-621-4032;; named after town from Gabriel García Márquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude; former private home; marries old-world charm with high-tech convenience; 4 spacious rooms blend colonial antiques and textiles with modern amenities, such as wireless Internet connections; 3 rooms have functioning fireplaces; master bedroom opens onto private terrace overlooking gardens; meals, which incorporate regional recipes and organic greens grown on property, served in formal dining room or in guest rooms, and breakfast on bougainvillea-covered patio; see also Rancho Corozal.

Hector Castro’s – 9A 1st Calle Poniente; 011-502-7-832-9867; tiny, nameless, 2-year bistro that serves roast duck.
Dona Maria Gordillo – 11 4th Calle Oriente; 011-502-7-832-0403; bakery with delicious pumpkin seed and molasses cookies (pepitoria).
Tartines – 4th Calle Oriente; 011-502-7-882-4606; bistro French food.
La Tienda de Dona Gavi – 2 3rd Avenida Norte; 011-502-7-832-6514; exotic ice creams.

Casa de Artes – 11 4th Avenida Sur; 011-502-7-832-0792; jewelry, pottery, and wooden figurines.
Cereria Evelia del Pinal – 30 6th Calle Poniente; 011-502-7-832-0616; hand-carved, beeswax candles since 1890 CE.
Libros San Cristobal – Santiago Zamora (Sacatepequez); 011-502-208-2416 (cell, by appointment only);; beautiful, hand-made, “letter press” books; collectors’ items.
Nim Po’t – 29 5th Avenida Norte; 011-502-7-832-2681;; Guatemalan folk art and indigenous crafts.

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