The little shop filling the entranceway to Sabe Rico is a sweet place, in all senses of the word. It stocks specialty foods both packaged and homemade, including gluten-free products ranging from chocolates and granola to bread and pasta. The already impressive establishment is increasingly amazing as patrons walk deeper; the shop gives way to a courtyard, then two separate garden areas filled with lush greenery and charming shaded tables. The menu lists a delicious variety of dishes, and pleasant surprises like teas brewed from herbs grown organically just a few feet from your table... or, with luck, the pure white rabbit who was too cute to cook might pop out of the vegetation to lend a fanciful feel to your dining experience.
A small bookshop in the entrance of this well-known Antigua establishment stocks a good number of titles, and a gamut of seating arrangements provide the ideal spot to curl up with your new read or discuss it with new friends. To keep you fueled, the menu offers a variety of cuisines (including plenty of vegetarian food), such hummus and falafel, traditional breakfasts, and plentiful drink selections. Happy hour runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every evening, with live music most nights and lectures about local history and environmental initiatives every Tuesday.
The biggest supermarket in town stretches for a full block - you can enter just east of the Mercado de Antigua, across the Alameda Santa Lucia, through the doorways on either the 4a or the 5a Calles. Space is tight, but choices are plentiful, with all kinds of packaged foods, dairy products, baked goods, alcohols, cell phones, and cosmetic products offered on just the ground floor. For produce, however, most Antigueños prefer to cross the street to seek out fresher options at the open air market.
Tienda Delicio, S.A., true to the word play in its name, offers a laundry list of delicious gourmet goods. Prepared sandwiches await suggestively near a case of beers, wines, and liquors, or the cheeses and dips make great accompaniments to their homemade baked goods. Pastas, meats, fish, and spices are welcome sights for those with access to a kitchen, and the deli even offers delivery... although, only two blocks from center, the location is conveniently accessible from most of Antigua.
Amongst the beautiful gardens of Antigua, Escalonia offers a particularly enchanting seating area. Tables are sheltered by umbrellas lit with strings of white lights in the evenings, or sit under a vine-filled arbor with flowers dangling overhead like living ornaments. The restaurant serves a menu focused on lovely desserts, coffee drinks, and breakfasts. The establishment is also a plant nursery, and customers can carry home a variety of floral, artisanal, and culinary souvenirs, as well as their memories of the time spent in this lush garden.
Passers-by peering through the open doorway of El Telar get a tantalizing glimpse of gorgeous tasseled hammocks, one example of the textile creations sold here. The artistry and quality of these products is impressive; each design is testament to months of work by hand. The emphasis of the merchandise is on home accessories, such as carpets, cushions, table cloths, and pillows.
This huge second-hand bookshop has been open for 25 years, buying and selling books and handling a stock of about 60,000. The friendly staff are very helpful and there is a wide range of books: university and other text books, languages, fiction, magazines, literary works by Guatemalan authors such as Miguel Angel Asturias, general interest and more.
Conveniently located across the street from the Parque Central, El Mercadito (the little market) is an excellent source for high quality folk art. Shoppers can expect to find wood carving, waxworks, glass work, and ceramic pieces along with softer artesania such as clothing and textiles, or sparklier artesania such as jewelry. The entrance hall is lined with brilliantly colored examples of traditional embroidery, visually luring passerby into the pleasantly colorful store.
It is touted to be the first American-style mall in the town and was established in 1988. Centro Comercial Megacentro may not be big but it does have nice options for shoppers. It features boutiques, beauty shops, salons and a food court. The prices are reasonable compared to other malls.
This bookshop, which has been open for over a hundred years, sells religious literature. You will find Bibles in book and CD form and titles such as "Let's Open The Bible," "You Are The Faith," and the "Biblical Atlas." If you prefer, there are also videos and audio cassettes. For children there are special books such as "Hidden Treasures" and a selection of audiovisual material. The shop offers good quality books at fair prices between 25 and 200 quetzals. Payment is in cash or by credit card.
This is a large chain of bookshops and stationers. It makes its own gift wrap, card, glossy paper and other types of paper. It also sells exercise books, pencil cases, erasers and everything else needed for school and office. As for books, you can find Guatemalan classics such as The Mystery of the Green World and Legends of Guatemala, or text books on mathematics, social studies, natural science, geography, encyclopedias and dictionaries. There is a wide range for children, including books of stories, games, puzzles and for coloring. Don't miss this shop when you come to Guatemala.
Vending folk artwork from the highlands of Guatemala, Casa de Gigantes grabs customers' attention immediately with two huge carved wooden statues of a man and a woman standing midway through the store. They are traditional artifacts from the Baile de los Gigantes of the Fiesta de Corpus Christi, celebrated 60 days after Easter each year. Founded in 1963, Casa de los Gigantes is proud to offer both traditional and original designs of furniture and home accessories in pine wood, as well as providing a retail venue for women from around Guatemala who work in other materials. Textiles, pottery, beading, and carved stone crafts are available in the store.