Meson Panza Verde Antigua Guatemala

Romancing the Cobblestoned Streets of Antigua, Guatemala

Valentine's Day is coming soon so today we have a guest post from Marina Villatoro, who shares her favourite romantic restaurants in Antigua, Guatemala.

One of my secrets to keep romance in my marriage is to schedule a romantic night out at least once or twice a month. So I’m always looking for places where I can get what I like to call, a different experience with my husband. After eating at almost every restaurant in Antigua, I have to say these are my top choices.

5 Restaurants for Romance and Adventure

Meson Panza Verde

Meson Panza Verde Antigua GuatemalaPanza Verde is a boutique hotel in a typical colonial-style building. What sets it apart from most places is the amazing restaurant that is probably one of the most creative in town with their unique option for couples. Here you can make a reservation for a private, romantic dinner in a dome that they have on their terrace. They decorate the staircase and dome for you with roses, candles and other fun stuff, but not cheesy! And you get your own waiter that is there at your beck and call. Even though it's a hotel and there are rooms around the dome, no one uses the staircase it's closest to, so it's as though the entire terrace is all for your own private party. Plus, the views are absolutely insane of two volcanoes - one of which spits out smoke all the time.

Casa Santo Domingo

There is little comparison to this place. It's a five star hotel in the middle of the ruins of an old monastery.  The ambiance is really the selling point. You're sitting in a restored ruin, overlooking courtyards and remnants of what it once was when this monastery was in full swing. The food isn't that great and I have a feeling they don't care at all because - who's kidding who - no matter what you will end up here during your visit to Antigua because it's just so damn gorgeous!

Santo Domingo del Cerro

Santa Domingo del Cerro Antigua Guatemala

Casa Santo Domingo's owners are super rich. They are THE family of Antigua. And they have style! They built one of the best restaurants with one of the best views that overlook the entire valley on a neighboring mountain top. And I'm positive the chef here is totally different from the main hotel's restaurant, because the food here is to-die-for! It's especially the place to be when the sun sets over the volcanoes.

El Convento

el convento hotel antigua guatemala
Antigua is full of colonial-style boutique hotels. Yet only a few have restaurants worth visiting and even fewer that offer romantic packages that include a four course dinner with wine, a personal waiter and a decorated table either on the terrace or in a very private room. We chose the terrace. I can sit in a room at home; here you want to enjoy the views and the perfect weather.

Inca Restaurant

Recently for our nine year anniversary my husband found a Peruvian restaurant. We've passed it a hundred times in the two years we've lived here and finally decided to try it out. From the outside it looks so tiny, but once you enter inside it has five dining areas, two of which are almost completely private with fireplaces and your own personal bathroom. Plus, the food is traditional Peruvian cuisine that is truly delicious!

Who would have thought that as tiny a town as Antigua would have so much to offer! What's your most memorable romantic dinner adventure?

Bio: Marina K. Villatoro is an expat living with her family and traveling in Central America. Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more Central and Latin American fun!

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12 Comments on "Romancing the Cobblestoned Streets of Antigua, Guatemala"

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Alexa-- 52 PerfectDays

Meson Panza Verde has got to be my favorite one. This is a great piece I hope I can make it there one day.

Marina K. Villatoro

 Hope you do too! It’s a great experience!

Annie-FootTracker

I like the look of the terrace one! I am tired of dinning in a room and have to sit on a hard wood chair.

Marina K. Villatoro

 Me too, I actually just want to sit on the floor with cushions. But that’s just to Japanese for these parts of the world 🙂

Catherine Sweeney

Very nice — I’d be happy to have a romantic dinner in any of these restaurants, but especially the domed terrace of
Meson Panza Verde.

Marina K. Villatoro

It was definitely one of my favorite experiences by far. 

Sophie

We were in Antigua a year ago, for just one day, but really liked that quirky city. These all look so nice, thanks for sharing. Will keep your article in mind for our next (much longer) stay.

Marina K. Villatoro

It is a quirky, small city. Tons of fun things to do for sure.

Katrina

The Inca restaurant with the private dining area sounds so wonderful!  When we finally do get ourselves to South America, I’ll be contacting Marina for advice, for sure!

Marina K. Villatoro

Sounds like a plan, Katrina!!! Hope it’s soon:)

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