Being the backpacker capital of Lake Atitlan, San Pedro has a ton of eating options. Whether you’re looking for local places to eat, vibrant pubs to meet other travellers, or grab a familiar flavour from back home, you’ll likely find it at a restaurant in San Pedro. Since our last visit, we’ve updated this list with a few of our favourite places to eat from around the village, including some info for self-catering and a few extra tips for your visit!
Some of our Favourite Restaurants in San Pedro la Laguna
This Israeli restaurant is one of our favourite new places to eat in San Pedro. It isn’t the cheapest spot on this list, but the food is entirely worth the money. Hell, it’s worth coming in here for the views alone!
The chicken schnitzel burger is amazing, and unless you’re coming in with a strong appetite, big enough to share.
Restaurant Idea Connection
This fantastic little Italian bakery and cafe is great for breakfast, or an afternoon of amazing coffee and pastries, at affordable prices. It also has a beautiful patio and makes freshly baked bread for the self-catering folk.
This is another favourite for many travellers. There are two locations, one along the waterfront near Bar Sublime, and another (where we ate), near the Tz’unun’ Ya’ Museum. The food is decent and the prices are very reasonable.
We passed this restaurant many times daily, but didn’t pop in until a local expat we know recommended it. The mango chicken rolls with bacon and cheese sounded so bizarre, and the description wouldn’t sell us normally.
However, based on the suggestion, we gave it a try – and it was delicious!
Right on the waterfront, northeast of the main dock, this simple taco shop has cheap food, cold beer, and lovely views over the lake. At Q15 for three delicious tacos, you can’t go wrong.
The chorizo tacos are our favourite!
For the Vegans
The prices are a little higher than some of the more budget places but are absolutely worth it. From flatbreads and wraps to fresh smoothies, if you’re on a plant-based diet, this place is for you. And if you aren’t, it’s still an outstanding restaurant!
For the not-quite Vegans
Sunday BBQ! This one is worth breaking the budget for, every Sunday Smokin’ Joes does a BBQ with all the sides. You pick your meat (or veggie option) and leave your name. They grill it up right on the spot and call your name when it’s ready. When you pick it up, you then load up on an amazing selection of side dishes from salads and garlic bread to baked beans and mac and cheese.
Although sharing isn’t allowed, you can take all afternoon and tackle the massive platter of awesome. With a full bar and relaxing pool, you can definitely make a day of it. The prices range from a quarter chicken 50Q to smoked brisket 80Q and surf n turf for 120Q.
Street Food in San Pedro
Throughout the day, stalls pop up around town selling different kinds of street snacks. Typically in the afternoon, you’ll find charcoal-grilled meats served in buns with a selection of sauces. When evening rolls around, head up near the market to find a bunch of carts selling everything from grilled meat and veggies to an assortment of fried goodies.
The main market has a great selection local staples at great prices. Walk up from either of the docks and you’ll eventually stumble across it near the top of the town. It spills out into the street, so you can’t miss it. Here you’ll find all the basics like beans, rice, produce and meat.
Just up the road from the market, you’ll find a small shop called Andy’s. For most of your other general goods, this is your cheapest bet. If you’re looking for soups, sauces, spices, pasta, snacks, or dairy, Andy’s is the place.
Andy’s is also the cheapest beer in town at three cans of Brahva for Q10. If you find cheaper in San Pedro, please let us know! If you’ve got accommodation with a fridge, you’ll be laughing.
Speaking of drinks, a Guatemalan speciality called Quetzalteca is not only cheap but quite tasty. It’s a locally made sweet liquor that comes in a variety of flavours including hibiscus and tamarind. You can’t pass Guatemala without trying it.
For speciality items, Salud Para Vida is the place to go. From imported items such as Thai curries and European condiments to meat and dairy substitutes, the selection is incredible! They also bake fresh, gluten-free breads that sell out quickly, so be sure to get there early.
As well, delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten free foods can be found in their attached cafe. Expect to find things like lentil sausages, quinoa and beet burgers, and tasty salads.
Make sure to try the chocolate peanut butter squares, they are 25Q each and are amazing, you can’t leave San Pedro without trying one. We met a couple on a visa run from Mexico who came here specifically for this snack.
Butcher Shop at Lake Atitlan
If you’re looking to pick up some proper meat, outside of what’s available at the market, Smokin’ Joes is your place. The same butcher that throws the incredible Sunday BBQ also has a shop that sells all kinds of meat, including hard-to-find items like smoked bacon and Virginia ham.
They also have various imported items such as sauces, soups, and pickles; and a fairly decent cheese selection. As well, they have some kitchen supplies, like knives and other gadgets.
Enjoy, and Eat Well!
Whether you’re stopping in for a quick afternoon visit, spending several months here studying Spanish, or just getting lost in the good vibes: you will eat well in San Pedro la Laguna!