Dining at Cafe La Puerta, the lakeside restaurant in San Pedro la Laguna. Budget dining, relaxed atmosphere.

Lake Atitlan Restaurants: Cafe La Puerta in San Pedro la Laguna

For breakfast and lunch, Cafe La Puerta has some of the best dining in San Pedro. It is next to San Pedro Spanish School on 7th Avenue, easy to reach from San Pedro Spanish School and hotels Mikaso and Sak Carit. You can eat in the garden beside the path or on a wide stretch of grass and tropical foliaged that leads to the shore and vistas of the nearby volcanoes and Punta de Oro.

I enjoyed a quiet breakfast under a palapa there on one of the first sunny days in mid-July, when I had a late breakfast of chilaquiles with scrambled eggs and beans. La Puerta is the only place in town I’ve seen serving this dish, which was far more authentic than what I had as at Picadilly'in Antigua.

Other Mexican-style breakfasts include Huevos Rancheros with a spicy red sauce and the Mexican with Jalapeno peppers. You can also get gringo-style breakfasts such as pancakes, omelets, French toast and granola.

Lunch and Dinner

Sandwiches share the bill with Tex-Mex, sandwiches and salads. Quesadillas, tacos and burritos can be ordered vegetarian or with chicken. All of La Puerta’s sandwiches arrive on a three-seed integral bread with a side of fruit. The tortillas are also home-made

The most unusual item on the menu, aside from chilaquiles, is the Tropical Burrito. When’s the last time you had a chicken burrito with coconut, pineapple, citrus dressing and nuts in addition to the standard cheese and lettuce?

A wide assortment of juices, teas and other non-alcoholic drinks is available, as well as beer, wine and mixed drinks. This makes Cafe la Puerta a great place for a quiet drink or three while watching the sunset.

If you want to learn how to cook Guatemalan-style food, the chef at Cafe la Puerta runs a cookng school.

Location: Next to San Pedro Spanish School on 7th Avenue. Open for breakfast and lunch.

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