Zoola Hostel and Restaurant in San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala
Restaurants at Lake Atitlan such as Zoola, serve some of Guatemala’s finest Mediterranean cuisine. Dining out here means a long palapa-style lounge and dining area. However, it is one of the most expensive restaurants in San Pedro la Laguna, too.
Nestled away in a lush, jungle-like grove near the shoreline, it is centrally located across from the Tzunun Ya Musuem. The back gate leads to a lakeside pool with views of Atitlán and the mountains that surround it.
What’s to Eat?
Dining at Zoola is a unique experience. The extensive menu ranges from pita to pasta to house specials such as sautéed chicken liver and Ktzikot (a huge plate of meatballs in a special tomato sauce).
A variety of lunch items features pitas, side dishes and the town’s only Chicken Curry Club Sandwich. Salads, soups and specialties like the Megulgalim (tortillas rolled with labane, olive and cheese) and Mazets (eggplant in red sauce) make great snacks as well as appetizers.
Zoola offers three all-day breakfasts, among them the tasty Shakshuka and a Three-Cheese Burrito. A half-dozen other mouth-watering breakfasts are served from 9 AM-3 PM.
The garden in back has a view of Indian Nose and is a great spot to catch some sun. Inside the main lounge, ten low tables are surrounded by comfortable cushions with enough room for eight or more people to relax and enjoy life Zoola-style. There’s a more "formal" dining area with tables and chairs, where the stone floor is lined with colorful pieces of tile and other artsy trim. Wire sculptures and other art give the place a special charm.
Lodging by the Lake
With eight rooms and a dorm that sleeps six, Zoola is also a great place to stay. Guests have access to free Wi-Fi, movies, board games and a well-stocked bar, of course. The off-the-trail location, banana trees, flowers and laid-back lounge give Zoola a singular atmosphere that is as close to a tropical resort as you’ll find at Lake Atitlan.
Hours: Restaurant open daily from 9 AM-9 PM.