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Latin, Guatemalan, Central American
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Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol
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Reviewed August 13, 2020

While assigned to Guatemala on a two-year assignment in 2004, I found this place by reading a piece on it in a local newspaper. Found it and entered with wife and daughter. Little creepy given the sight of drunk Indians sleeping it off on the...tables. Nevertheless, it’s a great hole-in-the-wall gem.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed November 13, 2019

Cheap, tasty and - what's the most important - local food. I love that it's hidden and not so accessible to everyone. When I travel I tend to avoid touristy places and La Canche was a real hidden gem. We ate there a couple of...times and everytime we felt like at home :)More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed August 18, 2019

My second visit here (last was several years ago) for lunch. There's a small menu that changes daily, all typical Guatemalan dishes. I had the caldo de res (kind of a broth) with a side of vegetables, rice and a large piece of pork. Price...was 25 Quetzales. Soft drinks and beer available. Location is across the street from La Merced. Tell them at the front (the small tienda) that you're there for lunch and they'll invite you in and show you to the few tables in the back, in the kitchen. Popular with locals and families.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 15, 2018

Like others have said you walk through the store to get to the restaurant. I had the pepian here on a food tour. The next day tried the pepian at Rincon Tipico and it was disappointing, smaller portion, not as flavorful and the chicken was...tough (I had to eat it with my hand and chew on it with limited success). Went here again for dinner and it was so much better then rincon. It was more flavorful and the chicken was tender, the meat just fell off the bone with a spoon. Cost 25 quetzales vs 30 at Rincon so cheaper also.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed May 7, 2018

My husband and I stumbled on La Canche almost by accident. Located in the back of a tienda facing La Merced, if you dont know its there you would miss it. When you go to the tienda ask for Pepian and they will take you...behind the counter to a room with 2 tables and plastic patio chairs. The space isnt where I would normally look for good food, but I am glad I did. We were served a large bowl of Pepian with bread and half an avocado. The soup with chicken and tuber was flavorful and filling. We enjoyed our meal here and would recommend it to everyone!More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed January 1, 2018 via mobile

It took us a few tries to find this listing from the Lonely Planet and I’m glad we persisted. It was some of the best tipico food we had in Guatemala. We had to walk thru a grocery store to find it. The table needed...a wipe down but the place was busy with locals. I’m still dreaming of the rich gravy of my pepian. Fresh tortillas and half an avocado. What a meal for around $3.50!!More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed December 20, 2017

centrally located, but still far away from the tourist folks, this place is first a little shop. passing the shop desk, you get into a room with two large tables. all is very simple, but the food is tasty (and cheap). just beware of the...parrot at the end of the second table, and sit far away, as this guy can really get very, very noisy...More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

Nice decent food and really helpful and friendly staff when having questions. Nicely priced too. Luuk

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed June 23, 2017

This restaurant has been around for about 60 years from what I understand and is well know with locals. You'd never find this place on your own as a gringo. The Pepian is sublime. We also sampled a local dessert called rellenito de platano, which...was very sweet and delicious - order 1 for 2 to 4 people to sample a small amount. You sit at group tables with very friendly locals. The service is quick and very pleasant. You will need to come with someone who can speak Spanish.More

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed June 15, 2017 via mobile

This place was a nice find. Cheap and quick and definitely an experience worth remembering: the guy running the cash register took us out to the back and led us to a small room with two tables. The lady came by and told us the...two things on the menu: chicken and rice, or eggs and beans. Simple and easy. We grabbed a couple of Gallos (Guatemalan beers) out of the fridge and the food was delicious. We found this place right after we hiked up Acatenango, so a hearty homemade meal really hit the spot. Worth a visit if you want to experience some local flavor, definitely more of a "backpacker spot," if you will.More

Date of visit: June 2017
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Yes, La Canche offers takeout services.

La Canche is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5