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Cafe El Portal

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, Guatemalan, South American
As featured in Best Food in Antigua
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5th Avenida To the Parque Central, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

Had breakfast here posted up at the bar which is a great spot to see the town roll by going about their business. We both got the breakfast sets with fried eggs, beans, cheese, and sausage/bacon, with coffee and an orange juice. Good offer for Q50-55. Loved the good strong coffee and cold refreshing orange juice! Perfect start to the... More 

Thank Lynn99999
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Portal is a comfortable cafe right on the plaza. A bar with stools sits at the entrance. Nice place to settle into, enjoy a coffee and watch the traffic through the plaza. My wife and I have enjoyed the cappuccino. Probably the best that we have had so far in Antigua. We have tried to venture to as many coffee... More 

Thank John S
Houston, Texas
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2016

I am usually in Antigua a couple of times a year, and I love starting the day there with breakfast at the coffee bar. You can eat there alone or with a couple other people and enjoy the people watching of the sidewalk and the square just outside. The basic breakfast is reasonable and delicious; I especially love the fried... More 

Thank mmb2323
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2016

They close earlier than I would l like, and the food isn't special, but the coffee's decent and the location and layout are wonderful for watching the goings-on in the Parque Central. You'll definitely run into world travelers here, if you sit long enough.

Thank Jubi H
Antigua, Guatemala
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58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2016

It has an excellent location, they do know how to prepare coffee, you could say that few people can prepare a cup of coffee that is a 10, they might serve 9's but it is 9 always, very stable the quality of what you get, and 9 of of 10 is far from being bad. Prices are a little bit... More 

Thank Juan-Manuel101
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2016

for breakfast, good coffee, fresh orange juice, El Portal is Ground Zero...meet friends, make new friends and peruse their great bulletin board.

Thank paladinAntigua
Bay Area
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841 reviews
650 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2016

p3½* Café El Portal 5a. Ave Norte 6 Nice café on the west city of the central park Have soy milk for the coffee drinks Q25 for large latte with soy milk Free wi-fi with purchase They are green; no plastic containers Friendly baristas

Thank Rosquete
Wallasey, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2016

Acceptable, but would not rave, there are better places to go but it was our first night in a new city so we tried it. Service was ok but expensive for the quality of food.

Thank Paul K
San Salvador Department, El Salvador
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3 reviews
Reviewed January 13, 2016

Great service always with a smile, very welcoming and charming, the torta chilena with an iced chocolate is the best dessert and dont forget your croissant for breakfast!

Thank Benjamín G
Plattsburgh, New York
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328 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
Reviewed December 8, 2015

When in Antigua, this is where I start my day! There is nothing better than grabbing a cup of coffee at El Portal and then heading across the street to sit in the Parque Central. Great coffee can be found all over Antigua. I like El Portal because 1) location close to the park, 2) friendly staff, 3) excellent Guatemalan... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Cafe, Guatemalan, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5th Avenida To the Parque Central, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Sacatepequez Department  >  Antigua

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?