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“Café Condesa is a nice place to rest and relax.”
Review of Cafe Condesa

Cafe Condesa
Ranked #3 of 16 Dessert in Antigua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $10
Cuisines: International, Cafe
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Delicious, delectable, fresh, organic...everything homemade and locally sourced. Located on the Central Park of Antigua, Cafe Condesa has been serving locals, nationals and international tourists alike since 1993. It's three outdoor dining areas plus three indoor spaces provide a colonial setting in which to enjoy a meal or a snack. Breakfast is served all day long and our famous "bottomless" cup of 100% Antigua grown coffee has been a mainstay. Come early morning for breakfast, late morning for homemade chai and a muffin, lunchtime for a lovely salad and soup, late afternoon for coffee and cake, evening for a glass of wine and a quiche. A friendly waitstaff and a homey, relaxed atmosphere makes Cafe Condesa a home away from home. Three Cafe Condesa Express located around town, allow you to enjoy our many of our treats on the go.
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Conveniently located across from the central park, Café Condesa is a nice place to rest and relax. The food is good (sandwiches, soup, salad) and they make an excellent hot chocolate. Not inexpensive, but a quality place, worth the price. There is a good bookshop at the entrance to Café Condesa that is full of books about Antigua and recent Guatemalan history that may be of interest to many visitors.

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Ginger H, Owner at Cafe Condesa, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2013

Thanks for the accolades!
Just to let you know that your patronage supports a staff of almost 50 people! Since we make just about everything from scratch, our preparation kitchen upstairs is a super important part that very few people ever see.... that plus our service kitchen, our wait staff, cashiers, Express next door, cashiers, hostesses and managers... well, that's a lot of us eating out of the same pot! We truly appreciate you and your kind words and hope you´ll stop by again on your next visit!!

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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Next door to Cafe Condesa there is a to-go like section, which is where I went. I was on my way home from dinner and craving dessert. They have the most AMAZING New York style Cheesecake! Its too die for!! I would definitely go back.

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Ginger H, Owner at Cafe Condesa, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2013

You have great taste... and great taste buds! Doesn't our local cream make an amazing difference! It's like my favorite thing on our menu and our menu is huge! Next time I hope you´ll have time to come into the restaurant next door and sit down to leisurely enjoy your cheesecake with a lovely cup of coffee or tea! We look forward to seeing the smile on your face!!

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Reviewed December 31, 2012

The food was wonderful, location was in the Central Park, yet a really quiet place. Super ambience. Great food prices. Great Food, very tasty and huge portions, too!

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Ginger H, Owner at Cafe Condesa, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2013

Thank you for loving the brownies!!! Fudgy, chewy and just plain delicious! We truly appreciate your recommending us on TA. We look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed December 25, 2012

Enjoyed several wonderful breakfasts here. The vanilla hot chocolate is a MUST. The food was top notch, coffee delicious and the setting sublime. We heard that it is an "expat hangout" so the prices are a bit higher. There is also a nice bookstore in the front, and a place to buy tickets ($20/each) for Elizabeth Bell's walking tours, which we heard are excellent. This is a good first place to stop if you've just arrived and are settling in.

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Ginger H, Owner at Cafe Condesa, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2012

Thanks so much for your lovely recommendation! We are glad you kept coming back for our delicious breakfasts!! We love finding out from clients that we were their "first stop", their" last stop" and then their "many stops" in between.

Since my background was in the restaurant business, our prices reflect our costs of raw goods, overhead (some things are expensive and in U.S.$$) and labor --- a fair wage for all 50+ people on staff. Since the get-go, we´ve simply used the standard industry formula and here we are, almost 20 years later, still feeding people and still supporting our workers and their families Yes, we are an expat hangout, a favorite with locals, a weekend must for Guatemala City folks and a haven for tourists. We thank you greatly for letting folks know about us and, in turn, supporting our workers and their families as well.

Warm wishes for a wonderful 2013! We hope to see you back again soon!

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Reviewed December 22, 2012

I love breakfast and it seems like one of the easiest meals to get right. Cafe Condesa is just OK. Had huevos rancheros and was a bit disappointed by the blandness and the fact that there were no tortillas under the eggs. Just basically two fried eggs with mediocre salsa. (I do live in Mexico so maybe I've just been spoiled.) For something more special try Numa, Luna de Miel or Rainbow Cafe. Much more creative menus and prepared more thoughtfully. Cafe Condesa is a bit of a tourist trap and a large, impersonal place for groups, in my humble opinion.

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Ginger H, Owner at Cafe Condesa, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2012

Ouch!!!
Yes, Huevos Rancheros Guatemalan Style are quite different than in México.... I am now prompted to put that on the menu. The salsa is quite mild, served on the side and has no chilis in it..

I´ll have to argue with you about our menu not being creative.... we serve over a dozen breakfast items with several being daily specials that change according to the season... pancakes of the day, omelette of the day, muffin of the day. Plus our bottomless coffee cup comes with breakfast... an anomaly in Antigua. We have a large variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, "antojitos" and desserts galore.... and everything is made right here on the premises!

We are not a tourist trap... We love tourists and we rely on locals and folks from the City as well. For the last 19 years we have had the best of both worlds. It totally depends upon what day and what time of day you come to the Condesa as to whom you will find populating the tables.

Impersonal? I have to argue that point, too. We strive to be a home away from home, a place of respite and no hassle. We pride ourselves in the beauty of our location, the quality of our food and the amazing dedication of a staff of over 50 people who keep the cogs in the wheel turning.

I hope you will reconsider and visit us again on your next trip to Antigua.
Warm regards,

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