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“Great food and great atmosphere”
Review of Porque no? cafe

Porque no? cafe
Ranked #14 of 370 Restaurants in Antigua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $12
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: We are a place where friends are always welcome. It's small so you can feel the art and the good vibes filling your trip with interesting stories from strangers that by the time you are leaving have become friends. Come and start your night enjoying a delicious dinner with a nice cold beer or a glass of wine.
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great food and great atmosphere”
Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

If you tuck in your shirt while on Vacation, Don't Come Here! My wife and I stumbled across this hidden gem as it was a block away from our Spanish School. No sign- no problem. The crowds of people mingling outside should point you in the right direction. If you need directions, it's on 9th avenue and 2nd street. I'm 6'7 and seemed to fit in the bar just fine. Carolina and Carlos are awesome! It's quirky and we applaud them for it. We are from Seattle, so maybe that's just what makes us feel at home. Don't miss it.

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Carlos_Carolina, Owner at Porque no? cafe, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Thank you for sharing your magic into our lives and Por Que No? safe travels and good things for your life / adventure wish you the best
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Quality Food--'nuff said.”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

Porque no is a true experience. We never had much trouble finding pretty good food in Guatemala during our three weeks there. But Porque No was easily one of the best meals we had there. The sirloin with pepper sauce is absolutely delicious.

The place only opens for dinner, so you'll have trouble finding it if you're in the neighborhood for lunch.

And if you're adventurous, take a table in the loft. Some awesome decor and slight hint of danger (it feels like it could collapse at any minute) make that meal extra sweet.

  • Visited August 2013
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Carlos_Carolina, Owner at Porque no? cafe, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Thank you so much for coming to Por Que No? we are really glad that you enjoyed your experience with us.... all the best for you and your journey in life....
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“best food experience in Antigua”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

The food was great, and the home made beer was even better, but the best thing about this place was the people that runs it. its a very small place, but this is what makes it one of our best food experience in Antigua.

  • Visited September 2013
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Carlos_Carolina, Owner at Porque no? cafe, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
We are really glad that you had a wonderful time here, thank you so much for your review and wishing you all the best in life, and may it be fill with wonderful experiences and adventures
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Really????”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

We visited Porque No because of its ranking in Trip Advisor.
We just dont get it!

First of all, try and find it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Located in the off-beaten track of Antigua on 2cd Avenida Sur,
try and find it. There is no sign on the door or the walls. There are
no hours of operation posted either. We finally found it by asking a
person on the street. Once found, it was closed for lunch. Closed for
early dinner. Finally upon our third return of the day it was open.

The ambiance may be nice to some, but not to us.

Whats nice about a tiny place with trinkets covering the walls and graffiti?

If you want or need to eat upstairs you need to scale a staircase with the
assistance of a rope. Really????

We almost left but stayed for a burrito and a quesadilla. Both were OK at best.

We were turned off by the entire experience. The place seems to attract
low budget clientel.

The owner (we believe there was one on the floor) certainly was friendly to the
guests.

Prices were good value but I cant imagine why we would ever return.

  • Visited October 2013
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Carlos_Carolina, Propietario at Porque no? cafe, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Our hours and the directions are clearly stated in the Trip Advisor site, and it says that we don't have a sign outside..... Obviusly is not for everyone as everything in life, so that's why there are plenty of choices in Antigua specially where you can pick from. The ambiance of Porque No? is inspired by our culture and the artisanal decoration that locals and tourist admire. The graffity on the walls is just a reminder of all the love and great things that people all over the world that have been here wish to share with us and leave a little bit of themselves here in a small corner in Antigua off the radar and away from all the touristy stuff. We don't discriminate here if you have money or not, we just want friends and family to have a good time... we are just guatemalans, trying to offer something authentic, different and real to the same commercial stuff that there's already a lot of out there. Thanks for your comment.
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A hidden gem!”
Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

The reviews are right: this place is tiny, but don't be out off if you think it's full. The lovely people who run the place will try their best to fit you in. We had a couple of beer, a chicken burrito and a prawn curry: it's amazing what great food they can turn out of such a tiny kitchen. It's really informal, but go with an open mind and you'll be pleased you did.

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