Is tropical fruit a luxury where you live? It is for me. I try to buy a mango at my neighborhood grocery store and it’s almost unrecognizable. It’s an oblong ball of mush surrounded by what was once its peel. Ashley and I often travel to tropical destinations and one of my top priorities is always a fresh mango juice (or smoothie). The ingredients are simple: mango, water, and ice blended together and poured into the largest glass I can find.
I was in Antigua, Guatemala recently and found two places to feed my addiction. Antigua is a beautiful colonial town an hour or so outside Guatemala City. The first is “Y Tu Piña También,” an adorable cafe located on 1st Avenida Sur. In addition to the smoothies and juices, this place serves fresh salads and sandwiches.
The second place is a beautiful courtyard restaurant named “Culinaria” located on 6A Avenida Norte. Its menu is far more extensive, and expensive, serving Indian cuisine plus your typical Western tourist fare.
Culinaria boasts a beautiful courtyard that is unmatched in Antigua. The matching tropical yellow and blue tables and chairs are scattered across a gravel-strewn courtyard creating a chilled and relaxed vibe.
I didn’t try any of their food, but I did have a strawberry and banana smoothie. It was delicious! This is a great place to come if you need a break from walking around the cobblestone streets of Antigua.
Y Tu Piña También has an extensive juice and smoothie menu created by the staff. There are some old favorites and some unusual combinations. I tried the food here. Portions are small and the chicken is so dry it might as well be astronaut food. You don’t come here for the food unless you’re craving a salad, which is quite good here.You come here for the unique smoothies.
I don’t remember exactly what this is, but I do remember it had strawberries and blackberries. A little tart, but very refreshing. Antigua was hot while I was there and this cute cafe was a welcome reprieve from the harsh outdoors.Antigua is a maze of almost identical streets and finding places can be difficult as large signs are prohibited. Now you don’t have to wander aimlessly all over town to get your juice fix.Planning a trip to Guatemala and have questions? Leave a comment below!