Elesha Piper

Elesha Piper

I am a caffeine addict and travel blogger (in that order) out exploring the world, one café and one adventure at a time. My blog is a collection of my travel experiences and coffee related musings.

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Fresh juice in Xela, Guatemala.

Sniffing out cheap eats is a talent of many long term and budget travellers.

You don't have to sniff very far in Xela, Guatemala to get more bang for your Quetzal.

As is the case in most of Guatemala, the key to eating cheaply in Xela is hitting up the local markets and street stalls. Not only will you eat for a fraction of restaurant | cafe prices, you will get a real sense of the local vibe and flavour.

Here's how and where to eat cheaply in Xela:


Start the day at an inexpensive comedor in the dining hall, Maya Cafe. Located a block from Parque Centro America, this is a popular choice for typical Guatemalan fare.

Potato and cheese, layered then fried.

Antigua, famed for its colonial style buildings, chic cafes and high end artisanal souvenirs is also the home of a colourful, huge and beautifully chaotic fresh food market. An unmissable stop for those who love the cheap eats, smells and sights of Central American food markets.

The Antigua fresh food market is located right next to the bus station, three blocks west from the main square. On the outside of the food market, sellers hawk all the typical tourist souvenirs. But go deeper, beyond the 'Guates Up' t-shirts and scarves, into the fresh food market.

It's here you will discover a goldmine of cheap eats, all the produce you need for a cheap as chips DIY hostel dinner and a true taste of Guatemalan market life.