Bajo la Luna got its name for being situated under the famous La Luna cafe and museum. Aside from its good selection of wine, they host a fantastic range of local artisanal beers, bottled and on tap. They have the biggest selection of beers in Xela and a particularly impressive variation of European beers , displayed on a huge menu that covers the entire wall to the left of the entrance. However, the great choice of beers, fantastic position in the Pasaje Enriquez and a good food menu for sharing does come at a price premium compared to our other options. El Cuartito or the little room has made its name from their beer garden venue that hosts their regular live music nights. On arrival the place appears quite small, but opens out into a spacious outdoor bar, with a chilled beer garden.
Eating and drinking in Guatemala
A few reasons to visit Quetzaltenango (Xela) in Guatemala
Guatemalan food is filling, good value, and can be very flavoursome. Restaurants are slightly more formal and expensive and only found in large towns. Treat this kind of food with a degree of caution, bearing in mind the potential lack of hygiene. Such indulgence does come at a price.
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In fact controversial opinion coming up , I would even say it is better than Antigua! More on that later though. I have shared some of my experiences here, hopefully to give you a few reasons to visit Quetzaltenango!
However, the locals still call the city by the shortened version of its traditional name Xela Shay-la. Although Xela is the second largest city in Guatemala and has all the mod cons, the city centre has a village feel about it. Xela is surrounded by lush hills and volcanoes, has thriving fruit and vegetable markets, colonial architecture and a brilliant street food scene. You can go hiking up nearby volcanoes, float in hot springs, experience indigenous sacred ceremonies, learn Spanish and practice Yoga.