Going to the city if you live in Antigua can be a strange experience. It’s a huge city, and parts of it are quite dangerous. If you go with friends who used to live there, they will make sure all the windows in the car are rolled up and the doors are locked, and more than likely their car will have tinted windows. These are necessary precautions, but completely outside of my perception of reality, because I’ve never had a motorcycle roll up beside me with two guys with guns demanding I hand over anything of value.
Apparently when you live in Guate you don’t get outside a lot. So you have to find restaurants like L’Osteria where you can get your outside fix while still being protected.
It’s a charming French country restaurant, with a beautiful garden/patio area, and a top choice for parties (there were two different birthday parties there when we went). Everything in the city is more expensive than Antigua*, so even though Eric and I only had a smoothie and a drink each it came out to 150Qs, which is more than we ever spend on dinner. The food is delicious, so if you are in the area I highly recommend it. The whole place is incredibly charming. The wood furniture and boardwalk pathways, beautiful tiled wood pizza ovens, everything combines to provide a relaxing oasis in the midst of a bustling city.
This is the perfect sized car for me!
*and Antigua is more expensive than anywhere else in Guatemala…