Cafe Kitsch

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 8 reviews )

Avenida Santander, Solola, Panajachel, Guatemala

Serves meat, vegan options available. A cafe and bakery that serves vegan sandwiches, soups and bakery items with a German influence. Offers French press coffee. Previously 100% vegan restaurant, but now serves meat in addition to a vegetarian menu, Oct 2014. Open Mon-Sun 7:30am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Bakery, German, Non-veg

8 Reviews

First Review by duende

Disappointing - Edit

We visited Kitsch based on the great reviews here and both ordered the gyros.

Only one person was working -- though I'm not sure there were any other customers -- and thus it took about 30 minutes to get our food.

The flavor was bland but worse, everything seemed to have been soaked in water. It was all soggy and borderline nauseating. Our worst dining experience in Guatemala.

Cons: Soggy food, Tasteless food, Long wait

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Cafe which has separate Vegan menu - Edit

There is separate vegan menu! So I didn’t have to bother staff asking what they can do for me.. We had hummus, pita with falafels - it was really nice, and my eggplant soup was bit oily but really nice! They freshly made pita bread is yum too. Unfortunately, they had only vegan cookies for us (as rest of desserts were not vegan) but those choc cookies were really good! We had them with soy cap! (It looks that they use normal soy, which is not sweet(as the rest of Guatemala and México), so coffee tasted surprisingly good!
Staff were not too friendly, maybe it’s just because we don’t speak spanish.. :)

Pros: separate vegan menu, offers vegan desserts

Cons: staff not very accommodating

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Good vegan options - Edit

Has separate vegan menu that includes hot dogs, gyros, hummus, tapenade, soups and tzatziki. Also non-dairy milk for your coffee. This place has some really great options for vegans.

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Could be better - Edit

First of all, I think the map location isn't correct. Its located further down the street.

The staff was very friendly and the gyros tasty.. But served all cold!! :-( also rather small portions and in comparison to other places overpriced, especially when cold.

Pros: Friendly staff, Food clearly marked vegan

Cons: Small portions, Cold

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Good news, bad news - Edit

So, first the bad. This is no longer the little vegan paradise it used to be... ownership has changed hands and it's a 50/50 deal. Half of the menu is meat-based. On top of that, it's a bit understaffed, and if you get there when there's only one person working, be prepared to wait around for up to 30-45 minutes or even more as they deal with other customers and go in the back to make your stuff.

The good: it still has those delicious vegan gyros and an extensive vegan menu with veggie dogs, soups, and other good stuff. It's a cute (though tiny) space right on Santander and also makes some great smoothies and juices. Cookies and baked goods are hit and miss but several are marked vegan and at least a few are quite good. While the staff can sometimes be a bit harried, they are very friendly.

Stop by and support one of the best v-options in Pana... just don't expect it to be as amazing as it used to be. They're carrying on the menu but the love that the former owners put into each dish isn't really there anymore.

Pros: great vegan menu, convenient, cute

Cons: only half vegan, understaffed, long wait times

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best soup n bread - Edit

I had a green smoothie followed by an amazing soup. So hearty and delicious, accompanied with some fresh baked bread!

Pros: cheerful, quick, wholesome

Cons: none

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The place for vegan food in Panajachel - Edit

The vegan menu is small, but everything is great.

I come here again and again just for their vegan gyro sandwiches. Made with either tofu or seitan and their fresh pita bread, these sandwiches are among the best I've had anywhere. The falafel sandwiches are also awesome.

The soups are all vegan and delicious. You can't go wrong with any of them.

And as long as you're there, indulge in a choco coco ball or one of their outrageously good chocolates.

This is a great place to sit, enjoy great food, and watch the world go by in the heart of Panajachel.

Pros: Delicious food, Great people

Cons: Limited menu, Smokers on the patio seating

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Excellent German Bakery withVegan Sandwiches/Soup - Edit

Enjoy excellent foods and deserts from a great outdoor but sheltered people watching place. They make DELICIOUS vegan Gyros using their own fresh made pita bread. These are tasty, vegan or not. What I like also is that they serve their coffee in a french press. I live in Pana and this is one of the place I hope stays open for a long time. They also make great soups as well as gluten free products. Well worth the visit.P.S. If you don't know howtouse a frenc press, the coffee needs to stay for 4 minutes before you press down and pour. Ask the waiter how long go he put th hot water in and subtract. (usually a minute)

Pros: Flavorful food, Price, location

Cons: not enough seating at times., but they are expanding soon.

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