• Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 3 reviews )

Colonia la Esperanza, San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala

Restaurant, ecological hostel, and community center hosting cooking and other workshops. Offers a vegetarian menu. The cooking staff is Guatemalan and prepares traditional dishes in vegetarian variations and international plates. In a quiet, rural village, the space is tranquil and cosy, has Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Western, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Guatemalan

3 Reviews

First Review by Mindful Wanderlust

Wrong address - Edit

Sadly I never got to eat at Mayachik. I spent ages trying to find the place as described on the Happy Cow map whilst meat eating friends ate elsewhere. By the time I found a local who knew it, I found out it was way out of town and had no time to go. I would advise getting a tuk tuk there as the driver is likely to know where it is.

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Delicious Vegetarian Food, Gorgeous Natural Jungle Surroundings and Tranquil Atmosphere - A Hidden Gem in San Juan! - Edit

Mayachik is a fantastic vegetarian restaurant situated just a short walk from the centre of San Juan, among beautiful jungle vegetation and in a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.

The restaurant is located a 5-7 minute walk from San Juan at the end of a quiet gravel road in the scenic countryside. The restaurant is inside a rustic and simple yet charming wood building with a palm leaf roof. According to the website, it is an ecologically constructed building using natural ingredients and is also self-sustainable, which I loved! The grounds around the restaurant were gorgeous and it was a natural paradise with lots of lush tropical plants, trees and colourful flowers everywhere. Inside the restaurant, there were wooden tables with multi-coloured tablecloths and large open-air windows offering fantastic views of the surrounding gardens and jungle. I loved the laid-back, serene and peaceful atmosphere while being among nature.

The menu featured a selection of healthy vegetarian dishes and traditional Guatemalan favourites. The vegetarian tostadas were super satisfying and delicious! The portion sizes were very generous, the staff were kind and cheerful and the service was fast and friendly.

Eating a delicious vegetarian meal surrounded by such incredible natural beauty and in a comfortable and tranquil atmosphere, was just perfection.

This restaurant is definitely a hidden gem in San Juan and a must-visit for vegetarians when you travel to Lake Atitlan!

Pros: Charming and Serene, Delicious Vegetarian Food, Beautiful Vegetation

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Disappointing - Edit

We booked Mayachik because they advertised a vegan menu, but when we arrived and asked for their vegan menu we were told that they didn't have one, so we ordered the two items on their vegetarian menu that could be made vegan; the pasta with tomato sauce, and the curried vegetables with rice. Both were very large portions that we could share, but pretty average in flavour.

The grounds are beautiful, and there are three lovely dogs, and cats on the grounds, but don't expect any incredible vegan food.

They also have a cake buffet every sunday. How incredible if it were vegan!

Pros: dogs and cats, relaxing, beautiful grounds

Cons: no vegan menu, very little vegan options, False advertising

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