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.

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7 Reviews

First Review by Mindful Wanderlust


Points +343

03 Mar 2023

eco garden retreat

The garden setting is calm and away from the loud and busy streets of San Juan or - even worse - San Pedro. They have Guatemalan classics like Popian in a vegan version. Food is absolutely gorgeous and amazingly fresh - especially said Popian. Some of the best food we had in Guatemala! The chili is very good as well but not what I expected. More like a lentil stew.
The staff is very helpful and can also organise shuttles, trips, ... or accommodation in the attached eco hotel (which is not as calm as the restaurant as for some reason all dogs in the area bark the whole night). Open for breakfast.
Offers different plant based milks on its coffee menu

Updated from previous review on 2023-03-01

Pros: vegan menu, calm setting, helpful staff



Points +85

14 Feb 2023

So tasty

Lovely food made with great ingredients (had to pick a bayleaf out of my plate). Went twice in 12h and probably would have gone again if it weren't for I was in town less than 24h. Gotta love vegan options way out here in Guate.


Points +3263

19 Oct 2022


Eco hotel with veggie resteraunt which has a dedicated vegan section on the menu which offers local and international dishes. We had the curry and the pepian, both were lovely. They have their own gardens which they harvest alot of the ingrediance from, everything is cooked from scratch and is full of flavor - 2 meals cooked from scratch for about €11 with fresh ingrediants ant complaing


Points +3008

24 Nov 2021

Tranquil and delicious

A small walk outside of town, Mayachik offers wonderful veg food in a relaxed, comfortable environment. The menu has a dedicated vegan section, although many vegetarian foods are able to be made vegan as well. The lentil soup was particularly tasty (:

Pros: Accepts credit cards (small fee), Great ambiance, Delicious


Points +32

12 Dec 2019

Very nice

I went there for the weekly temascal and pizza time and it was great :)
Loved the atmosphere and the place.

Pros: Surroundings


Points +341

25 Jan 2017

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

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

Mindful Wanderlust

Points +44

25 Feb 2016


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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