Samsara

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6a Calle Poniente Unit 33, San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala

Art gallery and cafe offering herbal and tea infusions, smoothies, hot drinks. Serves international superfoods and Indian spices. Has a collection of books to read while there, holds documentary nights. Gluten-free options. Relocated from Antigua. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, International, Organic, Western, Ayurvedic

18 Reviews

First Review by enRoute

Jonesing for tofu? - Edit

After ten days in the countryside eating rice and beans I was happy to have a yummy meal of tempeh and veggies. Went back the next night for tofu and veggies in a curry sauce. Then the next morning for scrambled tofu and mushrooms on a bagel. All were delicious! They also have interesting hot and cold drinks with alternative milks. I'd give it five stars if I could (i.e. if they ditched the few meat items on their menu).

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Fantastic options and ambiance - Edit

Samsara is a gem of a vegan/veg restaurant in Antigua, yummy veg food and generous portions. We stopped by twice during a brief stay in Antigua and preferred it to the other veg-oriented restaurants we tried. Lots of intriguing items on the menu including drinks/smoothies and sweets. The eclectic decor and cozy seating only enhanced the experience.

Pros: A variety of vegan/veg items, Extensive menu, Fresh, tasty ingredients combined in new ways

Cons: Slowish service, Not 100% veg or would be a five-star for sure

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scrummy vegan food - Edit

Good selection of vegan friendly food. Very tasty

Pros: interesting selection inc deserts

Cons: plastic straw in smoothie .. didn't realise in tim

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Thai inspired meal - Edit

When doing long term travel in Central America, the local staples can become boring sometimes. So we were so happy to order food with a Thai and Malaysian twist! We also tried the amaranth hot drink which is the highlight is this restaurant I think. It tastes like a hot chocolate with caramel flavours, and had a super creamy texture, yum!

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Delicious breakfast - Edit

This place was my first port of call in Antigua after an overnight bus ride. I was desperate for some wholesome food and I was not disappointed! I opted for the banana pancakes and masala coffee and both were delicious. They had plenty of well marked vegan options on the menu. Just be careful with the sweetener on the pancakes as the default was honey.
They also sold vegan snacks which would be useful food to take hiking.

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more than nice - Edit

Realy tasty, not ordianry food, very cool place, a bit expensive.
Good vegan options!

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Samsara was our go to place in Antigua - Edit

My wife and I are here multiple times on our trip. A ton of the menu is or can be vegan (or gluten free), and is clearly marked. We got the pancakes, the zucchini noodle pasta, Neapolitan ice cream, carrot cake, the tofu tacos and the platter. The only thing that wasn't super good was the carrot cake.

Pros: great food, laid back atmosphere, very friendly and accommodating staff

Cons: none, besides that it's only vegetarian

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3x in 3 days: says enough! - Edit

We were in a hotel just around the corner and loved this place! In the three days in Antigua, we had dinner here twice and lunch once. Didn't think it was epensive at all. I had the tofu taco's, a quinoa shawarma and a sandwich (bread specified as vegan) with tofu and eggplant. My boyfriend also tried the zucchininoodles and tortilla. The portions were really good, also for the drinks. Huge smoothies were not expensive, the beer unfortunately was. ;-) Also not all staffmembers were English speaking which caused confusion sometimes, though the menu was also in English. Oh and don't forget to go to the toilets... Those are a attraction itself.

Pros: Great food, Lot of vegan options, Good portions

Cons: Expensive beer, Too "alternative" for my taste

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WISH I COHLD GIVE THIS 5 stars - Edit

Best food in Central America. Vegan tofu tacos to DIE for. Worth every penny ✨

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Vegan Heaven - Edit

I am so grateful to Happy Cow for helping me find this little gem in Antigua. Great choices, calming atmosphere, apart from the noisy traffic outside.

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Amazing Baba Ganoush & Pita, etc. - Edit

This place is crazy expensive, but Antigua seems to be out of control expensive, and the food was incredible. We got the Samsara platter (65Q) and the sweet potato tortilla (42Q) and both were quite good. The baba ganoush was the MVP, but the quinoa balls and the salad that came with the tortilla were also excellent. Pita was also unbelievably soft and delicious. Really, the food was incredible, better than much of what we get back in NYC, and that's saying a lot. I also got the special coffee drink with cardomom, cacao, etc, whatever that is called and loved it, but my wife bitter-faced. It took a long time, even by Guatemalan standards, and the dishes came at very different times, which was fine for us, but it would be a bummer if you weren't sharing. The style of the cafe is great and they seem to have solved the problem of people asking for money at the window that someone was complaining about. They put chicken wire around the bars so it would be impossible to give money through the window. It was a bit of an annoyance to see them add 10% tip when it was just two people, but this seems to be the norm in obnoxiously touristic areas in Guatemala. Oh well, it just means they get less tip than I'd have otherwise given.

Pros: Incredible food, cool spot, owner's dog in cafe

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Food Heaven! - Edit

I am in love with this place! I just ate the best meal of my entire trip through Central America at Samsara. I had the quinoa shawarma and the golden milk (made with almond milk). Both were incredibly delicious and I always love fusion cuisine, especially when it is so well done. I didn't see any meat on the menu, but maybe I just overlooked it?? Vegan items are clearly marked and there are vegan options for most dishes. There are also some nice sounding raw food options, including raw vegan cheesecake. They also sell some homemade products such as vegan cheese, coconut yogurt and chia bread. I loved the decor and mystical Indian/hippie atmosphere of the place. Staff was lovely, too. A BIG recommendation!!

Pros: Healthy and delicious food, Most dishes can be made vegan

Cons: Not cheap, but good quality

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Overpriced ordinary food - Edit

This is a restaurant that is extremely pricey.We felt ripped off. The food is not bad-tasting, it is just really not that special and way too expensive. The only good thing is the chocolate balls sold at the counter. A nice atmosphere inside, which is good. But the food is not that good. They had "organic wine" which was clearly not.

Pros: Restaurant is small, easy to leave , food came quickly, not far from main square

Cons: fake organic wine, fake sharwarma, fake indian food

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ChristianSantizo 10 Apr 2017 - Hello my name is Christian, im the owner of the restaurant, thank you for your review. Will like to mention that some of the ingredients( like: quinoa, kale, Turmeric, Spirulina, etc.) we use are not cheap here. Our food proposal is not indian but we have an influence that you can taste in spices and other ingredients we use ( its a fusion, we dont sell indian food). Please always ask for the bottle of wine if you dont think it is organic. We have only 2 organic wines from Chile, Novas and Adobe. Thank you again.  


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wish i came here earlier! - Edit

What a Great Place! Lots of vegan options , great atmosphere and delicious coffee.been in Antigua for 2 weeks without visiting and wish I came here every day!

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Great dining experience! - Edit

Lots of vegetarian and vegan options. Generous portion sizes. Fresh produce. Modern earthy decor. Ordered the vegan option for quinoa and tofu balls, kale+chick pea+hummus salad and vegetable crepe all for Q203. All absolutely delicious and ample food for 2 people. Would highly recommend this place. Moderately priced but well worth it! Will be returning again before leaving antigua for good! Owners dog in cafe who keeps to himself but may bother people with pet allergies. Sitting in the two person table next to the window was a little frustrating after the 5th group of people walking by were asking for money. If you would rather a peaceful and less frustrating dining experience, pick a table away from the window. Free wifi.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday September 02, 2015

Pros: Moderately priced, Lots of vegetarain and vegan choice, Great atmosphere

Cons: Owners dog in cafe

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great vibe food and tea - Edit

Will return.

Pros: great food, great art, perfect vibe

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Best veg resto in Antigua - Edit

I really liked this resto. The dishes are more "vegan style" than Guatemalan. I loved the tofu tacos (more like guac tacos) and a quinoa bowl. Extensive smoothies which were great. I would have returned more often but their service was very slow. Mostly vegan meals with limited meat options.

Pros: delicious, fresh, lots of vegetables

Cons: slow service

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This place is incredible! - Edit

If you're in Antigua, just GO. It's a bit out of the way, but not hard to find... very close to Rainbow Cafe. The owner (whose amazing photos adorn the walls) has come up with a very creative Ayurvedic-Chapin concept that works perfectly with the space. Although there are a few meat items on the menu – mostly sandwiches – the menu is full of interesting veggie and vegan dishes. Some are made with ghee but have a coconut/olive oil substitute clearly marked, and the friendly staff – some of whom speak English – are all very knowledgable about gluten-free and vegan alternatives. Some highlights: the veggie tacos(!!), the dum aloo, the quinoa croquets and other quinoa dishes, great bagels, soups, smoothies. If this place were all veg it would be an easy 5-stars. Check it out

Pros: delicious, creative, artistic, friendly

Cons: not 100% veg

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