McDonald’s Patio and Garden in La Antigua Guatemala

McDonald's Garden in La Antigua Guatemala

Believe it or not, the McDonald’s restaurant in La Antigua Guatemala is very nice place to meet for coffee with friends and family —I swear I haven’t sold my soul, yet—. In the patio, which runs along the length of the restaurant, there are tables all around the garden and fountain. The floors of the patio have a layer of cobblestones, green islands with flowers and bushes of irregular shape break the space up. If you seat on the north side and you look south, you can see Water Volcano (Volcán de Agua) in the farthest background and the San Jacinto Ruins just at the end of the lot. If you seat in the south, like the girl on the right of the frame, you can see the Spanish red-tile roof tops, fountain, clown and short trees. The whole atmosphere there is serene and if you happen to order a cup of rich Guatemalan java juice from the gourmet coffee bar —watch out Starbucks— and pick up the morning newspaper, you can almost forget that nearby there is the most grotesque thing the Western culture has come up with, as Anna put it, while referring to the scary, ugly, hideous and gross clown.

My apologies to all the regular visitors and commentators for not responding your feedback and inquiries lately. The move to a new house has taken all the available time and besides we are without internet service at home. We will be forced to paid the 50% of the remaining contract of the internet service provided by the local telephone company since they do not provide internet in the area we moved to. Now, we will have to get a new contract with another telephone company which has wireless internet access in the area. The worst thing about these contracts is that they only have them for a minimum of two-year period and if you move before that you have to paid 50% of what is left on the contract. Oh well, enough of my wining. I promise that as soon as we have internet at home, I will come back to answer all the pending comments and questions. Be patient, please!

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  • Why oh why we can’t McDonald’s like that in the US? I will never understand this. Rich Guatemalan Java from them gourmet coffee bar. We wish! 🙂 Hope everything is going well with the move. Take care.

  • i hope when you moved you got a nice place. the mcdonalds garden is lovly.we are having weird weather temps. droping to 44 degrees.
    have a good week end.

  • Jeez, I shouldn’t comment late at night when I’m sleepy… What I meant to say in my comment above: “Why, oh, why can’t we have McDonald’s that look like that in the US? I will never understand this. Rich Guatemalan Java from them gourmet coffee bar. We wish! 🙂 Hope everything is going well with the move. Take care.”

  • Michelle

    If McD’s was like this in the states, I might not despise it so much! I’m from the US, living in Antigua for a short time and I’ve been charmed even by McD’s here. You have a beautiful city…your site gave me such great info before I arrived and will be nostalgic after I leave. Thank you!