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Doña Luisa Xicotencatl Restaurant

Antigua Guatemala

View of Antigua from the Cerro de la Cruz

*Antigua Guatemala
*History and Location
*Meet the rest of the world
*Our home is yours...

*Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala was the colonial capital of Central America. It was founded on March 10, 1543. Antigua is hidden in a valley surrounded by three volcanoes, Volcán de Agua, Volcán de Fuego and Volcán Acatenango. Antigua is a town whose appearance takes you back to 1750. Its cobble stone streets and architecture give the town a colonial flavor. Through the years Antigua has attracted tourists from all over the world. To date Antigua has fun and entertainment for people of all ages, including: excellent Spanish schools, hiking, biking, horseback riding, markets, shopping, archeological sites, historical landmarks, night clubs and wonderful restaurants and hotels.

*History and Location

Doña Luisa is located 1 and 1/2 blocks from Antigua's Central Park on Fourth St East # 12. It is established in a 350-year-old building. The building was built in 1650 by Lorenzo Lara. It has been a witness of a long history of the Spanish colony in Guatemala.

Doña Luisa was named after an Indian Princess, Luisa Xicotencatl. Luisa was given by her father in Veracruz, Mexico, to Pedro de Alvarado, conqueror of Guatemala. She was his faithful companion and joined him on his expeditions throughout Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru. After Pedro de Alvarado's death Doña Luisa returned to Guatemala and resided in Antigua in a beautiful house in
which she eventually died.


Doña Luisa's is more than fresh baked bread, delicious cakes and a variety of food. Though the smell of fresh bread attracts many hungry travelers, Doña Luisa's is a place that highlights Guatemalan life. Hanging in Doña Luisa's are two incredible murals painted by Jorn Bie. One mural entitled "Mujeres de Guatemala" (Women of Guatemala) focuses on the life, joy, and pain different women in Guatemala experience. Opposite to this mural is "Hombres de Guatemala" (Men of Guatemala) which depicts men in past costumes, present work and a glimpse into their future.

* Meet the rest of the world

Doña Luisa's is proud of its diversity. It is a place where different cultures meet over good food, excellent service and great conversation. Doña Luisa's is famous for its bulletin board. This board is full of information of upcoming events, general tourist information, places to go, excursions, things for sale, places for rent, want ads, personal letters, classified ads and much more. It is an information center, a place to catch up with a lost friend and a place to meet new friends.

* Our home is yours...

Dennis and Luisa Wheeler opened Doña Luisa in 1978. The came to Guatemala in 1965 as Peace Corps volunteers and fell in love with Guatemala's beauty, culture and people. Throughout the years they have tried to make Doña Luisa more than just a restaurant. It has become a meeting place for many tourists and an attraction and popular hangout for many Guatemalans. Whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a cup of Guatemalan coffee we expect to see you soon...

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