Start Your Day – Breakfast and Brunch in Xela

Want to start your day off by going out to breakfast? Here are a few options for you to enjoy.


Specializing in unique pancakes and waffles that come filled with a variety of sweet and savory ingredients. Each item on the menu has been created so that you can shake up your pancake and waffle experience. Choose between Belgian waffles, waffle sandwiches, or “panquewaffles” with bacon and huevos estrellados.

If brunch is what you’re looking for, try their original recipe burgers, like the veggie burger (with a pesto grilled portobello mushroom, mixed greens, caramelized onions, dressing, and fried potatoes). Panquewaffles offers a modern and relaxed environment with friendly service and Wi-Fi. Open 8:30-17:00. Just steps from Parque Central. 6ta Calle 10-25 Zona 1, Quetzaltenango.


A Xela classic, stop by this bakery to have a traditional Guatemalan breakfast of eggs, beans, tortillas, and bread, served with different sauces, cream, and fried plantains. More than just a good option for its price, this Guatemalan breakfast normally includes tea or coffee, juice, and atol, a traditional Guatemalan drink.

Another popular product is xeca bread, a Xela specialty that goes well with coffee or chocolate. You can also find shecas filled with jellies, cheese, beans, and eggs. You’ll find XelaPan locations all over the city, but one of the largest is the Parque Central location at 12 avenida 5-44 in Quetzaltenango.


A family restaurant with a homestyle touch. Here you can pick between a variety of breakfasts: ranchero style with tortillas; huevos estrellados; beans; and a sauce of roasted tomato, miltomate, and guaque chile; served with coffee. Or try a Quetzaltenango-style omelet filled with a mix of three cheeses, bacon, sausage, longanzina, or mushrooms; served with beans, plantains, cream, tortillas, and a drink. Without a doubt a full breakfast!

You can also enjoy a seasonal fruit salad served with gelatin and honey or French toast stuffed with strawberry jelly, maple syrup, and butter, served with fruit and orange juice. A nice place with a Guatemalan atmosphere. You can find Albamar at 12 Avenida 7-18 in Xela near Casa Noj.


Bonifaz is just to the north of Parque Central and is an elegant place to eat breakfast. Their specialty is the Sunday buffet for Q89: a great opportunity to enjoy all types of Guatemalan food in an enjoyable, clean, and comfortable environment with friendly service. The buffet begins at 7:00 am and is open until 11:00. During the week you can order breakfast a la carte as well as a continental breakfast.

The restaurant is inside the hotel Bonifaz, which opened in 1935. It is a beautiful and calm place suitable for large groups, located at 4ta. Calle 10-50 zona 1 in Quetzaltenango.