Patio Eats

The sun is – at the time of writing – out, and this is no joke, people… you’d better make the most of it. In the time-honored XelaWho tradition of pretending to be researching while we actually just sit around stuffing our faces, we bring you our mini-guide to the best outdoor eats in Xela:

Las Lagartijas (15 Av “A” 3-05, Zona 1. Lunch & Dinner Tues-Sun) This beautiful ivy-covered stone courtyard is a definite standout in the Xela patio eating scene. There’s some delicious tapas on offer and good sandwiches if you’re after something a bit more substantial.

El Panorama (13 Av “A”, Zona 1. Lunch & Dinner Sat & Sun, Dinner only Wed-Fri) A ten minute slog uphill from the Plazoleta San Antonio, the Panorama puts on some excellent Swiss and international dishes, with an awesome view out over the whole of Xela. The grassy garden out front isn’t a bad place for afternoon beers, either.

Balcon del Enriquez (12 Av, Zona 1. Entrance to the left of Pasaje Enriquez) This balcony restaurant overlooking the Central Park has never really floated our boats food-wise, but it’s a great place for drinks and the people-watching opportunities are endless.

Smoothies Rum (7 Calle 15-23, Zona 1. 4-11pm Tues-Sun) Probably the best-decorated eatery in town, you could go for the African or Hindu room, but we prefer to chow down in the cobblestone patio, under the big tree.

Baviera 2 (22 Av 4-49, Zona 3. 8am-8pm) The time-honored Baviera formula of excellent coffee and big breakfasts hits Zone 3, this time with the addition of a stunning colonial-style courtyard setting.

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