By: Elena Alvarado
There are a number of coffee drinks that are almost impossible to screw up. If you order a cappuccino, for instance, you will undoubtedly find it served the same way here in Xela whether you are getting it at McDonald’s or something a little more upscale. To prepare a good macchiato, on the other hand, is something of an art. I had given up hope of finding macchiato in Xela until a friend just happened to mention off-hand that there was a cute little place that is called La Sastreria in Zone 3 that just happens to serve up one some the best macchiato around.
La Sastreria (“the tailor” in Spanish) is a charming café that boasts repurposed Singer sewing machines as tables, posh Italian prints on the walls and a laid back environment. The macchiato (Q9) is a rich, earthy espresso with just the right amount of foam. Other coffee drinks (Q8-Q16) are good as well and they boast a selection of Stash teas.
Perhaps where La Sastreria shines the most is in its desserts. You will want to try the tiramisu (Q22) which is the best tiramisu that this food editor has ever tasted. As in, this tiramisu is so good that my heart stopped briefly and they had to revive me. Fortunately, at the next table over, there were a number of doctors who happened to have a heart defibrillator on hand—but watch out, because the tiramisu is dangerously delicious. La Sastreria also serves blackberry cheesecake and a number of other goodies. You can get a four-cake sampling platter for Q35 if you are indecisive.
The food at La Sastreria is also decent. The spaghetti carbonara (Q42) is a great take on the famous dish, and there are a number of paninis (Q22-30) that are also quite good. La Sastreria has a weekend special on its breakfasts, buy one get the second half price, which runs from 7:30 to 11:00 AM. Again, the food is good, but you’d be a fool to come here without checking out the coffees and the cakes.
La Sastreria is located at 7a Calle, 14-52 in Zone 3—which is not as far away from the center of town as it may sound. Simply catch a bus (Q1.25) to Parque Benito Juarez (just beyond La Demo) and walk down 15 Avenida. La Sastreria is yellow and its doors are on the interior. Taxi service should run Q20-25 depending on how well you bargain. La Sastreia is open 7:30 AM to 9 PM, and is closed on Mondays.