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Doña Luisa Xicotencatl Restaurant
View of Antigua from the Cerro de la Cruz
*History and Location
*Meet the rest of the world
*Our home is yours...
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.
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.
*History and Location
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
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.
* Meet the rest of the world
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...
* Our home is yours...
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