Three Rooftop Spots in Antigua Worthy of Your Time

Once you arrive in Antigua, you’ll want to see every inch of its masterfully constructed churches, colonial homes, and cobblestone streets.  While trekking through the blocks of town to catch the sights is a given, the best way to admire the beauty of the city is through hanging out on some of its best rooftop bars and restaurants. Here are some rooftop spots we recommend for grabbing a drink and soaking up the city from a heightened perspective.

Café Sky

 Don't let the building fool you! At the top of this hostel is a bar with one of Antigua's best views.

Don't let the building fool you! At the top of this hostel is a bar with one of Antigua's best views.

About a block away from Iglesias de San Francisco El Grande is where you’ll find Café Sky. Situated at the top of Hacia El Sur, a local hostel, the bar is a great spot to chill and share laughs after a day of exploring Antigua. Have a drink on this rooftop bar with an amazing panoramic view over the city and an unobstructed look at the surrounding volcanoes.  Get an order of the nachos and enjoy the breeze!

Perfect for: Sunset drinks, a relaxed vibe and a quick bite to eat!

Drink to order: Cojito

 Just a taste of the view from Cafe Sky.

Just a taste of the view from Cafe Sky.

 The Cojito: a coconut rum mojito that pairs perfectly with the sun & breezes on the rooftop.

The Cojito: a coconut rum mojito that pairs perfectly with the sun & breezes on the rooftop.

 The nachos are a local favorite!  Don't leave the bar without getting an order!

The nachos are a local favorite!  Don't leave the bar without getting an order!

 Frank & Fre does it all; it's a restaurant, bar, and hostel.

Frank & Fre does it all; it's a restaurant, bar, and hostel.

Not too far from Café Sky is Frank & Fre, another cool rooftop spot that’s worthy of a visit.  When you walk in, you may notice that the place serves several purposes; it’s a gastropub, terrace bar, and hostel.  Don’t be surprised to see people checking in for a room at the bar.  All things aside, Frank & Fre is a great little spot to lounge out on the terrace with a local beer and some tapas. They run great happy hour specials daily from 5-7 pm (such as beers for $1.50 and drinks for less than $3). Oh, and there’s free wifi!

Perfect for: A quick beer, quick bite, and a quick social media update!

Drink to order: The day’s happy hour special or one of their many Micheladas!

 Frank & Fre's rooftop terrace is perfect for lounging with your travel crew.

Frank & Fre's rooftop terrace is perfect for lounging with your travel crew.

 Catch a local cerveza for cheap during Frank & Fre's daily happy hours.

Catch a local cerveza for cheap during Frank & Fre's daily happy hours.

 If you're lucky, you'll get served some of the complimentary tapas, courtesy of the bar.

If you're lucky, you'll get served some of the complimentary tapas, courtesy of the bar.

 Enjoy a chill weekend lunch on Los Tres Tiempos' terrace.

Enjoy a chill weekend lunch on Los Tres Tiempos' terrace.

When you want a meal to go along with your rooftop drink, head to Los Tres Tiempos.  A short walk away from the famous Santa Catalina Arch, this restaurant serves traditional Guatemalan food in a contemporary styled venue. The appetizers were great, but we definitely recommend staying for a meal, as the entrees were fantastic and the rooftop area was perfect for an extended weekend lunch.

PRO TIP: On Sundays, you can catch live music from 1 - 4 p.m. 

Perfect for: Drinks with a great meal

Drink to order: Cucurucho (pictured below)

Meal to order: Lomito Viajero (pictured below) or the Pescado Garifuna (pictured below)

 The Cucurucho: Tequila, vodka, rum, triple sec, gin, hibiscus and red wine....and deliciousness.

The Cucurucho: Tequila, vodka, rum, triple sec, gin, hibiscus and red wine....and deliciousness.

 The appetizers were good, but the entrees are the reason to get a table at Los Tres Tiempos.

The appetizers were good, but the entrees are the reason to get a table at Los Tres Tiempos.

 The Lomito Viajero - grilled beef tenderloin served with chancol cheese, a spicy red sauce and potato cakes.

The Lomito Viajero - grilled beef tenderloin served with chancol cheese, a spicy red sauce and potato cakes.

 The Pescado Garifuna - Seared Mahi Mahi served atop a green plantain tamale with a coconut based tomato sauce.

The Pescado Garifuna - Seared Mahi Mahi served atop a green plantain tamale with a coconut based tomato sauce.

Learn more about Los Tres Tiempos at their website!

Do you have any suggestions for a great rooftop bar or restaurant in Antigua?  Let us know!