If you have heard of Copan, Honduras, you have probably heard of the amazing Mayan Ruins that make this town famous. Thats all we knew about this place when we arrived, and had planned on staying for 1 or 2 nights then peacing out. Thankfully, we quickly realized that this Central American cowboy town has a lot more to offer than ruins, particularly in the food and drink department. We spent 5 days eating and drinking our way around this town and discovered 5 restaurants/cafes/bars that I highly recommend to anyone visiting Copan, Honduras to check out!
Cafe Via Via
This Belgian owned cafe is well known along the backpacking trail and is definitely worth a visit when in the area. Cafe Via Via has it all: A restaurant, bar, a tour company and a hostel. We spent many nights drinking here and booked a horseback riding tour through them. The vibe of Cafe Via Via is…cool. There is a big outside patio, lots of seating inside, movies playing at night and a great atmosphere to chill out for a while. The food is decent and boasts vegetarian fare from around the world. I recommend the potatoes-lots of different options and toppings! What is even better here is the happy hour. Every night you can get 2 for 1 cuba libres (and a couple other drinks) for 40 lempira ($1.90)! The staff are helpful and kind and the people you will meet here definitely make Cafe Via Via a stop!
Where: Barrio el Centro, 1 ½ blocks west from Central Park
Cost: Belgian Potatoes 60L ($3); Drinks $1-$3
La Llama del Bosque
This restaurant directly across from Cafe Via Via was recommended to us by a restaurant owner in Antigua, Guatemala. He told us you must go here and eat the anafre, a traditional Honduran meal. We took his advice and are very glad we did. The restaurant is huge with equally sized indoor and outdoor dining. We ate here 3 times and each time the staff was attentive and kind, remembering us each time we came in. We ate a few things, but the anafre and tacos were by far our favorite. The anafre is a dip of chorizo, beans and cheese served (literally bubbling) in a clay pot over hot coals with chips. The tacos were more like taquitos with a hard shell rolled up, but they were full of meat and veggies and very flavorful. This is not the cheapest restaurant around, but it is not expensive either. If you want a great meal in an authentic Honduran restaurant, eat here!
Where: Directly across from Cafe Via Via, 1 ½ blocks west of Central Park
Cost: Anafre 75L ($3.50), tacos 30L (1.50), beer 20L ($1)
Sol de Copan Brewery
A German Microbrewery in Honduras..Yes please! Delicious craft beer and traditional German food. Tricky to find, but if you know what to look for, do not miss this place! Check out my full review of the Sol de Copan Brewery!
This was one of my favorite places in Copan, and possibly all of Central America. It is a cafe right on the NW corner of Central Park that boasts little balconies upstairs with great views over the park. It is first and foremost a Coffee Shop, with amazingly rich and delicious coffee. They even do iced coffee well, which is hard to find in Central America. They offer breakfast dishes like french toast, plato tipico, and omelets as well as sandwiches and desserts. The meals were quite large for their prices and equally as good as the coffee! Order your food and drinks at the counter downstairs then go upstairs and sit on one of the balconies and hang out, enjoy the view and your food! There is also a tour of the Welchez Coffee Plantation that you book here!
Where: NW corner of Central Park
Cost: Hot Coffee 20L ($1), Breakfast Plate 60L ($3)
La Casa de Todo
We discovered this place as we were strolling around town one afternoon. We initially entered because the front is a souvenir shop, but realized as we were browsing that there was a bar and an adorable outdoor patio. I can’t resist an outdoor cafe, so we sat down for some coffee and smoothies-fantastic and refreshing! We enjoyed our time here so much, we came back the next two days as well. Once for more coffee and treats and another time on St. Patrick’s Day for some drinks. The main appeal here is the atmosphere. It is quiet and serene and is a good place to bring a laptop, drink some coffee and get some work done. We did not eat the food, but they have a full menu as well!
Where: Ave. Los Sesesmiles; 1 block down from Banco Occidente
Cost: Coffee 25L ($1.25) Smoothie 40L ($2)
Whether you are in the mood for a full meal, craft beer or amazing coffee Copan, Honduras has something for you. It is easy to find your way around this town because everything is centered around Central Park. Walk down any street and you are sure to find a delicious place to eat!