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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.


Cafe y Pasteleria Francesa

Antigua, Guatemala

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

Antigua has become one of our favorite places to visit several times a year. What a choice of restaurants and bars with live music to choose from!

We heard from friends that Ganache was a great place to buy a sweet and to have a coffee. We thought we'd try it out.

The entrance to Ganache

Not far from our hotel room, this cute little French bakery is located with its cheery entrance. Welcoming Poinsettias are placed in the entranceway, and various products are for sale on their shelves.



Several tables, some with a long banquette for seating are available. Simple French-style decor was attractive.

The lunch menu

Salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts are all listed on the lunch menu. Somehow I thought that the vegetables on the vegetable and goat cheese sandwich would have been grilled, but the waiter said they were not. That seemed a bit strange, as there was also a Portobello mushroom on the sandwich and eggplant and onions...  Maybe it was just a confusion in communication.

I ended up ordering the Chicken Chipotle sandwich for 55Q, about $7.25USD.

Billy's plate

Billy decided to go for the roast beef and mushroom sandwich which also came with a salad. The bread was delicious and the salad was fresh. His plate was 58Q or about $7.75USD.

In Billy's opinion, the sauce on the beef sandwich needed more pizzazz. Something to make you come back again and again for the next bite. It was fresh and delicious, just not distinctive.

A little split of wine

This split of Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blend was about a quarter of a wine bottle, pouring a glass and a skinny bit more. Tasty, the price was 45Q, or $6USD.

Famous for their desserts!


Ganache is actually known for their desserts, some of the best in town. Offering tiramisu, pecan pie, lemon meringue pie, chocolate mousse, traditional cheesecake, nut encrusted truffles, and more, you can certainly find something to accompany your specialty coffee.

They all look so inviting.

Cheese cake!

We decided to share a piece of traditional cheesecake which looked perfect.

Artistically served

Beautifully served on a plate with a coffee cup drawn with chocolate syrup and caramel sauce for the cappuccino foam. There was also some raspberry sauce provided for a contrasting flavor.

This really was good, and considering that we had already enjoyed a sandwich, we had plenty to be satisfied!

Our bill

Tip was included in on the bill, as is pretty standard in Antigua. The total came to 226Quetzales, about $30USD.

Antigua is a bit more expensive than Panajachel in various ways. Eating out is just a bit more here, a bit more there... while all and all Ganache's sandwiches were delicious, and we did have dessert, we felt that the Smokin' Joe's BBQ, the Circus Bar or Tuscani's in Panajachel or Pappy's BBQ in Antigua were a much better value.

I think the next time we'll just come for coffee and split a fabulous dessert!!


Esquina de la Sexta Avenida Norte Numero 1,  Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, Antigua 03001, Guatemala Tele: +502 7832 0978 Website: Hours 8am to 8pm daily, Sunday 8am to 7pm

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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