A revitalization program has given Guatemala City ’s Zona 4 a distinct character in recent years with the establishment of a pedestrian thoroughfare known as 4 Grados Norte, lined with hip sidewalk cafés and restaurants during the day, doubling as bars at night.
This warehouse district promises to grow in the next few years, as more and more places are being refurbished. The thoroughfare even has its own cultural center.
The Centro Cultural de España (Vía 5 1-23 Zona 4, 4 Grados Norte, tel. 2385-9066/7, www.centroculturalespana.com.gt , 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–7 p.m. Tues.–Thurs., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat.) shows movies on Tuesday and Friday nights, hosts workshops and art exhibits, and has a small library. Zona 4’s other main attraction is a dilapidated bus terminal for second-class buses, though this was expected to fall into disuse with the municipal government’s plans to move all bus traffic out of the city.