As a coffee fiend, I’ve gone out my way to find the best coffee shops in Medellin.
And with Medellin being so close to the coffee region, it’s totally nuts that good coffee can be so tricky to find. Apparently, Nescafe is the coffee most drank in Colombia itself, as all the good stuff is exported.
So I found myself asking naively… where can I find a good cuppa coff?
So, I went all over the city, in quest of the best coffee in Medellin. Here’s my curated list…
10th floor rooftop restaurant, located bang in the middle of downtown. Very reasonably priced & if you’re looking for somewhere that’s out of the tourist bubbles of Poblado & Laureles, this is a great spot.
Half coffee shop, half library – with a piano for the live jazz nights on Monday, this really is a hidden gem. Crammed full of culture, quirkiness and a tasty cuppa.
Good spot to chill with a coffee and book or even a cocktail at night.
My all-time favourite coffee shop in the city – cute, small, and chilled. It’s just off the main road so is quiet, and there’s a little terrace for when the sun is shining.
For me, the best part about it is the insanely kind staff. The first time I went was on a Saturday at 11am, and they were having issues with one of the coffee machines. It didn’t affect me at all but they still gave me a free cup of coffee!
They do the best chai coffee with almond milk…..mmm que deliciosa. Always full of nomads, and it’s located on the main road opposite the park in Laureles which makes it quite a fun place to people-watch.
Plus, get a loyalty card so your 10th coffee is on la casa. 💗 free stuff.
For the best selection of cakes and cheesecakes, go to Zeppelin! The creamy Oreo cheesecake one was the bomb. Again it has edgy decor, with mismatching furniture and has a great atmosphere in the evenings for cocktails too.
Similar vibes to an underground bar or coffee shop in Berlin. Kitted out with board games and kitsch decor, it’s chilled but cool.
The only annoying thing is that they aren’t open long enough! They are shut Sundays and Mondays, and only open at 12 every day.
Slightly secluded area towards Envigado, just off the main road but on it’s own, it’s easy to miss this gem – so it doesn’t get too busy.
If you fancy upgrading to a beer (post coffee obvs), finally here’s somewhere that sells London Prides in bottles.
This hostel has a cafe on the ground floor, which serves pretty amazing but cheap food and drinks. I’ve had the pesto empanada which was about the size of my head (and approx only 10,000 pesos or $2.50), as well as the avocado & cream-cheese bagel, and also a Dirty Chai Coffee – all which were delicious.
Ciudad del Rio
A huge outdoors terrace, comfy sofas, the best selection of cakes and muffins, and free filtered water flavoured with watermelon and cucumber – soooo good. I’m a big fan of the warm cheesy pesto muffin.
Tucked away from the hustle & bustle of Poblado, and next to the Museum of Modern Art, you could pop here for a break and some arty culture too.
One of the best places to work, with strong wifi and plugs at every table. The coffee is good (although maybe on the small side, but I’m just greedy) and they do a solid limonada de coco.
Plus, you can’t argue with the eggs served inside a massive avocado, coated with some sesame seeds.
If you know any other best coffee shops in Medellin, please do let me know!
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