My mother loves a good cup of coffee, she’s Colombian after all. I remember when I was little, she would make her coffee in the morning and then go sit outside in the garden and enjoy it. It was her little escape from the chaos of raising three children. As I grew up, that cup of coffee is something we started sharing together. Today, we make our cups of coffee, call each other, and catch up on life. When I travel, my mother always asks me to send her photos of my coffee! So, one of the first things I do when I arrive somewhere new is search for a great café to get a cup and snap a photo for her.
Coffee Culture in Medellín
Colombia is known for its coffee, but that doesn’t mean you’ll always be able to find a great cup of the stuff. In fact, a majority of the really good beans are exported. You’ll probably be surprised to see how many people use instant coffee at home. But don’t worry, whether you are looking for a cappuccino, macchiato, flat white, or just a tinto (black coffee), there’s a strong and flourishing coffee culture in Medellín. With this 7 must try coffee shops in Medellín, you’ll be able to find that great cup of coffee in no time.
Juan Valdez is a well-known, Colombian, coffee shop (think Starbucks, Costa, or Tim Hortons). There’s one on almost every corner. I want to introduce Juan Valdez because it is an easy and comfortable place to start your coffee journey. After arriving in Medellín, it was my first coffee photo for my mother, assuring her, and myself, that I was finding my way! However, you must venture beyond Juan Valdez while in Medellín. Here are 7 must try coffee shops in Medellín:
If you spend a little time in Medellín, one street you will become familiar with is Vía Primavera (Cra. 37). On this busy tree-lined street, you’ll find several terrific coffee spots including 2 of my 7 must try coffee shops in Medellín. You’ll also find some great restaurants, along with some really cool little clothing and accessory boutiques.
Pergamino is one of the most well-known and popular coffee shops in Medellín. There are several locations, but the primary location is located on Vía Primavera. However, there is a second, nearby location on Calle 10B that is often less crowded than the busy primary location.
Pergamino offers great coffee in a comfortable and friendly environment. Here you’ll see locals and foreigners enjoying coffee and small bites. Aside from the coffee, and in typical millennial fashion, I absolutely love their tostada con aguacate – avocado toast!
If you are looking for a great gift or souvenir to bring home from Colombia, coffee is always an option, but Pergamino also has some great mugs and posters.
Café Velvet is located right across the street from Pergamino on Vía Primavera.
It’s popular with both locals and foreigners. If you wander through the shop towards the back, you’ll find a really cool, quiet space to enjoy your coffee and maybe even do a little work. Café Velvet serves coffee as well as little café food items like pastries, empanadas, and quiche. They have a delicious flat white and I recommend coming here just to try it!
Another cool thing to note is that they actually have a location in Brussels!
Al Alma is one of my top coffee spots in Medellín because they offer both great coffee and food. It is one of my favorite spots to grab brunch! Their croissant sandwich with eggs, avocado, and chipotle mayo is amazing (huevos y aguacate)!
Al Alma has many locations in Medellín. There are several in the El Poblado area, including one in Provenza on Calle 8, one in Patio Bonita, and one in La Strada. I’ve heard they recently opened a Laureles location, and I can’t wait to go back to check it out.
If you’re in Laureles, you have to try Rituales. It’s a small shop with great coffee and delicious treats. And while the coffee really is great, this café also has a local, neighborhood feel to it that you don’t get in El Poblado.
If you stay in Medellín for more than a couple days, you’ll start to run into people here who you met at lunch or out dancing! Plus, their bags of coffee are a great value! So, take one or two to go for later. Just make sure you have them grind the beans if you don’t have a grinder where you are staying (I’ve made this mistake before, but luckily RAPPI came to the rescue!)
If you’re in Medellín for any period of time, you’re bound to come across Café Revolución. Café Rev has two locations in Laureles. Here, you can order everything from coffee and tea to juices and smoothies to wine and beer.
But Café Rev is so much more than a coffee shop. When you go to Café Revolución, you’ll feel like you are part of a big family. It’s the perfect place to hang out, make friends, and do a little work. In fact, I highly recommend checking out one of their barbeques or trivia nights; they are so much fun!
Not far from Rituales, you’ll find Délmuri. It is located right off Primer Parque, which makes for a nice view while enjoying your coffee. If you haven’t picked up on the friendly, neighborhood vibe of Laureles yet, Délmuri is no exception. If you spend a little time here, as it’s a great place to work, you are bound to see people you’ve met elsewhere!
While not technically Medellín, I didn’t want to leave this one out!
El Café de Otraparte
From the street, Casa Museo Otraparte draws you in with its lush manicured gardens, colorful fountain, and winding pathways. But here, you’ll find more than just a charming villa turned museum. Behind the house is a kind of secret garden hiding a café, El Café de Otraparte. As you stroll along the paths surrounding the house, the sound of voices carrying will pique your curiosity and pull you in.
And then, you’ll come across a not so small indoor-outdoor café and wonder how you didn’t notice it before! El Café de Otraparte offers coffee, drinks, and food. It’s the perfect little escape located right in the middle of the city.
Note, if you are one of those people who seems to attract insects like mosquitos, I recommend you apply a bit of bug repellant prior to visiting. People aren’t the only ones who love these gardens.
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