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Medellin Cafes are as abundant as the lakes of Michigan. Around every corner you’re bound to find one you’ve probably never seen before, especially in Poblado or Laureles. There’s no surprise that Colombia plays host to a range of exotic, enticing & adventurous things, but one thing really knows how to create a buzz. (Pun intended)………..


Without a doubt, Coffee is one of the most important aspects of Colombian culture. From social gatherings to job creation, Coffee is intertwined in various avenues of Colombian life. Although many Colombians still prefer a cheap & heavy sugared cup (tinto), the rise of cafe culture has changed peoples drinking and behavior habits.

Being a producer of some of the best Coffee worldwide, Medellín will keep your cup half full with a range of excellent cafes to choose from. If you’re lucky enough to be in Colombia but more specifically, Medellín, make sure to slip into any of these outstanding options. Let’s get brewing


My first coffee experience in Medellin & definitely my favorite. From the coffee quality, staff & ambiance, Pergamino doesn’t disappoint. Located in foreigner central, Poblado, Pergamino is a must visit coffee shop whether you are or aren’t staying in the neighborhood. The Coffee is spectacular and the food is just as good. The delectable chocolate almond croissants are a must

Hija Mia

This quaint corner cafe spot is one that can easily be missed if you haven’t had your first cup of morning joe. New Zealand owner, Shaun runs this joint & has outfitted the place almost entirely from Australia or New Zealand aside from the antiques & decorations provided by his father in laws shop from Medellín. All of the coffee is roasted on site which makes the aroma of this place worth your while. Get here as soon as you can. Try some Mani Bros peanut butter, a side venture Shaun has pursued with a fellow New Zealander.

Cafe Revolucion

Since moving over to the Laureles Area, I’ve racked up countless hours at this fantastic coffee spot. Multiple roasting options, knowledgeable staff and a nice environment make this a mus stop cafe. With its success a 2nd storefront has been added to cater to the flocks of people who call this their go to cafe. Be apart of the loyalty club with 8 purchases to get yourself a free drink of choice. Coffee & writing workshops as well as weekly trivia makes this much more than just a place for a buzz.

Rituales Cafe

Awarded best coffee in a blind taste test, this is a deserving winner. From the minimalist design to the intricate presentation, it’s straight class top to bottom. Attentive & knowledgeable staff plus food options makes this a must stop when craving that afternoon or morning pick me up. Located in Laureles, make sure to get over here at least once.


A quaint, Laureles gem. Algarabia provides the city with another quality cafe and excellent baristas. Cata is a coffee wiz & is teeming with information about brewing techniques & styles. Some of the top baristas in Medellin operate out of here and it shows in their delivery. Word on the streets is they offer some of the best cakes in the city.


Recommended to me by multiple baristas, this place always delivers. The vibe is more like a backyard bbq with the welcoming staff & cafe decor. Some days offer grilling on the outdoor patio whereas others is just pure quality cafe & delicious food options to decide from. First timer or daily ritual, Julio & the crew will be happy you have arrived.


Dimeli Cafe is a fantastic place to not only enjoy a cup of Colombian coffee but for a tasty brunch. One of the best parts about this cafe is the constant events that are held that caters to travelers and locals alike. This is one of the best places to meet up for language exchange, guitar lessons, or even guided bike tours!

Cafe Zeppelin

Cafe Zeppelin thrives in ambiance and aesthetic, as this cafe is situated in an old Colombian house. If it’s outlets or working you’re looking for, this probably isn’t the spot but the coffee will be more than enough!

Cafe Ondas

Cafe Ondas is a perfect place for the English speaking crowd as this is part of a hostel in Medellin. Aside from English speaking, the coffee is awesome here!

Cafe Cliche

Find awesome coffee here for all of your Medellin travel.

Cafe de Otraparte

I didn’t make it here but have heard great things! Stop by and fill me in on the best today

Cafe Galeria Java

I didn’t make it here but have heard great things! Stop by and fill me in on the best today

Amati Cafe

The Coffee continues to pour for this next coffee shop in Colombia. Get here now

Al Alma

The Coffee continues to pour for this next coffee shop in Colombia. Get here now

Desalloradores de Cafe

The Coffee continues to pour for this next coffee shop in Colombia. Get here now

Medellin Coffee Tours You Might Like

Looking to learn more about Coffee production close to Medellin? Consider taking a Coffee tour from one of these providers: 

  • Cafe de la Cima Coffee Farm in the La Toscana Fredonia area
  • Guatape Coffee Villa – 9 Hour tour

More than just Medellin Cafes on Your Colombia Trip

With all that caffeine in you, you’re going to need some things to do in the city. Take a look at my Free Medellin Backpackers Guide for some ideas of how to spend your days cost free! If you want to take one of the many tours the city offers, read the Medellin Tours post every backpacker should experience.

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