Medellin is an incredibly vibrant city and I have been happy to call it home for some time now.
The capital of the Antioquia region is well known for its nice cafe-bars where most of the people gather with friends or work on their laptops.
Of course, coffee is one of the most produced and exported raw materials on Colombian soil, so drinking a good coffee is practically possible in every corner of any barrio, but it must be said that tourists and Colombians who are looking for a comfortable café-bar often want, not only a pleasant espresso but an environment that welcomes them with excellent products and excellent service.
Between El Poblado, Laureles, Envigado and El Centro you can find plenty of cosy cafes with great service, apart from the delicious coffee made in Colombia.
Let me share my personal chart of the best cafés in Medellín:
- Café Pergamino – Is known as one of the best cafés in Medellín. They produce their own coffee beans and in the past they have won recognition as the best coffee producers. They have three locations, all in Poblado; personally we frequent the Carrera 37 for its outdoor patio, but all three are very hospitable and perfect for digital nomads who spend days working on their laptops.
- Café Velvet – This is a little and cosy café also located in Carrera 37 just in front Café Pergamino. We highly recommend tasting the special coffee flavours that they sell also as take-away ground coffee. Velvet Café proudly express that have managed to build a reputation both in Colombia and in Europe (especially Belgium) as the number one export company of the best Colombian coffee in the EU.
- Café Zeppelin – Personally one of my favorite choice in Laureles. The patio surrounded by plants make it perfect for an outdoor breakfast. The absolute first choice music taste makes the ambient optimal also for a little apéritif during the late hours. Highly recommended!
- Semilla Café & Coworking Space – A precious place for anyone who makes Coffee their office. Provides long tables to share with other fellows digital nomads, together with electric plugs connection and fast Wi-Fi.
- Café Otraparte – Apart from the excellent coffee, the place stands out for its historical environment that emanates art and philosophy from its walls. As stated in their website, “Otraparte is the name that Fernando González gave in 1959 —the year of publication of the Book of Travels or Presences— to La Huerta del Alemán”.
- La Betania Coffee Shop – A small cafe open to foreigners who only speak English. Located in the middle of the Sabaneta barrio Cl 71Sur ## 43b-23. They often offer live music and the atmosphere is lively and pleasant.
- Perpetua Café – Perpetua Café – Not just a café but a real gastrobar as they like to define themself. Here you can find good food and drinks to quickly switch from coffee after lunch to an aperitif.
And here it was. This was my personal list of the best coffee in Medellín, please let me know what you think and if you have some special recommendations that I forgot to mention. I always love to expand my list. 😏