Antigua Guatemala is very much linked to coffee, both in tradition and culturally. Antigua’s resurgence is due in part to its abundance of fertile volcanic soil, which is suitable for growing coffee beans. Today, you can’t walk half a block without stumbling into yet another coffee shop – great news for coffee-lovers. Even Starbucks has its special brand of Antigua Guatemala coffee for sale – check it out here.
In addition to great coffee shops, you can go on informative tours of Antigua’s coffee plantations, which are listed below. Did you know that the Mayans discovered chocolate? In Antigua, you can taste the original chocolate drinks that so enthralled visiting Europeans. Learn below where to find the most authentic chocolate in town.
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Antigua Guatemala is a coffee lover’s paradise
Everyone here has their favorite coffeehouse and barista. However, you won’t go wrong if you start your search for the perfect cup in any of the excellent cafés in town. In no order of preference, check out:
Bella Vista Cafe
6a Avenida Norte #1
The coffee bar is on the first floor, but they have a huge terrace on the third floor with great views of nearby volcanoes.
The Refuge Coffee Bar
7a Avenida Norte #18A
Recently spruced up, Refuge has been carefully roasting and serving their coffee for years to faithful patrons. You’ll smell the wonderful roasting beans from half a block away.
Gato Gordo/Fat Cat
4a Calle Oriente #14A
These two brothers have made a name for themselves by serving quality coffee for a while now.
5a Calle Poniente #12B
Unassuming place, Boheme has great coffee at a good price.
6a Avenida Sur #1
Coffee and dessert at Ganache
One of the prettiest coffee shops in Antigua, as it has a French flair and pastel colors to match. Go here if you’d like to pair up your coffee with an incredible dessert.
6a Calle Poniente #26
Sitting on the corner of 6a Calle and 7a Avenida, this small shop invites visitors to linger, and people watch.
7a Avenida Norte & Callejón Camposeco
A little bit out of the way, Fernando will reward those persistent enough to find him with excellent coffee, which he carefully selects and roasts on site.
Cafe Condessa Express
5a Avenida – Across from Parque Central
If you need a quick cup of coffee, there’s no reason to enter the restaurant. Just pop in next door, to their small coffee counter. Condessa brews strong coffee and opens at 6 a.m.
Casa Blanca Gastropub
5a Avenida Sur #13
Great iced drinks at Casa Blanca
If you like iced-coffee drinks, this is the place to visit. I highly recommend their Dirty Chai (spiced chai + espresso). Their courtyard is huge, and they have a lovely terrace you’ll often have to yourself, as very few people know about it.
El Portal – 5a Avenida
Across from Parque Central
A popular expat hangout, they serve good coffee as well. Sit on a stool at the counter, and people watch – as close to a sidewalk cafe as you’ll see in Antigua.
6a Avenida and 1a Calle
La Parada coffee shop in Antigua Guatemala
Recently expanded, La Parada has inexpensive, quality coffee, and a limited assortment of croissants and cold sandwiches – good WiFi too.
For those wishing to go beyond enjoying a good cup of coffee, I recommend taking a coffee plantation tour.
Filadelfia Coffee Plantation
Free rides to Finca Filadelfia in this cool truck
Reachable from Carretera San Felipe to Jocotenango, Finca Filadelfia has in-depth tours, showing you all the stages of coffee production, from plant to cup. You can catch Filadelfia’s cool, green Unimog shuttles in front of Capuchinas Convent (2a Avenida Norte & 2a Calle Oriente) every day at 8:20 am, 10:20 am and 1:20 pm and at the ruins of San Jose El Viejo (5a Avenida Sur & 8a Calle) at 8:30 am, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. The shuttle ride is free whether you want to take a coffee tour or visit one of their restaurants. For connoisseurs, they offer professional coffee tastings and latte-art workshops.
De La Gente Tours
De La Gente will give you an inside look at the working conditions of Guatemalan coffee farmers, among other fascinating cultural experiences.
Mayans introduced chocolate to Europeans, and the town of San Juan del Obispo offers some of the best examples of Mayan chocolate in Guatemala. Visit the town for an opportunity to see artisanal chocolatiers at work and even take part in making authentic chocolate.
For a fun experience – especially for kids – visit ChocoMuseo, (4a Calle Oriente #14 – 502-7832-4520), an international chain dedicated to selling and teaching all things chocolate.
Last, but not least, visit Samsara (6a Calle Poniente #33 & 3a Calle Oriente #35). They have a wide selection of teas and funky atmosphere.
What’s your favorite coffee shop in Antigua Guatemala?