Mexican coffee is often strong with hints of chocolate and cinnamon – a piquant pick-me-up, much like the country itself. In Acapulco, a beachside city in the coffee-making state of Guerrero, there are cafés concocting traditional brews such as café de olla (in a clay pot), and imports like frappés mixed with Mexican ingredients such as rompope (similar to eggnog). But you have to know where to find them, so check out our short, sharp hit of the best coffee spots in Acapulco.
This place is a real find – a leafy café tucked within the secret-garden-like grounds of Jardín Secreto wellness hotel, home to five eco-cabins and two exclusive villas, with a roster of yoga classes and local music nights also on the menu. The food here is Instagram-ready – artful French toast, piled pancakes and colourful bowls of fruit are served on note-perfect ceramic plates– but really it’s a place to power down and appreciate Acapulco’s natural side. Yogis and surfers make up the majority of its clientele (it’s only eight minutes from the beach, after all), so grab a hammock chair or a spot under a parasol and join them.
Situated to the north of Las Playas, El Santo Churro is a fun place to enjoy a coffee or smoothie, and is a clear favorite with the kids. Their specialty is the Santo frappé, which comes in 15 flavors including white chocolate, caramel, mocha, cookies and cream, chocolate and cappuccino. As the name (the Holy Churro) implies, this is one of the best places to taste churros – those delicious fried doughy pastries, which originated in Spain and Portugal, but are served here with the more Latin American dulce de leche (sweetened milk that looks like molten chocolate).
Mitigate the Acapulco heat by grabbing a frappé at Laguna – it’s their specialty and customers flock here to experience the best in ice-cold refreshments. The atmosphere is laid-back and there’s a beautiful terrace with fabulous views of a lagoon (hence the name). The Laguna is also known for its attentive staff, who make sure every coffee lover is eager to come back for more. If you’re hungry, opt for decadent Oreo cookie frappé served in a milkshake-style glass.
This beachy, surf-style café has two floors decked out in palm motifs and tropical shades with a buzzy atmosphere and great baristas, and is quite devoid of airs and graces. It’s located down by the famous Acapulco Bay (the one that had Frank Sinatra wanting to fly away), and customers love to watch the world go by here over a drink of moka blanco or affogato (espresso with ice cream). Our favorite? A frappe cappuccino with a giant slab of coconut cake.
Short for Café Woolworth, this small chain has an illustrious history. Born in the historical center of the capital in 1966, the store’s brewing idea was that coffee could be served to customers as a side-serving to their purchases. As the coffee became more popular, so did Café Woolworth’s prominence. The actual Café W name came into effect in 2007, and since then they’ve served thousands of caffeinated concoctions to customers. Trusted by local coffee aficionados, it’s the spot for serious coffee in Acapulco – there’s a second outpost near Playa Manzanilla, too.
Additional reporting by Joe Varley.