This picturesque coffee shop and chocolatier is found at the top of the steep, cobbled Calle del Punto behind the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad. Covering the red walls are sacks of cacao beans and photographs of the café’s Oaxacan coffee being harvested. Caracol Púrpura is home to one of Oaxaca’s best espressos: full-bodied, smokey and bitter, yet addictive. However, if espresso is not your preferred method of caffeination, opt for a cup brewed with the V60 dripper or a french press. As a plus, the shop makes a wonderful selection of chocolate bars with the cacao beans sourced from Chiapas. The chocolate ranges from 50 percent to 100 percent cacao, with flavors that include almond, sea salt, cardamom and chili.