El Volador is a cute little café, with just three tables and a few chairs at the bar. Yet it is here you find the most delicious espresso in Oaxaca, and can even buy yourself some ground coffee beans to take home with you. Sourced from the coffee-producing state of Veracruz, the coffee is reasonably priced, whether you buy the beans or a cappuccino. Friendly staff at El Volador are happy to chat, and they have a selection of English and Spanish language magazines to read while you drink.
Xolotl 118, Oaxaca, Mexico, +52 951 205 1664
Despite being tucked away, Cofetarika is worth hunting down, not least because of its simple but well-made breakfast and lunches and impressive outdoor seating. It’s well known for having some of the best coffee in Oaxaca and the name itself is a play on the Spanish for ‘the coffee’s delicious.’ Choose a table on the tranquil balcony or terrace and enjoy a book with your coffee, accompanied by one of Cofetarika’s pastries.
Calle Macedonia Alcalá 403, Oaxaca, Mexico, +52 951 557 9889
Café Brújula tends to have a heavier tourist footfall than many other local coffee shops, given its more obvious location opposite the famous cathedral. The real draw here is the coffee though, which they claim is some of the best in Oaxaca. Check out Café Brújula, relax in the quaint courtyard and decide for yourself. Accompany your brew with a muffin or some nutty granola.
Café Nuevo Mundo
Café Nuevo Mundo serves coffee sourced from a little closer to home than Mexico’s most well-known coffee growing region, El Volador. That’s to say, this is the spot to check out if you want local Oaxacan beans. Under the decadent scent of roasting coffee that permeates this narrow café, you can also tuck into huge portions of cake or pastries. Known for being one of the best spots in town, you might find yourself waiting a little longer for your coffee, but it’s definitely worth it.
M. Bravo 206, Oaxaca, Mexico, +52 951 501 2122
Alma de Café
This polished café is incredibly welcoming, as well as being cute and beautifully decorated. The perfect fusion of quirkiness and tradition, it serves mandarin tea infusions from jars and coffee from earthenware mugs. As for the coffee, their espressos are among the best items on the menu, but the cheesecakes and desserts at Alma de Café are just as acclaimed, so don’t miss the chance to try them out too.
Margarita Maza de Juárez 211-A, Oaxaca, Mexico, +52 951 206 9704
If you’re a first time to Oaxaca tourist, its likely you won’t stumble across quaint AM Siempre’s coffee without some insider knowledge on your side, hidden away as it is in the teeny, residential Xochimilco neighborhood of the city. Boasting a serene atmosphere, AM Siempre is the perfect place if the hustle and bustle of central Oaxaca is getting too much. Enjoy the delicious coffee served by helpful staff. And we hear the guava cake is a must-try.
José López Alavez 1355, Oaxaca, Mexico, +52 951 515 6160
Maravilla de Araguz
Maravilla de Araguz is an unassuming coffee spot that is actually situated in El Pochote Mercado Orgánico and worth hunting down. It also sells organic roasted beans for you to take home, either whole or pre-ground. Choose from 250g, 500g, or 1kg bags. If you don’t fancy taking back any souvenirs however, you can of course simply enjoy a cup on the premises. We recommend checking out their chocolate banana bread while you’re there, as the perfect complement to the tasty coffee.
Calle Rayón 411, Oaxaca, Mexico, +52 951 228 9556