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The Best Coffee Spots In Oaxaca, Mexico

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Mexico is perhaps not the most well-known coffee producing country, but in Veracruz, Chiapas and Guerrero in particular, there are quality beans being produced. However, what about colonial Oaxaca? Your coffee options are not limited in this historic, quaint and vibrant city. We list the best spots for a cup.
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El Volador

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

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Cofetarika

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

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.

Calle Macedonia Alcalá 407, Oaxaca, Mexico

Roasting beans
Roasting beans | courtesy of Nuevo Mundo
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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

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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

AM Siempre Café | courtesy of AM Siempre

AM Siempre Café | courtesy of AM Siempre

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AM Siempre

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

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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