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The Top 10 Cafes in Cuenca for Freelancers

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Founder, Not Your Average American
Updated: 14 August 2017
While freelancers work out of cafes in Cuenca, the concept is still catching on with many restaurant owners. Finding table space won’t be a problem on most weekdays, but it can be hard to find an accessible plug for your equipment. If you’re unsure about setting up shop, be diplomatic and ask. Most cafe staff will go out of their way to accommodate your needs as long as you vacate your table when the lunch crowd arrives.

Café de Ñucallacta

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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This cafe comes highly recommended for three top qualities – great coffee, friendly service and fast wifi. The owner speaks English and the crowd is expat more often than Ecuadorian. The courtyard in the back is well-lit and well-protected.

Nosotros acompañamos nuestro café desde la cereza en la planta hasta el corazón dibujado en su latte, disfruta de nuestra pasión.

Posted by Cafe de Ñucallacta on Friday, July 14, 2017
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Wed - Sat:
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sun - None:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Tue:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Casual

Cafe Austria

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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Cafe Austria is a well-known hangout for expats, especially those looking for a traditional European-style cafe. The restaurant makes a great place for freelancers looking to conduct interviews over a meal. Great coffee, good food, though a little pricey. Free wifi but mixed reviews on speed.
Posted by Cafe Austria on Monday, August 29, 2016
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San Sebas Cafe

Cafe, Contemporary, American, $$$
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For those looking for an American style brunch, this is your cafe. The great food and excellent coffee attract an international crowd of locals and tourists. Free wifi available; limited plugs. Don’t expect to hold down a table on weekends when the brunch crowd can last for hours.

Very special guest for breakfast this morning, Adam Namm, The Ambassador of The United States to Ecuador.

Posted by San Sebas Cafe on Thursday, April 23, 2015
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Wed - Sun:
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Goza Espresso Bar

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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The Goza Espresso Bar is popular with tourists and an international crowd. Freelancers have the best chance of enjoying a quiet work space on weekday mornings and mid-afternoons. Coffee drinks receive excellent reviews. Decent free wifi; limited plugs.
Posted by Goza Espresso Bar on Sunday, December 25, 2016
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Cafe Melatte

Cafe, Fast Food, $$$
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Cafe Melatte has the all the freelance basics – good wifi, affordable coffee and plugs for your electronics. They serve both hot coffee and a wide variety of cold coffee drinks and juices.

Así prepáranos nuestro #macchiato de caramelo 🍭 !! #Melatte vamos por uno

Posted by Melatte on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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Mon - Sat:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Pachy's Cafe Bar

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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Pachy’s Cafe Bar has a laid-back vibe, while the restaurant is cozy and comfortable. A little off the beaten path for tourists, this is a local’s kind of place. Free wifi, good food and great coffee.

#Viernes #Friday Relax in #PachysCoffeeShop Feliz Día a toooodos... los esperamos amigos!!!

Posted by Pachys Café Bar on Friday, April 11, 2014
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Mon - Fri:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - None:
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Muccha

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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Although Muccha offers a full menu, the cafe is more coffee shop than restaurant. While each of the three locations is unique, all are popular with local residents looking for great pastries and desserts. Freelancers will appreciate the brightly lit surroundings and welcoming staff.

En #Mucchacafé siempre te esperamos!!! Muccha 1:Juan Jaramillo y Benigno Malo EsquinaMuccha 2: Honorato Loyola y Federico Proaño EsquinaMuccha 3: Mall del Río

Posted by Muccha on Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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Mon - Sat:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Sucre Sale

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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Located on the main plaza at Parque Calderon, Sucre Sale lies in the heart of the historic center of Cuenca. They serve French-style coffee and pastries in an intimate setting. Avoid happy hour if you hope to get any work completed. Limited weekend hours.

¡Cake de zanahoria con chocolate y salsa caramelo! ¡Ven por los tuyos están deliciosos!

Posted by Sucré Salé Café on Monday, September 26, 2016
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Tue - Fri:
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - None:
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bontti Cafe

Cafe, Fast Food, $$$
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Located on the University of Cuenca, the Bontii Cafe provides a coffee shop environment for students looking to escape the library. This indoor/outdoor space provides a quiet and studious atmosphere.

Sin duda, El mejor ambiente de la U. De Cuenca. 👏👏👍👍☕️☕️

Posted by Bontti Café on Monday, October 31, 2016
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Magnolia Cafe

Restaurant, Cafe, Contemporary, none
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The Magnolia Cafe is located directly on the Plaza Otorongo. With shade-protected tables on the plaza-side and a spacious indoor restaurant, there are plenty of options for setting up shop. The accommodating staff speaks English. Food is top notch, decently priced and well-recommended. The wifi also gets great reviews.
Posted by MagnoliaCaffe on Thursday, June 18, 2015
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