Cafes in Medellin
Whilst Colombia is famous for it’s coffee, very few Colombians actually drink their own homegrown specialty coffee. The reality is that due to high demand for specialty Colombian coffee abroad, most of it is exported. As a result the café / coffee shop culture is less developed than you would expect. However this is a trend that is recently changing.
In affluent Poblado, in particular the Provenza barrio, the cafe culture is exploding especially with the introduction of trendy cafes such as Pergamino (who own their own plantations) and Cafe Velvet (Belgian owned). Both can be found on the trendy Via Primavera street (Carrera 37) and are popular spots for digital nomads and tourists.
Another great option is Urbania - just south of Parque Poblado on Calle 8. If you’re looking for small and quieter cafe option, we recommend Al Alma also located in Provenza. For romantic occasions you can't beat Me Late Chocolate who have some of the best chocolate cakes, cheesecakes and truffles in town.
If you like cakes then Como Pez en el Agua ("Like fish in Water") has some of the finest brownies, cakes and mini treats you'll find.
Map: Cafes in Poblado
Juan Valdez is the national coffee chain, the Colombian equivalent to Starbucks. They can be found at most shopping malls, on Avenida Poblado and in the famous Parque Lleras. It's a good place to start your coffee journey when in Medellin, especially if you like a stronger roasted coffee.