These are some of Medellín’s hippest, coziest, and speediest cafés.
Consistently touted as a top destination for digital nomads, the city of Medellín abounds with chic, modern cafés with cozy digs and ultra-fast WiFi. Some of the best cafés in the city can be found in Laureles, a trendy barrio beloved by young professionals who live and work remotely.
Amid lush tree-shaded boulevards, sleek apartments, and a diverse selection of globally-inspired restaurants, you can find a wonderful array of independent coffee shops in Laureles. Check out the video below featuring Lifeafar’s YouTube vlogger Sam Miller as he visits some of the neighborhood’s best cafés for digital nomads.
Here are a few more details about some of the cafés he visits.
Naturalia Café: Fast WiFi, ample seating, and plenty of outlets make this health-centric café a favorite among location-independent workers. Naturalia Café’s menu of coffee drinks is complemented by artisanal pizzas, freshly made sandwiches, housemade pastries, and vegetarian options. Come at lunchtime to catch the menu del dia special, which includes a soup, natural juice, and a veggie, salmon, or chicken entree.
- Address: Circular 3 #70-39
- Menu: Full and healthy
- WiFi: Fast
- Download Mbps: 36.2
- Upload Mbps: 37.2
Café Cliché: At the quirky French-owned Café Cliché, digital nomads type away on laptops amid funky furniture and the hum of hip music late into the night. Meanwhile, the kitchen dishes out housemade eats from a French chef to pair with strong coffee or tangy sangria. After finishing up work, stay for the meetups, movie nights, and French classes.
- Address: Carrera 76 #41-41
- Menu: Restaurant and bar
- WiFi: Fair
- Download Mbps: 3.10
- Upload Mbps: 20.83
Café Revolución: One of the most popular spots for digital nomads and coffee lovers, the cozy Café Revolución recently expanded to a second location. Smoothies and baked goods are available, but the true star of the menu is the single-origin Colombian coffee. Skilled baristas serve up beans through methods like V60, Aeropress, and cold brew.
- Address: Carrera 73|Circular #4-10 (Revolución 1); Calle 37 #79-32 (Revolución 2)
- Menu: Drinks and breakfast
- WiFi: Good
- Download Mbps: 17.2
- Upload Mbps: 4.93
Starbucks: What the coffee titan often lacks in uniqueness, it does offer one thing invaluable to nomads trying to be productive while on the move: consistency. No matter where you go in the world, you can count on Starbucks to deliver decent coffee, reasonably fast WiFi, and a laptop-friendly vibe. Interestingly, while the previous cafés are mostly populated by foreigners, Starbucks tends to attract a more local crowd.
- Address: Avenida 74B #39B-6
- Menu: Drinks and snacks
- WiFi: Good
- Download Mbps: 19.2
- Upload Mbps: 13.0
Rituales: A relative newcomer to the Laureles coffee scene, Rituales is making a name for itself with imaginative coffee drinks like cold brew coffee served with a creamy maracuya-condensed milk popsicle. Drinks are crafted from beans in La Sierra, a Medellín neighborhood that has recently gone through a rebuilding process and now has a new metro line and guided tours.
- Address: Circular 74A #39b-22
- Menu: Basic
- WiFi: Good
- Download Mbps: 13.3
- Upload Mbps: 9.60
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