The Best Cafes in Oaxaca for any Occasion
A life on the road without coffee would be miserable, so we always take our moka pot where ever we go. But whenever we go somewhere with a thriving coffee culture, we love to throw ourselves right in. And, in Mexico, cafe culture is certainly seeping into the cities, tourist hotspots and larger towns. But leaving them and many other global destinations in the dust is Oaxaca’s flourishing cafe and coffee scene. A foodie, arts and cultural destination situated in one of the nation’s major coffee producing regions, it’s no surprise that some of the countries best cafes can be found here, many within a 2km radius of downtown Oaxaca.
While you won’t have any trouble finding a good coffee here, we’ve taken the liberty of doing some of the leg work and a lot of the sitting and drinking coffee work, to discover the best cafes in Oaxaca and what they are best suited to.
The Best Cafe in Oaxaca for a Quick Hit
Great coffee. Like really great coffee. A short menu allows these guys to focus on the basics and they absolutely nail their macchiato. These guys have some of the best coffee in Oaxaca easily making them one of the best cafes in Oaxaca.
A noisy open air courtyard with uncomfortable seating and poor wifi signal means this place is best for a quick caffeine hit and run or to grab something to go on your way to the next gallery.
- Address: Reforma 206, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Cafeto & Baristas
The Best Cafe in Oaxaca for the Connoisseur
A little off the beaten tourist circuit in the Zocolo, you will find this tiny gem on the northern edge of the city centro. It’s clear that these guys take the science of coffee seriously. They offer hot and cold brew made in every conceivable way, tradictional espresso, Ibrik, Moka, Aeropress, V60, Chemex, French press, Japanese siphon or drip pot.
The cold brew was a winner, an easy drinking coffee that won’t leave you overly acidic or jittery. The espresso was fine, but not the best we’ve had. Never the less, high marks for this tiny cafe, run by passionate baristas.
The small space only has three tiny tables. The seats are not designed for comfort and the wifi barely functions.
This is a place to sit and savor the ritual of coffee set to a seventies soundtrack.
- Address: Calle de José María Pino Suárez 407- B, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm excluding Sundays
Sho’ Cafe Organico
The Best Cafe in Oaxaca for Spreading Out
Tucked away just on the edge of the historic city center lies Sho’ Cafe Organico. What makes Sho’ Cafe one of the best cafes in Oaxaca? Fast WIFI and space.
There are plenty of tables equipped with power points available for the remote freelancer or social media influencer.
The drawbacks? The coffee is good but not the best we tried, the cafe is a bit dark, and the seats are not super comfortable. Perhaps better suited for catching up on emails rather than putting serious hours into your memoir.
- Address: Calle Porfirio Díaz 406A, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
The Best Cafe in Oaxaca for the Best Brunch
The Oaxacan style coffee is top notch here and some of the best coffee in Oaxaca hands down. We would recommend Chepiche on this basis alone, but Chepiche is also one of the best cafes in Oaxaca for brunch. Make sure you pencil it in for breakfast during your stay as these guys are only open until mid-day. You’ll find the hidden courtyard cafe in Barrio Xochimilco.
- Address: De Genaro Vásquez 6 A, Barrio de Xochimilco, 68040 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
The Best Cafe in Oaxaca for Aesthetic
This contemporary cafe attached to the Casa Antonieta Hotel in downtown Oaxaca is stylish, but without compromising on coffee.
Delicious coffee, pastries and light meals are beautifully presented on local pottery in a sleek modern cafe space.
- Address: Miguel Hidalgo 911, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm except Sundays
Marito & Moglie
The Best Cafe in Oaxaca for the Atmosphere
This cute cafe offers a simple coffee and food menu which they execute impecably.
In addition to great coffee the drawcard for this cosy sunlit lit cafe in downtown Oaxaca, is the atmosphere. This atmosphere is due partly to the space with its high ceilings, exposed brick walls, warm rustic decor, leafy plants and sunny terrace and in part to the super charming staff.
A great place to get lost in a book for a couple of hours. Enjoy a great coffee or something from their short but delicious breakfast menu. These guys close at 4pm.
- Address: Miguel Hidalgo 1204, Zona Feb 10 2015, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico
- Hours of Operation:
- Closed Mondays
- Tuesday to Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Sunday from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Best Cafe in Oaxaca for Bagels and Great Coffee to Go
Located right in the center of town, Cafebre is a great spot to start the day with a very decent cup of coffee and a large bagel before embarking on a tour of the downtown. These guys are quite popular with their tables always full. It is obvious these guys have some of Oaxaca’s best coffee.
- Address: Calle de Manuel Bravo 108, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico
- Hours of Operation: 7:30 am – 10:00 pm Monday to Saturday and 8:00 am – 11:00 pm Sunday
Filemon | Coffee Producers
The Best Cafe in Oaxaca for Attention to Detail
Tucked away, off the beaten path in Barrio Xochimilco is Filemon and is easily one of the best cafes in Oaxaca. Keeping up with the coffee culture, Filemon has it all. The Chemex, the Aeropress, the V60, the expensive espresso machine, you name it. Best of all they know how to use them. It is no wonder these guys are serving up some of the best coffee in Oaxaca.
While the space is small, there are a few tables and a comfy couch to sit on while enjoying your brew. They offer to-go coffees as well if you want to grab and go.
The attention to detail these guys have for coffee is evident in the cups they serve. Be sure not to miss this place. Definitely among the best cafes in Oaxaca and a personal highlight for us.
With these cafes in Oaxaca, you are sure to find the best coffee in Oaxaca and exactly what you are looking for as you explore Oaxaca.
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