Join us as we embark on a journey to explore the best cafes in Guatape—a haven for the wandering soul, the seeker of inspiration, and the lover of rich flavors. From cozy corners filled with the aroma of freshly brewed beans to vibrant spaces adorned with local art, these cafes are more than just places to grab a cup of joe—they are portals to experience the essence of Guatape.
So grab your notebook, immerse yourself in the local culture, and let the magic of Guatape unfold, one cafe at a time. Welcome to a world of caffeine, creativity, and the flâneur’s delight.
The Criteria: What Makes a Good Cafe in Guatape?
As slow traveling entrepreneurs, we love spending time in cafes. Whether it’s a work day where we’re on our laptops for 9+ hours, or a day of flaneuring and exploration where we want to optimize for people-watching or creativity, we’re always on the lookout for great cafes around the world.
For these reviews, we took into consideration the following criteria:
- Fast, reliable Wi-Fi
- Comfortable seating and tables suitable for working
- Outlets available for charging devices
- A unique environment with a pleasant ambience
- Natural lighting
- Good coffee
Wi-Fi speeds were measured in each location and given a score according to this criteria:
- 1 = Unworkable (< 1 Mbps upload/download)
- 2 = Slow (1-4 Mbps upload/download)
- 3 = Mediocre (5-7 Mbps upload/download)
- 4 = Good (7-10 Mbps upload/download)
- 5 = Fast (> 10 Mbps upload/download)
Note: All scores and ratings in this article are relative to other cafes in the town, not worldwide.
Best Cafes in Guatape
Are you a flâneur in search of the perfect cafe to indulge in the art of remote work and embrace the vibrant atmosphere of Guatape, Colombia? Look no further!
While traditional ratings may not capture the needs of digital nomads and remote workers like us, fear not. After spending over a month exploring the city, we understand the struggle of finding the ideal workspace or chill spot. That’s why we’ve curated a list of the best cafes in Guatape that cater to our unique needs.
From cozy hideaways to bustling spots with breathtaking views, each cafe has been carefully selected to provide you with the perfect setting to fuel your productivity and creativity. So, without further ado, dive into our top picks for the ultimate work-friendly cafes in Guatape. Get ready to sip on exquisite coffee, immerse yourself in the inspiring ambiance, and create your best work yet.
Experience the charm of Folklore Restaurante and Café in Guatape, Colombia. Located in the heart of the town, this establishment offers a unique dining experience. The second-floor terrace provides a spacious and inviting ambiance, perfect for enjoying a nice coffee while taking in panoramic views of the cobblestone streets and colors below.
There’s also the cozy cafe on the bottom floor offers a relaxed atmosphere, but the seating and decor upstairs is much better in our humble opinions. Whether you choose the terrace or the cafe, Folklore Restaurante promises delightful flavors and a memorable creative journey in Guatape.
Google Rating: 4.7
Address: Calle 31 29 12 Piso 3, Guatapé
Cafe La Viña
Indulge in the delightful ambiance of Cafe La Viña in Guatape, Colombia. Located in the heart of the town, this charming café offers a unique experience. The outside terrace provides the perfect vantage point for people-watching, with an enchanting view of the bustling plazoleta below. If the weather is warm, you can also find great tables inside by the windows.
Whether you prefer to soak up the lively atmosphere on the terrace or enjoy the cozy seating indoors, Café La Viña promises a memorable café experience in Guatape. Treat yourself to delicious beverages and snacks while immersing yourself in the vibrant surroundings of this charming café. Just take note: the internet can cut out at times but in general is pretty reliable for those trying to get things done with a view!
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: Calle 32 Carrera 31-23, Guatapé
At Dulce Café in Guatape, Colombia you can experience the delightful fusion of tradition and adventure. This charming café is known for its traditional recipes, delectable cakes, and pastries. But that’s not all — they also offer an intriguing twist with cannabis cookies available at the counter marked with “DANGER” on the outside of the jar. Try at your own risk!
With its cozy ambiance street-side, Dulce Café is the perfect spot to relax, savor delicious baked goods, and perhaps embark on a unique sensory journey. Don’t miss the chance to explore the enticing blend of tradition and a touch of adventure at Dulce Café.
For remote workers, you’d be smart to choose the seating near the front where the signal is much faster.
Google Rating: 4.7
Address: Cl. 30 #29 55, Guatapé
Mitos Casa de Café
Step into a whimsical wonderland at Mitos Casa de Café in Guatape, Colombia. This enchanting café invites you to immerse yourself in the magical world of Alice in Wonderland. From the moment you enter, you’ll be captivated by the imaginative decor and delightful ambiance.
Take a journey down the hallway adorned with an intricate mural depicting scenes from Alice’s adventures. Explore the charming nooks and corners, including a hidden room that offers a cozy hideout with a mesmerizing mural. While the internet may not be as speedy in the back room, the enchanting atmosphere and visual feast of creativity make up for it.
Indulge in a cup of aromatic coffee and let your imagination run wild at Mitos Casa de Café.
Google Rating: 4.9
Address: Cra. 30 #2961, Guatapé
Martiné Restaurante-Bar in Guatape, Colombia is a restaurant-meet-cafe. The highlight of Martiné Restaurante-Bar is not only its delectable menu but also its fast Wi-Fi signal, providing remote workers with a seamless online experience.
If you prefer the gentle breeze and lively energy of the streets, the front table awaits you, offering the perfect spot for work or leisure as you immerse yourself in the vibrant rhythm of Guatape.
Discover the hidden charm of Martiné Restaurante-Bar, where culinary delights and a captivating ambience unite to create an unforgettable dining experience. Be sure to try the calentao traditional Colombian breakfast, our top pick here!
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.7
Address: Carrera 29 #30-10 Plazoleta de Los Zocalos, Guatapé
La Bodeguita in Guatape, Colombia provides a captivating decor where traditional antique items transport you to another era. Immerse yourself in the cozy ambiance as you sip on aromatic coffee and indulge in delicious treats. The carefully curated atmosphere of La Bodeguita creates a nostalgic charm, inviting you to relax and savor the moment.
With its intriguing decor and warm hospitality, La Bodeguita offers a delightful café experience perfect for remote workers and flaneurs alike.
Google Rating: 5.0
Address: Cl. 31 #31-11, Guatapé
Nestled within a vibrant terrace in the shared terrace of Zona G Plaza, Miguitas Café in Guatape, Colombia, offers a delightful haven for flâneurs seeking a moment of respite. Take a seat overlooking the charming streets with a captivating view of the giant sheep, the malecon and the glistening waters below.
With its prime location and warm ambiance, Miguitas Café invites you to unwind, connect with the surrounding scenery, and embrace the essence of Guatape’s captivating charm.
Google Rating: N/A
Other Cafes and Working Spots in Guatape
Dulces Cafe is directly across the plazoleta from Cafe La Viña and offers similar views. Though the restaurant and cafe is a lot more basic and they don’t have Wi-Fi, this may be the optimal choice for some when the crowds unite during prime hours.
Address: Plazoleta de Los Zócalos, Guatapé
KAFFA Café Bar
Kaffa is a trendy little cafe with great outdoor seating right at the upper part of the Plazoleta de Los Zócalos next to a chocolatier. If people-watching is your thing then this is the place for you. But because there’s no Wi-Fi, it’s not the best choice for remote workers.
Address: Plazoleta de Los Zócalos, Guatapé
Montano has the best breakfast and brunch foods in town! They make all their yogurt in-house, and it’s delectable. Though not the best cafe, if a good meal is what you’re after or a quick coffee, it’s hard to beat.
Address: Cra. 27a #30-71, Guatapé
Café Arte y Zócalo
If it’s a good atmosphere you’re after and Cafe La Viña is full (which it often is during peak hours), this is another great option just up the stairs. No Wi-Fi, so not ideal for working, but for a pit stop on your ventures around town Café Arte y Zócalo is a great choice.
Address: Cra. 28a #302, Guatapé
Bismillah Café y Arte
Bismillah is just a bit further up the stairs from Café Arte y Zócalo, so feel free to pick and choose which seating and atmosphere you like best. Like the others, there is no Wi-Fi in this cafe either.
Address: Cra. 29 #30-05, Guatapé
Permanently Closed Cafes in Panama City
The following are cafes in Guatape that have good reviews online but are now permanently closed:
- Momoto Cafe
- La Tintoreria Cafe
As we conclude our journey through the best cafes in Guatape, Colombia, we bid farewell to the vibrant flavors, captivating aromas, and cozy ambiances that have delighted our senses. May these hidden gems become your cherished havens, where time slows down, conversations flow, and inspiration thrives.
Whether you find yourself behind your laptop, lost in the pages of a book, engrossed in deep conversations, or simply relishing the art of people-watching, these cafes are perfect for your travels. Until we meet again, fellow nomads and flaneurs, may every cafe you encounter be a gateway to serendipitous encounters and endless inspiration.
What’s your favorite cafe in Guatape, Colombia? Leave a comment and let us know!
Originally Published: May 13, 2023
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