8 of the Best Coffee Shops in Mexico City

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Mexico City is a hub of activity, constantly abuzz with tourists meandering through its streets and locals going about their day. Throughout the city, you’ll find all sorts of coffee shops to satisfy your coffee itch throughout the day, whether you need a morning wake-up call or an afternoon pick-me-up. 

Each of the coffee shops in Mexico City offers something different, from the incredible affogatos at CUMBÉ Coffee Roasters to the ever-changing cold brew menu at Café Avellaneda. If you have a few in your party who don’t love coffee (we do, too), you’ll find that many of these places have plenty of alternatives, such as cozy chai beverages or refreshing tea infusions. 

The best part? You can find some pretty incredible homemade pastries at many of these shops, which is arguably one of the best parts of a morning cup of coffee. After all, who doesn’t love the balance of rich, perfectly brewed coffee with a sweet pastry? We do!

Blend Station 

Perfect for digital nomads, Blend Station is a worthy stop on your trip to Mexico City. The coffee shop is filled with abundant tables and seats perfect for cranking out a bit of work while you sip your coffee. The shop even has great Wi-Fi to keep you connected while you sit. 

It’s a stylish, modern coffee bar with an excellent atmosphere and an equally great menu. Whether you prefer a good pour-over or a chai latte, we thought this menu had plenty of options. The coffee is sourced from various locations, including Ciapas, Oaxaca, and Veracruz, each with different roasts to suit varying preferences. 

We love their open-face sandwiches, which hit the spot with an afternoon cup of coffee, but there are also all sorts of breakfast and brunch options. Their cinnamon buns are a yummy option if you like a touch of sweetness alongside your morning brew. 

If you appreciate the buzz of a busy coffee shop while you work or sip your coffee, this place is a must-visit. 

Finca Don Porfirio 

While undoubtedly a tourist trap to some degree, the Finca Don Porfirio is a worthwhile visit. It offers tasty coffee and a stunning view of the Palacio de Bellas Artes below. It sits on top of a shopping mall, positioned directly above Sears, to give you a great view of the palace. 

If you’re an early riser, it might not be for you because it doesn’t open until 11. But if you don’t mind waiting a bit longer before sipping your coffee with a view, it’s a good stop. Get there early because there’s usually a lengthy line out the door at least a few minutes before opening. 

If you arrive when a queue has formed, you’ll still get to see the incredible view from the terrace, but there will be a wait. Generally, the staff rotates people into the spot with the view so everyone can enjoy a look at the palace below. 

The menu includes various options, including both hot and iced coffee, plus an assortment of non-coffee beverages. For example, a few of our travel companions who don’t like coffee have loved their hot chocolate, so that might be a good alternative if you want something warm and sweet. 

Chiquitito Café 

The Chiquito Cafe is a small, cozy option, a favorite among locals. Seating is limited, so you may not be able to sit and sip your beverage if you visit during busy hours. It has some incredibly cold brew options, each one steeped to perfection. 

If you want something without dairy, we liked the oat milk cold brew as a refreshing morning pick-me-up. The cortado, a beverage made with equal parts coffee and steamed milk, is another tasty option that brings the flavors of authentic Mexican coffee to the forefront. If you’re not a fan of coffee, give their chai tea a try – it’s incredible! 

Their sweets are also worth a try, especially their white chocolate cookies and matcha pound cake. They perfectly complement the cafe’s assortment of beverages, so be sure to sample at least one!

Cardinal Casa de Café 

This coffee shop, located in Roma Sur, is an ideal place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee. It’s perfect for digital nomads who need a place to work for a few hours with good Wi-Fi, but it’s also a nice option for tourists wanting to sit and savor their beverage with a yummy pastry. 

The coffee options are what you might expect, with an assortment of brewing methods available. You can pick whatever option best suits your palette and preferences, such as a strong pour-over coffee. 

If you’re like us and get a craving for a sweet little something with your coffee, give their cinnamon buns a try. Some of them are slathered in frosting and toasted coconut for added flair. 

The cookies are also a yummy option, whether you prefer a classic chocolate chip cookie or something with a bit of extra chocolate pizazz, like the Nutella cookie. If you’re feeling something sweet and light, we thought the orange cake was another tasty option. 

Café Avellaneda 

This conveniently located cafe, situated in the center of Coyoacan, is a good option if you appreciate a bit of variety in your coffee. The menu features a wide range of coffee-based beverages, from cold brew cocktails to a standard, steaming cup of java. It’s ever-changing, with each month bringing a new set of cold brews to the menu. 

If you’re in the area for a while or happen to visit at the end of the month, be sure to visit once or twice to sample the unique cold brew blends. Beyond cold brews, the menu offers various beverages and foods, including cappuccinos, chais, and all sorts of pastries. 

There isn’t much seating in the cafe, but if you’re lucky, you’ll score a seat along the bar and get to enjoy the music and ambiance. 

Café Nin 

If you’re looking for the chic class of a European cafe, Cafe Nin is an outstanding option. It has a similar ambiance to that of a European cafe, complete with aproned waitresses and waiters, chandeliers, and fancy pastries. 

You’ll find all sorts of options, including cold-pressed juices, cocktails, and coffee, on their drink menu. There are a few out-of-the-box options, including a carrot juice blend, tangerine, and grapefruit juice among the juice picks. The coffee menu is fairly standard, including basics like your classic Americano, double espressos, and lattes. There’s even a mocha with whisky and cream, perfect for those seeking something with a kick. 

If coffee isn’t your jam, there are various teas and infusions, including chai, English breakfast, and lemon verbena, to suit your fancy. 

If you’re hankering for a bite to eat, take a look at the menu, which has a handful of food options, including eggs cooked in multiple ways, sandwiches, cereals, and fruits. Finish it off with a sweet treat–their pies and scones sure hit the spot!

CUMBÉ Coffee Roasters 

While not the largest or fanciest cafe in the city, the baristas at Cumbe Coffee Roasters know how to make a superb cup of coffee. It’s slowly becoming more popular among tourists and locals alike, earning the attention and love it deserves for its remarkable coffee. 

The coffee is incredible, showcasing the impressive flavor profile of local coffee. You’ll find authentic Australian-style coffee, yummy macchiatos that will have you dreaming of them long after you’ve gone home, and much more. If you have a sweet tooth, we recommend trying the affogato, an Italian coffee-based dessert made with ice cream, hot espresso, and liquor, although it can be made alcohol-free. There are a few intriguing pastries with varying blends of flavors, like the cardamon lavender Danish. If you want to stick with something familiar, the croissants are delicious, too! The dark chocolate custard croissant is a must-try, as are the passion fruit scones and blackberry Danishes. 

Drip Specialty Coffee 

Drip coffee fanatics are sure to love Drip Speciality Coffee’s unique offerings. As their name implies, this cafe has incredible drip coffee. 

If you’re at a loss for what to get, ask your barista–they have all sorts of fun suggestions to satisfy your palette. Given that they specialize in drip coffees, other options are somewhat limited, but they have some excellent espressos and cold brew options. So, if you don’t like drip coffees, these might be good alternatives. 

Snack and pastry options are limited, so if you’re looking for a wide assortment of sweet snacks,  you likely won’t find it here. They do have yummy homemade cookies and cinnamon rolls if you’re hankering for a sweet treat with your drink. 

It’s also a good place to work for a few hours, as it has strong Wi-Fi, or even sit outside and enjoy the fresh air while you sip your coffee. 

Sip Your Way Through Mexico City on a Vacation With Caravan

There are plenty of coffee shops in Mexico City to quench your coffee cravings, whether you’re a cold brew fanatic or a drip coffee enthusiast. A few spots even offer specialty brews and drip coffees to keep things interesting, plus an assortment of superb desserts and pastries to complement your beverage of choice. 

If you’re ready to sip your way through the best coffee shops in Mexico City but want to enjoy the sights and activities Mexico has to offer, a trip with Caravan might be the perfect fit. Our Colonial Cities and Ancient Civilizations take you to Mexico City, providing ample opportunity to sample all the coffees and beverages it has to offer. 

After savoring a few cups of coffee in Mexico City, you’ll continue on your excursion to explore the country’s historic gems. Ready to book a trip? Call 1-800-CARAVAN or 1-312-321-9800 to get started today!