Laureles is a beautiful neighborhood in Medellin, where residents walk their dogs along the perfectly manicured tree-lined streets, friendly street vendors call out their daily fruit and veggie selection, and birds continuously chirp their morning song. It’s a neighborhood that is teeming with local restaurants, markets, bars and cafes, and although lively, it’s also peaceful, calm and relaxing. As a student at the Colombia Immersion Laureles Campus, I went on a mission to find the best cafes in the area to have a nice cup of coffee and get some studying done. I was overwhelmed with all the amazing cafes in the area, but managed to whittle it down to create a list of the top 5 best cafes in Laureles to study in.
1. Cafe Ondas
Tucked away on a side street of a lovely local neighborhood, Cafe Ondas serves up 100% Colombian coffee, roasted especially for them by a farm just outside of the city. This cafe also doubles as a bar and hostel, making it a great gathering spot for international digital nomads, students, and travelers all looking for an open, inviting and chilled out environment to study or work in.
They host a language exchange every Wednesday night at 7pm, and a digital nomad meet-up every third Thursday of the month, where people from all over the world meet and connect over good conversation. They have a really yummy selection of food, from a western style menu del dia, to french toast and Australian pies, and of course great coffee to compliment. Nothing but good vibes here!
Carrera 81 45g – 52 (Corner of 81 & 46)
Just across the way from Parque de Laureles, you will find the pastel colored cinder blocks of Algarabía, an open and friendly cafe that prides itself on its specialty coffees. One of the baristas named David, made me feel so welcome, and it’s easy to see how passionate he is about his coffee.
The decor is creative and charming, with an attention to detail that I really appreciated. Their lampshades are made of upside down coffee mugs on saucers! It’s a really small cafe, but they use their space wisely, with another seating section with more natural light out back in addition to the front patio seating. From cold brew to french press coffee, an array of pastries and cakes to choose from, and a scenic view of the park, it’s a place I can see myself visiting over and over again.
Sunday – Thursday: 10am-10pm
Friday & Saturday: 10-12am
39 C # 73-29
3. Cafe Zeppelin
Not to be confused with the rock band, Cafe Zeppelin’s name is in reference to the rigid airship developed by German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin in the 20th century. This German-owned cozy cafe is calm and quiet, and is the perfect spot for an afternoon study session. With exposed brick, incredibly eclectic decor, and a hidden garden out the back, this place is an aesthetically pleasing gem of a cafe!
I tried their menu del dia which came with a fresh juice, vegetable soup, housemade lasagna, salad, as well as coffee and cake for dessert – all for only 13,000CP ($4.50). They also offer paninis and a wide variety of cakes and pastries that looked so very delicious. At night this cafe turns into a hang out spot for locals and foreigners alike to enjoy a beer or wine and some live music.
Monday – Friday: 12pm-11pm
Saturday & Sunday 2pm-11:30pm
Transversal 39 # 76 – 12
4. Café Revolución
I found this cafe to be the most social of all the cafes I visited in Laureles, with groups of friends chatting over coffee or sharing notes from class. It may just be the ideal place to find a study buddy! The extremely friendly baristas told me about their coffee beans (which come from all over Colombia) that can be purchased either ground or full beans to take with you and brew at home. Customer service seemed to be a priority at Café Revolución, as one of the baristas (Alyssa) seemed to know every customer that came in. Regulars come in for the variety of paninis, freshly baked homemade treats, and amazing coffee. I loved the energy in this cafe!
Monday – Saturday: 8:30am-7pm
Carrera 73 – Circular 4 – #10
Laureles – Medellin – Antioquia
5. La Taza
I was immediately drawn to this quaint cafe not only because of it’s bright turquoise storefront, but also by the sidewalk menu-board reading “baklawa” in bright, bold letters. Baklawa is my favorite dessert in the whole world, so I had to come in and give it a try! It was delicious and not too sweet, and perfectly complimented the Turkish coffee they offer.
La Taza’s Mediterranean style not only shows in their food and beverage offerings, but also in the details of the decor. Turkish lamps light the cafe and make for a cozy and romantic atmosphere. They had me at baklawa and Turkish coffee, but it really is an ideal spot to cozy up to your Spanish book and get to studying!
Tuesday & Wednesday: 9am-9pm
Thursday – Saturday 9am-10pm
Circular 75 # 39-33
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