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Top 5 Best Cafes in Laureles to Study in

Top 5 Best Cafes in Laureles to Study in

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

best cafes laureles ondas cafe
Students and digital nomads from around the world gather to study and work here.

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.

best cafes laureles ondas cafe
Open air and natural light makes Cafe Ondas the perfect place for a study session.

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!

best cafes laureles ondas cafe
French toast anyone?
best cafes laureles ondas cafe
They don’t overlook the details!

Business Hours:

Everyday: 9am-9pm

Location:

Carrera 81 45g – 52 (Corner of 81 & 46)

Medellín, Antioquia

 

2. Algarabía

best cafes laureles algarabia
The pastels throughout this cafe are such a great touch!

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.

best cafes laureles algarabia
Another study spot at Algarabia.

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.

best cafes laureles algarabia
With a park across the street, it’s a great natural setting to hit the books.

Business Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 10am-10pm

Friday & Saturday: 10-12am

Location:

39 C # 73-29

Medellin, Antioquia

 

3. Cafe Zeppelin

best cafes laureles cafe zeppelin
Bright white walls with exposed brick and eclectic decor make for a beautiful interior to this cafe.

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!

best cafes laureles cafe zeppelin
The mix of oversized velvet furniture and exotic greenery make this such a funky yet serene spot to get some work done.

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.

best cafes laureles cafe zeppelin
Their western style menu del dia is certainly worth trying.

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday: 12pm-11pm

Saturday & Sunday 2pm-11:30pm

Location:

Transversal 39 # 76 – 12

Medellín, Antioquia

 

4. Café Revolución

best cafes laureles cafe revolucion
The inviting front patio is a frequent gathering place for visitors & locals.

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!

best cafes laureles cafe revolucion
Beautiful wall art in Cafe Revolucion.

Business Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 8:30am-7pm

Sunday: 10am-6pm

Location:

Carrera 73 – Circular 4 – #10

Laureles – Medellin – Antioquia

 

5. La Taza

best cafes laureles la tazza
Don’t you just want to find out what’s inside those turquoise walls?!

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.

best cafes laureles la tazza
They had me at baklawa.

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!

best cafes laureles la tazza
The Mediterranean colors gave this cafe a really great vibe.

Business Hours:

Monday: 1pm-9pm

Tuesday & Wednesday: 9am-9pm

Thursday – Saturday 9am-10pm

Sunday 2pm-8pm

Location:

Circular 75 # 39-33

Medellin, Antioquia

 


wanderluluuWanderluluu is a solo female travel blogger aiming to empower women through solo travel, adventure, and exploration – all the while staying on a budget! To her, traveling is as much to do with getting to know yourself as it is getting to know the rest of the world! She’s a budget travel expert, and can stretch a Dollar, Baht, IDR, Euro, Colombian Peso – or any world currency – to it’s max without skimping on experience. You can check out more of Wanderluluu’s adventures here.


 

Wanderluluu is a solo female travel blogger aiming to empower women through solo travel, adventure, and exploration, all the while staying on a budget! To her, traveling is as much to do with getting to know yourself as it is getting to know the rest of the world! She’s a budget travel expert, and can stretch a Dollar, Baht, IDR, Euro, Colombian Peso – or any world currency – to it’s max without skimping on experience.

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