If you are in Mexico—and not in Mexico City—you might be worried about finding good wifi, but thankfully Oaxaca de Juárez has plenty of coffee shops with great wifi! These cafes offer classic drinks like lattes, americanos, cold brews, as well as Oaxaca coffee and other drinks. I organized this list from my favorite to least favorite coffee shops—although they are all good options—and also included a coworking space that I enjoyed.
This was the coffee shop I went to the most in my two months living in Oaxaca city. I loved the modern vibe, friendly baristas, food menu, and overall ambience. The cons are that it is fairly small and the lattes always tasted grainy, expect for my first day when I had their lavender latte with oatmilk (which I highly recommend). Besides that, it is a chill environment to work, with great hours.
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Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 9am-5pm
This was a very close second to Kiyo Cafe, my only complaint is that it closes a bit early at 4pm (although, if you only work in the morning this won’t be an issue for you) and there wasn’t a lot of natural lighting. Besides this, it definitely has the best coffee in Oaxaca centro, with friendly baristas, outdoor and indoor seating, and good wifi. This Oaxacan coffee shop is very popular with digital nomads but also brunchers, so it is best to avoid coming on a Saturday anytime before 1pm. I also enjoyed their unique Oaxaca latte with agave, so make sure to give that a try if you have a sweet tooth (although I do recommend asking for half the amount of agave.)
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Hours: Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday closed
Another one of the best coffee shops is Muss Cafe, this cafe doubles as a bar, restaurant, and hotel, which has it’s pros and cons. The cons are that there are a lot of people passing through, it is especially packed in the mornings, and there isn’t much of an ambience–although they do play great music. The pros are that they offer a great food menu with classic Mexican food dishes (if you’re tired of eating croissants and avocado toast at cafes), and since there is a bar you can end your work day with a shot of mezcal.
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Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30am-9:30pm, Sunday 8am-3pm
This Mexican coffeeshop has a great food menu with reasonable prices, good coffee, and fast wifi. The decoration is unique and aesthetically pleasing and there is an interior patio with plenty of seating. I would have come here more but they ask you to buy something every two hours, which is a fair policy, but made me feel less welcomed. Also, there aren’t many outlets and the seating isn’t the very comfortable. However, this would be ideal if you want a quality meal and don’t plan on staying long.
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Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 8am-8pm, Thursday-Saturday 8am-9pm
Of course, there is also Starbucks in Mexico, although they only have one in Oaxaca city, in the Reforma neighborhood (about a thirty minute walk from the zócalo.) This wasn’t the best place to work if you like to be inside, the music was very loud and the a.c. is way too strong. However, the outdoor area is large and fairly quiet.
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Hours: Monday-Saturday 7am-10pm, Sunday 8am-10pm
This is like a Mexican Starbucks, but without the fast wifi. They had a large variety of drinks, expensive prices, comfortable seatings, air conditioning, and you can stay however long you like. If you’re a digital nomad that prefers to work at night and have a hot spot for wifi, this would be the place to go.
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Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8:30am-10:30pm, Friday & Saturday 8:30am-11:30pm
This Mexican coffee shop chain has two locations, one on Calle de Manuel Bravo and another on Calle de Manuel Doblado. They have great coffee if you like frappuccinos and other sweet drinks, but I never tried their lattes or cold brews, so I can’t say whether the coffee itself is good. Mostly locals hang out here and there aren‘t a lot of people working on their computers.
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Hours: Monday-Sunday 8am-10pm
My first month in Oaxaca I used this coworking space and had some mixed feelings about it. I didn’t like the lack of atmosphere or community, it was sometimes very hot (no fans or a.c.), and the seating area filled up fast and wasn’t the most comfortable. However, I really appreciated the interior design, cleanliness, fast wifi, amount of outlets, free coffee, 24/7 access, and great price for a coworking space. With the monthly pass you can also use their other coworking space in Jalataco, although I only went once because it felt very stuffy. Despite the cons, it is definitely the best coworking space in Oaxaca city and a cheaper option than going to coffee shops everyday.
It costs 100 pesos a day, 500 a week, or 1,500 for a month (or $5, $24, $73 U.S.D.)
Hours: 24/7 with monthly pass or Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-2pm, & closed Sunday
I hope this list was helpful! Check out my other coffee shop recommendations in Lisbon, Porto, and Barcelona as well! And follow my Instagram @honey_gouda for travel inspo, mini vlogs, food pics, & yoga.