Category: Coffee Shops

Reviews of coffee shops in and around Bogotá

2016 – Our Favorite Coffee Shops in Chia/Cajica Display Different Specialties

June 2016 To be a great coffee shop takes more than just good coffee. There must be service, ambiance and accompaniments. The shop must demonstrate consistency in those areas as well as an attitude of continual improvement in meeting the needs of the customer. Previously we covered our favorite coffee shops in Bogotá. Readers may […]

Juan Valdez Café in Bazaar Mall – Ambiance, Service & Pets

March 2016 Graciela: My husband and I have always been a fan of Juan Valdez coffee shops. In terms of product quality each one always delivers. And every one we have visited offers free Wi-Fi. What makes the difference between the company’s stores is ambiance and service. In those areas the Bazaar Mall shop is ahead […]

St. Honoré – an Appropriately Named Coffee Shop In Chia, Colombia

St. Honoré coffee shop Chia, Colombia

March 2016 Michael: The name caught my attention. When my wife saw it she said, “Good name for a coffee shop that sells breads and pastries.” With years of marriage she has learned to read my often involuntary inquisitive look. “He is the patron saint of bakers, she added.” Before moving to Colombia patron saints were […]

Chez Moi Coffee Shop in Chia Displays the Owner’s Culinary Talents

January 2016 There is bread, then there is pan artesanal  (artisan bread). Among those in the art group there are a few at the top of the game. Now one of them opened a coffee shop in Chia, Colombia. Daily errands took us down the street known as Avenida Chilacos in the small town outside […]

Centro Comercial Fontanar in Chia Revisited – Spectacular or not?

January 2016 Graciela: “Spectacular,” the woman said. The answer came to our question of her thoughts about the new Centro Comercial Fontanar in Chia, Colombia. On weekends, especially during the Christmas season, the place attracts large crowds. Michael: My wife and I showed up on opening day of the mall in October 2015. We based […]

DPASO Café & Bakery – an Oasis Coffee Shop in Fontanar Mall

December 2015 Graciela: It looked correct but the question in my mind was would it taste correct. The eclair entered my mouth. The chocolate creme filling contacted my taste buds. Success at last. In 2013 while traveling Singapore I found the best chocolate eclair. Ever since I have been searching for something equivalent in Colombia. […]

WASSA – Coffee Shop With a Savvy for Breads and Health

December 2015 Michael: Walking in the front door one sees at the back of the room an archway to the exhibition kitchen. Above it says, “Todos los días se hornean tus deseos” (Every day we bake your wishes). On another wall it states “El arte de hacer pan” (the art of making bread). Fortunately this […]

Probocatto – Upscale Coffee Shop Without the Upscale Prices

November 2015 Graciela: Probocatto is one of the most enjoyable coffee shops we go to. It is clean. Service is fast. And it is quiet. And yes, they have Wi-Fi. Michael: Everything focuses on elegance with customer enjoyment in mind. The decoration invites one in. Glass windows and a glass door draws one’s eye to […]

Coffee Shops of Centro Chia – Breads to Eclairs & Cheesecakes

October 2015 You find yourself in one of those situations where you know that you want a coffee, but that tasty treat to accompany it sits as an unknown on your taste buds. Our solution is usually to go to the Centro Chia mall. They have eight coffee shops each offering something different. There is […]

Coffee Shops not Reviewed and why

October 2015 Are there bad coffee shops in and around Bogotá? That seemed to be the question a reader asked us. The person inquired about places we have not reviewed. Michael: My wife and I hit coffee shops at least 300 days each year. Before a place occupies space on our site we visit it […]

Grün – Garden Rooftop Coffee Shop Helps Healing

August 2015 Michael: From my experience, where they put this coffee shop is a stroke of genius. I can honestly say that it helped me feel better while in the hospital. Graciela: Many outdoor places in Bogotá have some greenery around trying to insulate the customer from the invasion of concrete all around. Juan Valdez […]

Café Kerub – Best Way to Build a Coffee Shop is From the Ground up

August 2015 Michael: Great coffee, friendly service, tasty accompaniments, enjoyable atmosphere. It does not come by accident, but with thought and planning. In the outskirts of Cajicá on a street between the Autopista and Antigua via Chia, my wife and I watched a building go up over the course of several months. Located very near the Colegio […]

Luna Café in Chia Offers Great Taste in a Relaxed Atmosphere

May 2015 Michael: The coffee shop is literally located under the staircase. Not to mention that from the mall entrance it is hidden from view. However, if you take the time to find Luna Café your taste buds will be appreciative. Graciela: There are several things I like about Luna Café. To begin with its […]

Caramelo – Coffee Shop That Tantalizes the Taste Buds

Michael: I had never done it before. Eating all of the dessert before even taking a sip of my coffee is against my nature, not to mention the years of etiquette drilled into me by my mother. But each bite of the maracuyá and guanábana cake tempted another one. For my friends in other countries […]

Dulcinea in Chia – coffee in a relaxed atomosphere

April 2015 Michael: Dulcinea in Chia is one of those places where indecision hits me. My wife and I frequently go there for our daily coffee. However when confronted with their long display case of morsels to accompany that coffee there is difficulty in choosing just one. Over the months my taste buds have been […]

Photo of the week – poster in coffee shop

November 2014 Michael: Readers by now know how my wife and I enjoy coffee shops. We go to one at least 300 days each year. Graciela: We also enjoy reading books. So this new sign hanging in one of the coffee shops that made our 2014 top ten list, Oma in Santafé, caught our attention. […]

Our Ten Favorite Coffee Shops in Bogotá 2014

Michael: Our 2013 list has been one of the most read blogs on our site. Peter D’Amato interviewed us for his July 7, 2014 article in the prestigious coffee magazine, Freshcup. But we did not stop. To help bring readers the best of what we like to consider the real Bogotá coffee shops we hit […]

El Altillo Café serves up more than good coffee

Michael: This coffee shop seems to be a well kept secret. Perhaps it is just a case of location in being ever so slightly off the beaten gringo path. Graciela: I do not know where my husband is going with this one. The place featuring one of the most relaxing ambiances we have ever encountered […]

Juan Valdez Orígenes is not their normal coffee place

Click here for narrated slide show Michael: My wife voiced what was going through my head. “They should open more of these around the city,” she said. Juan Valdez has more than 80 coffee shops in Bogotá. The one located on Calle 70 near Carrera 6 is the same but different. As I looked in […]

Productos Rápido – 43 years in business for a reason

Leer en Español Michael: Damn. Everything in the long multi-shelved glass cases tugged at my taste buds and beckoned to be put in my mouth. The dilemma happens every time I go to the place for coffee. Graciela: People in Bogotá know that Productos Rapido’s products are good and well priced. That is part of […]