Medellín is a nomad hub on the rise, equipped with an abundance of laptop-friendly cafes. In barrio El Poblado, most cafes have trendy interiors, decent WiFi, and high-quality coffee. Local, authentic Colombian coffee — hello! Many digital nomads here, including myself, spend most of our waking hours in a cafe because our lives literally depend on WiFi signal. I go to these cafes so often that the baristas already remember what I order daily and that I don’t like melon in my fruit salad.
There are co-working spaces in Medellín, but I dislike the clinical atmosphere. I have made so many friends from working in cafes that I just refuse to pay more money to lock myself in an office environment. I came to Medellín for the weather, so let me sit out in the open air and sip on my coffee while hearing the birds chirp!
Here are my five personal favorite cafes in El Poblado that are nomad-friendly:
Hija Mia is the best-kept secret in Manila, a small neighborhood just 10-minute-walk from Parque Lleras. The owner Shaun is a good-looking and friendly guy from New Zealand. Everyone loves sitting by the bar to chitchat with him. Hija Mia makes the BEST flat white in town (only a few cafes serve flat whites though), even local Colombians have said the coffee here beats others.
If you can’t already tell from its name, Hija Mia sources green beans from the coffee farms in Antioquia and roasts them in-house. You will be lucky to smell it from few blocks away when the staff does the roasting. I bought a few bags of coffee beans home for Christmas.
Who doesn’t know Pergamino in Medellín? It was the first cafe that caught my eye when I arrived in the city. The sidewalk patio is the perfect spot to enjoy the city of eternal spring — it’s always busy and lively. Flat whites are also amazing here.You can get French Press, Aeropress, Chemex, Tinto, and all kinds of espressos according to your own preference. Baristas are always lovely… and such eye candies by the way.
WiFi is very fast — I upload my YouTube videos at Pergamino. Sometimes the signal drops when too many people are using it, but the speed is almost as good as you can get from Medellín.
Zeppelin is a German-owned cafe with two locations: one in El Poblado, another one in Laureles. I am a frequent visitor to the one in Poblado. The coffee here is, honestly, terrible. However, its 13.000 COP menu del dia option is what captured my heart. It comes with soup, a main dish with the meat of your choice, juice, coffee, and dessert. I usually come here for the menu del dia and stay to work afterward because Zeppelin has good WiFi as well. Its playlist is usually very tasteful. Another perk of this cafe is its offering of alcohol — sometimes we would order beer or wine at 4 pm when the work day gets too long.
Amarillo Chocolate is a hidden gem in Manila. You can guess from the name that chocolate cake is a must-try here. Coffee and other pastries are also incredible. This tiny spot has a cozy interior and is probably the most atmospheric place to work in while it’s raining. And the friendly staff will not fail to brighten up your day with their sweetness.
This is a small cafe chain in Medellín with a few locations. I am recommending the one in Manila specifically because it opens on Sundays. If you are a workaholic like me, you would have trouble finding places that open on Sundays in the city. Al Alma was a perfect Sunday spot when I lived in Manila: a cute cafe within 3-block radius, where the barista remembered that I didn’t like melon in my fruit salad. Coffee here is usually horrible compared to the rest of the cafes, nonetheless, it’s a great place for nomads who need to work on Sundays.