Mexico city has a vibrant, artisanal, open all day into the late night coffee shop culture. For all my fellow digital nomads out there, I’ve compiled a list of the best places to bring your laptop and work away, all day long!
Note - what I look for: tables big enough that I can comfortably fit both my laptop and a drink (without fear of spilling that drink on my comp and brownie points if a notebook can fit on the table too), outlets, chill vibes that don’t blink an eye when the laptop comes out, and a pleasant space to spend a good chunk of time being productive AF. Bear in mind that unlike the US, *every* food/drink establishment has Wi-Fi. From high end restaurants to hole in the wall taco shops, every place can conceivably become your office for a day. I’ll be regularly stopping by Mex City all year so if ya have a fave place I didn’t mention please leave it in the comments below and I’ll be sure to swing by when I’m back next month.
The list is divided by neighborhood so get caffeinated and enjoy!
Hot damn, this café is like a working space! Long wooden communal tables, with outlets next to each seat, filled with people typing away on laptops. Also has some private tables around the perimeter. Fully stocked coffee bar, freshly squeezed juice (that runs out by early afternoon), smoothies, kombucha, acai bowls, toasts, salads, desserts, and a real tree growing in the center. It’s bright and airy, Wi-Fi is fast, infused water station with daily changing flavors and you could DEF camp out here working way all day long.
Teeny tiny corner café on a very beautiful street. As in less than 12 tables, about half outside on the sidewalk and the interior is very open and airy. Seems better for sitting and people watching than getting any serious work done but they do have good Wi-Fi and a fully stocked coffee bar, smoothies, crepes (sweet & savory), and sandwiches.
It’s a chain (there’s 11 in the city) and is comfy without a ton of character. Fully stocked coffee bar, sandwiches, salads, quiches, and sweets. Likely chance that whereva ya are in the city there’s oneclose to you. And they have outlets so great place to go charge up that laptop.
It a quirky bookstore/restaurant concept with a chic retro vibe that’s very digital nomad friendly. Only place I went to that didn’t have a Wi-Fi code (though all others easily give it out). Full food menu, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and very vegan friendly too. It’s a chain with 6 locations in the city. Spacious upstairs with lots of table seating and some comfy couch action too. Nice change of scenery from your typical cafe to work away in a fun bookstore with records and other memorabilia.
It’s a funky and hip brunch all day place with a ton of character. Very spacious outdoor seating in the back, with a colorful wall mural and a rad living wall (love living walls!). It’s a one-of-a-kind-not-a-chain situation. Has some outlets inside and tons of private table seating. All sorts of Mexican breakfast staples, salads, sandwiches, burgers, full artisan coffee bar, juices beer and cocktails. Has more of a chill with friends than work here all day vibe though ya easily could. Back patio is an epic pit stop for a drink.
Budapest Cafe Cukrászda
A Hungarian café in the La Condesa. It’s small, with about a dozen tables, filled with trinkets and tons of character. Artful coffee served in unique porcelain with many sweets on the menu and a few savory items (quiche, empanadas, bagels). There’s some bar stools and indoor and outdoor tables. Doesn’t really have a come an work here vibe though there’s outlets and its def possible especially if your looking to me transported to Eastern Europe while in Mexico City.
Doesn’t have any coffee but including a tea house for diversity’s sake. Large assortment of teas from all over the world. Small but minimalist décor with very clean lines makes it feel spacious ~ about 6 tables indoors with a couch in the back and 4 on the sidewalk. Strictly tea of all sorts and some sweets. They have outlets. And don’t be shy about asking to smell the teas… they’re collection is impressive!
Didn’t make it to the one in Condesa but went to the one in las Lomas. Please check that out for more info.
Browns Caffeine Lab
Teeny tiny hole in the wall coffee joint that serves coffee & tea. No outlets and a super chill relaxed vibe. Not super camp out with laptop and stay all day friendly since it’s so small and has no food. They roast their coffee in the back and the smell is delicious!
Modern, chic, airy and minimalist cafe with lots of rad wooden décor. Fully stocked coffee bar, mocktails, caffeinated cocktails, beer, mescal, they make their own bread, have sweet and savory toasts, a salad of the day and selection of sweet treats. Coffee is exclusively sourced from Mexico. Indoors there’s individual wooden tables and some long communal ones, as well as outdoor seating for some prime people watching. There’s outlets and it’s filled with digital nomads. Could easily spend all day working in this tastefully decorated space. There’s a separate community space in the back for cultural events.
Cardinal Casa de Café
Cute, hipster, retro/vintage vibe café with a an artisanal coffee bar, sandwiches, and sweets. About 6 tables inside and a handful outside. It’s a teeny tiny place with outlets. Those that came to chill n’chat with friends sat outside while the petit interior was filled with folks typing away on laptops. Have some quirky vintage looking nik-naks lining the wall. They have another location in La Condesa.
Small chain in Mexico City (they have 4 locations). All the coffee is sourced locally. It’s small and I couldn’t get any table seating action when I went. Only 4 small tables and 1 slightly larger one. They take their coffee seriously! There’s outlets, savory sandwiches and sweet. Other locations are in Juarez, San Angle and Coyoacan. If you go and cant get a seat, many of the other spots in La Roma are within a very short walking distance..
There’s one in la Roma but I went to the location in La Condesa. Please see there for the description.
Districto Fijo Club de Ciclismo/DFCC
It’s a coffee shop/bike store and a one stop shop for all your biking and coffee needs. Super clean minimalist space with a surprising extensive menu. There’s one big wooden table upstairs, where you’ll be working surrounded by bike gear, and about a dozen bar stools downstairs. Fully stocked coffee bar with fresh juices (they’ll run out by midday), breakfast foods, salads, quinoa bowls, empanadas, sandwiches, burgers, sweets and beer. They also sell and fix bikes and rent when they have (call to ask in advance if they’re renting as there seems to be no rhyme or reason to rental availability). There’s a few outlets downstairs. All coffee is organic and sourced locally (wooohoooo’s!).
There’s one in Juarez but I went to the location in La Condesa. Please see there for the description.
Name means the other café and its has a funky artistic neighborhood spot vibe. It’s def an order-at-the-counter-café situation but the seating is more similar to that of a restaurant. Tables spread out in 3 adjacent rooms, many tables had up to 4 seats but when I went each one was filled with a single individual working away on their laptops. Walls are lined with outlets and its very pop a squat and stay as long as you’d like friendly. Fully stocked coffee bar with sandwiches and sweets. And it feels like ya gotta be in the know to end up here… so now ya know!
El Ilusionista Café
This place feels like a secret hidden gem. Tucked away in a residential neighborhood, it’s a corner spot where the walls are all windows and it’s filled with natural light. A spacious interior with some picnic benches, wooden tables, bar tables, a couch and some other comfy chairs ~ sort of a mix n’match vintage vibe kinda situation. Full coffee bar and a fresh heavily vegetarian menu (only non-veg option is turkey), with lots of toasts and some classic Mexican breakfast stables as well as sweets. Has outlets and a very pleasant, airy vibe. Def seems like it’s a place ya gotta be in the know about to get here… so now ya know!
It’s a digital nomad hipster haven. Space would perfectly fit into my hometown of SF. There’s bar seating, tall long wooden tables and some table seating around a perimeter, with outlets. Fully stocked coffee and tea bar, salads, sandwiches, and sweets, and lots of healthy on the healthier side. All coffee is sourced locally and they proudly support small producers. Super pleasant and chill vibes here. Warm, comfortable and hip with strong Wi-Fi and definitely a pop-a-squat-and-stay-all-day kinda situation friendly.
Called a café but its really a restaurant. Great Wi-Fi but I was def the only one in the entire place working on my computer. In a hoodie surrounded by business casual (think suit no tie folks). That said, no one on the staff blinked an eye when I asked for a table solo, the Wi-Fi code and took out my laptop. Def more a formal/business vibe than hipster cool Mexico vibe if that’s what you’re after. But quite the hipster friendly menu: artisanal kombucha shots, Cacao elixirs, golden lattes, matcha lattes, kale juices, acai and fancy yogurt bowls and all sorts of eggs, Mexican style as well. If you’re in the area and want a nice stop go for it but I wouldn’t rec it as your go to stop to spend all the day working...unless working from a restaurant is your thang. I prefer to be surrounded by other folks also jamming away on laptops. Located in a residential neighborhood and part of a restaurant group. Also has small shop with matcha, teas, bread, cheese, jams, nuts, honey, wine, mescal and all sorts of pasta and pasta sauces made in house. Side note: I sat outside. Friendly reminder that people here still smoke cigarettes… a lot! I got a bit nauseous from all the cigarette smoke with my morning coffee. There’s also a fully stocked bar in the back and a jewelry store and flower shop upstairs.
3 locations in the city. Name means small café and it’s literal. Tables are teeny tiny. The nice staff offered to take the flowers off my table once they saw how squished I was trying to fit both my laptop and cup of coffee on it. They have outlets and a simple coffee shop menu. All sorts of coffee and matcha, chai, golden milk, some sweets, sandwiches and yogurt. All coffee is sourced locally and roasted in house. It’ a very cute and pleasant work friendly place.
Cielito Quierido Café
It’s like a Mexican version of Starbucks that started in 2010. Large chain in 3 states of Mexico (Puebla, Carreta and Mexico), with the majority of the seventy-something locations in Mexico City. Filled with lots of very comfy seating, outlets, and digital nomads. Fully stocked coffee bar, teas, all sorts of sandwiches and sweets. And I really appreciated the mini animal cookie that came with my coffee. Chances are, whereva ya are in the city, they’re be one of these near by.
There’s one in Las Lomas but I went to the location in Polanco. Please see there for the description.
Lovely location across from the Lincoln Park. Fully stocked coffee bar, tea, smoothies, some simple sandwiches and sweets. European café that’s part of a chain. There’s 4 locations in Mexico City. Tables are too teeny tiny for me to be comfy working on my laptop here for too long. And 1 laptop only per table! Some (but few) outlets. Not much character but there’s a super cute and cozy terrace upstairs overlooking the park that makes for a lovely rest stop with a view.
Contrary to what the internet told me it was closed! Guess Google has not caught up with this closure as it appeared open. Please note that it’s not but their website states will be eventually be opening back.
My top 5 choices, to camp out and work away all day, enjoying good coffee and food and good comfy vibes are: The Blend, Dosis, Otro Café, Negro, El Ilusionista Cafe.
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Jacqueline Gerson says
Can’t wait to go to Mexico and try all this places.
Amazing!!! Please let my know your thoughts :). ???
will try them all for sure !
Amazing!!! Please keep me updated :). Would love to hear your thoughts! 🇲🇽😘
Thanks so much for this! A super comprehensive list; this helped me out a lot.
Daniela Gerson says
So super stoked to hear that Taylor!!! Did ya have any fav spots on the list :)? Or visit any rad ones I didn't include? Warms my hear to hear it helped ya out a lot!