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The Refuge Coffee Bar

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7th Avenue North 18A, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

Stayed in Antigua for a month and visited here everyday for a large coffee and the occasional carrot cake (amazing by the way). Friendly staff, nice chilled atmosphere and great coffee. As a bonus, it is also cheaper than most other coffee shops in Antigua!

Thank Tortuga16
Kimberly, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

My wife and I stopped by and took a couple coffees to go. Then we went to Park Central to people watch and enjoy our coffee. After a couple sips we both looked at each other with dismay. Both cups of coffee tasted burnt. They were not something we could finish. So, we walke across the park and bought a... More 

Thank Steve B
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174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013 via mobile

Stopped by here on the way to dinner for a pick-me-up. Great little place! Grabbed a cafe con leche which was delicious. Could have easily sat here and people watched for awhile, seems like a good place for expats, tourists and locals alike without the touristy behavior if the coffee shops around the main square.

Thank Andrea S
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

Just another coffee shop. Average like most. There are much better right at central park so you can save yourself the walk. The decor is less than average as compared to ohers. Service is OK but I{d argue so is it OK at Mcdonalds.

Thank Victor P
Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

The coffee was soooooooo good! I went so many times during my visit in Antigua. I had a double espresso that was perfect. The coffee art is beautiful! I highly recommend this place.

Thank Mel P
San Francisco, California
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34 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

The coffee is delicious. Like, delicious. And the setup is really cute - couches in the back, a couple stools by the window. I hung out for probably less than an hour because I had to catch my flight, but in my limited eavesdropping I only heard English spoken. Probably a good spot if you're a native English speaker traveling... More 

Thank lmpenrose
Antigua, Guatemala
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

I pretty much lived in this coffee shop for 4 months while I was living in Antigua. I first started visiting there because it was close to my house and had good internet. It quickly became the place to hangout with friends and have a great cup of coffee. The owner and staff are great, always ready to take up... More 

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Patzcuaro, Michoacan
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

While not claiming to be a coffee aficionado, you like what you like, and this was the richest, most delicious cup of coffee (mocha) that I've ever had in my 65 years.

Thank colinwcollier
Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

We grabbed a great cup of coffee and chilled a bit during the day. Super chill and a good slice of home.

Thank Jgool
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

As a deprived coffee snob, finding this place was heaven. Although Guatemala is full of good coffee beans, I'm yet to find anywhere in Central America that pours as good a shot as these guys,

Thank addymay14

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7th Avenue North 18A, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
  • Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Sacatepequez Department  >  Antigua
A small quality driven coffee bar. Sits on the Tanque De la Union park with a beautiful view of the Agua Volcano.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?