Café palReal has the best coffee in Guadalajara

Where to Find the Best Coffee in Guadalajara, Mexico [2023]

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Looking for the best coffee in Guadalajara?

There is a lot of great coffee in Guadalajara. The metropolitan region has 5 million people and a lot of those people know good coffee and drink good coffee. The coffee purveyors are happy to oblige. There is a whole industry of baristas, roasters, growers, and teachers ready to help you find the best coffee in Guadalajara.

Much like Mexico City, there is one particular hipster neighborhood with a massive concentration of specialty coffee shops. Exceptional coffee is one of the reasons that the Colonia Americana was named the coolest neighborhood in the world by Time Out Magazine.

The beauty of the Guadalajara coffee scene is that it goes full cycle, from plant to cup, including all the different steps along the way. There are coffee shops and roasters with gardens in the country that experiment with harvesting processes and fermentations. Guadalajara is a really good place to learn about coffee.

The best coffee in Guadalajara is prepared by baristas who explain the flavor profiles of unique varietals harvested with different processes and prepared in a variety of methods.

Additionally, Mexico has a wonderful agricultural industry and specialty coffee is grown in many parts of the country. I am constantly on the hunt for a geisha variety of coffee with floral notes, at a reasonable price.

Because of the vast number of regional styles, Guadalajara is an excellent place to learn about coffee culture and the geography of the under-the-radar coffee-producing regions of Mexico.

Two flat white coffees at palReal
Flat white coffees at palReal Café

Mexico may only produce a small fraction of the coffee that Brazil, Vietnam, and Colombia produce but they are still in the top ten list of coffee exporting countries.

Coffee was introduced to Mexico in the port of Veracruz in the 18th century but really didn’t take off until the 19th century.

Today there are a growing number of specialty coffee shops that are working directly with producers and highlighting little-known coffee regions that produce an incredible product. The baristas are focused on specialty coffee that highlights the subtle notes and regional differences that exist in this great coffee-producing country.

This article is focused exclusively on coffee. I don’t care about the wifi or the best coffee shops to work in. There are plenty of coworking spaces. This is about coffee, not real estate. Finding the best cafés in Guadalajara takes a little work but is worth the effort.

Without further ado here is the list of the best coffee shops in Guadalajara.

1. Café palReal

palReal Cafe has the best coffee in Guadalajara

Calle Lope de Vega 113, Arcos Vallarta, Guadalajara // Instagram
Telephone: 33 1983 7254

palReal is the pinnacle of the Guadalajara coffee experience. Everything at palReal is gourmet from the coffee to the bar and the kitchen. Exceptional coffee complements an exceptional breakfast.

Expect well-educated baristas, a variety of coffees to try from all across Mexico, and a spectacular breakfast menu in a beautiful space.

Two of the founders of palReal also own a coffee roasting company called Cafe Estelar. They were voted the best coffee roasters in Mexico in 2020 and went on to represent Mexico in the world coffee roasting championships. They have their own experimental farm in Oaxaca but most of their coffee is sourced from small farmers across the country.

Cafe palReal is the best coffee in Guadalajara

Buying bags of coffee from Cafe Estelar is a great way to learn about the geography of Mexico’s coffee-growing regions. Everybody knows that Veracruz, Chiapas, and Oaxaca have great coffee but Cafe Estelar will introduce you to lesser know regions in Nayarit, Hidalgo, Puebla, Michoacan, Jalisco, and Colima.

The reason that palReal comes first on this list is that they have trained many of the top baristas in Guadalajara. Many of their former employees have gone on to open excellent coffee shops across the city. palReal is one of the reasons that there is so much exceptional coffee in Guadalajara.

Café palReal is a mandatory stop when visiting Guadalajara

2. Tenango México

Tenango Cafe in the Colonia Americana Guadalajara

Calle Justo Sierra 1860, Colonia Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco // Instagram

Tenango in one of the newest specialty coffee shops in Guadalajara. The owner that leads the coffee program is professionally trained by the Specialty Coffee Association AND he is a sommelier. He has chosen some beautiful coffees that really show off what Mexico is capable of producing.

I also love their rotating lunch menu. They serve home-style Mexican cuisine that is incredibly satisfying. I guarantee you will enjoy it. Just check out their reviews on Google Maps.

3. Matraz Café

Matraz Café in Providencia
Matraz Café, Guadalajara

Café: Calle Buenos Aires 2679, Providencia, Guadalajara // Instagram
Roaster: Homero 108, Vallarta San Jorge, Guadalajara

Maybe it was just the weather today but Matraz Café reminds me of a Seattle-style coffee shop. The staff knew nearly every patron by name and most of the patrons knew one another. Hidden on a lush residential street in Providencia with lots of trees and coffee plants the space if appealing to spend the morning. They make a very good espresso and have all the methods that you could ask for. Parking is difficult but they have some cool bike racks out front.

The Monraz location is where they do their roasting. Make sure to take a bag with you.

4. Comala Café

Coffee bar at Comala Cafe in Guadalajara

Manuel M. Dieguez 15, Ladrón de Guevara, Guadalajara // Instagram

5. Enora

Coffee bar Enora Cafe in Zapopan, Jalisco

Avenida Aurelio Ortega 515, Los Maestros, Zapopan // Instagram

Enora is a beautiful new coffee shop and restaurant on one of my favorite streets in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Region. Located in the municipality of Zapopan, Avenida Aurelio Ortega is turning into one of the best destinations for food and drink in Guadalajara.

The design of the coffee shop has some touches of art deco fabulousness but you are here for the coffee. The owners behind the coffee bar are two of the top coffee people in Mexico. One of them is also a partner of Cafe Estelar and the other is the manager of palReal. Seriously, the best of the best of Guadalajara coffee. And apart from that, they are really nice people who want to spread the gospel of great Mexican coffee.

Enora Cafe is worth getting in the car and driving across the Guadalajara Metropolitan Region for breakfast.

6. Contraste Café

Contraste Cafe

Calle Justo Sierra 2324, Ladrón de Guevara, Guadalajara // Instagram

Originally these guys were located in the Chapalita neighborhood but there were having too much fun at night with the craft beer bar and the neighborhood council asked them to find a new home. The new location in the Arcos Vallarta neighborhood is even better. They have more space and the neighbors are way cooler. But I miss them in Chapalita.

Great coffee, craft beer, and turntables. Check them out.

7. Café 5 PM

Flat white coffee at Café 5pm in Guadalajara

Avenida Guadalupe 5181-B, Jardines de Guadalupe, Zapopan // Instagram

Café 5pm was one of the first specialty coffee shops in Guadalajara way back in the day. This is where Fabrizio Seed worked as a barista when he won the Mexican Barista Championship and came in second place in the World Barista Championship. They still have the magazine cover on the wall celebrating his win.

While most of the specialty coffee shops in Guadalajara are hipster, Cafe 5pm is a little more suburban and family oriented. They still have exceptional coffee but the neighborhood is more mature than the Colonia Americana.

And, as the name would suggest, this is an evening coffee shop. Monday and Tuesday they do not open in the morning but at, you guessed it, at 5 pm in the afternoon. Wednesday thru Sunday they also open for breakfast from 9 am until 2 pm. Then they open again at 5 pm.

8. Zenguele

Zenguele Coffee shop

Calle Lerdo de Tejada 2308, Colonia Lafayette, Guadalajara // Instagram

9. Vago Imperial Café

Calle Guadalupe Zuno Hernández 2143, Colonia Americana,Guadalajara // Instagram

El Vago Imperial Coffee Shop

10. Amoroso Café

Going on five years of roasting and brewing some of the best coffee in Guadalajara. Besides a great coffee, they are a hub of the cycling culture. I recommend getting a bag of the washed Guerrero and maybe some accessories for your bike.

Diagonal Golfo de Cortés 4139, Monraz, Guadalajara

11. Laboratorio Singular

This tiny coffee roaster is pumping out excellent coffee with a focus on Mexican producers. They also have a portfolio of coffees from some of the world’s prominent coffee producing countries. Make sure to try the excellent espresso or one of the specialty methods like V60, Chemex and a couple of exotic brewing kits.

Laboratorio Singular Coffee Shop
Laboratorio Singular Coffee Shop

Calle Manuel López Cotilla 1043, Colonia Americana, Guadalajara
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12. Neretta Café & Gelato

Calle Bruselas 25, Americana, Guadalajara

Tucked away on a beautiful side street in the Colonia Americana, Neretta is a micro-roaster, coffee shop and café. Their lead coffee roaster has a ton of experience working in some of the top roasters in Guadalajara and has made some really nice coffees. Plus, they have a great breakfast and world class gelato.

13. Taller de Espresso

Taller de Espresso, Guadalajara
Taller de Espresso, Guadalajara

Av. Hidalgo 1586,  Americana, Guadalajara \\ Instagram Link

One of Guadalajara’s favorite coffee roasters with a quaint espresso bar. Taller de Espresso has an impressive selection of great Mexican coffee that are harvested and processed in diverse styles. The Oaxaca red honey is REALLY good and very different from the natural from Colima.

14. Caligari Café

Caligari Café Guadalajara
Caligari Café

Calle Juan Manuel 1406, Santa Teresita, Guadalajara \\ Instagram Link

These guys really started to change the Guadalajara coffee scene in back in the day. The cafe has a vintage movie theme and a retro/mid-century design. It really is one of the coolest places to get a cup of coffee in Guadalajara. The place is small so on the weekends there is a huge line outside. Parking is difficult in this part of town but there is plenty of space to lock up your bike.

15. Fitzroy Espresso Bar

Calle Marsella 126, Colonia Lafayette,  Guadalajara \\ Instagram Link

A great addition to the Guadalajara coffee scene. The man behind the espresso machine has decades of experience on multiple continents in specialty coffee and is dedicated to the craft.

Upstairs from the Espresso Bar, operated by the same people, is the best tequila bar in the world. El Gallo Altanero is listed on the World’s 50 Best list for best bars and hosts some of the coolest tequila events in Mexico, and probably the world. The whole building is a gourmet experience.

16. El Terrible Juan

El Terrible Juan Café, Guadalajara, Jalisco
El Terrible Juan Café

The original coffee shop is tucked into a beautiful corner of a tree-lined street two blocks from Avenida Chapultepec. However, they have launched a massive expansion opening shops in Chapalita, Providencia, La Estancia, and even have a coffee shop inside the Wizeline corporate campus.

El Terrible Juan has found some impressive farms to work with in Chiapas and have several different styles of espresso that will blow your mind. There is also a nice breakfast menu.

Calle José Guadalupe Montenegro 1871, Colonia Americana,  Guadalajara
Instagram Link

17. El Café de Terry

I was super excited to find Terry serving some of my favorite coffees from other parts of Mexico. Terry has been working in the industry for years and has great relationships with some big name producers. His coffee shop is tiny but there is huge flavor hiding inside. If you are anywhere near Plaza Del Sol you need to check him out. This is a great place to get caffeinated.

Av Mariano Otero 1917, Victoria, Guadalajara \\ Instagram Link

18. Café Rin Tin Tin

One of the more exciting recent additions to the Guadalajara coffee scene is Café Rin Tin Tin. Bernie is an experienced restaurateur having opened the ever-popular Pasteria Terranova. Besides being a huge coffee connoisseur he is excited to be serving fair-trade coffee from a specialty roaster in Chiapas.

Calle Morelos 1196, La Americana, Guadalajara \\ Instagram Link

Some Final Thoughts on the Best Coffee in Guadalajara

I am looking forward to updating this list again. I have like five more newer coffee shops that I want to try. I also really want to go to a coffee farm near Guadalajara. Not nearly enough attention is paid the coffee grown in Jalisco State itself. Colima, Nayarit and Michoacan also have specialty coffee plantations. Here is to drinking more exceptional coffee in 2023.

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