Oaxaca City’s coffee shop scene seems to be growing by the day.
After all, Oaxacan coffee is known throughout Mexico and the world for its quality flavor and beans, farmed and cultivated in the Sierra Norte mountains. There’s even a popular coffee drink here that mixes coffee with mezcal—two Oaxacan staples.
It’s no surprise, then, that cafés with specialty coffee and organic coffee are present in Oaxaca City. And where good coffee goes, digital nomads tend to follow suit.
Lots of coffee shops in Oaxaca have wifi. Whether that is fast wifi is the big question.
What are the best cafés in Oaxaca with wifi? Where can you drink a good coffee, eat a yummy snack or meal, and work away on your laptop for the afternoon?
As any nomad knows, the perfect coffee shop will encompass all three— the “trifecta.”
Luckily, the cafes in Oaxaca do have great food, coffee, and wifi—some have all three while others will just have fast wifi but not fabulous coffee.
In any case, you have a few options to choose from. During our two months as nomads in Oaxaca, we went on the hunt for the best places to grab wifi, coffee, and a light meal. Here are our top picks!
Best Cafes in Oaxaca With Wifi
Marito & Moglie
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Marito & Moglie is one of my favorite neighborhood cafés in Oaxaca.
They have it all: great drinks, fast wifi, good food, and plenty of space to read, work, and just relax. If you plan on working on your laptop, the download/upload speed tested 30 download/3 upload Mbps.
I love this place because it feels artsy and cozy—perfect for spending a slow morning here, either soaking in the sun (like the dried orange slices over on the bench) or sipping away at your drink inside. Their music playlist reminded me of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, which added to the fun vibes of the place.
As far as food goes, the toasts—particularly the avocado one and the red pepper bruschetta—are scrumptious! You have to get one if you go.
As for coffee, you can buy single-origin coffee from Oaxaca and Chiapas. They serve classic specialty coffee and creative drinks; there is an iced agave frappé I wanted to try that I haven’t seen elsewhere—next time!
Overall, Marito & Moglie is an off-the-beaten-path gem of a cafe in Oaxaca City. Check it out while you’re in town!
Earthy meets classy at Muss Cafe, a gorgeous cafe in the heart of Oaxaca (Calle Hidalgo), and an extension of the Casa Antonieta—often named one of the top design and boutique hotels in Oaxaca.
By far, Muss Cafe is one of Oaxaca City’s best cafes for coffee lovers, digital nomads, and travelers. The only downside is that it’s not a reliable place to grab wifi and work.
Otherwise, it has all you could ask for in a cafe: artisan coffee, delicious juices and cocktails, yummy food (the caesar salad is the greatest we’ve ever had), fast wifi, friendly service, and an energizing atmosphere!
Not to mention, Muss has one of the most inspiring spaces for working on your laptop—and no, I don’t mean the inner courtyard with a shared co-working table (though that’s nice too). I’m talking about its much-underrated rooftop, which most people don’t know exists.
Essentially, there are three spots inside Muss where you are welcome to whip out your computer and work.
- Right inside the cafe off the street (small, noisy).
- The downstairs courtyard (quieter and more roomy, but still limited seating and light).
- Upstairs on the roof (shady/sunny, quiet, breezy, beautiful!).
I can no longer count on two hands how many times we’ve been to Muss during our digital nomad life in Oaxaca. It was our go-to cafe at least 1–2x a week. I mentioned it was unreliable because there are times (lots of times) when something isn’t available—seats are full, the rooftop can be closed, your favorite item is 86’d on the menu… you catch my drift.
Café Brújula has earned its reputation for being one of the best cafes in Oaxaca—thanks to its quality coffee and service!
However, not every location in Oaxaca City is ideal for digital nomads who wish to work away on their laptops (there are four different locations).
For a nice setting, convenient location, and good wifi, head to the Café Brújula located inside the Plaza Santo Domingo on Avenida Independencía in the historic center.
In this Café Brújula, there is ample seating and round tables to choose from. The inner courtyard will cool you off from the heat of the day and separate you from the hustle and bustle of the street.
While you’re here, make sure to check out the attached library; it wraps around the café and has really cool windows, decor, and a large collection of books!
Café Lupita is a relatively new coffee shop in Oaxaca (est. 2021) worth checking out. Its location is just a couple blocks south of Centro, so definitely away from the tourist crowds you often find at Muss or Cafébre.
The space is quaint and cozy, but it doesn’t have many tables or an outdoor patio. The door stays open so the passing cars churn up a bit of noise from the street. Otherwise, this is a great cafe with fast wifi in Oaxaca — the download/upload speed was around 75-89 Mbps, which is the fast we have seen for a coffee shop in Oaxaca.
The coffee was a tad strong, and the matcha latte was a tad sweet, but the service was friendly, the wifi was fast, and the music playlist was great.
All in all, I’d recommend heading to Café Lupita if you need to get some work done without a crowd!
I’m not sure why, but Cafébre felt super overrated when we visited. It was hot underneath their plastic roof, the ice cream drinks (their specialty) weren’t fabulous, and their service was next to none.
Cafébre has fast wifi and cute wall art, but it doesn’t have this sense of friendly service or mission as Muss or Marito&Moglie. The 49 Mbps download and 35 upload Mbps make up for it, I guess, but it wasn’t enough to make me visit again and again.
Not to mention, during the entire 1.5-hour we were there, they played only Taylor Swift on repeat—from her old country songs to her latest. I went to see T-Swift live in Nashville, so you can’t call me a hater.
I think the main draw to Cafébre is its hostel-like atmosphere and its location in Oaxaca Centro. It’s super popular and you’ll be amongst tourists and backpackers.
In any case, I wasn’t vibing with the place. I think if you want artisan coffee, this isn’t the cafe for you in Oaxaca. But if you just need a fast wifi connection, then yeah.
Other Cafés With Wifi in Oaxaca City
We didn’t get to visit all the coffee shops in Oaxaca, but there are just a few more I want to mention in case you’re out of options.
Kiyo is a small boutique coffee shop located right across from Boulenc. When we peeked inside, two people were working away on their laptops on round metal tables. The bulk of the cafe is a boutique/gallery and felt kinda busy.
Oaxaca en Una Taza is a cute pastry and coffee shop in the heart of Oaxaca City. From what we could tell, there are a few tables in the back, past the croissants and pastries. But the line was so long we never got a chance to actually get in there and check it out for ourselves.
Onnno Loncheria looks like another potential cafe to check out while in Oaxaca. It’s located in the historic and cute Jalatleco neighborhood east of Oaxaca. If you go and it’s closed (which was the case for us), there is the Centrico coworking space not too far from here where you can get an all-day pass for $100 MXN.
Do you have other coffee shops or cafés with wifi to recommend in Oaxaca? If so, drop a comment below!
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