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The Refuge Coffee Bar

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7th Avenue North 18A, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Guatemala coffee made the Italian way. Really good. Place is beautiful with chill spots. From a coffee snob point of view , It is good coffee!

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Thank Kev D
Antigua, Guatemala
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

If you appreciate good coffee then this is the place to go. I had a cappuccino and was very tempted to order a second cup. I highly recommend this place. You can't go wrong with fresh coffee roasted on site.

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Thank mzuri16
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Best coffee, best ambience. The guys are super cool and sweet here and they have even started opening on Sundays! Yupiiiiiiiii! I love Refuge, they are awesome.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Stopped in for a quick coffee as we were recommended to go here and the coffee was fantastic. It was so tasty. The service was also great they were friendly, quick and efficient. Will be back.

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Thank EmJ255068
Tucson, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

This is the place to come if you want simple coffee (i.e. no flavors) and that is about it. There is no food or pastries. As their saying goes, "coffee is all we do". I got a mocha and it was nice and strong and decent price. The cafe however is lacking in appearance and cleanliness. There is very old... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

Staying about a 6 weeks in Antigua taking Spanish lessons - found this place the first day we were here. We come back every day for a great cup of coffee before heading to class. The coffee is great and the baristas are very friendly and tolerate of our poor Spanish skills. Highly recommended!

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Winterthur, Zürich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

They do coffee, just that and they do it right. They do probably the best coffee in town. I havent tasted all but so far it"s way the best. An espresso is in the size it should be and it tastes like real italian espresso. Why do I know that, living in switzerland, next to Italy, helps.....

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

There is something about a Coffee shop in another country that really gives you that insider feeling for the culture of a city. The Refugee was exactly this. The Barista was really friendly, the people were cool, and of course the coffee was great. The refugee was a cute little cafe that was a lot of fun to hang out... More 

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Snohomish, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016 via mobile

We were hot and thirsty and stopped in and had really great ice coffees. It is right across the street from the Spanish embassy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

Best coffee by far in Guatemala...and thats saying something! Spent some time in Antigua and went to The Refuge nearly every day at some point. Love the emphasis on the coffee, direct trade with the farmers and most of all the perfect coffee you get everytime. Their macchiatos are superb!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe
Meals
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
Description
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?