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The Refuge Coffee Bar

7th Avenue north, 18A, Antigua, Guatemala
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Ranked #10 of 224 restaurants in Antigua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Café
Good for: Romance, Doing business
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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Good for: Romance, Doing business
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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English first
Denver, Colorado
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Though this place received many high ratings, there seemed to be an undertone of attitude or indifference that almost drove me to choose another coffee shop in town. That would have been a misfortune! A group of friends and I rendezvoused at The Refuge around 2pm on a Saturday afternoon. The barista was a friendly, efficient and quietly engaging guy.... More

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San Diego, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I think I hit all the major coffee shops in Antigua, this is the best cup. (After I found it, the streets are poorly marked, wandered for about an hour!)

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We have been here a few of times now. Nice coffee but not the friendliest of places. Firm believer that good coffee is the sum of many items, from quality product, to atmosphere, to service. Despite a number of visits the staff have not even acknowledge our repeat returns are do not engage in any way other than making a... More

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Shenzhen
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This place is what every real coffee shop should be - roast on premise, great espresso and milk drinks, pour over, cold extraction equipment etc. how any one can leave a negative review is beyond me!

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San Francisco, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The coffee was good as expected ...the place is small.i found another coffee place that over pass.nothing extraordinary.

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Arlington, VA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I enjoyed a cup of delicious coffee prepared as a pour over. The cafe was small and definitely a must do for any coffee aficionado. They roast their beans fresh. Even though I admit I enjoy Starbucks, this place is true in its pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee with the coffee being the main focus. The only thing... More

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Sao Paulo
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Ivan prepares great coffee. I try cuban style: expresso brewed with sugar. Great place and great service. The place is located inside a souvenir store near the main plaza.

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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We read a review on trip advisor for coffee and seen this place had good reviews and it definatly lived up to reviews ! Delicious coffee and delicious carrot cake ! We came back a second time it was that good ! Great little coffee bar !

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Nagoya, Japan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

People, music, location..everything is very nice. Of course coffee is great. When I was in Antigua, I went here almost everyday and stayed for a long time. The atmosphere is perfect. I sometimes ordered hot chocolate. Guatemalan chocolate is very good. If you don't like coffee, please try it.

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Antigua, Guatemala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Best place if you really want to taste real coffee, i mean if you are not interested in to try something with artificial flavors. Plus open mic nights on Thursdays are simply awesome!!

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