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“It Is The Best Coffee In Antigua!!!”

The Refuge Coffee Bar
Ranked #4 of 17 Coffee & Tea in Antigua
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Seating
Description: A small quality driven coffee bar. Sits on the Tanque De la Union park with a beautiful view of the Agua Volcano.
Antigua, Guatemala
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“It Is The Best Coffee In Antigua!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is A Must Place to Visit in Antigua. Not only is this "The best coffee" but a great place to meet folks from all over the world and make new friends. The owner Jim is friendly and helpful and his employee Alex who is Guatemalteco is helpful with Spanish and local issues. It is the Best Place to Start Your Day. They also have Iced coffee drinks for those hot days. There is NO food except cookies and sweets to go with your delicious coffee.

  • Visited August 2012
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“Best coffee in Guatemala!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012 via mobile

After spending a week in Antigua sampling many local coffee houses, Refuge is easily the best!

I had an espresso, which was rich and nutty, not at all bitter. While my friend had a cafe latte with honey and cinnamon. Both were outstanding.

A must try when in Antigua!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“This was a delight!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

The owner is very friendly..he is from the US so he can also help with directions around town..oh..the coffee...the BEST! this is a don't miss place if you like your coffee...

Visited July 2012
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Elberta, Alabama
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“Nice place for a good cup of coffee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2012

Simple, with a few cookies, and light sweets. The coffee is excellent and the owner a friendly, young, laid back, down to earth guy, from the US who serves up your coffee. Ask him to make, for you, a cup of coffee with the heart shaped foam on top. It is something like Makiato, but, I am sure that is not the correct name. He will know what you are talking about. It is on 7 av

  • Visited July 2012
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Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2012

I really don't understand what's the big deal about this cafe. Yes, the coffee is good, like it should be, but not exceptional. The place itself is average, not particulatly nice design, not particularly comfortable seats.... The service might be the best sometimes, but for me, it was always just OK (I mean I always got the drink I ordered), but not especially welcoming or friendly - I'm used to much better service in Guatemala in general. Yes, it's clear it's very trendy now, and popular among tourists and expats, but I have no idea why - there are nicer places with equally good coffee in Antigua.

  • Visited July 2012
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