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“Best coffee in central america so far” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Refuge Coffee Bar

The Refuge Coffee Bar
Ranked #3 of 17 Coffee & Tea in Antigua
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe
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Restaurant details
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.
Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best coffee in central america so far”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

As a massive coffee enthusiast we rate this place at the top. The coffee was PERFECT. It reminded me of a 10/10 flat white from New Zealand. I got two because they were flawless.

We will be back for more!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mearle E
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Best Coffee in Antigua”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

Stayed in Antigua for a month and visited here everyday for a large coffee and the occasional carrot cake (amazing by the way).

Friendly staff, nice chilled atmosphere and great coffee.

As a bonus, it is also cheaper than most other coffee shops in Antigua!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tortuga16
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Kimberly, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Bad experience!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

My wife and I stopped by and took a couple coffees to go. Then we went to Park Central to people watch and enjoy our coffee. After a couple sips we both looked at each other with dismay. Both cups of coffee tasted burnt. They were not something we could finish. So, we walke across the park and bought a couple more and proceeded to people watch.

I{m not sure waht went wrong that day at the Refuge Bar but most certainly something was off.

Service was good. Value was poor because we threw the coffee in the garbage.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Steve B
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230 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere. Good cup of coffee.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

Stopped by here on the way to dinner for a pick-me-up. Great little place! Grabbed a cafe con leche which was delicious. Could have easily sat here and people watched for awhile, seems like a good place for expats, tourists and locals alike without the touristy behavior if the coffee shops around the main square.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Andrea S
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nothing Special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Just another coffee shop. Average like most.

There are much better right at central park so you can save
yourself the walk.

The decor is less than average as compared to ohers.

Service is OK but I{d argue so is it OK at Mcdonalds.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Victor P
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