One thing all digital nomads have in common is that we’re always looking for cool places with fast WiFi (and preferably good coffee) to hang out and get some work done. We’ve been living in Puerto Vallarta on and off since February 2017 so we’ve checked out several different spots around town. This is our list of the best cafes and coworking spaces in Puerto Vallarta.
Most people only think of cruisers, spring breakers, and retirees when someone mentions Puerto Vallarta but there is a growing digital nomad scene here and the infrastructure is always improving. So if you find yourself needing to get some work done while you’re here, these are some of the best places we’ve found to do just that. The list is organized based on the neighborhood starting in the Romantic Zone and heading north.
We’ve had a lot of fun seeking these places out in hopes it can save you some time.
Best Cafes in Puerto Vallarta
Zona Romantica (Romantic Zone, aka Old Town)
El Sofa Cafe
Located in the heart of Zona Romantica, El Sofa is a really awesome cafe with a friendly owner, decorated with amazing art. Just as the name suggests, there are a couple of comfy sofas where you can chill with your laptop and a tasty cup of coffee. Patricio Eggs with an iced Vietnamese coffee is my favorite combo! You will usually find the owner’s cute little dog, Habibi, hanging out on the sofas too. Be sure to get there early as they close at 4:00 pm.
- Internet Speed -17 Mbps download, 5 Mbps upload
- Coffee – espresso-based coffee drinks both hot and iced (Including Vietnamese coffee!) 24 – 40 pesos
- Other drinks – ice tea, smoothies, lassis, soda, Italian soda, juice 18 – 44 pesos
- Food – breakfast, soups, salads, bagels, paninis, baguettes, pita pizzas, deserts 15 – 90 pesos
Big Apple Deli
If you’re looking for a place in the Romantic Zone to do some light work like checking emails then Big Apple Deli is perfect. It’s a little sandwich deli from NYC. However, there’s limited seating. There’s only one table in the middle of the cafe plus a few bar stools and lounge chairs. Outdoor seating is also available which is great if you don’t’ need to plug in.
- Internet Speed – 2 Mbps down, 4 Mbps upload
- Coffee – standard coffee menu with prices ranging from 25-45 pesos.
- Food – soups, salads, sandwiches, and cakes.
Best Cafes in Centro
Not only is Metate a great place to get some work done while enjoying some air conditioning but it’s also a great place to try regional dishes of Mexico. They are famous for chocolate, coffee, and chilaquiles! If you’ve never had chilaquiles, you are in luck because they offer a chilaquiles sampler plate including one with a chocolate sauce. Yum!
The only downsides to this cafe are that they only have a few plugs and the tables and chairs are a bit small. It’s not a place to spend an entire afternoon but it’s great for doing some light work done while enjoying their special of the week.
- Internet Speed -10 Mbps download, 2 Mbps upload
- Coffee – regular coffee, espresso, double espresso, cappuccino, latte, frappes
- Other drinks – chocolate drinks, smoothies, juices, milkshakes, lemonade, sodas
- Food – Breakfast and lunch
Coexist Bistro is a hip cafe just one block from the Malecon in Centro. You can choose to sit poolside or cool off in their air-conditioned room. They have all sorts of coffee options. Breakfast is really delicious and they also have amazing salads and amazing main courses. Happy hour is from 1:00 – 5:00 pm in case you need an adult beverage while you’re working.
- Coffee – lots of options
- Other drinks – juices, smoothies, sodas, full bar
- Food – breakfast, lunch, and dinner options
This cozy cafe packs a big punch! The vibe is hipster and laid back and they have multiple seating options; a couch and two armchairs in the back, two tall tables, and a regular table.
There are a few outlets scattered around if you need to plug in. Their cold brew is the best! They also have plenty of hot, slow coffee. If you’re feeling hungry they have croissants and colorful salads.
- Internet Speed – 13 Mbps download, 1 Mbps upload
- Coffee – cold brew bar, slow coffee, espresso-based coffee drinks
- Food – croissants, salads, cakes
This cute little cafe is conveniently located in the heart of Centro. It’s very bright with lots of natural light and a balcony where you can watch the traffic go by while you enjoy your coffee.
They have a full menu with breakfast, lunch, and dinner options plus all your favorite coffee drinks. It’s a great place to answer emails while enjoying some avocado toast before hitting the beach!
- Coffee – lots of espresso-based coffee drinks and a few slow coffee drinks such as Chemex.
- Other drinks – juices and smoothies
- Food – bowls, salads, sandwiches, soups
Chocolate is very important in Latin America. The cacao bean has a long history and many different uses. There are Choco Museos all over Latin America meant to educate people on the significance of coffee and the Choco Museo in Puerto Vallarta is no different.
They have chocolate cooking classes and a variety of other activities. There is a coffee shop on the third floor overlooking the Malecon and ocean. It’s a great place to get some work done while you enjoy one of their many chocolate drinks. Don’t worry, they have regular coffee, too. Their menu has a couple of lunch options and of course, lots of chocolate.
- Internet Speed – 10 Mbps download, 2 Mbps upload
- Coffee – espresso, French press, traditional Mexican coffee
- Other drinks – lots of chocolate drinks including Spanish chocolate, Mayan chocolate, and Conquistador chocolate, prehispanic cold drinks, smoothies, Pepsi
- Food – chocolate tacos and other chocolate items
Best Cafes in 5 de Diciembre
The Green Place Cafe
I truly love this cafe. It’s a vegan restaurant and art gallery with rotating exhibitions and an awesome atmosphere to match.
The food is really delicious. I never knew vegan food could be so delicious! They have a lot of different food options from breakfast and smoothie bowls to delicious salads and veggie burgers. Have you ever had a vegan chocolate cake? If not, you should definitely try it here. There is a separate small meeting room that is air-conditioned and quiet if you need a space to just sit and write. Get there early because they are only open for breakfast and lunch.
- Internet Speed – 47 Mbps download, 8 Mbps upload
- Coffee – delicious espresso-based drinks both hot and cold
- Other drinks – smoothies, juice, detox shots, kombucha
- Food – breakfast, salads, sandwiches, burgers, smoothie bowls,
Best Coworking Spaces in Puerto Vallarta
Located right on the Rio Cuale where Centro meets Zona Romantica, Vallarta Cowork has everything you need in a coworking space – a telephone booth, meeting room, plenty of seating, and lots of natural light. The floor to ceiling windows and ocean view remind you that yes, you are in fact working in paradise.
It also boasts an incredible community. I’ve made several new digital nomad friends and gotten invaluable advice thanks to this coworking space. They regularly host events and weekly meetups. I highly recommend joining one of them even if you don’t join the coworking space!
We haven’t actually been to this coworking space but I wanted to include it in the post to provide options. Cowork Natureza is located in Versalles so it’s perfect if you’re staying in the Hotel Zone or farther north than the downtown area.
They have meeting rooms, common areas, and dedicated desks. It’s possible to use projectors and large monitors if you need them. There is controlled access for monthly members plus your membership will get you a discount in the attached cafeteria. No need to leave to find lunch! Although, I will say the neighborhood of Versalles is full of incredible food options.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our list of the best cafes and coworking spaces in Puerto Vallarta! It can be hard for digital nomads to find a good place to work. Sasha and I have spent lots of time scouring the city to find these cafes so you can quickly figure out where you’re going and get shit done.
As you can see, there is no shortage of places to pull up a chair, grab a cup of Joe, and be productive.
This list just barely scratches the surface of cool cafes in Puerto Vallarta and I will add to it as we visit more.
Is there a cafe that you’ve found that you think should be included here? Leave me a comment and tell me all about it or shoot us an email.
I hope this has helped you save time finding a place to work in this wonderful paradise we’re fortunate enough to call our part-time home 🙂
There’s always something going on around Puerto Vallarta. Check out some of our other posts for inspiration:
- 31 Kickass Things to do in Puerto Vallarta
- The Perfect Puerto Vallarta Vacation
- How to Find Quality Long-Term Rentals in Puerto Vallarta