cafés to visit in Montevideo, Uruguay

In the Uruguayan capital, coffee is taken seriously. Next, check out places to watch the time go by in between sips


With its nostalgic and peaceful atmosphere, Montevideo is an invitation to have some coffee. Even better if it’s accompanied by some local treat, like medialunas or the can’t-miss dulce de leche, which arrives at the table in the form of alfajor, pie, crêpe, waffle, milkshake, brownie, or even in a cup. The itinerary can include traditional coffee shops – that have been in business for over 100 years – and modern cafés, with a French or New York touch. Learn about some of them.


The Lab Coffee Roasters

This modern café, with utensils and décor that are evocative of a lab, adds status to the drink. From the selection of beans to the different brewing methods, everything is designed to make coffee tasting a complete experience.

Av. Dr. Luis Alberto de Herrera 1057


Doña Inés Dulces Tentaciones

This establishment, which looks like a dollhouse with vintage décor, serves coffee and Uruguayan and international desserts, like cheesecake. Hot dulce de leche in a cup is one of the most popular options.

Calle Miguel Barreiro, 3293


Café Brasilero

Small and filled with history, the oldest café in the city has been in business since 1877 – writers like Juan Carlos Onetti and Eduardo Galeano were regular customers there. On a tour of the old city center, take some time to stop by the café, even if it is just to admire the original décor, which has an art nouveau touch.

Calle Ituzaingó, 1447


Philomène Café

With a Parisian atmosphere and beautiful décor and chinaware, this charming space in the neighborhood of Punta Carretas offers homemade sweets, sandwiches, soups, and healthy dishes. The waffle with dulce de leche goes well with coffee or tea.

Calle Solano García, 2455


Oro del Rhin

Founded in 1927, it has three locations in the city. The most interesting one is in the vibrant neighborhood of Pocitos, inside the bookstore Yenny, offering a view of the Rambla. Among the many menu options, go for the traditional medialunas.

Boulevard España-Rambla, 2711-9497