The first thing you need to know about Café Vallejo is that it’s only open in the late afternoon and evenings.
This makes it less convenient a destination if you’re visiting Laureles from another part of town, but if you live in the neighborhood, it’s a cool little place to hang out.
Plus, they have WiFi, so you can bring your laptop if you want to get work done.
I chose Café Vallejo as a meeting point for my friend Ryan Goes Abroad and I one night.
The interior is wonderfully decorated, the walls dripping with images of old prints. The pattern of the tile floor alone is fantastic.
During our visit, the music was tango, adding to the old world feel of this quaint café. We placed our order at the counter, but decided to sit outside on the patio to enjoy the nice weather.
The menu is focused on coffees and teas, with a very limited food selection. Aside from a few pastries, they only had a Milo cake to offer me (which I gladly accepted).
A basic espresso or Americano will run you 1,800 pesos ($0.95), with a cappuccino costing 3,500 pesos ($1.85).
A variety of cold coffee drinks are available too, and as you can see, I opted for a coffee milkshake with chocolate sauce. Yum.
You can also order alcoholic drinks, such as an Irish coffee, beers (Aguila or Club Colombia), wine, and cocktails.
Both regular tea and chai are available, as is hot chocolate, and sodas.
As I said at the top, it’s a cute indie café in an up-and-coming neighborhood. The perfect place to grab a coffee with friends.
Update: Upon publishing this article, several readers mentioned this was their favorite café in Medellin. I also learned that it’s owned by the brother of Fernando Vallejo, the acclaimed Colombian writer who penned La Virgen de los Sicarios.