A Walk Along Chiapanecan Coffee
Combine the delight of a cup of coffee with a harmonious tour around San Cristobal’s main cultural attractions.

Enjoy a Cup of Mexican Coffee in San Cristobal de las Casas

The town of San Cristobal de las Casas, full of colorful buildings and kind people, has been recognized for its impressive religious temples, for having been the capital of the state of Chiapas and also for its location in the highest part of the state. However, there is an additional and more succulent attraction in this town, which is: the exquisite and famous Chiapanecan coffee that is served in the numerous coffee bars downtown. There, you can combine the delight of an espresso with the harmonious view of the San Cristobal Cathedral or the scent of freshly ground coffee and the tranquility of 31 de Marzo Square, otherwise known as Main Square. 

History of Coffee in Chiapas

Coffee beans were taken to Chiapas in 1847. It was Geronimo Manchinelli who brought them from Guatemala to the town of Tuxtla Chico, where the beans quickly adapted to the weather and the soil of that territory which was crowned by the Tacaná Volcano. Since then, Chiapas has become the world’s main high quality organic coffee producer.

Museums in San Cristobal de las Casas

If you think that your only option is to order a coffee, sit back and enjoy the landscape. You’ll be pleased to know that there are several promenades in this town. This way, the perfect plan can include ordering a coffee for take-away and enjoying it while walking around town. You can buy souvenirs at the Amber Museum located in the Merced Temple, visit the Jade Museum where they sell unique jewelry made of this precious stone or, if you want to try something that’s quite ad hoc with your beverage of choice, visit the Coffee Museum located only two blocks away from Main Square.

Main Tourist Attractions in San Cristobal de las Casas

South of San Cristobal, not very far from downtown, you will find the arch-tower of El Carmen, with its peculiar L-shaped architecture. And after you’ve already finished your last drop of coffee, you can pamper yourself with a second cup in one of the local cafeterias. This way you’ll be able to try the different flavors and toasted grains they offer. At the same time, it will be the fuel you need to continue your walk toward the northern end of Main Square where you’ll find the Temple of Santo Domingo, the jewel of San Cristobal.

Days at this Mexican destination are usually warm, but nights tend to get chilly and windy. That’s why Chiapanecan coffee is always the best company while you wait for the sun to set.

Tips for Coffee Lovers

At San Cristobal’s coffee bars you can listen to different kinds of music including rock, reggae and ballads.

There are other typical beverages you should try at the coffee bars. One we highly recommend is posh –a mixture of distillated sugarcane juice and corn starch– a sacred beverage for the natives.

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  • Plan a Route

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  • Value Artistic Tradition

    Visit the arts market where you’ll find varied and great quality products at a fair price.

  • Follow This Photo Tip

    When you visit churches and temples, make sure there are no signs that indicate photography is not allowed.

  • Coffee Tasting

    If you order a coffee after lunch and it gets cold, then you’ll know if it’s a good variety, because quality coffee tastes great even cold

  • Order Coffee and Chocolate

    Order a coffee with dark chocolate. It enhances the taste of coffee.

  • Ceramic Craftworks

    In Amatenango del Valle, 38 km away from San Cristobal, you can find ceramic craftworks elaborated with prehispanic techniques.

  • Chiapas' Cultural Capital

    San Cristobal was Chiapas’ capital until 1894, and although it isn’t anymore, it’s considered its cultural capital.

  • The Many Names of San Cristobal

    San Cristobal has had several names throughout its history. The current one makes reference to the namesake saint that’s considered the patron of travelers.

  • Coffee Trees

    Coffee Trees take up to four years to reach their mature production.