The sunny Floridian city of Gainesville has a myriad of quiet, cozy, laid-back, and hip joints to grab a great cup of coffee. Whether you want stylish French presses, pour-overs, hip nitros, the latest versions of slow drips, or a pure Italian-style double shot espresso, Gainesville has no shortage of coffee shops, and here are some of the best spots to go to get your coffee fix.
1.Bay Island Coffee Company
© Bay Island Coffee Company
Located in the middle of Butler Enterprises’ parking lot on 35th Boulevard, Bay Island Coffee Company is a little coffee shop that serves an extensive menu that features specialty coffees, espressos, frozen coffee and specialty drinks, healthy smoothies, gourmet tea, lemonade, and sodas. The walk-up or drive-through café also serves a range of delicious breakfast sandwiches, freshly baked pastries, and sweet treats and offers a variety of specials every day of the week.
3270 SW 35th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608, Phone: 352-682-9760
© Bella Caffè
Based inside the North Florida Regional Medical Center, Bella Caffè is a small specialty coffee shop that began as a coffee cart at the University of Florida campus and has grown into the bustling little shop it is today. Co-owner Doug Nyland opened the café in 2002, and it serves espresso drinks, regular coffee drinks, tea, Oreo shakes, and some low-carb options. The café also serves a selection of fresh pastries, muffins, and other baked goods from Bagel Land of Thornebrook and has a warm and welcoming ambiance that encourages guests to linger longer over their coffee. Bella Caffè is open Monday through Sunday.
6500 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville, FL 32605, Phone: 352-337-0516
3.Curia on The Drag
© Curia on The Drag
Located on NW 6th Street, Curia on the Drag is a unique combination of a coffee shop, Dad’s Bar, and a marketplace known as Auk Market. The vegan and vegetarian-friendly establishment sports a plant-based kitchen that serves extensive menus with counter service and dine-in options and a charming outdoor patio where guests can dine alfresco-style. Curia on the Drag also houses a contemporary art gallery and art studios where visitors can enjoy painting classes and workshops, and the coffee shop serves a variety of coffee drinks like Americanos, macchiatos, lattes, and macchiatos, along with blended frozen coffee drinks, and fresh juices, and freshly baked pastries, muffins, and other sweet treats.
2029 NW 6th St, Gainesville, FL 32609, Phone: 352-792-6444
4.CYM Coffee Co
© CYM Coffee Co
CYM (Change Your Mind) Coffee Co is a cozy coffee shop near the Oaks Mall and a green market that offers a tranquil spot to enjoy a great cup of coffee. The café serves a variety of coffee drinks like Americanos, macchiatos, lattes, and macchiatos, along with specialty sips like honey iced coffee, blended frozen coffee drinks, and fresh juices. The bustling café also serves a variety of light bites like sandwiches, muffins, pastries, and other sweet treats and boasts a quiet, library-like setting with a charming porch where guests can relax with a book or catch up on some work with complimentary wireless Internet.
5404 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605, Phone: 352-224-5101
5.Dolce Vita Bakery Cafe
© Dolce Vita Bakery Cafe
Dolce Vita Bakery Cafe is a charming little European-inspired café that serves house-brewed coffee and freshly baked desserts and sweet treats made from scratch every day. The bakery and coffee shop has comfortable, homey décor, and a warm and welcoming ambiance and the enticing aromas of cakes baking in the oven embrace guests as they enter the shop. The café serves breakfast and lunch daily with menus that feature dishes like homemade soups, fresh salads, gourmet made-to-order sandwiches, Euro-inspired treats like Dobosh torte, fruit-filled Kiffles walnut and poppy strudel, sfogliatella, and cannoli. The bakery also makes custom cakes for special occasions such as baby showers, weddings, and graduations, and a variety of coffee drinks like Americanos, macchiatos, lattes, and macchiatos, along with specialty sips.
4908 NW 34th Blvd #2, Gainesville, FL 32605, Phone: 352-505-6688
6. Fiore's Sweet Cup
Fiore's Sweet Cup is a locally-owned and operated family-run business that certified organic fair-trade coffee from Sweetwater, homemade frozen yogurt, and a selection of freshly made light bites like bagels and freshly baked pastries. The coffee menu features a variety of coffee drinks like Americanos, macchiatos, lattes, and macchiatos, along with specialty sips like blended frozen coffee drinks, specialty lattes, and fresh juices, along with iced tea from Tea Forte’ and homemade gelato, and ice cream with over 40 topping options.
2835 SW 91st St #330, Gainesville, FL 32608, Phone: 352-505-1979
© Harper's Corner
Harper's Corner is a locally-owned and operated café in the heart of Gainesville with rustic décor, quirky furnishings, comfortable seating, and complimentary wireless Internet. The quiet little shop is ideal for relaxing with a book, studying or getting some work done, and serves organic and fair-trade coffee in a variety of forms from cappuccino to macchiato and more. The casual community coffee shop also serves a variety of freshly baked pastries, croissants, muffins, and other sweet treats that pair perfectly with a steaming mug of house-brewed coffee.
1236 NW 21 Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609, Phone: 352-260-6958
© Karma Cream
Karma Cream is a casual counter-serve coffee shop that serves organic, fair-trade coffee, and vegan fare in a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. Famed for their delicious vegan fare, the café offers a wide range of mouthwatering treats, freshly baked pastries and desserts that are made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients or delivered daily. The café also serves homemade ice cream and a variety of coffee drinks like Americanos, macchiatos, lattes, and macchiatos, as well as specialty drinks, fresh juices, and sodas. Karma Cream offers complimentary wireless Internet and has a lofted study spot upstairs.
607 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, Phone: 352-505-6566
9.Maude's Classic Cafe
Located in the Sun Center East, Maude’s Classic Cafe is a long-standing coffeehouse with a spacious patio and a relaxed, artsy vibe that serves high-quality coffee and light bites in a vibrant atmosphere. The eclectic little café in downtown Gainesville has its own bar called Maude’s Side Car Bar that serves a range of craft beers, casual wines, and creative cocktails, and a spacious patio with string lights is an ideal spot for enjoying a great cup of coffee or glass of wine beneath the stars. The café hosts special events throughout the year, including a drag-burlesque show called Downtown DRAG, and has board games for guests to enjoy. Maude’s Classic Cafe serves a menu of breakfast dishes and other light fare and delicious, mouthwatering desserts with quirky names like Madonna and Johnny Cash.
101 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville, FL 32601, Phone: 352-336-9646
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© Metro Diner
Located in the 34th Street Plaza next to the University of Florida campus, Metro Diner is a local diner chain serving classic American breakfast and light lunch fare in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Situated near the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Curtis Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the cozy diner serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week and offers signature dishes like Fried Chicken and Waffles, Charleston Shrimp and Grits, Iron City Meatloaf, Pulled Pork Mac Steak, and Chicken Pot Pie. The diner serves a range of beverages, including white and red wine, freshly brewed coffee and tea, iced tea, sodas, and mimosas.
2130 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32608, Phone: 352-353-2889
11.Mi Apá Latin Cafe of Gainesville
© Mi Apá Latin Café of Gainesville
Located in the Westgate Regency Shopping Center, Mi Apá Latin Café of Gainesville is a bright and lively Latin restaurant with a lovely outdoor patio that serves traditional Cuban fare and coffee in a modern and relaxed environment. The vibrant restaurant offers dine-in and drive-through options and serves a menu of hearty fare such as Cuban sandwiches, and signature dishes like Palomilla Empanizada, Carne Con Papas, Masitas Fritas, Pollo Y Aguacate, and Arroz Con Pollo. The food is accompanied by a full bar list boasting craft beers, casual wines, and handcrafted cocktails made with high-end spirits.
114 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32607, Phone: 352-376-7020
12.Opus Coffee at Innovation
© Opus Coffee at Innovation
Situated in the Innovation District on 2nd Avenue, Opus Coffee at Innovation is one of several Opus Coffee cafés and boasts a bright, modern space in which coffee-lovers can enjoy a variety of regular coffee drinks like espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, pour-overs, and drip coffee, all made with locally-roasted coffee beans. The café offers a selection of freshly baked and made-from-scratch pastries from BakerBaker, including croissants, Danishes, muffins, and desserts like pecan pie bars and chocolate espresso cake. Healthy options include fresh fruit, parfaits, dips, and fresh salads, and the bar serves several Florida beers on tap and a small wine selection.
800 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
© Pascal's Coffeehouse
Named after Blaise Pascal, a 17th-century intellectual, Pascal’s Coffeehouse is a locally-owned and operated Christian–themed coffeehouse in Midtown Gainesville that serves house-roasted and freshly brewed coffee and light fare in a cozy setting with a fireplace. The quaint café has two floors, an upper deck, and little study rooms with bookshelves, offering ample space for customers to relax with friends or get some work done in a quiet corner. Pascal’s doubles as a Christian study center that hosts public lectures and symposiums and readings about faith.
112 NW 16th St, Gainesville, FL 32603, Phone: 352-377-5480
14.Patticakes in the Village
Located in the Haile Village Center, Patticakes in the Village is a locally-owned and operated coffee shop with air-conditioned indoor seating, outdoor seating, and complimentary wireless Internet. The café serves a variety of coffee drinks like Americanos, macchiatos, lattes, and macchiatos, as well as specialty drinks, fresh juices, and sodas, along with exceptional pastries, breakfast items, and sweet treats. The café is famous for its cookie dough cupcakes and is a popular spot with students who use the welcoming coffee shop to hang out, study, and finish their work.
9124 SW 51st Rd B-102, Gainesville, FL 32608, Phone: 352-328-3945
15.Terrace Market Cafe
© Terrace Market Café
Located in the UF Health Medical Plaza, the Terrace Market Café is a casual café that offers the staff and visitors of the hospital a place to relax over coffee and light fare. The café boasts indoor and outdoor dining areas with lovely views over the Garden of Hope and serves a variety of breakfast and lunch items like freshly made-from-scratch sandwiches, a selection of pizza, fresh salads, and grilled chicken and meat dishes. The café offers a range of beverages such as fresh fruit juices, sodas, healthy smoothies, freshly brewed coffee and tea, and iced tea.
1515 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608, Phone: 352-371-0580
16.Third House Books and Coffee
© Third House Books and Coffee
Located in the space formerly occupied by the old dining room for The Wine & Cheese Gallery, Third House Books and Coffee is a small, independent bookstore that sells books from small, local presses and serves organic, fair-trade coffee in a cozy and intimate space. The little shop is a literary oasis for bibliophiles and coffee-lovers alike and has an inventory of no more than 300 titles through which customers can browse for that unique find. Third House Books and Coffee serves tea from a small menu and provides complimentary drip coffee to all customers and is attached to Downtown Wine & Cheese, where customers can enjoy craft beers, casual wines, and delectable foods.
400 NW 10th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, Phone: 352-317-5387
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17.Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate
© Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate
Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate is a trendy coffee shop in the greater Gainesville area with an industrial-style and straightforward design that offers a casual, laid-back spot to enjoy unique tea blends and coffee made from ethically-sourced beans. The downtown coffeehouse has walls adorned with local artworks, comfortable décor, and a peaceful atmosphere in which customers can enjoy signature drinks like strong Guatemalan coffee, Mayan hot chocolate, fresh cinnamon lattes, and the Volta Spiced White Chocolate. Volta’s drinks menu offers a rotating selection of coffee and tea, and the food menu offers light fare such as freshly baked pastries, spicy scones, muffins, and croissants.
48 SW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601, Phone: 352-271-4361
© Wyatt's Coffee
Hip, happening, and hot - Wyatt’s Coffee is the epitome of a hipster coffee shop. Owned by the adjacent ice pop shop, the stylish coffeehouse in the middle of Downtown Gainesville has a homey, welcoming ambiance and serves an extensive selection of Florida-roasted artisanal coffees and hand-blended teas. The expansive menu also features freshly baked goodies from Bagel Bakery and Uppercrust, and customers are given a free coffee if their name is selected on the café’s “name of the day” Instagram promotion.
202 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, Phone: 352-519-5818
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18 Best Gainesville, FL Coffee Shops
- Bay Island Coffee Company, Photo: Bay Island Coffee Company
- Bella Caffe, Photo: Bella Caffè
- Curia on The Drag, Photo: Curia on The Drag
- CYM Coffee Co, Photo: CYM Coffee Co
- Dolce Vita Bakery Cafe, Photo: Dolce Vita Bakery Cafe
- Fiore's Sweet Cup, Photo: leszekglasner/stock.adobe.com
- Harper's Corner, Photo: Harper's Corner
- Karma Cream, Photo: Karma Cream
- Maude's Classic Cafe, Photo: chayathon2000/stock.adobe.com
- Metro Diner, Photo: Metro Diner
- Mi Apá Latin Cafe of Gainesville, Photo: Mi Apá Latin Café of Gainesville
- Opus Coffee at Innovation, Photo: Opus Coffee at Innovation
- Pascal's Coffeehouse, Photo: Pascal's Coffeehouse
- Patticakes in the Village, Photo: ?rtranq/stock.adobe.com
- Terrace Market Cafe, Photo: Terrace Market Café
- Third House Books and Coffee, Photo: Third House Books and Coffee
- Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate, Photo: Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate
- Wyatt's Coffee, Photo: Wyatt's Coffee
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