Coffee lovers, get ready to have your hearts swell with joy. Tampa Bay is overflowing with amazingly delicious coffee shops that will satisfy your caffeine cravings at any time of day. There are tons of coffee houses, shops, and bars that offer all sorts of coffee, from cold brews to nitro coffee, a classic macchiato to sparkling coffee. With so many options, we listed the Best Coffee Houses in Tampa Bay to make it easier for you to find the best places to get your favorite caffeinated beverage.
500 E Kennedy Blvd #400, Tampa, FL 33602
Do you enjoy coffee, baked goods, local artwork, open mic nights or Tampa Heights? Then, Café Hey is the perfect coffee shop for you! Voted “Best Coffee Shop to Eat at” in Tampa Bay, Café Hey offers delicious pressed Cuban sandwiches, freshly made soup, desserts, vegan food and more. Café Hey’s brewed coffee is from Buddy Brew, which is Tampa’s local artisan hand roasted, gourmet roasting company. Their delicious beans from Bali, Colombia, Sumatra, Kenya, Mexico, and Tanzania are roasted right here in Tampa. If you’re looking for a night of laughter, musical performances, spoken word and poetry, then head on over to Café Hey on Thursdays for their Open Mic Night!
1540 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602
Feeling a little rebellious? Have you always wanted to go to a speakeasy, which is also called a “Blind Tiger”? The Blind Tiger Café in Ybor City and Seminole Heights might be the closest thing you can get! The Blind Tiger Café is a traditional coffee, tea and pastry shop concealing a curated speakeasy textile boutique. With its various brewing methods, The Blind Tiger Café offers countless options for specialty coffees, traditional coffee, and tea collections. Many locals know The Blind Tiger Café for its eclectic atmosphere, charming baristas and an amazing selection of local textiles. The Blind Tiger Café is a must for any coffee-lover!
To many, Oxford Exchange is the place to be—especially if you’re a University of Tampa student. Built in the same building that was once the Tampa Bay Hotel in 1891, Oxford Exchange is far from your normal coffee shop. Oxford Exchange is a place where people can meet, mingle, work in solitude or peruse its fine architectural details. From its glass-roofed conservatory to its brickwork and Italian marble floors, there’s something for everyone to love. Booklovers feel right at home when they walk into Oxford Exchange’s bookstore, with its new releases, bestsellers, beloved classics, signed first editions, children’s favorites, and magazines. Oxford Exchange has a menu of fresh, simple meals that feature the seasonal, local and organic ingredients. While at the Oxford Exchange, enjoy Buddy Brew coffee, TeBella Tea, locally squeezed fruit juice, beer, spirits, and cocktails!
Born and raised in Europe, the Caffeine brand was introduced to the United States with its first location in downtown Tampa in May 2016. Caffeine Tampa is a place for the specialty coffee explorers and craft coffee makers. This pet-friendly coffee shop offers fresh baked goods and bold brews, like its signature sparkling coffee. (For those of you who might not know what sparkling coffee is, it’s where espresso meets tonic water!) Caffeine Tampa also offers AeroPress, Chemex, the popular roaster Zeal and more at its Brew Bar. Caffeine Tampa is quickly becoming a local favorite!
Ever seen a pop-up coffee bar? Well, let Commune + Co. be your first! Commune + Co. is a handcrafted coffee company that offers daily coffee service at its Tampa location at the Tempus Projects, on its trikes (its pop-up bar) and at its soon-to-open St. Petersburg location. Commune + Co. is notoriously known and loved for its Pressure Brew. Pressure Brew is an iced coffee that a Commune + Co. barista pours your coffee of choice off the nitro tap system. Similar to your favorite Guinness, the head settles at the top of your glass highlighting the sweetness, nuance, and character of exceptional coffees! Are you intrigued? Well, get yourself a glass of Pressure Brew at places like The Bricks of Ybor Mermaid Tavern, Green Bench Brewing Company, Concord Coffee and more!
Known for being the community coffee shop in the University of South Florida area, Felicitous Coffee & Tea is a favorite local spot. Felicitous Coffee & Tea holds true to its definition of being a “well chosen”, “pleasing” and “fortunate” place for any and everyone to enjoy. The local coffee shop offers a dog-friendly, eclectic atmosphere that is unlike any other coffee shop you’ve ever been to. With its outdoor seating on its spacious patio, Felicitous Coffee & Tea is a great place to do work both indoors and outdoors! With its coffee, espresso, frappes and tea selections, there is plenty to drink. If you don’t believe us, Creative Loafing voted Felicitous Coffee & Tea as a house and vintage boutique with the “Best Iced Coffee” in all of Tampa Bay! Felicitous is a must for coffee lovers!
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Looking for a coffee shop that loves supporting local organizations and providing the best coffee for Tampa Bay residents? Then, you’ll make a perfect match with Kahwa Coffee. Kahwa Coffee first opened its doors in downtown St. Pete in 2006. Since then, Kahwa Coffee has rapidly expanded to eight other locations throughout the Tampa Bay and Sarasota area. Kahwa Coffee offers 100% Arabica beans of the highest quality from all over the world that are roasted and packaged on demand to guarantee freshness.
Coffee fanatics, get ready to drool over Buddy Brew’s coffee. Buddy Brew is a specialty coffee roaster with a passion to Brew Good and Do Good. With five different locations, Buddy Brew offers tons of espresso, cold brew, slow bar coffee and more. Buddy Brew’s coffee is carefully selected by farmers who grow, process and hand roast the beans to their highest quality. A few of the coffee beans Buddy Brew has to offer includes Sumatra, Double Dog, Honduras, Brazil and the newly released Kenya bean. Tampa locals know you can never go wrong with some good ole’ Buddy Brew Coffee!
2662 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
722 2nd St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
The Lab Coffee is a newly launched coffee collaboration laboratory, selling beans and fresh coffees. What truly makes The Lab Coffee unique is that you have the opportunity to learn how to roast coffee beans! The Lab Coffee is also the first coffee shop in North Hyde Park—in other words, it’s a pretty big deal. The Lab Coffee provides a unique, unforgettable coffee shop experience that will easily draw devoted customers. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to roast your coffee beans, you absolutely have to go to The Lab Coffee!
The newest member on the coffee scene in Tampa Bay, Dunedin Coffee Company is a locally owned coffee shop offering high quality locally roasted coffees, homemade baked goods and scratch made gelato! Owner Elena Kapetaneas oversees each detail where everything is local, fresh and homemade. She is open early and stays late, be sure to stop in to say, "Hello" to the areas newest entrepreneur! You will find live music on Saturdays, and daily specials announced on her Facebook page. Quaint, quiet and relaxing, Dunedin Coffee Company is brewing up something special!
Named after the massive red-haired beards of founders Josh and Derek, Ginger Beard Coffee believes in challenging the status quo and doing things differently. Serving only the finest coffees and treats at 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd from inside the Pour House near Downtown Tampa, Josh and Derek serve Buddy Brew straight brewed, espresso, espresso with milk, dry-hopped coffee, 4 different types of nitrogen-infused cold brews and more. What is nitrogen-infused cold brew you ask? It is what they do differently! These boys took a passion for craft beer brewing and applied it to coffee. They begin by cold brewing coffee for 20 hours, they put it in a keg and pressurize it with nitrogen. After the coffee and nitrogen are married within the keg the coffee comes out similar to a Guinness with the full flavor of the coffee bean, and none of the acidity and bitterness! They offer several cold brews with interesting flavor profiles at Ginger Beard, Tampa's first Cold Brew Nitro Bar. Curious? Stop by for samples and choose the perfect coffee for your day. You will also find Ginger Beard on tap at Daily Eats and Datz Dough. Stop by The Pour House for a cold one, but this time, make it a coffee! (6 am to 2 pm daily except Sundays)
The freshest coffee beans and a passion for our community and the great outdoors defines Foundation Coffee Co. Everything has a foundation or a guiding principle and at Foundation Coffee Co. it all begins with the freshest coffee beans, perfectly roasted to serve up excellent craft coffee. That’s not all. At Foundation you find a vibe that you do not find elsewhere. Maybe it’s the atmosphere of community or the obvious appreciation for the outdoors; regardless, Foundation Coffee is the perfect place to hang out with folks you know, and maybe some you don’t know, get some work done, and chill outside in the beautiful patio designed by Outdoor Impressions. The al fresco patio offers thoughtful groupings of tables and chairs set against the sounds of a trickling fountain.
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Jet City Espresso offers what is perhaps the most delicious specialty coffee you will ever taste. Jet City is a unique Seattle-style coffee shop that’s been in Tampa since the mid 90’s. The signature Café Borgia is a latte concoction made with a touch of golden honey, orange blossom, orange zest, hot, frothy moo, whipped cream, and a touch of nutmeg. It’s irresistible. Open in two locations, in Hyde Park and Seminole Heights, Jet City Espresso offers an array of specialty coffees and fresh-baked scones, as well as gluten-free and Paleo treats. The Seminole Height’s location serves up the brunch of your dreams with a full food menu. Order Jack’s French toast and you won’t be sorry. Picture French baguettes (yes, more than one) with honey and orange zest honey butter. Order up with a side of bacon and you’ve gone to heaven. The Hyde Park location is more of walk-up, to-go coffee shop, perfect for the quick stop on your way downtown or for a welcome pit stop after you’ve dropped the kids off at school. Sit on the front porch at their Seminole Heights or Hyde Park locations and take a minute to have a Café Borgia while you plan your day.
5803 N Florida Ave., Tampa FL Phone (813) 231-6215
If it’s Buddy Brew you crave, step off the main drag and get your fix at Tre Amici @ The Bunker in Ybor City. Established over 10 years ago, The Bunker off a full selection of Buddy Brew coffees and Nobiltea. Tucked among several shops on 19th Street, the Bunker offers a full breakfast and lunch menu. The highlight at The Bunker is that it’s also an art gallery featuring the works of our local artists. On display are wonderful pieces that are for sale. It’s Ybor City so park on the street and watch out for the local chickens! Did you know that the chickens in Ybor originated during the Great Depression when cigar workers took to farming in their backyards to put food on the table? It is said that the chickens wandering the streets now are the descendants of these life-saving chickens of years gone by.
A coffee bar AND a wine bar? The best cold brew in town? DI Coffee Bar fits the bill and just might be your favorite Davis Island hangout; you’d never have to leave. DI Coffee Bar offers a wonderful selection of coffee and a full food menu. If you skip the morning rush and sit a spell for lunch, try the Kale and Farro salad. DI Coffee Bar is a great place to study, catch up with friends, or grab a Cuban coffee and a breakfast sandwich to go.
214 E Davis Blvd, Tampa FL Phone (813) 915-5998
Owners of CRT were born and raised in Europe and take coffee and customer service very seriously. With the advent of a second shop now open in Tampa, (they recently opened a space in the old Drama Burger location on Kennedy Blvd) we have two opportunities to kick start our day with the perfect cup o' joe, downtown Tampa (212 Cass St.) and 2420 W Kennedy Blvd. which offers a drive thru for those busy days when you need a quick jolt. Even better, the new location affords you the ability to 'DIY' your coffee experience at home with a small retail section loaded with everything you need to make coffee at home. Quickly becoming a specialty item, it's not unusual to see commercial equipment in private homes. Watch for events, including latte art throwdowns and brewing sessions from this unique coffee shop in Tampa.
We would love to hear what your favorite Tampa Bay coffee houses are in the comments below! This list is never ending and we’re always looking for other coffee shops to add. We’re looking forward to hearing about your favorite places to get delicious coffee in Tampa.