Tampa Coffee Shops That Live Up To The Hype

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Between you and me, I’m not as much of a coffee fan as I once was. I’m always down for an iced coffee or latte, but tea is more my jam these days. Still, there’s nothing like the ambiance of a coffee shop. It takes me back to college and escaping to a cozy cafe (Pascals, for any Gainesville readers!) to pretend to study between classes. Tampa has an unparalleled coffee scene that makes me even more grateful to live here. This started as a hidden gem series, but a lot of these shops are quite popular. Finding coffee places that no one knows about proved harder than expected!

12 Coffee Shops in Tampa Bay Worth The Drive

If this is your first time reading this series, welcome! I usually indicate affordability when I’m sharing restaurants, but because these are all coffee shops, assume that it’s $15 or under. If a place skews more than that, I’ll indicate it in my review.

Blind Tiger

Growing up, my only real experience with coffee was Starbucks. I visited Blind Tiger for the first time at their Ybor City location, and I was hooked. They’re famous for the Dirty Thaiger, which is made with double shot espresso, thai tea, sweetened condensed milk, over ice and topped with cinnamon.

4.5/5 stars on Yelp, locations in Seminole Heights, Westchase, Ybor, and more

King State

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you already know which shop was first on my mind. Given that it was named one of the best coffeeshops in America and given that I go at least once a week, I had to include it. The vibe is impeccable and the breakfast menu is dangerously good.

4.5/5 stars on Yelp, 520 E Floribraska Ave., Tampa

Sips Specialty Coffee

Sometimes I’m in the mood to hang out at a coffee shop, but when I just want to grab a drink to-go, it can be annoying to get out of the car. I love Sips because they have a drive-thru, which is pretty much unheard of unless you’re trying to visit a chain. If you do stop in, you’ll love the interior. As one reviewer said, “There are a lot of places where you can stop for coffee, but not many places offer this type of cozy atmosphere.”

4.5/5 stars on Yelp, 6118 Gunn Hwy., Tampa

Spaddy’s

Spaddy’s started as a mobile coffee bar but quickly made Seminole Heights its home. There’s an outdoor courtyard to hang out while you enjoy your drinks, and they also have a brick-and-mortar location in South Tampa. They roast their own (delicious) coffee, which is one thing that sets them apart from the competition. I recommend visiting the Seminole Heights location when the weather’s nice.

5/5 stars on Yelp, 5206 N Florida Ave., Tampa

Grove Surf and Coffee

If you’re after a Florida vibe, look no further. Grove is half coffee bar, half surf shop, so you can grab a latte while you shop for new beachwear. The interior is beautiful and minimalist, and it’s located right on St. Pete Beach. The toasted coconut latte immediately caught me eye — let me know if you stop in and try it.

5/5 stars on Yelp, 7370 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach

Cafe Quiquiriqui

You guys already know that I’m a fan of anywhere that’s heavily Instagrammable, and this fits the bill. Locate in Ybor City’s stunning Hotel Haya, Cafe Quiquiriqui is brightly lit with a super fun vibe. They do close at 5pm, so I recommend this spot for a productive morning.

4.5/5 stars on Yelp, 1412 E 7th Ave., Tampa

The Bean Bar Co.

I do my best to include recommendations across all of Tampa Bay, so this one is for my Pasco friends. I’ve been so sad that Buttermilk Provisions temporarily closed, which makes it even better to have the Bean Bar in town. It’s a mobile coffee bar with lattes, smoothies, tea, and savory snacks like a chicken and waffle sandwich. They’re opening a permanent location soon, which I’m extremely excited for.

4.5/5 stars on Yelp, check schedule for upcoming stops 

Indian Shores Coffee

Indian Shores is one of my favorite sleepy beach towns in Tampa Bay, and this shop fits the relaxed vibe of the area. The stellar reviews talk about a cozy outdoor seating area, a friendly staff, and the incredible pastries that are made in-house. Be prepared to wait in line, depending on when you go — it’s pretty popular among locals.

4.5/5 stars on Yelp, 19221 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach

Kaleisia Tea

Even though this is a list for Tampa coffee shops, this is the place to go if you’re a tea lover. I started going on my lunch break when I worked down the road, and it’s still the best place for tea in Tampa. There’s a full food menu (I’m partial to the spring rolls) and a wide assortment of teas to choose from. The milk tea menu is also worth checking out.

4.5/5 stars on Yelp, 1441 E Fletcher Ave Ste. 101, Tampa

Caffeine Roasters

Caffeine Roasters is known nationwide for its specialty roasted coffee, but only those of us in Tampa get to enjoy the local cafe. The menu is filled with delicious breakfast and lunch items, and there’s a drive-thru for anyone who needs their cold brew on the go.

4/5 stars on Yelp, 2420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa

Jet City Espresso

If you’re searching for something that feels like home, Jet City is about as close as you can get. It’s located in a private home in the Hyde Park area, and the owner has been brewing coffee for Tampa locals since the mid-1990s. I’m a huge fan of coffee shops that don’t limit themselves to sweet pastries, and the savory menu here is to die for.

5/5 stars on Yelp, 318 S Edison Ave, Tampa

Paradeco Coffee Roasters

via Daily Coffee News

If you want to talk about highly Instagrammable Tampa coffee shops, you have to start with Paradeco. It’s relatively new in downtown St. Pete, but I’ve seen many a blogger taking artfully posed pictures with the retro decor here. I haven’t visited myself, but it’s high on the to-do list. After looking at the menu, the iced vanilla lavender matcha is calling my name.

4.5/5 stars on Yelp, 111 2nd Ave NE Ste. 101, St. Petersburg

 

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