Tampa Bay Coffee: The Ultimate Guide

For those of you who don’t know me, I love coffee. I’m all about throwing down copious amount of cash for a great latte that isn’t from Starbucks. So, living in the Tampa Bay are has been great for me because there are so many options to choose from! However, when I first got to school, it was difficult to figure out all the different coffee places. So, I started working on a guide of places I’ve been and places I want to go to. I thought I’d share this with you all. I’ve also linked each places Instagram account so you can check them out and show them some love! Also, this guide wouldn’t have been possible without one of my favorite Instagram accounts, Tampa Brews, so check them out as well.

Places I’ve been and love:

Felicitous (USF / Temple Terrace)

Felicitous is my favorite coffee shop in the entire world. There is no place like it. I’m so lucky that I live less than 5 minutes away from their main location. I’m so proud of the fact they are doing well enough that they were able to open a second location. They always are putting new art on the walls from local artists and have the best music playing in there. They’re comfy on the inside and cute on the outside (and pupper friendly!). Personally, they make this “fit frappe” which is just espresso and whey protein but it’s my go to drink there. They sell a ton of snacks and also have a huge coffee + tea menu. The employees are friendly and always try to get to know you. What can I say, I just love Felicitous.

Foundation (Tampa Heights / Sparkman Wharf / Riverview)

Foundation is another one of my favorite places to go. Their indoor and outdoor seating areas are so cute and quiet. Perfect for getting some studying done or catching up with a friend. If you go to Foundation and don’t order iced cold brew, you’re missing out. They also have really good bakery items and most of them are vegan or gluten free!

Buddy Brew (Hyde Park / Kennedy / Airport)

Ohhhh Buddy Brew, how I love you. In case you can’t tell from my photos, I am in love with their lattes. If you don’t buy a vanilla latte at Buddy Brew, you might as well not go. Just kidding. All of their coffee is perfect and their stores are beautiful. They have multiple locations but the Hyde Park one has become my favorite! They also sell merchandise. I wouldn’t mind having one of their shirts, if anyone wants to buy me one (just kidding… or am I?).

Caffeine (Downtown TPA) and Caffeine Roasters (Kennedy)

I’ve only been to the downtown location once but I really enjoyed it! I bought an iced orange cold brew and it was definitely interesting and different. They’re also dog friendly!

The new location is super cute and has really comfortable seating. I would recommend the late latte – it’s pretty sweet, as a fair warning. I’ve also heard good things about their food!

Oxford Exchange (Downtown)

Okay so technically Oxford Exchange (OE) isn’t a coffee shop. However, it does have a Buddy Brew inside and you can walk around this beautiful building with an amazing coffee in hand. They have a really cute store inside with books and small gifts, a Warby Parker glasses section, and of course, the restaurant section of the store. If you’re stopping in for a coffee, make sure you take some time to walk around and enjoy this place! Refer to my Buddy Brew review for more details about the coffee.

Chocolate Pi (Soho)

My friend and I indulged on the strawberry shortcake and brushed suede lattes. They tasted great but we honestly bought them for the gram. I also bought two of the best cupcakes I’ve ever eaten another time I went. So if you’re in for a sweet treat and some coffee, head over to Chocolate Pi.

The Attic (Downtown TPA)

The Attic is such a cute location. I forgot to take a photo of the view, but you can see most of downtown Tampa from their balcony area! They’re also a bar and they often do open mic nights.

Mojo Books & Records (USF)

Mojo is perfect for grabbing coffee with a friend and then spending hours getting lost shopping for vinyl records and books. The staff is extremely friendly and I love the atmosphere here.

The Blind Tiger (Ybor / Seminole Heights / SOHO)

“The atmosphere of a speakeasy combined with the love of coffee – that’s what you get at The Blind Tiger” is what The Blind Tiger has on their website – and I wholeheartedly agree that this is the vibe they give off! While I don’t frequent The Blind Tiger as much as other coffee places, I’ve never had a bad cup from any of the locations and their interiors are always so great.

Intermezzo (St. Pete)

I checked out Intermezzo after visiting the St. Pete Indie Market and I’m glad I did. Their latte was to die for. The location is beautiful and very relaxed. The employees are super friendly and want to help you, so if you’re not sure what to get, ask them! They’re also a bar at night, if you’re into that. Over Christmas they have a pop up bar called Miracle at Mezzo!

Bandit (St. Pete)

Bandit is hands down the most beautiful coffee shop I have ever seen. Their coffee is strong and flavorful. Their employees are cool and super nice. The minimalist design is amazing and perfect for your Instagram.

Buttermilk Provisions (Wesley Chapel)

Went to Buttermilk for the coffee, stayed for the donuts. They serve Buddy Brew coffee so it’s hard to go wrong. Where they are absolutely winning is with their donuts. They have gluten free donuts but you wouldn’t know it. They’re baked instead of friend and amazing. The only downside is that the location makes it filled with rich Wesley Chapel moms. But it’s worth it, so go next time you’re in the area.

Kahwa (Tampa / Sarasota / St. Pete / Bradenton / Belleair Bluffs)

Not much to say, Kahwa is simply good coffee and a nice place to stop for a quick chat with a friend. Locations in the Tampa area as well.

Degaje (Wesley Chapel)

A cute cafe that also sells amazing food and pretty home decor! It seems like a great place to sit down for a few hours and get some work done.

Commune + Co (Tampa Riverwalk)

Located in Armature Works, Commune + Co offers some coffee options for those with an adventurous palette. Pictured is a coffee cola!

9th Bar Coffee (Dunedin)

A cute coffee place near downtown Dunedin!

The Lab (South Tampa)

I love the industrial vibes of The Lab and their cold brew is on point. Their baristas are all so friendly and want to help you understand your coffee experience too!

Spaddy’s Coffee Co (Seminole Heights)

The courtyard at Spaddy’s is a great place to stop and sit with a friend on a sunny day in the bay!

MADE Coffee (All FL Publix Stores)

My FAVORITE cold brew on the market! It can be purchased in any Florida store. The cold brew is so good and I’m also obsessed with their new cold brew con leche cans.

Sips Specialty Coffee House (Citrus Park)

A cute place in Citrus Park area, they offer good coffee for a good price!

Places I still need to go to:


Urban Bungalow

Independent Bar

Ginger Beard Coffee

Concord Coffee

Mountaineer Coffee

Victory Coffee

The Grind Coffee Bar

Java Bay Cafe

Remax Cafe

Bungalow Coffee

The Bunker

Batter & Dough

Is there any other coffee shops I need to add to my list? Let me know in the comments!


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