Coasting for coffee in Tampa Bay

On the hunt for a kick-ass cup o’ Joe? Tampa Bay is brimming with top-notch coffee culture. If, like us, you have an addiction to the bean, take a peek at some of our favorite caffeinated corners of Tampa and St. Pete to coast to. Did we miss your local favorite? Tweet and tell us about it!

Victory Coffee in Tampa

A chill and rustic spot in the heart of the Channel District, we dig the fancy grilled cheese sandwiches and sweet patio for whiling away an hour with a cup of hot java.

Cafe Hey in Tampa

The coffee and tea options are seemingly endless – Gorilla Hug, Angel Kiss, Pirate Gold – but it’s Cafe Hey’s homemade soups and baked goods that keep us coming back for more. Throw in a packed schedule of events, and you can’t help but frequent this cheerful local hotspot.

The Attic on Kennedy in Tampa

Located on the top floor of a 100-year-old Masonic Lodge building, The Attic is both a coffee shop and a bar, which is a win win in our books. Open from 8am-8pm, it’s a great place to pitch up and work when you’re putting in a long day. There are baked goods and coffee aplenty first thing in the morning, with daily lunch specials including a burrito and burger station. Be still our beating hearts.

The Oxford Exchange in Tampa

Home to the Buddy Brew Coffee bar, which serves a wide array of hot and cold specialty beverages. These guys know everything there is to know when it comes to coffee, sourcing only the highest quality beans from the best farmers across the globe before hand-roasting them to perfection. The bar itself has a touch of English country manor to it, too, making for a pretty fancy caffeine pitstop.

Kahwa in St. Pete

Proudly roasting coffee in Tampa Bay since 2006, Kahwa has become a staple for the local coffee community. You can barely travel a few hundred feet downtown without seeing one of those instantly recognizable mustard-yellow cups, which inevitably leads to stopping in for your own brew. While there are seven locations across Tampa Bay, Kahwa St. Pete Downtown South is our regular haunt. Whether it’s a double espresso for a pep in our step, or something iced on a hot summer’s day, we love its chill vibe, ample outdoor seating, and the promise of running into a few familiar faces thanks to its central location.

Brew D Licious in St. Pete

Perhaps the coziest coffee shop in St. Pete, choose Brew D Licious for a more leisurely java fix. Comfy couches, local artwork, antique finds and, of course, excellent coffee, the knowledgeable staff grind, brew and serve 14 varieties – we’re all about that banana mocha latte – with muffins and cakes from Le Mouton Noir bakery in Tampa available, too.

Black Crow Coffee in St. Pete

Tucked away just a few blocks from the water in The Historic Old Northeast, Black Crow offers a simple and homely place to enjoy butter tarts, croissants and homemade muffins over a steaming hot cup o’ Joe. The atmosphere – brick walls, mismatched armchairs and vinyl playing on a battered old record player in the corner – lends itself to a coffee date, a catch-up with friends, or a serious work session.

Bandit in St. Pete

Sporting a minimalist black-and-white color scheme and using a multi-roaster system to highlight java from around the world, including Tampa Bay, Bandit offers locals a place to linger and really enjoy the main star of the show: the coffee.

The Bikery in St. Pete

Craft coffee and bikes? We’re there. Always. As well as coffee roasted in Tampa at Buddy Brew Coffee, The Bikery also features monthly guest roasters. Add that to the vintage racing bikes adorning the walls and the bicycle service center in the back, The Bikery kind of feels like home.

What have we missed? Head over to Twitter and share your favorite coffee haunts with us. With limited coffee shop parking available downtown, need a convenient way to get from place to place? We have over 600+ bikes at 60+ hubs around Tampa and St. Pete, so good coffee is but a short ride away.

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