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)

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)

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)

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

I’ve only been here once but I really enjoyed it! I bought an iced orange cold brew and it was definitely interesting and different. I liked it a lot. It’s really close to downtown so I would recommend stopping over here next time you’re in the city. Their coffee is a little bit cheaper than most other places, so that’s good to note too. They’re also dog friendly!

Oxford Exchange (Downtown TPA)

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)

So I’ve never actually had coffee here BUT I’ve heard it’s amazing. What I did get was two of the best cupcakes I’ve ever eaten. 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)

The Blind Tiger is a great place to grab some coffee if you’re in Ybor. They have really good affogato, which I love. They have a large menu and I know that I’ll definitely be a repeat customer. While you’re there, check out Revolve, the cutest thrift store in Tampa!


Places I’ve been not in Tampa but in Tampa Bay Area:

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.

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 (Sarasota)

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.

Lelu (Siesta Key)

The perfect pick me up after a long day at the beach is a coffee from Lelu. There’s a lot of cute boutiques in the surrounding area as well!


Places I still need to go to:

Jet City Espresso

The Lab Coffee

Spaddy’s Coffee Co

DI Coffee Bar

Concord Coffee

Mountaineer Coffee

Urban Bungalow

The Vine


Ginger Beard Coffee

Datz Dough

Indpendent Bar

Victory Coffee


The Grind Coffee Bar

The Bricks


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