A Guide to Gainesville Coffee Shops
Located in the Butler Town Center, Foxtail is one of the most aesthetically gifted coffee shops in Gainesville, given its rustic industrial vibes, wood-paneled and white tile walls, chic furnishings, touches of greenery, great big windows that let the sunshine pour on through, and accommodations for remote work. The picturesque decor serves as an accomplice to thoughtfully crafted, rewardingly delicious coffee beverages made utilizing house-roasted beans.
What this adorable little gem near and dear to the heart of downtown may lack in size, it more than makes up for with wholesome hospitality, an intimate common area where guests can mingle with friends, exceptional single-origin and filter coffee, flavorful house-made syrups, and chef-inspired baked goods. Snag a seat next to Wyatt’s window and flip through the pages of your favorite novel as the world passes on by, grab a quick pick-me-up before arriving at work, or take your morning joe on a pleasant stroll through the surrounding cityscape.
Across the street from the University of Florida campus and nestled inside the gorgeous Gator Wesley Foundation building – from which, the United Methodist Campus Ministry serves college campuses in the area – Concord offers guests a welcoming atmosphere accentuated by minimalistic white surfaces, vibrant plants, plush seating arrangements, amenities for a productive day, a black spiral staircase leading to an upstairs loft, and the tantalizing aroma of java that’s been diligently roasted in-house.
Tucked away just off Newberry Road, this tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of town is known for its quaint and cozy nooks, scenic front porch, and picnic tables on the grass lawn. That’s not to mention the gram-worthy specialty lattes, and should you meander on in at the tail end of an exhaustive work week, a well-curated assortment of craft beer and fine wine.
Another downtown staple, Volta serves gourmet java, delectable hot chocolates, and loose-leaf teas amidst relaxed yet refined digs featuring accommodations for studying, art and poster-adorned walls, and carefully sourced chocolate bars. Their reserve and auction-lot coffees can be brewed via Clover, Chemex, and V60.
If you truly love and appreciate the art of java, search no further than Opus, which has been a center for coffee culture in Gainesville for over twenty years and is passionate about intentionally roasting the world’s finest beans. The iconic Opus Airstream can be found at 403 SW 4th Ave, the outdoorsy site is complemented by artsy picnic tables set beneath lengthy trees.
Next door neighbors to the beautiful Hippodrome Theatre, Maude’s is a beloved late-night haunt among Gainesville coffee shops. Upon venturing through the front door, an enchanting scene unfolds before you, one graced with art and trinket speckled walls, cozy booths, countless board games, speedy WiFi, earnestly stocked bookshelves, the steady background hum of local musicians and creatives sharing ideas, and an adjacent courtyard boasting ample seating arrangements, lush shrubs, and light bulbs strung together overhead.
A short stroll from the University of Florida’s campus, Pascal’s can be found in the Christian Study Center – which brings together students, faculty, and community members to explore the intellectual and cultural resources of the Christian tradition. In addition to soul-stirring lattes made with responsibly sourced beans, the expansive two-story den has comfy couches, plenty of seating, a crackling fireplace, several bookshelves, rotating art exhibits, and occasional live music performances. The delightful balance of charm and utility makes this wholesome abode an easy go-to for daytime meetings with colleagues, long overdue coffee dates, solo study sessions, and bible studies.
Situated on a 2.5 acre property, Curia on the Drag is an urban oasis with a coffee shop that offers local coffee, tea, baked goods, and desserts. The Food Truck next to the solar pergola features a plant-based menu, and Dad’s Bar hosts frequent live shows and offers a selection of beer and wine that you can enjoy anywhere on the property.
Whether you’d like to settle into an umbrella-shaded corner and appreciate the company of loved ones over a steamy cup of joe, peruse through local and regional goods on display at the AUK Market, attend a community building event, or peacefully study while soaking in another ridiculously beautiful Florida day, whatever the case may be, this vibey gathering place has got you covered.
Coffee Culture is a relaxed hangout with warm tones, ample wooden tabletops, and an efficient drive-through that’ll have you back on the road and headed toward your final destination in no time. The staff maintains a tempting selection of coffee beverages, frozen blended drinks, fruit smoothies, and scrumptious pastries.
Scooter’s Coffee is a drive-thru franchise that has been serving world-class coffee for more than 20 years. The menu features an array of specialty espresso beverages, single-origin coffee, fruit smoothies, Red Bull Infusions, Cold Brew, baked-from-scratch pastries, and savory breakfast options ranging from breakfast burritos to hot sandwiches. The Caramelicious is their signature drink, you can’t go wrong with ordering this rich, velvety, caramel treat.
This rapidly blossoming java business started out in 1998 as a single drive-thru coffeehouse in Bellevue, Nebraska clinging to the following principles: find a great location and stay committed to high-quality drinks, speed of service, and a BIG smile. Since those humble beginnings, Scooter’s has grown to over 300 locations in 21 states across the nation.
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