A Guide to Winter Park Coffee Shops
Located around the corner from the Mead Botanical Garden, Foxtail is one of the most aesthetically-gifted coffee shops in Winter Park, given its rustic industrial ambiance, wood-paneled and white tile walls, touches of greenery, chic furnishings, palm-tree dappled courtyard, and last but certainly not least, tantalizing aroma of java that’s been diligently roasted on-site. The attention to detail that has gone into designing this space with a delightful balance of charm and utility makes it an easy go-to for daytime meetings with colleagues, long overdue coffee dates, and solo study sessions.
Light on the Sugar specializes in crafting unique signature drinks like the Sakura Latte and baking French goods with Asian-inspired flavors such as Matcha, Ube, Taro, and Black Sesame; the menu rotates weekly because new ideas are always coming up! Their dreamy abode in the Center of Winter Park offers guests a well-manicured environment featuring warm earthy tones set against minimalistic walls, cute seating arrangements, trendy light fixtures, and amenities for a productive day.
Across the street from Rollins College, KOS serves house-roasted java amidst snug bohemian digs accentuated by a few stools, potted plants, and retail goods ranging from candles to merch to a thoughtfully curated wine collection. A portion of all profits is donated directly to non-profit organizations focused on educational initiatives, neighborhood revitalization, and after-school programs in underserved communities.
Upon venturing past a few sidewalk tables lining Stardust’s verdure-wrapped brick exterior and through the front door, an enchanting scene will unfold before you, one graced with plenty of seating arrangements, framed portraits, cozy booths, light bulbs and polaroids strung together overhead, a throwback DVD wall, countless used books for sale, an occasional open mic or concert, and the steady background hum of local musicians and creatives sharing ideas over gourmet java. Should you meander on in at the tail end of an exhaustive workday, feel free to take a load off with a crisp craft beer, glass of fine wine, or handcrafted cocktail.
Near and dear to the heart of downtown, New General provides patrons soul-stirring lattes, wellness drinks, and health-forward fare (vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available) in an adorable setting known for its posh furnishings, lush verdure, fashionable apparel, and quality home-goods. Enjoy lunch on the patio, peruse through potential gifts for friends, get some studying done inside the cafe, or take your morning delight on the go and explore the surrounding cityscape.
If you truly love and appreciate the art of java, search no further than Barnie’s, which has been a center for coffee culture in the Orlando area since 1980 and is passionate about intentionally roasting the world’s finest beans on-site. The Zagat award-winning cafe is nestled inside a historic James Gamble Rogers II-designed building with a secluded Mediterranean courtyard – all on prestigious Park Avenue in beautiful downtown.
It’s worth noting, the cafe has been temporarily closed for renovations and is anticipated to open in February 2023, check out the Barnie’s Facebook page for updates!
CFS treats visitors to a vibrant Latin-inspired atmosphere underscored by wooden tabletops, a cozy little, gram-worthy nook in one corner, accommodations for remote work, and 100% premium Columbian coffee. When it comes to food, they have all-day breakfast dishes, smoothie bowls, scrumptious pastries, arepas, bowls, and salads.
Austin’s is a relaxed hangout with comfy couches, eclectic chairs, art pieces on display, a colorful brick wall, live music performances, countless board games, speedy WiFi, and earnestly stocked bookshelves. The menu at this locally cherished haven among Winter Park coffee shops features a tempting selection of beverages, veggie bowls, desserts (vegan options available), and tasty eats such as pita chips and flatbread pizzas.
Whether you’d like to sink into an armchair and appreciate the company of loved ones over a steamy cup of joe, grab a refreshing mango and passionfruit smoothie on a hot summer day, peacefully study amidst the familiar comforts of a reliable neighborhood gathering place, or try mouthwatering Latin-American foods, whatever the case may be, San Julian’s has got you covered.
While the first Cafe Don Juan was opened in the Senorial Plaza Shopping Centre, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Winter Park location is a sight to behold, by way of its white marble tabletops, hints of greenery, wooden accents, exceptional coffee, sandwiches, and delectable pastries.
If you enjoyed this guide to the best Winter Park coffee shops, check out our list of the Top 10 Coffee Shops in St. Augustine!
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