Tampa’s coffee scene is a well-kept secret, but we love the vibrant energy and incredible creativity of Tampa’s growing coffee culture. The city is home to both long-time establishments with dedicated fans as well as fresh new spots that aren’t to be overlooked. We’re eagerly watching Tampa’s coffee shops thrive and grow, and in this post, we’re sharing some of our favorite shops that you won’t want to miss when you visit.
5 Fantastic Coffee Shops in Tampa
The coffee scene in Tampa is focused as much on the experience as the bean and the brew. Coffee serves as a vehicle for connection, which is part of why we are so passionate about it — and you’ll find plenty of inspiring places to connect in Tampa. We’re listing our top Tampa coffee shops in alphabetical order, as it would be nearly impossible to rank them against each other.
What To Order at the Top Tampa Coffee Shops
While you can’t go wrong with any of the amazing items on offer at these shops, here are our recommendations that are sure to delight.
This mercantile-type cafe is an exceptional shop in the Davis Islands neighborhood. They serve up Panther Coffee, a Miami-based small-batch coffee roaster. The menu sticks to the classics you expect at a great coffee shop, like cappuccino, espresso, latte, and Americano, and you can’t go wrong with any of these. Our favorite is the Gibraltar. If you don’t see your favorite menu item — ask. Their staff is amazing and super helpful. Kids will love the avachino & sophacino (caramel and/or chocolate milk). They also have wine and beer, so if you find you’re enjoying your morning coffee vibe and want to stay longer, DI Coffee Bar has got you covered! Their sandwiches are great, too.
2. Get Along
Photo by George Goldberg, coffee and donuts at Get Along. Used with permission from Get Along.
Get Along is a pop-up doughnut shop that’s preparing to open a permanent location in Seminole Heights. They are known for their ridiculously good and creative doughnut flavors, including coffee cake, fig and tahini, and black sesame. They offer classic flavors as well. Get Along’s doughnuts are traditionally fried and are pillowy soft inside. My mouth is watering just thinking about them! As you might expect from their spot on this list, they also have really great coffee. Grab a creamy latte and the doughnut of your choice. Or two. We don’t judge.
3. King State
When you find a line out the door of a coffee shop, you know you’ve found a winner! King State offers a wonderfully inclusive environment with a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. Though they started as a coffee shop, they’re now a craft beer brewer as well. Sit at the bar and order a Cortado, and watch the incredible baristas in action. If you decide you want to make a day out of it, King state has got you covered with a nice beer selection and delicious food all day and night.
4. Now and Then
Image courtesy of Now and Then Coffee. Used with permission.
Now and Then is brand new, but not to be missed. They make high-end coffee that’s simply irresistible. Their experienced baristas are inspired by their love of good coffee, and they’re a multi-roaster, sourcing beans from around the world. As part of the experience, they educate their customers about the beans, where they are grown, and what notes are highlighted in the coffee. It’s a sensory experience created by two passionate coffee aficionados. This one is also a bit different from the other coffee shops on the list, as it’s a mobile coffee cart, so they won’t be at a set location. Their first pop-up was in Seminole Heights inside Jug & Bottle Dept. Keep an eye out for this one — they’re going places. And be sure to try their Land of Milk and Honey, a cold steep chamomile tea with orange blossom honey, oat milk, aquafaba, and lemon zest.
Image courtesy of Spaddys Coffee Co. Used with permission.
This is a cool and popular spot serving Eastlick Coffee. The coffee aroma when you walk into this place is undeniably delicious! We especially love Spaddys for their cold brews. They even offer a convenient cold brew to-go bag in case one cup just isn’t enough, but you have to head out. Their breakfast sandwiches are tasty (we like the Cuban toast with cheese), and they also have some interesting tea options like a Matcha latte, a Thai tea, and a London fog, which is like a latte, but made with Earl Grey tea instead of coffee. If you fall in love with their coffee, they do ship nationwide. And definitely don’t miss their fun merch.
Coffee Goodness Is Brewing in Tampa
When you tell your friends you’re heading to Tampa to check out the coffee scene, don’t be surprised if they’re unaware of how incredible Tampa’s coffee culture is. They’ll have to discover it for themselves!
And if you find yourself near Greenville, SC, be sure to check out one of our shops, located downtown, at The Commons, and Landmark. Or if you can’t make it to a shop, experience Methodical Coffee at home with a coffee subscription.
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*Article feature image coffee and donut at Get Along by George Goldberg, used with permission.