It may be safe to say that Gainesville FL Moms are experts on all things caffeine. From coffee’s to tea’s, we’re particular about a good brew and even more passionate about supporting local. Whether it’s grabbing a pick-me-up for a busy day at work, a tired momma gearing up for another marathon session entertaining tiny humans, or simply meeting up with friends, family, or a spouse over a warm cup, Gainesville has no shortage of local haunts for the perfect beans.
Our comprehensive guide features the best local spots in Gainesville, highlights our favorite beverages at each location, directs you to quick drive-thru local options for especially busy days (or when you have ALL the kids, and the dog, in the car), and a special glossary so you can order like a pro.
So, grab your keys, your favorite travel mug, and bookmark this page! May your coffee be stronger than your toddler.
Local Coffee Shops
Bay Islands Coffee Co.: Serving breakfast, lunch, and coffee since 1997.
We Recommend: Iced Coffee
Brownie Guy Cafe: Formerly Coffee Baby, The Brownie Guy has taken over! Brownies AND coffee. Yes. Please.
We Recommend: Match any latte to one of the gourmet brownie flavors!
CYM Coffee Co.: The CYM Coffee Co. serves some of the best coffee, tea, and pastries around. A relaxed, stirring place where Gainesvillians come to get in a cymplified state of mind.
We Recommend: Lavender White Chocolate Latte
Coffee Culture: Coffee Culture serves Gainesville’s finest espresso based cafe style beverages since 2003. Family-owned and local.
We Recommend: plain, old COFFEE
Curia on the Drag: Situated on a 2.5-acre property, Curia on the Drag is an urban oasis that offers coffee, tea, beer, wine, baked goods, and desserts in an intimate and relaxed setting. The Curia Food Truck features a plant-based menu, with designated seating throughout the property.
We Recommend: Coffee – Cafe Cubano, Tea – Earl Grey, add Lavender
Pro Tip: They have a great plant-based menu! Get the Jackfruit Tacos. You’re welcome. When you’re full, go shopping at the Auk Market for amazing local vendors.
Dolce Vita Bakery Cafe: Dolce Vita serves coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch specials daily.
Soups, salads & more. Boars Heads meats by the pound. Fresh Salads and pasta salads. They also cater wedding cakes, pastries etc!
We Recommend: Grab a cappuccino, eclair, or cannoli.
Pro Tip: Looking for a classic “Northeastern United States Italian Cookie Platter” featuring Italian rainbow cookies, Italian butter cookies and more?! Look no further. It’s like you never left Brooklyn.
Doxa Coffee Co.: Committed to excellence from crop to cup, Doxa exists to serve the highest quality coffee that is grown by farmers world-wide while doing good in and for our community. Awesome vibe and located in ALACHUA!
We Recommend: the pour over
Fiore’s Sweet Cup: A local, family run business. Paul Fiore is a long time Gainesville resident who is passionate and proud of everything he does. He is a retired lieutenant firefighter, U.S. Navy veteran, father and husband. Paul serves local certified organic espresso and coffee from Sweetwater. The menu also includes breakfast items, tea’s, yogurt and ice cream with over 40 toppings.
We Recommend: Peppermint Mocha
Karma Cream: Vegan breakfasts, treats, ice cream, and of course, coffee.
We Recommend: One of everything.
Maude’s Classic Cafe: Keeping Gainesville “indecaffeinated” since 1995. This downtown gem features a good menu, yummy desserts, and a classic downtown Gainesville vibe.
We Recommend: London Fog Steamer with lavender and vanilla syrup or a Raspberry Mocha Latte
We Recommend: Eclipse Mocha
Patticakes (in the Village or on the Plaza):Opened in 2011 as a place to create community in the Haile Village Center, they have no expanded to Bo Diddley Plaza.
We Recommend: A Fog (tea latte) and a cupcake!
Wyatt’s Coffee: Find artisan roasted coffees, a variety of brew methods and hand-blended teas. Follow their social media for the “name of the day”. If it’s yours, you get free coffee!
We Recommend: Nitro Latte
Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate: Standing the test of time in downtown Gainesville. This cool spot obsesses over espresso, coffee, tea, & chocolate since 2008.
We Recommend: a hot coffee, or even better, hot chocolate
Vine Sourdough Bakery: Handmade fresh organic pasta and naturally leavened organic sourdough bread. Happy Hour Fridays from 5 – 8. Pizzas, paninis, and more every day from 11-2
We Recommend: Grab a coffee and a sourdough baguette or croissant.
Our Favorite Drive Thru Coffee Stops
Bay Islands Coffee Co.
Starbucks – Archer Road
Starbucks – Newberry Road