14 Orlando area coffee shops you should try instead of Starbucks

14 Orlando area coffee shops you should try instead of Starbucks

Ah, coffee shops: breeding grounds for WiFi-empowered creativity and the places where Tinder dates mellow and die. You could spend your time in Orlando sipping overpriced grande caramel macchiatos at a corporate chain, or you could explore the City Beautiful's many indie coffee shops and find a new hangout spot. Take our word for it – there's a coffee spot for everyone; you just have to find the right one.

Austin's Coffee

929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, austinscoffee.com

With its quirky mix of furniture and art, Austin's Coffee is the definition of a chill hangout spot. Come for the coffee and stay for the live bands, comedy performances and poetry readings.

Barnie's Coffee & Tea

118 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, barniescoffee.com

Located on Winter Park's iconic stretch, this comfy coffee house offers not only delicious beverages, but tasty morsels as well. We recommend an iced Turkish latte with some avocado toast for a filling breakfast.

Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar

444 N. Bumby Ave., drunkenmonkeycoffee.com

Drunken Monkey isn't particularly close to any college, but you'll feel that familiar freewheeling spirit of experimentalism once you walk through the doors. Don't forget to try their specialty, the Mojo Jojo, a dark roast blend with condensed milk, cinnamon and hints of spices.

Downtown Credo

706 W. Smith St., downtowncredo.com

Downtown Credo's original College Park location is a comfortable space where you can drink a stellar cup of joe (pay what you wish) and donate to different charitable causes.

Benjamin French Bakery and Café

716 E. Washington St., benjaminfrenchbakery.com

France never seemed so close in Thornton Park! Try the Baguette Le Bordeaux, a delicate sandwich featuring Brie cheese, with a steamy cappuccino.

Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux

3022 Corrine Drive, bikesbeansandbordeaux.com

This haven for cycling fanatics in Audubon Park serves delicious coffee and vegan fare. Bonus: They serve breakfast all day.

Foxtail Coffee Co.

1282 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park, foxtailcoffee.com

One of the newest additions to Orlando's coffee scene, Foxtail specializes in rich coffee roasts that will leave you savoring for days. Not only are the pour-overs, cold-brews and espressos excellent, the space is decorated to perfection. We're excited to drown ourselves in nitro cold-brew at their new downtown location in the Bank of America building, too.

<p>Vespr Coffeebar

626 N. Alafaya Trail, thevespr.com

Close to the University of Central Florida campus at Waterford Lakes Town Center, this java shop is a study hot spot. Bring your coffee connoisseur friends and wow them with the iced coffee sangria.

Krungthep Tea Time

1051 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, krungthepteatime.com

Krungthep isn't just for delectable desserts, savory sandwiches and rainbow-colored teas. Its Thai iced coffee soothes souls on those days when it's too hot to function.

Achilles Art Cafe

2869 Wilshire Drive, achillesartcafe.com

Hidden inside a corner of Metro-West, this coffee shop has everything: a scruffy-yet-lovable owner named Achilles, hookah, comfy couches and a heavenly crème brulee chai. Don't miss out on this hidden Orlando gem!

Stardust Video & Coffee

1842 E. Winter Park Road, stardustie.com

This eclectic grungy hangout is a little piece of hipster heaven. Come to Stardust to work, eat, drink cocktails, take a selfie in the photo booth, see local art or listen to local bands.

Lineage Coffee Roasting

3201 Corrine Drive, lineageroasting.com

Tucked inside Audubon Park's East End Market, Lineage is dedicated to its craft. Serious palates should try a single-origin pour-over, but the bottled white cold brew is a sweet trip on a summer day.

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