Going to a coffee shop these days has become about so much more than the coffee. The decor, seating, and vibe all play a part in the coffee shop experience. Gainesville, Alachua County has no shortage of coffee shops that check the box for all this criteria – and they ALL have excellent coffee!
From comfortable outdoor seating, to modern and trendy, this list of coffee shops has something for everyone, including mouthwatering treats and fresh baked pastries.
Try them all and tell us which one is your favorite. #whyiloveGNV
403 SW 4th Ave. Gainesville, FL, 32601
Bordering the west side of downtown Gainesville in the 4th Ave. Food Park, Opus Airstream serves their brand of coffee and has a variety of teas and homemade baked goods from some of the area’s best local bakeries. The 4th Ave. Food Park is a relaxed, family and dog friendly space that has a lot of seating spread throughout their yard.
Our favorite: Oh Canada, lightly sweetened
Doxa Coffee Co, Alachua.
15551 NW US Hwy 441 #7, Alachua, FL 32615
Doxa is an ultra-modern shop that feels welcoming and has plenty of seating. Located just off I-75 in the City of Alachua, they are serving amazing coffee drinks off their extensive coffee menu.
Our favorite: The Floridian (if feeling experimental)
Curia on the Drag
2029A NW 6th St, Gainesville, FL 32609
Curia on the Drag is located 1.5 miles north of downtown Gainesville. The coffee shop is on a large lot of land with more than just coffee. Onsite sits a vegan food truck, Dad’s Bar and the AUK Market boutique shop. Curia’s coffee shop is artsy, small and cute on the inside, and outside has a variety of seating options that can suit just about anyone. This is a great place sit and sip your drink, read a book, or visit with friends and family. And it’s okay if you would like to bring Fido too.
Our favorite coffee: Latte with regular milk
Cymplify Coffee Company (aka C.Y.M Coffee.)
5402 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605
CYM has comfortable indoor and outdoor seating. Located about a mile east of the I-75 Newberry Road exit, it sits in the middle of Gainesville. Their baristas are friendly which sets the tone for the atmosphere and makes it a great place to get good coffee and to relax or work on your laptop. Compliment your coffee with a savory croissant.
Our favorite coffee: S’more Latte
607 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
Located between downtown Gainesville and the University of Florida, this is a perfect stop for a smooth coffee and a sweet treat. Karma Cream got its start as a vegan ice cream shop and has evolved into so much more, never seeming to sacrifice on quality. The inside has small tables and chairs, and the outside sidewalk is lined with café seating. Their cowboy cookie is a must!
Our favorite coffee: Cortado
The Talented Cookie, High Springs
23519 West US HWY 27, High Springs, FL. 32643
Located in downtown High Springs, this is an exceptional place to get coffee and dessert. They make their desserts in-house daily and their coffee syrups are made from scratch too. The comfortable, living room like seating, and so many excellent treats, can keep you there wanting to try more!
Our favorite coffee: Cappuccino
Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate
48 SW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601
In the heart of downtown Gainesville, Volta offers a smaller, industrial décor and some seating inside, and café tables out front. They serve an array of rotating specialty coffees and teas, handcrafted espresso drinks and drinking chocolates. Pair your coffee with something off their menu of bites, entrees and desserts, and make sure to check out their selection of chocolate bars from around the World.
Our favorite coffee: Vanilla Latte
Patticakes Bakery, Coffee Shop and Cafe
12921 SW 1st Rd, Ste 111 Newberry, FL 32669
Patticakes in Tioga Town Center is a welcoming coffee shop with various indoor and outdoor seating. The big windows and pleasant staff keep a cheerful vibe all around. And if you are someone who typically likes to order specialty coffee made your own way, this is the shop for you. The baristas at Patticakes always seem happy to customize drinks. A variety of homemade sweet, or savory treats are available daily.
Our favorite coffee: White Mocha