I’ve always wanted to live in a city with a present coffee shop scene. With over 30 St Pete coffee shops, I think I found the right city! I’m a tough critic of coffee, while the ambiance and experience of the cafe are important, at the end of the day, the coffee needs to speak for itself.
Each of the St Pete coffee shops on this list I have been to at least twice and are places that I can see myself coming back to again and again. So if you’re visiting St Petersburg on the weekend you’ve got some tough choices to make!
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- Hours: Monday to Saturday 8 am – 5 pm, Sunday 8 am – 3 pm
- Location: 2462 5th Ave S
The owners of The Chelsea inspired their St Pete coffee shop through their English roots. It’s so it’s cute seeing a reflection of their background in the name and decor! This newer little coffee shop is located in the Warehouse Arts District on the west side of downtown St. Pete.
You can browse the trinkets, soaps, jewelry, candles, and art while waiting for your drink. The indoor seating is quite limited but the outdoor patio is quite lovely and truly reminiscent of British back garden space with the fencing and plants!
Their iced oat milk mocha is one of my favorites in town, it’s just so smooth and creamy! And finally, someone who understands there shouldn’t be an upcharge for milk alternatives!!! The menu is pretty standard but besides coffee and espresso drinks they’re serving up chai, matcha, lemonade, and tea. If you want something to nibble on they have local baked goods added daily!
- Hours: Friday 11 am – 10 pm, Saturday 9 am – 10 pm, Sunday 9 am – 4 pm, Monday to Thursday 11 am – 9 pm
- Location: Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education Building
As the name states this restaurant is in fact themed as a library, with books from floor to ceiling it really is an Instagram-worthy backdrop located within the John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. It’s a place I recommend people to for brunch if they are visiting St Pete for the weekend.
People who live in Tampa are OBSESSED with Buddy Brew and The Libary is the best brunch / coffee shop in St Pete to go to if you need a Buddy Brew fix or don’t want to drive to Tampa to try it! Hand me a rosemary latte paired with The Library’s eggs benedict or lemon poppy seed pancakes and I’ll be a happy gal!
I went around Halloween and they had it decorated for fall with spooky music playing, I’m curious to go back around Christmastime to see what it looks like then!
- Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
- Location: 2105 Central Ave
2D Cafe is one of the coffee shops in downtown St Pete with an eye-catching design you will start to see before you even walk in the doors. This concept is one of the few like it in the United States so I was excited to check it out!
I like this spot for their vanilla latte’s and their empanadas! My favorite was the cheeseburger empanada. It’s a very versitable place to come because they have tables to work at and a decent food menu that offers breakfast bites and pasteries, salads, and sanwiches.
Blush Tea and Coffee
- Hours: Saturday 8 am – 5 pm, Sunday 8 am – 3 pm, Tuesday to Friday 7 am – 5 pm
- Location: 2382 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N, St
Blush Tea and Coffee is a bit of a hidden hole-in-the-wall St Pete coffee shop. They have a full wall of all sorts of loose leaf teas and always have a few different monthly rotating coffee specials that are always so unique! Some of the lattes I’ve tasted are the honey pistachio, churro, and ube!
Their flavored coldbrews with cheese cold foam are also perfect! Whenever I see on their instagram they’ve created a new flavor combo I always want to go try it. The space inside is rather small but it is furnished with retro benches and couches to hang out on if you wanted to.
- Hours: Daily from 8 am – 6 pm
- Location: 645 Central Ave inside the Crislip Arcade
I wish I would have found this impressive St Pete coffee shop sooner!!! The entrance of Crislip Cafe is located inside an alleyway right on Central Ave and feels very reminiscent of a hidden European cafe. The space is small but the high ceilings, vintage furniture, and bench seating with pillows make it a cozy place to work.
The walls of the cafe are covered with a hodgepodge of art which is fitting because the Crislip Cafe is connected to a gift shop in the front called The Merchant (directly on central). The majority of items are made by local artists and small businesses! I definitely was eyeing some of the small prints and need to go back to grab one for my living room!
I ordered one of their specialty lattes called Black Magic Woman which has cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, dark chocolate– delicious! They have many other specialties, classic, and globally inspired drinks and they use organic local beans from Joffery’s Tampa Coffee.
If you aren’t impressed yet, just wait until I tell you about the food menu… They carry four local bakers that provide croissants, desserts, waffles, bagels, and bread for sandwiches. The next activity I want to do here is date night because they also have wine and charcuterie boards with the option to customize your own, how fun!
- Hours: Thursday to Tuesday 7 am – 2 pm
- Location: 3045 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N
Pineapple Espresso is one of my newest favorite St Pete coffee shops. I kept putting it off as it’s only a drive-thru, meaning no pull for an aesthetically pleasing interior… I know, kinda lame, but aren’t we all guilty of this?!
Don’t let that distract you as it did to me!!! I ordered a hazelnut cappuccino and it really exceeded my expectations! They have a fresh food menu with toast, sandwiches, salads, and fruit parfaits. I’d say that’s a bit of an upgrade from the re-heated Starbucks sandwiches.
Book + Bottle
- Hours: Tues 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Wed – Sat 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sun 12:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Location: 17 6th St N
Out of all the St Pete coffee shops Book + Bottle will make you feel like you are right at home. It’s a bookshop and wine bar that also serves some great coffee and snacks so it’s a great choice for me when I am not sure what I want! In the fall, they make the best pumpkin spice latte in town.
It’s a cozy little corner to hangout in even though it can get quite busy it never feels overwhelming to me and I always get a lot of work done.
My Finding's Tip: You can also visit Book + Bottle for their wine events, check their websites event calendar here.
The Blend Coffee & Wine
- Hours: Daily from 7 am – 6 pm
- Location: 1211 4th St N, 6730 Central Ave S, 2760 34th St N, 490 1st Ave S
Have you ever tried a coffee flight? YES. It’s a thing at The Blend! You’ll be able to try that along with a lot of other unique stuff! The Blend became one of the first St Pete coffee shops I really fell in love with, my order is consistantly good and the employees always give great service.
I’d never heard of white espresso either until I tried it in their white espresso flight, it’s lighter in flavor and tends not to have a bitter aftertaste. For a healthier energy drink alternative try their B12 Fusions, the cherry lime was super good! You can also find light sandwiches, bites, wine, and recently added beer.
There are three locations, 34th St. N, 4th St. N, and downtown in the Tampa Bay Times building. My favorite location to work in is the 4th Street because it had lots of tables to work at, the 34th St. and West Central locations have a drive-thru, super convenient if you are in a rush.
My Finding's Fact: White espresso is roasted at a lower temperature than normal coffee allowing for higher levels of chlorogenic acid and antioxidant molecules shown to be beneficial for cardiovascular health and reduction in inflammation.
- Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday 7 am – 5 pm
- Location: 200 Central Ave
When I think of Craft Kafe I remember how communal it feels! It’s unusual for a St Pete coffee shop to have outdoor seating, and their large shaded space attracts so many different demographics; cyclers, dog owners, families, friends meeting for brunch, ect. Indoor seating is also available for those humid or rainy days.
The housemade caramel sauce in their Hot Mom is the star from their menu and I also want to mention that they sell superfood tea lattes. Craft Kafe’s focal point is being completely gluten-free and sourcing the best clean ingredients! Even though I am not gluten-free I didn’t mind because the bread on my Craft Sandwich tasted good!
FLATBREAD & BUTTER
- Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8 am – 9 pm, Monday to Friday 7:30 am – 9 pm
- Location: 497 7th Ave N
The minimalist modern interior of the cafe is refreshing but small so I like to take my coffee to-go and sit on the benches or walk a few laps around the park for some movement. The taste of the coffee is light, bright, and acidic, while that’s not usually my go-to flavor profile for coffee, theirs has a smooth aftertaste so I enjoy it!
Come in for a casual breakfast or brunch and try one of their, sandwiches, acai bowls, or personal pizzas (I heard from a local Italian they’re amazing)!
Driftwood Kava & Roastery
- Hours: Friday and Saturday 7 am – 12 am, Sunday 8 am – 11 pm, and Monday to Thursday 7 am – 11 pm
- Location: 740 Central Ave
Driftwood Kava & Roastery has a few different locations in the greater St Petersburg area serving kava, coffee, and light eats. The interior of the downtown location feels bright and clean and has a coatal design with hanging wicker chairs.
I love their cortados because it really highlights the taste of their house-made espresso. It’s a well-loved spot by locals so you will need to get there early or come later in the evening to guarentee a seat!
My Finding's Fact: Kava is made from the Piper methysticum plant into a a beverage or extract that can make the body feel calm, relaxed, and happy.
The Wooden Rooster
- Hours: Open daily from 7 am – 7 pm
- Location: 104 2nd Ave NE
Wooden Rooster is a creperie in downtown St Pete that took me by surprise when I tasted their coffee! Their iced lavender latte is my current favorite, you can really taste the lavender but they honestly have so many flavor choices to pick from.
It’s a spot we tend to take friends for a casual breakfast/brunch on the weekends and everyone loves it. You can choose from both sweet and savory crepes, salads, sandwiches, and sides.
Beans & Barlour
- Hours: Friday and Saturday 8 am – 10 pm, Sunday 8 am – 8 pm, Tuesday to Thursday 9 am – 9 pm,
- Location: 407 Central Ave
Am I dreaming or is this place real life??? Beans & Barlour is like something out of an animated movie! It was the first boozy dessert and coffee lounge to come to Tampa Bay, they’ve gained massive hype for their boozy and whimsical creations, rightfully so. The dangerous part is they stay open late, so it might be hard to resist indulging on a night over the weekend in St Pete.
When you walk in you’ll notice the old-school copper espresso machine immediately. I tried a signature latte, Campfire Story, which has hickory smoke, milk chocolate, housemade vanilla, and a toasted marshmallow on top! It was really good, I could clearly taste all the elements of the drink.
Their menu is massive so here’s the summary 😉
- Milk Shakes
- Dole whip
- Root beer floats
- Specialty lattes
- Boozy/regular ice creams
- Spirited floats and sundaes
Beans & Barlour goes all out for seasonal specials so check that out at the bottom of their menu!
- Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8 am – 2 pm, Wednesday to Friday 7 am – 2 pm
- Location: 689-D Dr M.L.K. Jr St N
I originally went to Uptown Eats to try their brunch bowls and was shocked to learn they also have a decent coffee menu. Seating fills up quickly and most people are eating so it’s not a work-friendly space.
I really enjoy getting their mocha, it’s rich and on the sweeter side! I learned they use Blazing Bean Roasters, roasted in Clearwater, Florida. In the future I won’t have to worry about picking a brunch spot and having to settle for an average cup of Joe, Uptown Eats has me covered!
My Finding's Tip: Uptown Eats is brunch spot so they open later than regular St Pete coffee shops. They are closed on Monday's.
- Hours: Saturday 9 am – 10 pm, Sunday 7 am – 8 pm, Monday and Tuesday 7 am – 2 pm, Wednesday to Friday 7 am to 10 pm
- Location: 253 2nd Ave N
Inside the doors of the historic Cordova Inn hotel lobby, you’ll find a hidden St Pete coffee shop, The Scott! The decor gives me a timeless Old Hollywood feel with historical photographs from St. Pete’s history covering the walls. The attached front porch is a relaxed area with rocking chairs, tables, and music playing in the background–it’s really a good mood spot to enjoy a coffee or cocktail!
The coffee menu is simple, they serve traditional coffee and cocktail favorites. One thing about me is that I LOVE having options, so at first I thought that was going to be an issue, haha! But after I took the first sip of my latte I knew it was special… that is because they use HoggBatch coffee, made right in the neighborhood! HoggBatch uses bourbon-infused barrels (& other spirits) in small batches to create unique flavor profiles.
Where to Stay in Downtown St Petersburg
- The Exchange – A newly renovated older hotel that you can grab rooms at for around $100 a night plus $20 a night for parking if you have a car. It’s one of the cheapest places to stay right in downtown so keep in mind while it has been refreshed a bit some of the fixtures are still a bit dated and there are no fridges in the rooms. There is a fitness center and a lobby bar with cozy seating but they do not serve breakfast.
- The Hollander Hotel – The hotel I recommend the most to family and friends who come to visit. The rate per night cannot be beaten for the location, amenities, comfort, and design of the rooms. I really like the food at the on-site restaurant and there is also a coffee shop, spa, and a pool with an outside bar. The property is located close to restaurants and shopping and is under a mile from the pier.
- Avalon Hotel – The neighboring sister hotel of The Hollander which is another great and comparable choice. You will also have access to all of the amenities at the Hollander, the main difference is the art deco style of the lobby and rooms. They offer a free shuttle to Tropicana Field daily.
- Bay Street Inn – This B&B is the most home-like stay you will find right downtown. It is a bit higher priced but it is in one of my favorite safe neighborhoods that is easily walkable to the heart of downtown. It has very high reviews on booking.com. There is a continental breakfast served each morning and some rooms have a kitchen and hot tub.
- The Vinoy – This historic pink resort is right next to the bay in the center of downtown. Some of the rooms have been updated while still keeping the architecture from its past. There are all kinds of amenities, there is a spa, heated pool, hot tub, and sauna. You can eat at 4 different options, join daily fitness classes, or play at the 18-hole golf course nearby.
- Kinsey Palms – This home is not in downtown but perfectly located just 15 minutes from both downtown and the beach. If you are coming with a car this is a great base to stay at. It has two bedrooms and a pull-out couch so it’s a nice option for families and small groups. I stayed here with a group of girlfriends and it was so cozy, we used the yard for a group picnic!
If none of these options seem to fit then I also have a super detailed guide on the best hotels in St Petersburg you can check out!
My Summary of St Pete Coffee Shops
That’s a wrap on the best coffee shops in downtown St Pete! 🙂 Which of these spots would you want to visit first? If you’re a local, drop your favorite coffee shops in St Pete in the comments. A couple of other Tampa Bay related posts you might enjoy are:
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