Ready for a day of exploration around the Ancient City? You’re gonna need to fuel up. Luckily, no matter where your wanderlust takes you, from the beach to downtown to uptown, you’ll find lots of spots to grab and go or just relax before your adventure. Here are a few local favorites:
At ChocoLattes on Cordova Street, you’ll be drawn to the cozy porch where customers sit and people watch as they enjoy freshly baked goods made from scratch along with their delicious cup of joe. Owned and operated by women, this special place is known for its unique desserts, breakfast sandwiches and waffles and pancakes. Check for their daily muffin flavors.
Turn at Hypolita Street and you’ll come upon Schmagel's Bagels. Enjoy their 13 varieties of freshly baked Brooklyn-style bagels and 12 varieties of hand-crafted cream cheeses and breakfast and deli sandwiches. The patio out front is a great place to meet up over coffee.
Like art? If you’re visiting the Lightner Museum, be sure to hop across the street and try Sweetwater Coffee Bar and Gallery on Granada Street. Here, you can enjoy specialty coffees, lattes and teas along with fresh pastries, muffins, breakfast sandwiches, light lunches and salads all while you sit in a gallery and view the latest artworks by local featured artists. Check for extended hours on First Fridays during Art Walk.
St. George Street
Seems like all roads lead to or start from St. George Street. Before you spend your day strolling in and out of the street’s famous shops, attractions and restaurants, follow your nose to Ancient City Brunch Bar. You’ll think you just stepped into a café in Paris. This quaint and comfortable spot offers bagels, pastries, coffee, tea, lattes, brunch boxes, vegan options and more. You can even create your own charcuterie brunch. Yum.
Conveniently located across from the Castillo de San Marcos, City Perks offers unique winter and seasonal drinks, such as vanilla cinnamon latte, gingerbread latte, peppermint bark latte, and winter s’mores latte that will make you feel like you’re at a campfire. Of course, you can always keep it simple with drip coffee or espresso along with quiche, bagel sandwiches, muffins and croissants.
Right near the City Gate, Auggie's Mini Donuts offers made to order donuts, fried fresh right in front of you, with your choice of toppings, such as Nutella, peanut butter, or marshmallow, to name a few favorites. Grab and go with a hot cocoa, and you’re all set for a nice stroll along St. George Street.