Donuts? or Bagels?
No matter how you like your breakfast pastries, Florida’s Historic Coast has lots of ways to fill your need.
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:
If you’re planning on taking a tour of the Ponce de Leon Hotel, now Flagler College, you’ll be right across the street from The Donut Experiment, where every donut is your very own creation. They start with a fresh-made cake donut, and you pick from a huge selection of icings and toppings. Go ahead and experiment. Glazed, plain or flavors like key lime, maple bacon or Sriracha, it’s all up to you to customize to your liking with all kinds of toppings and drizzle. Check for daily specials.
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.
If you’re headed north on San Marco Avenue, be sure to stop in to Itty Bitty Donuts, where you’ll find hot, fresh, made-to-order mini donuts, topped with your choice of house-made flavored sugars. Check out their inside out special donuts, like key lime pie and lemon poppy seed.
On the north end of the ancient city on San Marcos, DOS Coffee & Wine offers hand-crafted coffees, pour over, lattes, cold brew coffees, house made baked goods, breakfast croissants and baked sandwiches and salads. Late in the day, stop in for a snack and a glass of wine from a rotating selection of wine and beers. This is a local favorite with comfortable indoor seating on leather couches, farm tables for groups, and an outside patio.
St. Augustine Beach
Ready for the beach? Island Donuts on A1A Beach Road is locally owned and offers a delicious selection of donuts and breakfast sandwiches and fresh brewed coffees. Grab and go to the beach, just steps away, or relax on the outside porch. Choose from sprinkles and glazed, yeast or cake, old fashioned or Boston cream, guava filled and classic cinnamon rolls, or breakfast sandwiches on croissant, bagel or English muffin. Get there early before they run out.
Decent Donuts offers bakery items, yeast and cake donuts and a wide variety of gluten free donut flavors. Located in the Seabridge Plaza on US 1. Open Monday - Saturday from 6 a.m.-4 p.m.
Everything Bagel on Route 312 offers New York-style bagels, all baked on-site, along with homemade cream cheese spreads, coffee, lattes, sandwiches, pressed panini sandwiches, deli sandwiches, wraps, rolls, bialys, croissants, muffins and so much more. Eat in or take out, it’s everything you’re looking for.